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Foundational Faith: Unchangeable Truth for an Ever-changing World

Foundational Faith: Unchangeable Truth for an Ever-changing World

by John Koessler, John M Koessler, Thomas H. L. Cornman, David Finkbeiner, Robert Rapa, Michael Vanlaningham, Gregg Quiggle, Kevin D Zuber, Michael McDuffee and Kevin Zuber

At various times, some within the Protestant community have compromised core Christian principles to "fit the times". Challenging these truths, many members of the evangelical community have stood up for the key doctrines that, in their view, remain essential to the Christian faith. In Foundational Faith, John Koessler, a professor at Moody Bible… Read more…

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The Moody Handbook of Preaching

The Moody Handbook of Preaching

by John Koessler and John M Koessler

"I can't tell you how many times I have preached and afterward promised God I would never embarrass Him like that again." — Joseph M. Stowell. Unnatural. Supernatural. A gift. Hard work. Exhilarating. Terrifying. These words only begin to describe the challenge and reward each pastor experiences. So what can assist today's pa… Read more…

The Surprising Grace of Disappointment

The Surprising Grace of Disappointment

by John Koessler and John M Koessler

Disappointment is a feeling everyone knows well—failed relationships, buyer’s remorse, unmet expectations, and so on. In a broken world, disappointment surrounds us. But Christians know that Jesus will never disappoint us, right? Wrong. John Koessler explains how Jesus disappoints everyone. He never fails, but he does disappoint.We come to Je… Read more…

True Discipleship: The Art of Following Jesus

True Discipleship: The Art of Following Jesus

by John Koessler and John M Koessler

Most of us would answer 'No' when asked if we were like Jesus. How do we become more like Jesus? John Koessler believes the answer is by understanding and developing the marks of a true disciple in our lives. In True Discipleship and the Companion Guide, he provides a straightforward presentation of the characteristics Jesus laid out for His disc… Read more…

Folly, Grace, and Power

Folly, Grace, and Power

by Chapell Bryan and John Koessler

When you stand before your congregation, what do you hope to accomplish when you preach the Word? If people have Bibles and the freedom to read and pray on their own—why do they need you? In short, what do you bring to the table? Author, pastor, and professor John Koessler answers those questions and many more. Why does one sermon have a powerful effect on… Read more…

Names of the Believers

Names of the Believers

by John Koessler and John M Koessler

What's in a name?In our culture, parents often select names for their children that are popular or have a nice ring to them. But our heavenly Father bestows on His children names that carry far more meaning and significance. In fact, the Bible reveals many labels believers have that indicate calling, position, and giftedness in Christ.In this de… Read more…

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All Together Different: Upholding the Church's Unity While Honoring Our Individual Identities

All Together Different: Upholding the Church's Unity While Honoring Our Individual Identities

by John Koessler and J Brian Tucker

Can we all just get along?E Pluribus Unum: “Out of many, one.” This motto is emblazoned on the Great Seal of the United States, but it could be the church’s model, too. Unfortunately, the daily experience of many Christians and churches feels like the opposite: out of one, many. We are increasingly aware of what makes us different from … Read more…

Folly, Grace, and Power
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Folly, Grace, and Power

by Chapell Bryan, Chapell Bryan, John Koessler, Tom Parks and Tom Parks

When you stand before your congregation, what do you hope to accomplish when you preach the Word? If people have Bibles and the freedom to read and pray on their own—why do they need you? In short, what do you bring to the table?Author, pastor, and professor John Koessler answers those questions and many more. Why does one sermon have a powerful effect on … Read more…

Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now

Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now

by John Koessler and John M Koessler

The present is more than a place where the past comes to rest.It is more than a staging ground for the future.The present is where God shows up.We live our lives in the present, but often our minds are racing toward the future or overwhelmed by the past. We want to change the past and control the future, but usually all we really do is exhaust ourselves… Read more…

Stranger in the House of God

Stranger in the House of God

by John Koessler

Growing up the son of agnostics, John Koessler saw a Catholic church on one end of the street and a Baptist on the other. In the no-man’s land between the two, this curious outside wondered about the God they worshipped—and began a lifelong search to comprehend the grace and mystery of God. A Stranger in the House of God addresses fundamental questions a… Read more…

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