Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture

by Larry Osborne


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Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture by Larry Osborne

Meet a man forced to live in a fast changing and godless society. He faced fears about the future, concern for his safety, and the discouragement of world that seemed to be falling apart at warp speed. Sound familiar? His name was Daniel, and with the power of hope, humility, and wisdom, he not only thrived, he changed an empire while he was at it. Though he lived thousands of years ago, he has a much to teach us today.
Even in Babylon, God Is in Control
In Thriving in Babylon, Larry Osborne explores the “adult” story of Daniel to help us not only survive – but actually thrive in an increasingly godless culture. Here Pastor Osborne looks at:
-      Why panic and despair are never from God
-      What true optimism looks like
-      How humility disarms even our greatest of enemies
-      Why respect causes even those who will have nothing to do with God to listen
-      How wisdom can snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat
For those who know Jesus and understand the full implications of the cross, the resurrection, and the promises of Jesus, everything changes – not only in us, but also in our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434704214
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 318,312
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Larry Osbornehas served as a senior pastor and teaching pastor at North Coast Church—one of the ten most influential churches in the country—since 1980. Dr. Osborne is the author of numerous books, including Accidental Pharisees. He and his wife live in Oceanside, California. They have three grown children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 17

Section 1 Daniel's Story

1 A Man Named Daniel: Famous but Unknown? 21

2 Caught in the Backwash: How Big is Our God? 29

3 Surrounded By Evil: How Bad Can It Get? 35

4 Tough Love Starts at Home: Why God Sometimes Lets the Bad Guys Win 45

Section 2 Prepared For Battle

5 Why Our Faith Needs to Be Tested: The Problem with Counterfeits 57

6 Why Good Intentions, Morality, and Fast Starts Can't Be Trusted: Counterfeit Faith s Most Convincing Traits 67

7 Boot Camp: How Trials Prepare Us for Battle 77

Section 3 Hope: Where Courage is Birthed

8 Hope: Beyond Wishful Thinking 91

9 Why I'm An Optimist: Lesions from My DVR 99

10 GIGO: How Input Determines Outlook 109

11 Hope Killers: The Curse of Conspiracy Theories and Catastrophizing 117

12 Two More Hope Killers: Myopia and Amnesia 125

13 False Hope: The Problem with Politics and Bandwagons 133

Section 4 Humility: How Credibility is Earned

14 Humility: The Forgotten Path 145

15 Respect: Breaking Down Walls 153

16 Persuasion: The Problem with s Spiritual Warfare Model 161

Section 5 Wisdom: The Power of Perspective

17 Wisdom: Some Things Aren't Worth Dying For 169

18 Scaredy-Cat Christianity: When Pear Takes Over 177

19 Compromise Isn't a Dirty Word: Mercy Trumps Sacrifice 185

20 What God Wants: Why Faithful Is More Important Than Successful 191

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richardblake More than 1 year ago
A Contemporary Perspective of the Person, Writing, Culture, and Spiritual Influence of the Man Daniel - the Old Testament Prophet In his book “Thriving in Babylon,” bestselling author, Larry Osborne introduces a new perspective on the character, writing, and the incredible spiritual influence of the prophet Daniel in the midst of the godless culture and society of ancient Babylon, known for its wickedness, evil, and debauchery. He parallels this with a challenge for Christians today to become a positive influence for change in a culture and society comparable to a modern day Babylon. Although Osborne alludes to the well-known courage of Daniel, his deliverance from the lion’s den, and the important prophecies found in his writings, his emphasis is on Daniel’s hope, humility, and wisdom in carrying out God’s purpose for his life. Larry Osborne is senior pastor of the North Coast Church in Oceanside, California and a best-selling author. North Coast Church is among the top 10 most influential churches in America. His writing is clear, credible timely, articulate, and packed with personal application. “Thriving in Babylon – Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture” contains a message for every Christian today seeking to make a positive impact on our culture by introducing the relevancy of the gospel message in the midst of the spiraling downward trend in Biblical core values in the world today. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is a very timely book as we see more and more our world becoming more like Babylon and more and more hostility toward the Christian beliefs and it's people. The author shares about the book of Daniel and how he stayed faithful to God despite what was going on around him. His love for God is everything to him and he doesn't give in to all the debauchery that is going on around him. Even in the face of persecution, he is faithful. This book is very easy to read and that's one of the best things about it. It doesn't read like a text book but like the author is sitting across from you sharing with you one-on-one. He also tells us that hope is the ultimate key to staying grounded and how we get that hope. He tells us what not to put our hope and faith in - politics and ministries that are on steroids. He doesn't say not to get involved in politics and try to make a difference in sharing our beliefs and the Gospel, but not to make it into our savior. Same with huge ministries that don't share the truth but promise things or rely on certain thinking. The Word of God is still what we need to put our hope and faith in. He also tells us that submission to authority does not include sin. Daniel did not eat the non-kosher food, he did not worship the statue of Nebuchadnezzer, and he continued to pray in public even though it was deemed against the law. He did what God called him to do over what man said because his heart was with God and God came first. This book will open your eyes to how we can live in this world and still hold fast to what we, as Christians belive. I enjoyed this book very much and would highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by David C. Cook publishers and LitFuse Publicity Group
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Like many Christians, I knew a little about Daniel. What Christian doesn’t learn about Daniel and the lion’s den? I’ve also read the book of Daniel a few times and I know the importance of his prophecies in Christianity. I was not sure what to expect when reading this book but I must say that I was really impressed by what was presented and I learned a lot about Daniel. This book put his life in a new perspective for me. From his willingness to honor God when he could lose his life doing so, to the humbleness and strength involved in picking his battles and being a Godly man in a Godless society. This author really got me thinking about how my Christianity furthers God’s cause or detracts from it. I finished this book with a great deal of hope in my heart. If Daniel could thrive in Babylon, then so can we. Great read.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
Hope, Humility, and Wisdom. They matter if you're trying to live well in a troubled world. For Daniel, his troubled world was Babylon. For you and I, it's probably some corner of America. (I've actually heard serious discussion about whether America is the "Babylon" of prophecy. We won't quibble about that.) Let's take the comparison between those places this far: when we look around our world we too see a lot of not-gods being exalted and leaving their worshippers empty. We see violence and destruction in our cities- fear stalks our children. We find sexuality being presented without the protection of reverence. Our leaders are politicians, and we expect them to lie- and in turn we begin slandering them as soon as they announce a bid for office. We Christians supposed to be "salt" and "light" in a dark and flavorless world, but if it's not an outside circumstance tripping us up, our own pride and tempers keep us from the ways of God. How shall we then live? Larry Osborne takes you to the story of Daniel, highlighting the way God taught him how to live. Frankly, it's hard to imagine a country more hostile to the God of Scripture than Babylon, yet the leaders of Babylon came to deeply respect this devoted Hebrew. How? Daniel was taken from his home as a captive, yet he came to a position of influence. His viewpoints would have been very controversial, yet the reputation of his integrity won him a hearing. He lived peaceably amidst the pagans, while practicing fidelity to his God. Oh, the lessons we can learn from Daniel! And "Thriving in Babylon" is an upbeat-and-yet-serious, challenging and pastoral look at these lessons. As with every title I've read from David C Cook publishers, a lot is said in 199 pages. Expect to underline and make notes. "When we obey the light we have, God shows up. And every time he does, our hope grows stronger. We begin to experience Biblical hope: the deep-seated optimism and confidence that comes from knowing that God can be trusted even when we have no idea what he's up to." ~Larry Osborne