Secondhand Jesus

Secondhand Jesus

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by Glenn Packiam
     
 

ISBN-10: 143476639X

ISBN-13: 9781434766397

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: Cook, David C

God wants us to know Him deeply and personally.  But there are no shortcuts to God.

"The way to life-to God!-is vigorous and requires total attention."
(Matthew 7:14, The Message)

God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else's descriptions,

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God wants us to know Him deeply and personally.  But there are no shortcuts to God.

"The way to life-to God!-is vigorous and requires total attention."
(Matthew 7:14, The Message)

God has offered us firsthand knowledge of His love, His grace, and His power. Yet so often, we too easily settle for someone else's descriptions, the Cliff notes from another's spiritual journey. We are content for "God-experts" to do the heavy lifting and then give us the bottom line. And like any secondhand information, after enough times through the grapevine, the truth about God deteriorates and crumbs of rumor are all that remain.

But when life derails, and things don't go as we had planned, our thin view of God is challenged. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God, or to let our questions lead us home. When we choose to wrestle with God, to engage Him for ourselves, we-like Jacob and Job and David-will see rumors die and revelation come alive.

It's time to hear the magnificent, Divine Invitation. It's time to take God up on His offer and embrace the mystery and majesty of knowing Him for ourselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434766397
Publisher:
Cook, David C
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Foreword 15

1 Thursday 19

2 Rumors 33

3 Genie 49

Rumor #1 God Will Give Me What I Want

4 Gone 67

Question #1 Where Has the Glory Gone?

5 Many 83

Rumor #2 God Can Be Added to My List of Loyalties

6 Subversive 99

Question #2 How Can We Get Rid of This God?

7 Audacity 117

Rumor #3 God Is Pleased with My Goodness

8 Holy 137

Question #3 Who Can Stand Before This God?

9 Carts 155

Rumor #4 God Prefers Specialists

10 Contact 171

Question #4 How Can God Come to Me?

11 Invitation 189

12 Joy 203

Notes 213

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Wyn More than 1 year ago
Glenn Packiam, the author, was a young pastor songwriter who had everything going for him and suddenly one Thursday his world crumbled when the head pastor of his church was found to not be what he was thought to be, in other words, he was sinful. From this shock, Mr. Packiam discovered something that many of us have discovered ~ not all pastors, ministers, leaders, and other scholars in the Christian world really know what they are talking about. They don't know God. They know bits and pieces of God, especially those pieces that we all like to think about, the God of prosperity, of rewards, of love, of forgiveness, of all the good things. The God of Psalm 23. But, he is also the God of Psalm 22, the God who doesn't seem to be always there, the God who demands vengeance. This book is written in a manner that the average person can understand, it is not scholarly nor brilliantly theological. That's a good thing, the average person doesn't bother to read those kind of books and gain insight from them. Mr. Packiam has chosen to write about the God of the Ark of the Covenant. How the Ark has shown some of His characteristics over the centuries. And how these characteristics are different from the way that most Christians view God, especially now that main-stream media churches are presenting him in an almost New Age type way. Do as God says, follow the rules, and you will be blessed. Of course, this is wrong but we are so brain washed and so materialistic that we believe it anyway. It's time Mr. Packiam declares, to get out the bible and discover for ourselves what and who God is. This book is an excellent reminder that our relationship with God is exactly that, a relationship, and we need to treat it as such.
momyreads More than 1 year ago
i am halfway through this book and am seriously struggling with even finishing it. the author seems to be desperately attempting to reconcile his botched spirituality through this book, and is dragging every other Christian along for the ride. he is making bold assumptions that all Christians view God as a vending machine, as he did, and is pushing a conglomerate mix of poverty gospel, guilt, confusion, antecdotal stories and Bible verses. the is using the reader as a vessel to pass off his guilt and shame, attempting to make himself feel better by making us feel worse. and for that, this book is a dire failure at anything good. i definitely suggest every person reading this book does so carefully, and believers should do so only under the protection of the Spirit.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Secondhand Jesus Trading Rumors of God for a firsthand faith Glenn Packiam 2009 David C. Cook Non-fiction/Christian living/Spiritual Growth Glenn Packiam, an associate worship pastor at New Life Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was on staff when the shock of his life came. His senior pastor had been found in a very public sin, and was asked to step down. Glenn realized that his walk with Christ was a second hand walk. Just as second hand cigarette smoke will kill non-smokers, a second hand relationship with Jesus will bring you spiritual death. Join Glenn, as he explores and deepens his relationship with Jesus. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making this book a wonderful tool for a book group. A well written book, with interesting stories and spiritual truths, Glenn has written a book to definitely share with friends and family. 217 pages, $14.99 US
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