Why It's Hard to Love Jesus: Moving From Empty Routine to Passionate Reality / Edition 1

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Overview


Why It's Hard To Love Jesus takes a close look at the story in Luke 7 describing Simon the Pharisee and a sinful woman who anoints Jesus with expensive oil. When we're confronted with the reality of Jesus, do we remain indifferent and religious like Simon the Pharisee or do we fall at His feet in adoring worship like the woman who had been forgiven much? Joseph Stowell challenges Christians to honestly probe the answer to this penetrating question.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802410924
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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God's intentions have not changed since the beginning. He longs to have deep, abiding, love-filled relationships with you and with me. Religion is purely a human response to God's gracious initiatives. Passionate relationship grows out of a mutual love between the one in need of grace and the One who freely gives it. Genuine, grace-borne love for Christ is rare. Too often believers today live out their faith on lesser planes of duty and habit. Choked by busy lives and creature comforts, people let the glowing embers of a once vibrant faith slowly dwindle. Eventually, the flame flickers and goes out. What forms is a barren routine, loveless and mundane. Why it's Hard to Love Jesus is about moving from faith expressed in empty routine to a dynamic, love-filled devotion lived out in a passionate relationship. It's about confronting the Pharisee in all of us and embracing a genuine love for Christ. To get there we must first look at a story . . . an ancient narrative about two individuals, plucked from obscurity by Luke, the master storyteller.
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Table of Contents


1. The Eclipse of Devotion

2. Bold Love

3. Life Among the Forgiven Much

4. Love, the Way It Was Meant to Be

5. Aspects of Love

6. Simonized Saints

7. Barriers to Love

8. The Good Neighbor Policy

9. The Ultimate Testimony

10. Street Love

11. Betrayal

12. After the Party

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