Why It's Hard to Love Jesus
Why It's Hard To Love Jesus takes a close look at the story in Luke 7 describing Simon the Pharisee and a sinful woman who anoints Jesus with expensive oil. When we're confronted with the reality of Jesus, do we...
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Why It's Hard To Love Jesus takes a close look at the story in Luke 7 describing Simon the Pharisee and a sinful woman who anoints Jesus with expensive oil. When we're confronted with the reality of Jesus, do we remain indifferent and religious like Simon the Pharisee or do we fall at His feet in adoring worship like the woman who had been forgiven much? Joseph Stowell challenges Christians to honestly probe the answer to this penetrating question.^HIGHLIGHTS- Joseph Stowell's position at the Moody Bible Institute and his daily radio broadcast, Proclaim!, will ensure wide publicity.- Freshly edited; in paperback for the first time.- Previously published as Loving Christ.- Includes a "going deeper" section at the end of each chapter. Ideal for individual or group reflections.
Dr. Joe Stowell believes we all have a little Pharisee in our hearts -- that grim faced, self righteous person who cares more about being outwardly religious, than about a heart that responds to Jesus with grateful love. Why it's Hard to Love Jesus is about moving from faith expressed in empty ritual to a dynamic, love-filled devotion lived out in a deepening relationship with Jesus. It's about confronting the Pharisee in all of us and embracing a genuine love for Christ. If Jesus asked you if you loved Him, how would you answer? No doubt you'd respond quickly like Peter, "of course I love You!" But what if He persisted and asked again, "Do you love Me?" Would that strike you as odd? Would you be confused or put out? Jesus asked Peter that penetrating question three times before Peter's insistence seemed to satisfy Him. Jesus knew that words alone could not accurately measure the depth of Peter's affection. And that goes for you and me. Christ desires that our devotion to Him run deeper than just our words. Joe Stowell shows you how to move from dull routine to dynamic devotion -- to a faith lived out in passionate relationship with the one, true lover of your soul. Be prepared to be made uncomfortable. This is no easy pill to swallow -- but nevertheless medicine that will be good for your soul. Book jacket.
Joe Stowell serves as the 11th President of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Comprised of approximately 2500 undergraduate and graduate students, Cornerstone is a Christ - centered university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. The University is committed to creating an environment where students thrive both spiritually and intellectually as they prepare themselves to influence our world as followers of Jesus.
An internationally recognized conference speaker, Joe has also written numerous books including The Trouble with Jesus; Simply Jesus and You; The Upside of Down; and Eternity. Joe also serves with RBC Ministries, partnering in media productions, writing, and outreach to pastors. His Strength for the Journey web ministry, www.getmorestrength.org, features daily devotionals, weekly messages and commentary, downloadable Bible study curriculum, and an audio library of his most requested messages.
Joe serves on the Board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Wheaton College, and has a distinguished career in higher education and church leadership. From 1987–2005, he served as the president of Moody Bible Institute, and as teaching pastor at the 10,000–member Harvest Bible Chapel in suburban Chicago
- <div>1. The Eclipse Of Devotion<br><br>2. Bold Love<br><br>3. Life Among The Forgiven Much<br><br>4. Love, The Way It Was Meant To Be<br><br>5. Aspects Of Love<br><br>6. Simonized Saints<br><br>7. Barriers To Love<br><br>8. The Good Neighbor Policy<br><br>9. The Ultimate Testimony<br><br>10. Street Love<br><br>11. Betrayal<br><br>12. After The Party</div>
God's intentions have not changed since the beginning. He longs to have deep, abiding, love-filled relationships with you and with me. Religion is purely a human response to God's gracious initiatives. Passionate relationship grows out of a mutual love between the one in need of grace and the One who freely gives it. Genuine, grace-borne love for Christ is rare. Too often believers today live out their faith on lesser planes of duty and habit. Choked by busy lives and creature comforts, people let the glowing embers of a once vibrant faith slowly dwindle. Eventually, the flame flickers and goes out. What forms is a barren routine, loveless and mundane. Why it's Hard to Love Jesus is about moving from faith expressed in empty routine to a dynamic, love-filled devotion lived out in a passionate relationship. It's about confronting the Pharisee in all of us and embracing a genuine love for Christ. To get there we must first look at a story . . . an ancient narrative about two individuals, plucked from obscurity by Luke, the master storyteller.