Several years ago I wrote a manuscript for a book I had dreamed of publishing. I wrote this during a period of my life when I was trying to deal with my daughter's drug addiction (she is doing very well now). I discovered what helped me get through my pain was trying to help other get through theirs. Because of my own experiences and the testimonies of countless others I have no doubt a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ is the most effective, positive life changing event that can happen to anyone. Our spiritual relationship will do far more than help us deal with personal pain, it will give us a life of fulfillment and contentment. This webpage will provided downloadable links for each chapter of my manuscript. The manuscript could easily be called Christianity 101 because it is basic defense and explanation of what Christianity is all about. Because of my own children's involvement with sports and my work related experiences with many student athletes you will find many sports related analogies.
Christianity is much more than a religion. It is having a purposeful relationship with God that gives us peace, contentment, and an abundant life. This chapter offers strong evidence , as supported by various studies, of how a strong faith will lead to a more fulfilling life. It also touches on the purpose of our creation, why free will is so important, and God's love for us.
Spiritual growth does far more than just get us into heaven! Our spiritual growth will help us develop personal attributes that will help us improve our performance is all aspects of our lives.
A very important chapter that provides compelling evidence why the Bible can be trusted. You will read how science does more to point to creator than disprove one as well as other evidence that indicates the Bible is far more than a good book of literature.
One of the most common and most dangerous misconceptions about Christianity is it is just like all the other religions. There is nothing farther from the truth, as this chapter will point out. In addition you will also understand the other dangerous lie many believe - if there is a God all "good" people will get into heaven. In other words this chapter will explain the significance of Jesus - our only hope of salvation.
What drives us? For many peer pressure and destructive forces do. This chapter simply asks you to examine what driving forces are in your life and suggests what forces should be driving you.
Why is obedience to God important? You will learn in this chapter how ignoring God's instruction causes tremendous bondage and living by His standards actually gives us more freedom in our lives. Promiscuity and substance abuse are important topics discussed in this chapter.
Peer pressure has so much to do with how we value ourselves and others. Often we are made to feel inferior because we don't "measure up" to the standards set by our peers. We often make unhealthy choices because of unhealthy influences. Our spiritual growth should change the way we view ourselves and what is important to us, in other words how we determine our identity. This chapter explains how baptism and communion are connected to forming a new identity as a child of God.
Pride is the number one reason people reject God. Christians are not exempt from having a pride problem. Pride causes us to be judgmental and unloving. Pride also keeps us from reaching our potential as a person.
We suffer more than we should and too often "beat ourselves up" because of perceived performance and/or spiritual failures. Redefining our view of failure will help us. This chapter should help you cope with the disappointment and heartbreak experienced when you feel you are not meeting your expectations or hopes.
We often sell ourselves short and discount God's power in our lives. This mindset is due to not having a powerful faith that can transform our lives and help us reach our potential. This chapter will help you understand God is not a passive God, he is a God that will give you power to truly have a life of value and impact.
This is the nuts and bolts chapter of this book because it will take you through the steps that will help your spiritual growth.
Beware! There are spiritual forces out to destroy you. Knowing there is an enemy opposed to God will help you be prepared for obstacles you will face that could damage your spiritual relationship.
There is a reason why God said the most important commandment is to love God and the second most important is to love others. Love is what gives Christianity the power to make a difference and love is what God is all about.
We can't experience anything more fulfilling than knowing we have a life that makes a difference. Our love of God and love of others will equip us to have a fulfilling live of value.