God Recorded Their Lives for a Purpose-So We Can Learn from Them. Noah and the ark...Jacob's ladder of angels...Joseph's coat of many colors...Moses and the burning bush...Joshua and the Battle of Jericho...Samson and Delilah. All of these are stories many of us have bee familiar with since we were children, and they're the same stories we tell our own children. It can be all too easy to see these people as merely characters. In fact, that's what we often call them- Bible characters.- But they are so much more than that! They're real people, with all the joys and sorrows, successes and failures, satisfaction and disappointments that make up life. They're people who had to learn to follow God through all kinds of circumstances, and even stumbled on occasion-just like we do. Yet God recorded their lives for a purpose: so we can learn from them what God is like and what it means to follow Him. Each of the men in this study found that out in their own unique way, and as you look at their lives you'll soon realize that there's formula to following God. There are only principles He's giving us, and examples to look at, listen to, and learn from. In the pages of this book you will come face to face with such questions as: * Do you kw and accept God's design and purpose for you? * Have you committed your life to following God, in spite of the cost? * What is God's view of Sin? What are some of sin's consequences? * Does a sovereign, almighty God give us choices?
Wayne BarberWayne Barber was a graduate of Mars Hill College. He attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He received an honorary doctorate from North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida and Covington Theological Seminary in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Wayne has been Senior Pastor in churches in Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and New Mexico. Wayne has been a renowned national and international conference ministry speaker, his primary goal of ministry was to spread the message of the sufficiency of Christ. People around the world connected with Wayne's unique ability to make God's Word come alive through his honest and open real-life experiences. Wayne authored or co-authored several books, including The Rest of Grace, published in 1998, as well as seven books that are part of AMG Publishers' Following God(R) series. For many years he wrote a regular column in AMG's Pulpit Helps monthly magazine. For more than twenty years he served as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Woodland Park Baptist Church. And for many of those years in Chattanooga, Wayne co-taught with noted author Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries and has studied under Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, who was one of the world's leading Greek scholars. On August 29, 2016, Wayne passed away suddenly after a short illness. He is survived by his wife and two grown children and several grandchildren.Rick ShepherdRichard L.Shepherd has been engaged in some form of ministry for more than twenty years, focusing on areas of teaching, discipleship, and prayer. He has served in churches in Alabama, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee and now serves as Director of Prayer and Spiritual Awakening with the Florida Baptist Convention. For nearly seventeen years (1983-2000), Rick served as an associate pastor at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Lord's ministry has taken him to several countries, including Haiti, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Italy, Israel, England, and Greece, where he has been involved in training pastor, church leaders, and congregations. Rick has also lectured on college and seminary campuses. he graduated with honors from the University of Mobile and holds a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas. He and his wife Linda Gail have four children and make their home in Jacksonville, Florida.Eddie RasnakeEddie Rasnake met Christ in 1976 as a freshman in college. He graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University in 1980. he and his wife, Michele, served for nearly seven years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. Their first assignment was the University of Virginia, and while there they also started a Campus Crusade ministry at James Madison University. Eddie then served four years as campus director of the Campus Crusade ministry at the University of Tennessee. In 18989, Eddie left Campus Crusade to join Wayne Barber at Woodland Park Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Training. He has been ministering in Eastern Europe in the role of equipping local believers for more than a decade and has published materials in Albanian, German, Greek, Italian, Romanian, and Russian. Eddie serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana, Albania, and the Bible Training Center in Eleuthera, Bahamas. he also serves as chaplain for the Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati Reds AA Affiliate) baseball team. Eddie and his wife Michele live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with their four children.