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Nourishing the Seed: Learning to Please Father God [NOOK Book]


Learning to Love what Father Loves
Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain—some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty
(Matthew 13:8 AMP).
Nourishing the Seed
is the result of well-known Bible teacher and author Bob Mumford’s spiritual walk with the Lord. You will come alongside his unfolding journey over the past 55 years of learning to love what God loves. ...
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Learning to Love what Father Loves
Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain—some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty
(Matthew 13:8 AMP).
Nourishing the Seed
is the result of well-known Bible teacher and author Bob Mumford’s spiritual walk with the Lord. You will come alongside his unfolding journey over the past 55 years of learning to love what God loves. Like his book Mysterious Seed—Maturing in Father’s Love, he passes along to you the bag of seed that the Father gave him.
 The DNA of the acorn enables it to become all that God the Father intended: a huge, symmetrical, and fully formed oak tree. Father’s Seed in you comes to maturity in the same way. Nourishing the Seed helps you:
  • Understand Agape love as the mysterious Kingdom Seed that must be cultivated and nourished to grow and produce fruit in your life.
  • Address the issues that keep that nourishment from happening.
 Thoughts and Questions at the end of each chapter provoke deep and inspiring introspection to form a more meaningful relationship with God the Father. Helpful diagrams and charts throughout also add depth of understanding.
 Nourishing the Seed is a compilation of powerful, daily, devotional-size teachings designed to move you spiritually forward. Rather than vague concepts and principles, these teachings will nourish the Seed that is growing within you—the serious believer—so that you can be unshakable and learn to love what Father loves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768488234
  • Publisher: Destiny Image, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Mumford is a dynamic Bible teacher with a unique and powerful gift for imparting the Word of God. Since 1954, thousands of Christians worldwide have attributed their spiritual growth and determination to follow Jesus Christ to his prophetic teaching, helping them understand Father God and His Kingdom. His numerous writings have been translated into many languages. Bob and his wife, Judith, live in Raleigh, North Carolina, surrounded by their children and grandchildren.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 19

Preface 21

Part I The Necessity of Agape

1 The Mysterious Seed 24

2 The Nature of Agape 26

3 The Nature of Eros 28

4 Agape-the Perfect Bond of Unity 30

5 Motivated by Agape 32

6 Agape Is Behavioral 35

7 Correction by Agape 37

8 Lying Against Agape 39

9 Agape, Our Basis of Judgment 41

10 Agape as the Absolute Necessity 43

11 Functioning in Agape 45

12 Agape as Permanence 47

13 Three Negative Uses of Agape 49

14 The Agape Solution to Three Unsolvable Problems 51

15 Rich Man, Poor Man 53

Part II Becoming Father Pleasers

16 Pleased or Not Pleased 56

17 Pleasing Behavior 58

18 Learning What Is Pleasing 60

19 Love Like That 62

20 Walking in Agape 64

21 Steps to Growing Up 67

22 Phases of Growth 69

23 Kingdom Resurgence 72

24 Three Kingdom Spheres 74

25 Seven Changes 77

26 Change In Motivation 80

27 Change in Doctrine 83

28 How Jesus Pleased the Father 86

29 Becoming a Father Pleaser 88

Part III Fatherhood

30 Church as Mother, Kingdom as Father 92

31 Loss of Father's Will 94

32 The Importance of Fathers 96

33 Covenant between the Father and the Son 98

34 God's Paternity 100

35 God's Paternity Is the Incorruptible Seed 102

36 God Is Father 104

37 Playing Father to God's Kids 106

38 Idolatry as Misplaced Affection 108

39 Difference Between Anointing and Intimacy 110

Part IV Priesthood

40 Kingdom of Priests 114

41 Priesthood of the Believer 116

42 Absorb Human Failure 118

43 Love Without Reward 120

44 Vocational Suffering 122

45 Intercessory Behavior 124

46 Extender of Mercy 126

47 Seven Steps to Becoming a Priest 128

48 Redefining Spiritual Maturity 131

49 Love for Truth 133

Part V Seers and Sayers

50 Seeing the Eternal Seed 136

51 Paul Became a Seer 138

52 Seeing Through or Looking At 140

53 Walking in Truth 142

54 The Lesson of the Yeast 144

55 Seeing the Word Made Flesh 146

56 Seeing the Kingdom in Glory 148

57 Seeing the Kingdom Revealed 150

58 Seeing Clearly 152

59 Exam Time 154

60 Spiritual Discernment 156

Part VI God's Final Speech

61 Seeing the Invisible Father 160

62 How God Reveals His Glory 162

63 King of the Kingdom 164

64 Promise of the Father 166

65 When God Changed His Address 168

66 Entering Father's Family 170

67 Back Over the Line 172

68 Moving Toward Spiritual Maturity 175

69 Being an Enlightened Kingdom Receiver 177

70 Powers of the Age to Come 179

71 Damaged Receptor 181

72 Five Components of a Kingdom Receiver 183

Part VII A Clear Conscience

73 Remember the Bull 186

74 The Sacrificial System Continues 188

75 Freedom of Conscience 190

76 Unqualified Assurance 192

77 Discarding Our Confidence 195

Part VIII Lifting Weights in Father's Gym

78 A Little More Weight 198

79 Paul's View of Father's Gym 200

80 Peter's View of Father's Gym 203

81 A Pickle in My Crème Brυlée 205

82 Fruit Afterwards 207

83 Failure in the Gym 209

84 Visible and Shaken 211

85 Three-Dimensional Reality 213

86 Exercises in Father's Gym-Functions for the Body 215

87 Exercises in Father's Gym-Functions for the Soul 218

88 Exercises in Father's Gym-Functions for the Mind 220

89 Exercises in Father's Gym-Functions for the Spirit 223

Part IX The Joys of Freedom

90 Abiding 226

91 Abiding-The Exact Location of the Kingdom of God 228

92 Abiding in Declining Prosperity 230

93 Abiding in Specific Crises 232

94 Responding to Our Freedom 234

95 Freedom 236

96 Grace and Destiny 238

97 Autonomous Freedom 240

98 Misusing Our Freedom 242

99 Freedom from Systems 244

100 God Limits His Freedom 246

101 White Knuckle Club 248

102 Freedom from the White Knuckle Club 250

Part X Freedom and Mental Health

103 Legalism and Mental Health 254

104 Freedom and Mental Health 256

105 Sources of Emotional Disturbance 258

106 Expectation and Emotional Stability 260

107 Security, Identity, and Belonging 263

108 Providence and Mental Health 265

Part XI Unshakable

109 Being Established 268

110 Jesus' Example of Being Unshakable 270

111 Principles of Abiding 273

112 Abiding without Condemnation 276

113 Paradox of Hedonism and Legalism 278

114 Paradox of Grace 280

115 Roots and Fruits of Abiding 282

Part XII Reality and Unreality

116 Unreality 286

117 Kingdom Reality 288

118 Kingdom Reality-Paradox and Tension 290

119 Surrender and the Cross 292

120 The Joy of Growing Up 294

121 Freedom from Playing Religious Games 296

122 The Kingdom as the Treasure and the Pearl 298

123 Opening Ourselves to Father's Pathos 301

124 There Is Another King 303

Part XIII A Vision for the Future

125 Crystal Clear River 306

126 Three Rivers 308

127 Love What He Loves 310

128 Contentment in Success and Failure 312

Conclusion 314

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Bob Mumford does an excellent job of expounding on the Seed of Christ as it grows in our hearts and lives as we come out from under the yokes of abuse, deception, misplaced affections and learn that Christ is the Living Word. As Christians we need to grow in the image and likeness of God and be equipped to feed and water the seed in those whom we are called to minister to in our daily lives. Bob shares years of wisdom from his years in the ministry, and I for one am grateful to find such wisdom. I work with women in recovery, and it is so important to start with the basics and Bob does just that in this book.

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  • Posted October 29, 2012

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    Nuggets of Agape Love - Growing in Your Relationship with Father God

    “Nourishing the Seed – Learning to Please God as a Father” is made up of 128 profound short devotional readings in which gifted Bible teacher Bob Mumford draws from spiritual nuggets and lessons he has gleaned from over a half-century of walking with God as Father. He uses the metaphor of the seed to help the reader understand Agape love in growing in a relationship with Father God. These scriptural seeds when nurtured encourage and produce growth and spiritual maturity in the believer, providing additional nutrients through introspection on the thought provoking questions at the end of each reading. Application of suggested actions included with these “Thoughts and Questions” act as an agent of cultivation to encourage maximum growth during the period from germination to maturity and harvest. A user friendly format includes diagrams and charts that help the reader visualize the key thoughts of the narrative and add to the overall understanding of the material. Mumford is known for his desire to bring about reconciliation and unity among the family of God and for his worldwide ministry of prophetic teaching. “Nourishing the Seed” is written for anyone serious in their desire to follow Jesus and to grow in their relationship with God the Father. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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