This powerful daily devotional will help Purpose Driven® Life readers and others move deeper into God’s plan for their lives. Author Jon Walker, who has worked as an editor and writer with Rick Warren for many years, challenges readers to return God’s grace to its proper place, above sin, where love always triumphs over lists of rules, where no one is forgotten, and where everyone gets more than a second chance. Using a compelling, conversational combination of parable and humorous prose, these 366 devotionals will energize readers as they move toward a deeper, transparent relationship with God. It asks readers to make an authentic assessment of how their beliefs connect—or remain disconnected—with the decisions and actions they make each day. Appealing to a broad range of readers, Growing with Purpose is a fresh look at biblical truth that will transform the way men and women live their lives as believers. It’s a gift that will be read over and over again, strengthening the spiritual legacy readers hope to build in those they love. You can learn more about author Jon Walker’s ministry at www.HisGraceEmbraced.com.
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Growing with PurposeConnecting with God Every Day
By Jon Walker
ZondervanCopyright © 2009 Jon Walker
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Chapter OneHoliness Is a Reasonable Request
"Be holy, because I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16
There are days when I think I'm doing pretty well in my pursuit of holiness; other days, I find myself in the dirt, the mud and crud of life all over my fallen-world face.
On those less-than-saintly days, I wonder if Peter was engaged in wishful thinking when he restated God's call from Leviticus that we are to be holy, just as our heavenly Father is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Yet, Ian Thomas says our call to holiness is a perfectly reasonable request. Isaiah's vision of heaven reveals what this means: He looks around and says, in effect, "All that I've done hasn't come anywhere near to covering my guilt and sin. Lord, I cannot match your holiness" (see Isaiah 6:5; 64:6).
Just then, one of the seraphs flies to Isaiah with a glowing hot coal from heaven's altar, and says, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for" (Isaiah 6:7).
The thing to remember today, and forever, is that God initiates your cleansing and it is God, not your efforts, who makes youholy.
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Eureka! I always knew he’d do it! Thirty-four years after I encouraged Jon Walker to become a writer, he’s produced Growing with Purpose. I’m proud of his book and recommend it to you as thoughtful advice for the Christian soul. Dr. Judy Black
Jon Walker packs each daily devotion in Growing with Purpose with fresh insight and invigorating challenge. Wherever you are now with God, Growing with Purpose will provide you with a daily path to keep taking one step closer. Nancy Guthrie
In his new book, Growing with Purpose, Jon Walker eloquently serves up bite-sized nuggets of God’s truth wrapped in a relevant simplicity that encourages and replenishes the reader. Growing with Purpose is a breath of fresh air in the world of devotionals. Mary Southerland
Growing with Purpose: It’s like a close friend whispering from day to day, “Let me talk to you for a moment.” The friend speaks truth, and he speaks it with a loving heart. Each day as I venture out, I am thankful for my friend’s nurture of my soul. Art Toalston
Jon writes with a tender heart and a strong conviction that will strengthen you to live the daily life of faith. Tom Holladay
If knowing who God is and where God is determines how we live our lives, then Growing with Purpose by Jon Walker will invite its readers to live differently … purposefully … with a growing passion to know God and be a purer expression of his life. Steve Pettit
Jon Walker provides 365 different angles from which to view God. By doing so, he moves us a little closer to understanding two things we never fully graspGod’s greatness and his grace toward undeserving sinners. I highly recommend it this book. Dr. Alan Godwin
Jon Walker’s book causes me to think; it makes me yearn for spiritual depth. I rarely find both qualities in a devotional book. Cecil Murphey