This is book 2 of a 3 book series. It is a spiritual road map to the Christian who wants to please God but feels confused about doctrine. Chapter 1 is “Evolution and Man’s Rebellious Nature.” It explains why it’s hard for people to live above sin. For as Christ shines into our hearts He illuminates the darkness. So we see ourselves as we really are. Right away our defenses go up. Our pride and love of self feels attacked. Chapter 2 is “Do You Second Guess God?” We all have a tendency to think we know best. We minimize our faults and magnify our good traits for it makes us feel important. Chapter 3 is “Rebellious Attitudes.” It is human nature to want to be served, not to serve. Even Christians want to know what God can do for them. Chapter 4 is “Doing It God’s Way.” People want to choose what they will do for God instead of seeking His will.
Chapter 5 is “Man’s Ingratitude And Spiritual Warfare.” It discusses how people want what God has, but they don’t want Him. Chapter 6 is “Trying To Please God.” An example is given to show how important it is to let God fight spiritual battles through us. We cannot fight spiritual warfare with carnal weapons. Chapter 7 is “God’s Demolition Process in Us.” It explains why we so often lose all the carnal crutches we depend upon when we choose to live for Christ. We lose jobs, friends, family etc. For God has to knock us down in order to build a new foundation in Christ. Chapter 8 is “God Makes Our Decisions.” Living by faith is the hardest part of pleasing God. We want to control our lives and make our own decisions. But in Christ we must let go of the steering wheel and let God be our navigator and driver!
Chapter 9 is “Rejection, Separation, And New Life.” While the rest of the world seeks after wealth and pleasure, those who want to live for Christ serve a different master (Matthew 4:1-10). The closer we get to Christ the further we are from the world (John 17:14, James 4:4). Chapter 10 is “The Disciples Learn To Trust Christ.” It describes the fear the disciples had when Jesus was arrested and crucified. They had always depended on Him. Now He was taken from them. Chapter 11 is “A Stronger Faith.” Out of the Lord’s death and resurrection came new life and new faith for His disciples. Chapter 12 is “Putting Christ First.” It says that nothing in the world is of greater value than salvation in Christ. And how we cannot take our worldly treasures with us into eternity.
Chapter 13 is “Unloading Worldliness.” It explains the Lord’s metaphor about the camel and the needle. Chapter 14 is “Living Above Sin.” It encourages the reader not to give up hope. No matter how big the temptation, Christ can give us the ability to live above sin. Chapter 15 is “Setting The Right Example.” It gives personal examples from the author’s own experience, of how important it is to be a good role model. Chapter 16 is “Rejecting Worldliness.” The author discusses her own relationship with her mother-in-law who was very worldly when they first met. But whom she led to Christ on her mother-in-law’s deathbed. Chapter 17 is “Falling In Love With Christ.” It describes the joy and peace of receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Chapter 18 is “The Selfish Human Nature.” It uses the analogy of birds and squirrels to describe the natural tendency toward self-love and putting oneself on the throne of our heart instead of Christ. We think we are basically good, but “all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags...” (Isaiah 64:6 NIV). So how do we achieve the right relationship with God?
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Anne Kaestner is co-founder of Bible Believers Fellowship, Inc. with her husband Eric. She is the Vice President and Executive Director. Anne also functions as Secretary of the Corporation, and is involved in all major Executive decisions. She attends all Board of Directors meetings, as well as any initial and/or important meetings with professionals hired by the Corporation, including legal, banking, and accounting services. Anne runs the office and is also in charge of personnel. Aside from all of this, she has pioneered our efforts to purchase, at a drastically reduced price, the numerous Christian role model books that we distribute free of charge in correctional facilities nationwide. Anne is in charge of spiritual and doctrinal matters, as well as most written communication. Except for an occasional inmate testimony, she does all of the writing for our publication “The Good News Letter,” most of our mass produced literature, and most of our ebooks. She is in charge of all counseling, the majority of which she handles personally. She is actively involved in researching information that will assist us with our newsletter articles and similar literature, including our “Answers To Your Questions” series. Besides this, she personally reads any and all books and screens all videos that we purchase for distribution. And she was the original liaison between the video suppliers and this ministry. She arranged for the BBFI imprint in our role model books and worked to ensure that we receive copyright clearance on all the Christian videos that we distribute to prisons and jails.