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Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp

Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp

 

Teenage hassles that disrupt parents’ lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to, and nurture our kids? Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with their teenagers.

Age of Opportunity is a marvel. It brims with fresh, rich, honest truth. Tripp will get you looking in the mirror before you go looking at your teen. He’ll get you seeking – and finding – your own Father’s help.

David Powlison

… opens the door to hope for parents and teens alike by showing us how God can transform the hearts of whole families … You won’t be able to put this book down.

Tremper Longman III

…optimistic, positive, biblical. …In a world that has made an industry out of dysfunction, it is refreshing to read a book that assumes that God … has made ample preparation for parents and teenagers to succeed.

Jay Kissler

Paul Tripp (M.Div., Philadelphia Theological Seminary; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a non profit organization, whose mission statement is “Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life.” He is a gifted communicator and is a sought-after national and international conference speaker.

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Teens and Sex: How Should We Teach Them by Paul Tripp

Teens and Sex: How Should We Teach Them by Paul Tripp

Tripp unearths the premises that underlie popular views of sex and notes several characteristics that make teenagers especially vulnerable to sexual temptation. He offers a threefold plan for helping teens deal with sex realistically and in the hope of the gospel.

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Paul David Tripp’s Books and Studies

If you haven’t heard Paul Tripp speak, you need to.  He is a phenomenal speaker and writer because he is real.  He wasn’t always a very gracious husband or father, but he has allowed the Saviour to redeem his worst enemy:  his own sinful self.  As you read these books and pamphlets, Paul will point you to God’s word and you will find the hope that Christ brings to our lives.

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Age of Opportunity
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A Quest for More
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Broken Down house
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How People Change
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Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
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Lost in the Middle
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Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
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War of Words
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What Did You Expect PB
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Suffering: Eternity Makes a Difference, Pamphlet
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Marriage: Whose Dream?, Pamphlet
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Domestic Abuse, Pamphlet
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Teens and Sex, Pamphlet
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Long Story Short: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski

Long Story Short 10 minute devotions by Marty Machowski

Transform Your Family with Ten Minutes a Day in the Gospel Story

Christian parents know the importance of passing the gospel story on to their children, yet we live in a busy world filled with distractions. Schedules collide, there is homework and yard work and dishes and laundry, the car’s oil should be changed, there are phone calls to make and before you know it, everyone is getting to bed late again.

The Bible can seem like a long story for an active family to read, but when you break it down into short sections, as Marty Machowski does, family devotions are easy to do. Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ. You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children. The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to transform the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read.

Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for twenty-two years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester Pennsylvania.

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Long Story Short is the best material for family devotions I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for something careful, creative, and Christ-centered without being corny, confusing, or condescending look no further. Pastors would be wise to buy this book by the boxful and get a copy into the hands of each family in their church.
Justin Taylor
Blogger (Between Two Worlds); managing editor of the ESV Study Bible

This is simply an outstanding book, and Christian families need it right now. I have never seen a devotional book that is so well suited to family devotions and to children, even as it is faithful in relating biblical truth. This book will help any Christian parent lead family devotions that will be memorable, faithful, and practical for Christian living. I’ll admit this too, parents will find that they love the stories, illustrations, and learning suggestions along with their children. Marty Machowski has written a wonderful book.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

I love the simplicity and practicality of Long Story Short. Marty Machowski gives parents a valuable resource to make disciples in our homes by highlighting the gospel story and the Hero of Scripture. I plan to strongly encourage the use of this book throughout our entire network of churches.
Scott Thomas
President, Acts 29 Network

Parents, you know that teaching your children God’s Word, especially with children of varying ages, is never easy. But Marty Machowski has just made it easier. Long Story Short guides your family through Old Testament stories, each one highlighting the love and faithfulness of God and the hope of a Savior to come. To use this guide is to have an experienced father and pastor assisting you every night. These moments together, informed by Marty’s book, will help your children understand and be amazed by the grace of God as revealed in the Old Testament.
C.J. Mahaney
President, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of many books, including The Cross Centered Life

In Long Story Short, Marty Machowski provides what my wife and I needed when we were struggling to find good tools to disciple our young children. We got by, but this resource would have helped us so much. I envy the parents who will have it available to them. It is simple, interactive, and faithful to Scripture. It avoids the pitfalls of moralism that is prevalent in much of the children’s Bible literature today. Marty insists that you and your children meet Jesus and see the gospel of grace in every story. I can’t recommend this resource enough.
Dr. Timothy S. Lane, Executive Director,
Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation; coauthor of How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

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Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer

Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer

If you look around in your church today, two-thirds of the young people who are sitting among us have already left in their hearts; soon they will be gone for good.
This is the alarming conclusion from a study Answers in Genesis commissioned from America’s Research Group, led by respected researcher Britt Beemer. The results may unnerve you – they may shake long-held assumptions to the core – but these results need to be taken seriously by the church. Already Gone reveals:

• Why America’s churches have lost an entire generation of believers
• The views of 1,000 twenty-somethings, solidly raised in the church but no longer attending – and their reasons why
• Relevant statistical data effectively teamed with powerful apologetics

The study found that we are losing our kids in elementary, middle school, and high school rather than college, and the “Sunday school syndrome” is contributing to the epidemic, rather than helping alleviate it. This is an alarming wake-up call for the church, showing how our programs and our approaches to Christian education are failing…and our children are paying the price. Though the statistics reveal a huge disconnect taking place between our children and their church experience, Already Gone shows how to fight back for our families, our churches, and our world. We can make a difference today that will affect the statistics of tomorrow in a positive and Christ-focused way!

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Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp

Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp

Paul Tripp is one of my favorite authors.  If you have ever heard him speak, you will know what I mean when I say he gets to the heart of the issue.  This is such a great book to help us reach the heart of our teens.

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Teenage hassles that disrupt parents’ lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to, and nurture our kids? Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with their teenagers.

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Adopted for Life by Russell Moore and CJ Mahaney

Adopted for Life by Russell Moore

 

A stirring call to Christian families and churches to be a people who care for orphans, not just in word, but in deed. The gospel of Jesus Christ-the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God’s family-means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world. Russell D. Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within evangelicalism, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself. Moore, who is himself the father of adopted children and has spoken widely on the subject, writes for couples considering adoption, families who have adopted children, and pastors who wish to encourage adoption.

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A Praying Life

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

This is the best book I have ever read on prayer.  Paul Miller brings such a biblical perspective that is practical and refreshing.  I am excited about what the Lord will do in my life as I apply the principles that Paul has provided.  And I am hoping that everyone will read this book and make it a part of their everyday life!

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Biblical interpretation for both beginning and experienced Bible readers. Changes to the new third edition include: updated language, new foreword, improved diagrams, substantial rewriting of several chapters to make them more user-friendly, and updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.

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Your Guide to Understanding the Bible

Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life.

More than half a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This third edition features substantial revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include: •Updated language •A new authors’ preface •Several chapters rewritten for better readability •Updated list of recommended commentaries and resources

Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

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How to Read the Bible Book by Book

How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee

Helps people read the Bible as a whole; and even when the whole is narrowed to whole books, helps readers to see how each book fits into the grand Story of the Bible.

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A Guided Tour from Genesis through Revelation

Reading the Bible need not be a haphazard journey through strange and bewildering territory. Like an experienced tour guide, How to Read the Bible Book by Book takes you by the hand and walks you through the Scriptures. For each book of the Bible, the authors start with a quick snapshot, then expand the view to help you better understand its key elements and how it fits into the grand narrative of the Bible. Written by two top evangelical scholars, this survey is designed to get you actually reading the Bible knowledgeably and understanding it accurately.

In an engaging, conversational style, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart take you through a given book of the Bible using their unique, progressive approach:

• Orienting Data—Concise info bytes that form a thumbnail of the book • Overview—A brief panorama that introduces key concepts and themes and important landmarks in the book • Specific Advice for Reading—Pointers for accurately understanding the details and message of the book in context with the circumstances surrounding its writing • A Walk Through—The actual section-by-section tour that helps you see both the larger landscape of the book and how its various parts work together to form the whole. Here you are taken by the hand and told, “Look at this!”

How to Read the Bible Book by Book can be used as a companion to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. It also stands on its own as a reliable guide to reading and understanding the Bible for yourself.

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