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Created To Be God's Friend: How God Shapes Those He Loves
     

Created To Be God's Friend: How God Shapes Those He Loves

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by Henry Blackaby
 

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Through years of prayerful study, Henry Blackaby has uncovered powerful ways God shaped Abraham to be His friend. The Bible's amazing portraits of Abraham, Blackaby tells us, show how God can make a follower a true friend, and how faith and obedience lead to a lifetime of joyous blessing.

The way forward is, of course, not always easy. Sometimes, Blackaby explains,

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Through years of prayerful study, Henry Blackaby has uncovered powerful ways God shaped Abraham to be His friend. The Bible's amazing portraits of Abraham, Blackaby tells us, show how God can make a follower a true friend, and how faith and obedience lead to a lifetime of joyous blessing.

The way forward is, of course, not always easy. Sometimes, Blackaby explains, God uses difficult events, traumatic experiences, and even our own faithless choices to lead us on to spiritual maturity. But from the first time we respond to God's call through the choices that carry us farther along, Abraham's story rings with assurance. Created to Be God's Friend demonstrates that God can be trusted to take us to a new place of purified character, growing love, and untold benefits.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Blackaby, the Baptist minister who wrote the bestseller Experiencing God (1998), has crafted a serious, meaty argument that God wants His people to become His lifelong and dearly beloved friends. The way to do that, says Blackaby, is to emulate Abraham's response to God. Abraham practiced immediate obedience, even if he didn't understand the full picture of God's plan. Blackaby explains that obedience brings a fuller depth of knowledge of God, not only to the one called to be obedient but to his or her immediate family. Blackaby also uses Abraham's times of disobedience to show the tragic consequences when would-be followers take matters into their own hands. The author argues that disobedience can affect future generations, as when Abraham chose to sire a son with his wife's handmaiden, Hagar (rather than wait for God to fulfill his promise through his wife, Sarai), or when he passed Sarai off as his sister to the Pharaoh Abimelech. Blackaby maintains that God can still be gracious even while demonstrating consequences. Faith, in his opinion, is more than just a verbal statement--it is mindful obedience to God's voice. Each chapter closes with excellent questions for study and response. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785269823
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Biblical Legacy Series , #1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Blackaby is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Experiencing God
Bible studies. Dr. Blackaby is a graduate of the University of British
Columbia. He has a Th.M. degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological
Seminary, has received four honorary doctorate degrees, and is the president of Henry Blackaby Ministries. Dr. Blackaby and his wife have five married children, all serving in Christian ministry. They are blessed with fourteen grandchildren.

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Created to Be God's Friend: How God Shapes Those He Loves 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
foreverHis More than 1 year ago
This book helps you discover how to be God's friend. He has always been my friend, but if you aspire to become His friend, here is a map. Abraham's life was meant to be a pattern for us to follow, not just a great story in the Bible. Hearing God's voice and following in obedience and faith is the greatest journey you will ever take. That is what I found in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago