Preaching That Changes Lives

Preaching That Changes Lives

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by Mike Fabarez
     
 

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Certainly there are many books about preaching on the market today, but no author directs his attention to the clear message of changing lives more than Michael Fabarez.

Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right

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Certainly there are many books about preaching on the market today, but no author directs his attention to the clear message of changing lives more than Michael Fabarez.

Everything a pastor does must be done with the perspective of changing lives. When a pastor studies, it should be with the anticipation of changing lives. When he is looking for the right illustration, it must be through the lens of changing lives. When he sets forth the spiritual direction for the church, he must have the scope of changing lives in his focus.

All other books dissect the essentials of pastoral ministry, but "Preaching That Changes Lives" takes it one step further!

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Fabarez, a California pastor, challenges his fellow preachers to transform the way they preach in this impassioned call for life-altering ministry. A well-written and moving sermon isn't "real preaching," Fabarez argues: real preaching "brings about changes that conform a person to the image of Christ." With in-depth analysis, quotes from theologians from Martin Luther to John MacArthur (who pens this volume's foreword) and a range of Bible verses to back up his claims, Fabarez makes his case that many pastors in fail to preach as Jesus exemplified. His solution to the problem? Give sermons that are Christ-centered and applicable to everyday life, and that unabashedly hold the congregants accountable for their sins while simultaneously encouraging them to be more committed to the church. Fabarez admits that such strong standards will make some churchgoers uncomfortable, but he is unapologetic: "We work for their good," he reminds his colleagues, "not for their pleasure and comfort." He demonstrates the crucial principle of application with stories from his own experience, and outlines several ways (through prayer, study habits, sermon tools, etc.) that doctrine can be intertwined with exhortations for change. Fabarez is also quick to remind his peers that while they're working at changing the lives of their parishioners, they must first be about the business of changing, transforming and renewing their own lives and their commitment to God. ZEN AND THE ART OF FALLING IN LOVE Brenda Shoshanna. Simon & Schuster, $21 (272p) ISBN 0743243358 To find love, take off your shoes, sit on a cushion and do nothing, advises the author of Zen Miracles. These and 10 other Zen-based practices, Shoshanna says, will help prepare you to receive love, and, eventually, to build lasting, meaningful relationships. Each Zen instruction is like "a metaphor for our entire lives": consciously taking off our shoes teaches us about mindfulness; sitting quietly on a cushion allows us to get to know ourselves and our patterns of behavior; doing nothing helps us learn to let go of our need to control things and people. Shoshanna goes on to explain how other practices, from cooking to "struggling with your koan," also help us find our way to being in love, "our natural state." For readers seeking hands-on, practical advice for romantic rejuvenation, Shoshanna's guide may feel as weightless as the smoke rising from the nearest incense burner: there are no chapters on the Zen method to approaching that office crush, or dating someone who already has children, for example. But readers searching for broader meaning will revel in her ability to weave together the basic tenets of relationship psychology with the self-realization techniques of Zen practice. Nor is Shoshanna's advice limited to affairs of the heart; much of her counsel-to be open, loving and full of faith-feels relevant to all aspects of life. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597523684
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,449,090
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Michael Fabarez (B.A. Moody Bible Institute, Th. M. Talbot School of Theology, D. Min. Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor who applies the truths of God's word to people's everyday lives. He is a fourth generation southern Californian who accepted the call to preach in 1990 and has seen his church grow from 100 to 3,000 members. His preaching is heard on the Focal Point Radio Ministry. He and his wife, Carlynn, have two young boys, Matthew and John.

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