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Putting the Pieces Back Together

Mel Lawrenz
Putting the Pieces Back Together
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Putting the Pieces Back Together

Mel Lawrenz

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It would be easier, wouldn't it, if all the pieces of life always held together? If it always made sense. If nothing ever broke off. If no part were ever lost, or twisted, or detached. Each chapter of this book touches on a point of human need and leads the reader toward a solid faith conviction that helps make sense of the issues, and points toward the "together" dynamic of life: integration.

- Publisher Putting the Pieces Back TogetherCopyright 2005 by Mel LawrenzRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataLawrenz, Mel.Putting the pieces back together : how real life and real faith connect /Mel Lawrenz.p. cm.ISBN 0-310-25477-9 (hardcover)1. Christian life. I. Title.BV4501.3.L396 2005248.8''6-dc222004020893ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25477-5This edition printed on acid-free paper.All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: NewInternational Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation,copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton,IL 60189 USA. All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the priorpermission of the publisher.Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.Interior design by Beth ShagenePrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /.DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1P a r t 1Our PiecesAll the king''s horses and all the king''s mencouldn''t put Humpty together again.-Nursery rhymeLife would be easier, wouldn''t it, if all of itspieces held together. If they always madesense. If nothing ever broke off. If no part wereever lost or twisted or detached.Imagine life if you could glide smoothlythrough the day from one of your roles to thenext: mother to wife to co-manager to next-doorneighbor to aunt to friend; or brother to supervisorto dad to son to church leader. Is there oneperson in there somewhere? Is it possible to liveas the same person at home as at work, insteadof civil Jekyll in public and monster Hyde whenyou''re alone?Imagine life if no one ever left, if illness nevercaused loved ones to drop from our lives, if thepeople we care about never died or deserted us.Imagine life in Paradise. Eden was the wonderfulopening chord of life, a complete harmony.Nothing in excess, nothing missing,nothing broken. But when that break did happen(and what an awful shattering sound itmade), when human beings said, "We think wecan do this on our own," all of creation shudderedand cracks spread throughout. Our only1 PIECES OF LIFE15hope from then on was that someone, somewhere, would help usput the pieces back together.But even when things aren''t broken, life often seems to be a pileof pieces we stand looking at, wondering how they all fit together, orif they do. Does what I believe about God have anything to do withhow I behave as a citizen? How does my understanding of humanity''spurpose fit with my everyday experiences with people in all theirglory and shame? How can God be loving and accepting and angryat the same time? How can horrible things happen to people whoseem to be no more than innocent bystanders? How does this speckof dust that we call Earth fit in the vast universe? Where is this worldheading? What does God want me to do with my life? Does a person''sbelief about life after death change the atmosphere in the chapelbefore a funeral starts?DEATH''S SHATTERING BLOWI was just four years old when my father suddenly died. What Iremember is being at my grandfather and grandmother''s house inthe country and not returning back home to Chicago for a very longtime. How could a four-year-old have handled the scene my motherhad to witness? Wheezing and feverish, my father had struggledunder the heavy hand of a terrible cold. Feeling a bit better, hedecided to walk down to the corner drugstore to pick up some familysnapshots that had been processed. Back home, he felt muchworse and asked

- Publisher Putting the Pieces Back Together Copyright 2005 by Mel Lawrenz Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lawrenz, Mel. Putting the pieces back together : how real life and real faith connect / Mel Lawrenz. p. cm. ISBN 0-310-25477-9 (hardcover) 1. Christian life. I. Title. BV4501.3.L396 2005 248.8'6-dc22 2004020893 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25477-5 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189 USA. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680 Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /.DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 P a r t 1 Our Pieces All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. -Nursery rhyme Life would be easier, wouldn't it, if all of its pieces held together. If they always made sense. If nothing ever broke off. If no part were ever lost or twisted or detached. Imagine life if you could glide smoothly through the day from one of your roles to the next: mother to wife to co-manager to next-door neighbor to aunt to friend; or brother to supervisor to dad to son to church leader. Is there one person in there somewhere? Is it possible to live as the same person at home as at work, instead of civil Jekyll in public and monster Hyde when you're alone? Imagine life if no one ever left, if illness never caused loved ones to drop from our lives, if the people we care about never died or deserted us. Imagine life in Paradise. Eden was the wonderful opening chord of life, a complete harmony. Nothing in excess, nothing missing, nothing broken. But when that break did happen (and what an awful shattering sound it made), when human beings said, "We think we can do this on our own," all of creation shuddered and cracks spread throughout. Our only 1 PIECES OF LIFE 15 hope from then on was that someone, somewhere, would help us put the pieces back together. But even when things aren't broken, life often seems to be a pile of pieces we stand looking at, wondering how they all fit together, or if they do. Does what I believe about God have anything to do with how I behave as a citizen? How does my understanding of humanity's purpose fit with my everyday experiences with people in all their glory and shame? How can God be loving and accepting and angry at the same time? How can horrible things happen to people who seem to be no more than innocent bystanders? How does this speck of dust that we call Earth fit in the vast universe? Where is this world heading? What does God want me to do with my life? Does a person's belief about life after death change the atmosphere in the chapel before a funeral starts? DEATH'S SHATTERING BLOW I was just four years old when my father suddenly died. What I remember is being at my grandfather and grandmother's house in


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It would be easier, wouldn't it, if all the pieces of life always held together? If it always made sense. If nothing ever broke off. If no part were ever lost, or twisted, or detached. Each chapter of this book touches on a point of human need and leads the reader toward a solid faith conviction that helps make sense of the issues, and points toward the "together" dynamic of life: integration.
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Putting the Pieces Back TogetherCopyright 2005 by Mel LawrenzRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataLawrenz, Mel.Putting the pieces back together : how real life and real faith connect /Mel Lawrenz.p. cm.ISBN 0-310-25477-9 (hardcover)1. Christian life. I. Title.BV4501.3.L396 2005248.8''6-dc222004020893ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25477-5This edition printed on acid-free paper.All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: NewInternational Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation,copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton,IL 60189 USA. All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the priorpermission of the publisher.Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.Interior design by Beth ShagenePrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /.DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1P a r t 1Our PiecesAll the king''s horses and all the king''s mencouldn''t put Humpty together again.-Nursery rhymeLife would be easier, wouldn''t it, if all of itspieces held together. If they always madesense. If nothing ever broke off. If no part wereever lost or twisted or detached.Imagine life if you could glide smoothlythrough the day from one of your roles to thenext: mother to wife to co-manager to next-doorneighbor to aunt to friend; or brother to supervisorto dad to son to church leader. Is there oneperson in there somewhere? Is it possible to liveas the same person at home as at work, insteadof civil Jekyll in public and monster Hyde whenyou''re alone?Imagine life if no one ever left, if illness nevercaused loved ones to drop from our lives, if thepeople we care about never died or deserted us.Imagine life in Paradise. Eden was the wonderfulopening chord of life, a complete harmony.Nothing in excess, nothing missing,nothing broken. But when that break did happen(and what an awful shattering sound itmade), when human beings said, "We think wecan do this on our own," all of creation shudderedand cracks spread throughout. Our only1 PIECES OF LIFE15hope from then on was that someone, somewhere, would help usput the pieces back together.But even when things aren''t broken, life often seems to be a pileof pieces we stand looking at, wondering how they all fit together, orif they do. Does what I believe about God have anything to do withhow I behave as a citizen? How does my understanding of humanity''spurpose fit with my everyday experiences with people in all theirglory and shame? How can God be loving and accepting and angryat the same time? How can horrible things happen to people whoseem to be no more than innocent bystanders? How does this speckof dust that we call Earth fit in the vast universe? Where is this worldheading? What does God want me to do with my life? Does a person''sbelief about life after death change the atmosphere in the chapelbefore a funeral starts?DEATH''S SHATTERING BLOWI was just four years old when my father suddenly died. What Iremember is being at my grandfather and grandmother''s house inthe country and not returning back home to Chicago for a very longtime. How could a four-year-old have handled the scene my motherhad to witness? Wheezing and feverish, my father had struggledunder the heavy hand of a terrible cold. Feeling a bit better, hedecided to walk down to the corner drugstore to pick up some familysnapshots that had been processed. Back home, he felt muchworse and asked
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Putting the Pieces Back Together Copyright 2005 by Mel Lawrenz Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lawrenz, Mel. Putting the pieces back together : how real life and real faith connect / Mel Lawrenz. p. cm. ISBN 0-310-25477-9 (hardcover) 1. Christian life. I. Title. BV4501.3.L396 2005 248.8'6-dc22 2004020893 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25477-5 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189 USA. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Published in association with the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680 Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Interior design by Beth Shagene Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /.DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 P a r t 1 Our Pieces All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again. -Nursery rhyme Life would be easier, wouldn't it, if all of its pieces held together. If they always made sense. If nothing ever broke off. If no part were ever lost or twisted or detached. Imagine life if you could glide smoothly through the day from one of your roles to the next: mother to wife to co-manager to next-door neighbor to aunt to friend; or brother to supervisor to dad to son to church leader. Is there one person in there somewhere? Is it possible to live as the same person at home as at work, instead of civil Jekyll in public and monster Hyde when you're alone? Imagine life if no one ever left, if illness never caused loved ones to drop from our lives, if the people we care about never died or deserted us. Imagine life in Paradise. Eden was the wonderful opening chord of life, a complete harmony. Nothing in excess, nothing missing, nothing broken. But when that break did happen (and what an awful shattering sound it made), when human beings said, "We think we can do this on our own," all of creation shuddered and cracks spread throughout. Our only 1 PIECES OF LIFE 15 hope from then on was that someone, somewhere, would help us put the pieces back together. But even when things aren't broken, life often seems to be a pile of pieces we stand looking at, wondering how they all fit together, or if they do. Does what I believe about God have anything to do with how I behave as a citizen? How does my understanding of humanity's purpose fit with my everyday experiences with people in all their glory and shame? How can God be loving and accepting and angry at the same time? How can horrible things happen to people who seem to be no more than innocent bystanders? How does this speck of dust that we call Earth fit in the vast universe? Where is this world heading? What does God want me to do with my life? Does a person's belief about life after death change the atmosphere in the chapel before a funeral starts? DEATH'S SHATTERING BLOW I was just four years old when my father suddenly died. What I remember is being at my grandfather and grandmother's house in

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Meet the Author

Mel Lawrenz

Mel Lawrenz was Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, for the past ten years and has recently become Minister at Large for Elmbrook Church and director of a new networking ministry: The Brook Network, thebrooknetwork.org . He has served at Elmbrook for thirty years altogether, succeeding Stuart Briscoe as senior pastor in 2000. Mel has a Ph.D. in historical theology from Marquette University, and an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or coauthor of eleven books, and host of the radio program 'Faith Conversations, ' whic

Table Of Contents

  • Contents Preface 11 P A R T 1 Our Pieces 1. Pieces Of Life 15 There Is Hope That We Can Construct Good Lives And Repair Them When They Break Down, But We Need God's Power. 2. What's Wrong With Me? 23 We Need To Understand What It Is In Us That Keeps Pulling Us Apart. 3. Why Do Bad Things Happen To Innocent People? 31 People And Powers Outside Us Are Often The Shattering Influences In Life. 4. Who Am I Really? 43 We Are More Than Meets The Eye, Soul As Well As Body. 5. Image Is Everything 53 We Were Made To Reflect God's Own Whole And Complete Character. P A R T 2 God Puts The Pieces Back Together 6. Providence 63 What God Has Made, God Will Care For. He Does Not Leave A Broken World In Pieces. 7. God Uncovered 71 God Wants Us To Know Him And Has Given Specific Ways For That To Happen. 8. God Is Great 79 Our Best Hope For The Pieces Of Our Lives To Be Pulled Together Is The Unchanging And Unrivaled Greatness Of God. 9. God Is Good 89 Everything God Does Is Good And Is To The Good End That Broken Lives Get Restored. 10. God Was Never Alone 97 We Will Never Be Left Alone Because God Pulls Communities Together And Is Himself A Fellowship Of Father, Son, And Holy Spirit. 11. Putting On Flesh 111 God Put Together His Divine Power And The Needs Of Humanity When God Took On Flesh In The Coming Of Jesus. 12. Rescue 119 God's Intent Is To Rescue Us, But We Need To Acknowledge Our Need To Be Saved. 13. Cross And Tomb 125 The Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Are The Supreme Acts By Which God Forgives Us And Empowers Us. P A R T 3 Living Whole Again 14. How Faith Happens 137 The Experience Of Faith Is A Discovery Of Realities Bigger Than Ourselves. 15. Belief And Authority 145 We Can Have Confidence And Certainty When Our Faith Rests Truly On God. 16. What The Stars Say 153 We Know That Life Can Hold Together Because Of The Way God Created The Universe, The Whole Thing. 17. Finding Peace With God 163 Stopping Our War With God And Getting On God's Side Is The Ultimate Way For Life To Come Together. 18. Cleaning Up Your Act 169 God Keeps Pulling Our Lives Together By A Lifelong Process Called Sanctification. 19. Sanctuary 175 The Safest Place To Be On Earth Is In The New Community Of Christ. 20. The Clash Of Kingdoms 183 How We Can Live In The Kingdom Of God And In An Earthly Kingdom At The Same Time. 21. What Happens When We Die? 195 Death Is Not Disintegration, But The Passageway To A More Whole Life Than We've Ever Experienced Before. 22. The New Heaven And Earth 203 God Intends To Recreate All That We Now See And Experience.

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  • Catalogue Code 223956
  • Product Code 0310254779
  • EAN 9780310254775
  • UPC 025986254773
  • Pages 224
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Apr 2005
  • Dimensions 221 x 147 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.370kg

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