UFOs, Conspiracies, and Biblical Theology: An Interview with Dr. Michael Heiser

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Today’s interview is with Dr. Michael Heiser, who is the academic editor for Logos Bible Software, Bible Study Magazine, and the Faithlife Study Bible. His latest book, The Portent, picks up where the cliffhanger ending of The Façade, left off.

1. For those who have not yet read the previous book, can you tell us a little about The Façade?

The plot of The Façade is driven by the fate of a team of scholars who were “recruited” for an above-top-secret project against their will by a mysterious cabal of military insiders referred to only as “the Group.” Comprised of experts in fields as diverse and unrelated as psychology, atmospheric science, bovine biochemistry, environmental biology, apocalyptic cults and militia groups, and the Hebrew Bible, the team is only told that they represent the last line of defense against a global climatic disaster.

In order to gain the team’s trust, the Group authorizes successive levels of disclosure and access to classified documents, technologies, and artifacts. But it soon becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems at their undisclosed location—and the reason they’ve been assembled is quite different than what they’ve been told. The Façade follows the team as they unpeel layer after layer of deception and counter-deception, heading toward a shocking revelation that will alter mankind’s perception of itself forever—if they can discern which lie to believe.

Fundamentally, The Façade asks two questions: (1) If humanity learned that intelligent extraterrestrial life existed and had been to earth, how would that impact traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs? (2) What if the beings everyone thought were extraterrestrial life were something worse?

2. For those who have read The Façade, what new things can they expect from The Portent?

The Portent picks up several months after the ending of The Façade. Brian and Melissa have managed to maintain anonymity in view of their circumstances at the end of The Façade. They’re trying to build new lives, while living in constant fear of exposure. But they’re in it together, and they’re absolutely committed to each other, though there’s a lot of personal uncertainty about what that means for the future. As readers of The Façade will know, they both have issues.

Eventually the unthinkable—but inevitable—happens. A series of seemingly disconnected and unanticipated events leaves them vulnerable to exposure, forcing them to make more life-altering decisions. One of the things I want readers to think about in The Portent is the role of providence in our lives. Brian and Melissa get caught up (again) in circumstances beyond their control that converge in both advantageous and deadly ways.

Like The Façade, the sequel takes readers into all sorts of subjects. For me, writing fiction is like writing a thesis. I do an enormous amount of research for all the elements in the story. Just like it was in The Façade, every ancient text, every quotation from historical figures, every academic study or journal article, and every government document in the story is real. The Portent takes readers into the intellectual roots of ancient astronaut theory (philosophical, religious, occult), technological achievements during the second world war and the Cold War era that are not part of mainstream knowledge, and true elements of Cold War conspiracy. But the sequel—along with its plot and sub-plots—involves much more. The Portent draws from serious scholarship in biblical studies, archaeology, Vedic studies (Indo-Aryan origins), astronomy, Nazi occultism, Gnosticism, Minoan studies, human migration, genetics, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

3. The word portent refers to something ominous coming in the future—an omen—why that title?

I picked the title because the plotline of The Portent gets into the future plans of the adversary introduced in The Façade. The Portent gave me an opportunity to put myself in the place of intelligent evil and ask how I might use common expectations and beliefs to accomplish my ends. How might I simultaneously confirm and undermine what people believe and think—and to what end? The agenda has something to do with the extraterrestrial and theological breadcrumb trails that were part of the storyline in The Façade.

4. What prompted you to write these books?

I’m interested in all the subjects touched on in The Façade and The Portent. They all connect to biblical theology and biblical history. Too many Christians isolate the Bible from other disciplines and subjects. I want Christians to see how theology and these other ideas are more inter-related than they suppose. I also want my readers to know that there’s a lot of mystery in the world. The truth really is often stranger than fiction, but sometimes it takes fiction to get people to realize that.

5. To what extent are the things described in these books based on reality?

As was the case with The Façade, all of the data points are real—historical figures, ancient texts, research that characters refer to, government programs and documents, etc. Readers often doubt this, so I’ve provided a pretty extensive bibliography. In the case of The Portent, all that data is available in a separate handbook, which is available through my website. I use the novel to connect the data points together in a story driven by fictional characters.

6. What would you like people to walk away with after reading The Portent?

I’d like them to see that Christian fiction can be intelligent and unpredictable. I want to challenge readers to think carefully about cutting-edge ideas and technology that will alter our perception of who we are, human destiny, and the role of faith in the future. I also want readers see that the spiritual world they think they know would be thought of quite differently if we viewed Scripture through ancient eyes. I use the discoveries, conspiracies, and technologies of the “black” world of the military industrial complex to help readers understand that the spiritual world is closer to us than we realize, emphasizing the importance of careful theological thinking.

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Pick up Dr. Heiser’s new book The Portent today! And if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to get The Façade to read first.

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Making Wise Choices: Thoughts on Choosing the Best Yes

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Today’s interview is with Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Her new ebook The Best Yes, artfully paints a picture of how to make wise decision amidst a sea of endless choices. Get it on Vyrso today!

1. You have an impressive resume of accomplishments, and you’ve made a huge impact on thousands of people. Tell us more about the everyday you.

I just chuckled at “an impressive resume of accomplishments” because it makes me sound way more polished than I really am! At my core, I’m just a simple country girl who lives in North Carolina with my husband, Art, and my five priority blessings—Jackson, Mark, Hope, Ashley, and Brooke.

In my everyday life, I feel like a success if I get through the day having spent time with the Lord, exercised in some way, had a laugh with one of my kids, had clean underwear in my husband’s drawer when he needed them, and made a friend smile.

2. Why did you write your new book, The Best Yes?

I wrote this message because I NEED this message. I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing out on the sweet parts of life. I always found myself saying, “I’ll do that thing that makes my soul come alive when I find time.” But no one in the history of the world has ever found more time or made more time.

We all get 168 hours a week. No more. No less. And too many of us are missing out on too much.

Honestly, when I set my life to the rhythm of rush, I don’t like who I am.

Rushing robs me of the sweetest parts of life—the parts of life that feed my soul. When a woman lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule, she’ll ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.

I’m tired of that deep ache. I think a lot of women are.

So with The Best Yes, I really want to help equip women to slow the rhythm of rush in their lives so the best of who they are can emerge.

3. What does it mean to become a “powerfully effective decision maker”?

A powerfully effective decision maker is a person who uses a combination of knowledge, insight, and discernment when faced with a decision. We must get into God’s Word and let God’s truth get into us (Philippians 1:9–10).

Knowledge is wisdom that comes from acquiring truth.

Insight is wisdom that comes from living out the truth we acquire.

Discernment is wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit’s reminders of that knowledge and insight.

The Holy Spirit helps us remember that knowledge and insight so we can display it through good judgment in our everyday life decisions.

4. What’s your decision-making strategy for going through big life transitions?

I think it’s always good to use wisdom, knowledge, and an understanding of your resource capacity to assess your decisions.

For many situations, my husband and I run our decisions through these five questions that I talk about in the book:

• Do we have the resources to handle this along with our current responsibilities?
• Could this fit physically?
• Could this fit financially?
• Could this fit spiritually?
• Could this fit emotionally?

I’ve learned to really pay attention to my emotional capacity and be honest with myself when I’m stretched too thin. When I allow myself to get overloaded emotionally, which can happen so easily in big life transitions, the worst version of me emerges. And that’s not good for anyone. So this five-question filter helps us to be realistic when facing a decision.

5. How do you recommend parents teach their children to make wise decisions at school?

As parents, we need to get intentional with teaching our kids to think through their choices. But we must get intentional about modeling good choices as well.

Satan is a master of keeping the cost of our decisions hidden until it’s too late—for us and for our kids. Explain that to your child and consider age-appropriate examples of how costly wrong choices can be. Be real, raw and bold as you walk your children through different scenarios of temptations they might face.

Think how different life might be if we all paused and asked ourselves this crucial question: How much will this choice really cost me? If we teach ourselves and our kids nothing else today than to ask this one question, we will have invested wisely.

6. How do you choose “the best yes” when you have to decide between multiple good choices?

That’s a great question. More often than not, I find myself stuck between a good choice and another good choice, trying to figure out which one is perfect.

These good vs. good decisions happen every day. But when you’re trying to pick the perfect choice, here’s the secret answer: there is no perfect choice. If you understand this, it sets you free from the fear of making a mistake.

As long as you desire to please God with your decisions, no decision you make will be completely awful. Nor will any decision you make be completely awesome. Every decision carries a dose of both. Every thrill has an element of risk. Every leap of faith has moments of uncertainty. And every great success story has elements of failure.

In other words, since there is no perfect choice, I don’t have to be paralyzed by the fear that I’m not making the perfect choice.

But here’s where the certainty is: My imperfections will never override God’s promises. God’s promises are not dependent on my ability to always choose well, but rather on his ability to use well. And I’m so thankful for that.

7. What are some of the hardest decisions you’ve ever had to make?

Discerning God’s will at different crucial steps in my life was so hard for so long. With all the needs in the world, how can I determine which ones are my assignments? Here’s what really helped me: making enough space in my day to really be able to pay attention to God.

Often we want big directional signs to God’s will. He just wants us to pay attention. The one who obeys God’s instruction today will develop a keen awareness of His direction for tomorrow.

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Learn what it means to make wise decisions while you are making thousands of choices everyday. Get Lysa’s new ebook, The Best Yes, on Vyrso today!

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Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man

Billy Graham Candid Conversations

In Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man, Sir David Frost gives a remarkable look at the personal side of a world-renowned preacher and author. For 30 years, Billy Graham and David Frost fascinated television audiences with their conversations about God, the Bible, and Graham’s decades-long ministry.

Pre-order your copy of Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man for $10.79!

 

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Some time ago Billy Graham said, “A marriage should be made up of three people: you, your spouse, and God. Christ should be the foundation of a Christian marriage right from the beginning. A lasting marriage starts during courtship. I would say to a young person who is beginning to think about marriage: ‘Yield this whole area of your life to Christ, and trust him. Don’t take your cue from the world: realize that marriage is a lifetime commitment. You shouldn’t go into it with the idea you can always get out of it if things don’t work out. And realize that true love is not selfish.’”

When I asked Billy what it takes to make a marriage work, he expanded on this basic premise of self-sacrificial love.

Frost: You and your wife are a terrific example of how to stay in love. What would you say makes a marriage work?

Graham: I think to have a successful marriage, you need two very good forgivers. They have to learn to forgive each other. And I think the most difficult period of marriage is probably the first five years of adjustment. That’s very difficult. After about five years there develops an understanding so that a couple can communicate with each other without ever saying a word. And I know that in my own case, I suppose it’s been at least fifteen years since my wife and I have had a cross word between us. I mean, we think alike, we believe alike, and we desperately love each other. I love her far more now than I did when I married her. And I believe she loves me.

And also learning to accept the faults of each other. I think that Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “I’ve learned to accept the faults of my friends.” And I think you can establish a friendship or marriage relationship when you learn to realize that no one is perfect, that we do have little faults.

And then thirdly I think . . . there must be spiritual affinity. There must be something more than the physical or the material. There must be a spiritual understanding in a marriage. And if there isn’t this spiritual oneness and understanding, I think the marriage is in danger, because it must have a strong rock upon which to build. And, of course, when two people can face a problem as we all have and can pray about it and talk about it in a spiritual dimension and face it that way, of course their possibility of settling that problem is far greater.

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Learn more about Billy Graham and his life as an evangelist, Christian father, grandfather, and as an influential public figure. Pre-order Billy Graham: Candid Conversations with a Public Man and get your copy when it releases!

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How to Revive a Dying Church

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You’ve seen them everywhere—squashed in between the latest superstores, crumbling on the outskirts of the neighboring subdivision, and hiding behind tall grasses off the freeway. There are old churches scattered all throughout urban areas in the Western world that are either being slowly forgotten or have already faded into the background. Replant is the story of how those local churches can be saved—from the inside out.

Instead of a five-step guide to church revitalization, Replant describes two drastically different leaders—Mark DeVine and Darrin Patrick—who took it upon themselves to revive a dying Kansas City church and return it to its former glory. This book aims to help pastors and leaders “take risks for God’s glory, to raise your gaze to what is possible, to challenge what is comfortable, so that God’s plan A—the local church—advances.”

The book begins with DeVine, a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, being assigned the new position of interim pastor at First Calvary Baptist Church—a classic church equipped with a beautiful sanctuary of ornate woodwork, colorful stained-glass windows, commanding organ pipes, and several decades’ worth of neglect and congregational decay. Upon seeing the church, DeVine instantly felt compelled to restore both the building and its congregation:

“The church of Jesus Christ is not a building; it is people. But First Calvary’s magnificent sanctuary was not just a building either. It commanded a historic and still-strategic outpost on the frontier of gospel advances namely within one of the increasingly secular cities of America, which are now among the fastest-growing mission fields on the planet.

I found myself unable to contemplate this declining flock with nonchalance. At stake were not mere bricks and stained glass, but the advance of the light against encroaching spiritual darkness.”

DeVine then took it upon himself to unseat the “cartel” of four long-time church members inhibiting growth, and connect First Calvary with the thriving church of a former student—that of Darrin Patrick, vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and pastor of The Journey. What happens once these two churches join forces? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out, but what I can tell you is that this story is one that pastors all over the world can relate to and learn from. It examines how churches suffering under the burden of shrinking congregations, crumbling infrastructure, and lack of morale can once again be revived for the glory of Christ.

“All contexts—suburban, rural, and urban—need new churches. But there is a special need for new churches in cities. By planting and replanting churches in urban centers, we have a strategic opportunity to influence the entire world, because the entire world is coming to live in, work in, and visit cities.” —Darrin Patrick

Discover their story for yourself: download this new book, Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again on Vyrso today.

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Enter to Win Logos 5 and Pastoral-Leadership Resources!

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Pastoral leaders need encouragement and revitalization. That’s why we’ve put together a giveaway full of resources for just that. Refuel for church leadership with six Vyrso books to inspire the preacher and leader within, three one-year subscriptions focused on leadership and preaching, a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine, and a new Logos 5 Starter base package for theological and scriptural support.

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Bible Study Magazine brings you enriching insights and sound advice from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians, and archaeologists. Read stories from pastors and scholars who have been shaped by Scripture in both practical and radical ways. This magazine is published by Logos Bible Software bimonthly and delivered right to your mailbox.

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Stop Chasing the Wind and Start Chasing Your Wife

7 ways to be her hero

After leading countless men’s retreats and conferences, and serving as the teaching pastor at Saddleback Church for 15 years, author Doug Fields discovered something pervasive in Christian culture: the way men talk and the issues they discuss are not properly represented or addressed in Christian relationship books. That’s why he wrote his latest book, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Looking For, which is specifically designed for men and written how men talk.

In 7 Ways to Be Her Hero, Fields outlines a simple plan that includes seven perfectly doable actions that will transform your marriage. According to Rick Warren, “This book should storm into your living room, demand an audience, and become every husband’s best friend!” Get 7 Ways to Be Her Hero for just $9.99 on Vyrso!

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7 Ways to Be Her Hero packs a powerful punch. Here’s an excerpt:

Here’s the sad truth: when our dreams fizzle, we simply learn to settle for lesser dreams. In fact, many of us settle for the crap that culture has sold to us about what men are supposed to be like: we are supposed to chase things, and we took the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

For men it turns out that the object of the chase is not the important thing. In fact, it is secondary. We can chase prestigious careers, piles of money, positions with esteem, accolades from corporate headquarters, power to control others, women to conquer . . . whatever. It is the act of chasing that is important. But every man who has ever done the chase thing knows that even if we catch whatever it is we are chasing, the chase is never over. There is always something else to chase!

It appears that a man’s drive for the chase goes back thousands of years. The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes was written by one of the most successful and prosperous men to ever live, the wisest of them all, King Solomon. Solomon appeared to have it all. In his forty-year reign over Israel, he spearheaded massive building projects, including the first temple in Jerusalem. He collected thousands of horses and chariots. He amassed great wealth and treasure. He was very much into the ladies, having seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.

Solomon was a master of the chase. Yet, reflecting upon all he had accomplished, he wrote: “But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind” (Eccl. 2:11 NLT).

Sadly, we have bought into the cultural construct of manhood. We are addicted to the chase. We are busy, and our busyness validates our sense of importance. Yet we, like Solomon before us, are chasing the wind. We are too busy to notice that the chase is killing our souls, wounding our wives, and destroying our marriages. Whenever I speak to women’s groups, I hear them loud and clear that our chase is not their chase:

• “I’d rather have him make less money and be around more.”

• “He’s so engaged with work that he’s not engaged at home.”

• “I used to think he did this for the family, but in the end, it’s more about his ego.”

Guys, you are driven to provide for the needs of your family. This is the grain-of-truth, the God-given wiring, and the sacred cog of the chase. But many of us have managed to bury the truth under layers of self-interest and self-fulfillment until the truth has been lost. The point of the chase has become the chase itself. I am not suggesting you shouldn’t work hard, but I am suggesting that if you are defining your value by the chase—by your ambition, your work, and your achievement—then you are simply chasing after the wind, and ultimately, it is meaningless . . . When we are addicted to the chase, we leave nothing to our wives but possessions and regrets. I will say it one more time, hoping that dawn will break over those with marble heads: your wife doesn’t want the presents your credit card buys or the status your busyness conveys. She wants a vital and intimate relationship with you, and this requires your presence in her life. It requires you to make a proactive choice to invest your time and energy in your (one) life together.

And here is a bit of biblical truth to drive the nail home: there is only one thing on this earth the Bible talks about being one with. It’s not your job, your kids, your ministry, your hobbies, your golf game, or your fantasy football team(s). It is your wife. And if you are chasing anything else at the expense of oneness with your wife, you are chasing the wind.

A hero is not created when a man chases the wind. A hero is created when a man recognizes he has been chasing the wrong things and realizes that his wife should be the object of his chase.

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Discover the seven simple steps to establishing a happier, healthier marriage: get Doug Fields’ new book, 7 Ways to Be Her Hero: The One She’s Been Waiting For, for just $9.99 on Vyrso!

 

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Finding Peace of Mind in the Psalms

Seeking God in the Psalms

For over 30 years, Boyd Bailey, founder of Wisdom Hunters, has passionately pursued truth and wisdom through his fulltime career in ministry, executive coaching, and mentoring.

Bailey begins each day by spending time in the Word and writing down his reflections and questions. In 2004, he began emailing these brief reflections to a small group of fellow “wisdom hunters,” and they became so popular that he decided to compile them into a devotional. He now has 11 devotionals, which cover topics like marriage, fatherhood, money management, the Psalms, and more, and reach over 100,000 people across 86 countries.

For a limited time, you can get all of his Wisdom Hunters devotionals for just 99 cents each! Or buy them all for just $10.89.

Peace of mind

Each of these devotionals are written in real time, and they take you through Bailey’s thought process immediately after reading Scripture. Here’s an excerpt from Seeking God in the Psalms that addresses finding peace of mind:

Once you apply the peace of Christ, you have peace of mind. Peace of mind gives you a platform for living purposively. Because you live purposively and peacefully you garner influence with others. People are attracted to the peaceful. They want to learn how to find and apply peace to their life circumstances. Your friends or family may not acknowledge it, but your peace is proof of God’s existence. Peace is a powerful apologetic for the Almighty. Only Christ can explain your calm during a crisis. Because you lean on Him, others want to lean on you. You are a lean-to for your Lord. So use prayerfully this platform of peace for ministry. People will line up for peace of mind.

Lastly, use your peace of mind as a gauge for God’s will. If you have peace, proceed. But if you lack peace, heed. God’s peace is a green light to go forward. The absence of His peace is a red light to refrain. Therefore be sensitive to the Spirit’s peaceful prodding to go or stay. Either way, you are OK as long as the Lord’s peace is preeminent. Peace gives you a state of mind that thinks clearly and wisely. Peace positions you for right thinking. Do not impulsively barrel ahead without peace of mind. Emotions can play tricks on our trust and good sense.

Therefore, check your feelings with faith. Slow down and make sure you have a peace about moving forward. Stand up to the pressure of people. They do not have to live with your decision; you do. Peace is God’s protection from unwise choices. His peace is a prescription for success. So slow down and pray. Pray for the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Peace reveals His will. Peace of mind does not fear, but hopes in Him.

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Street-Level Faith: The Story of Paul David Tripp

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Paul David Tripp is a pastor, an author, and an international conference speaker, yet he still finds time to run his own ministry. As president of Paul Tripp Ministries, he strives to connect Jesus Christ’s transforming power to everyday life. Tripp’s unique vision has led him to write 14 books on raw Christian living—and eight of these can be found on Vyrso. Tripp’s preaching and teaching is inspired by a passion to help people connect the gospel to every aspect of their life—a necessary feat in our broken world.

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Bible Study Magazine recently sat down with Tripp to hear about his experience in preaching and teaching Christianity on the “street level.” Check out this excerpt from the cover story:

“Tripp can relate to those who struggle to see how faith plays out in real life. ‘Growing up, I didn’t understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned that Christ died for my past sins and I am forgiven because of His death. I learned that Christians can look forward to eternity because of Christ’s sacrifice.’ But he didn’t learn how faith in Christ was for the here and now—what it means in terms of family, parenting, relationships, the workplace, finances, and sexuality. ‘I heard about God’s plan of mercy and forgiveness, yet I lived in a culture that offered laws, rules, criticism and condemnation instead. There was disharmony between the message and the realities of everyday life.’

‘For a long time, I studied the word of God to understand its content—the theological information it contained. That’s a very important step in the process, but I stopped before I ever asked how it spoke to the particular issues of life in a broken world.

He sees the Bible differently these days. ‘The Bible is a grand redemptive story, but it may be better to say it’s a theologically annotated story. To some degree, every passage tells something about God, about me, about life in the fallen world, about the disaster of sin and the operation of God’s grace—every passage tells me something about every dimension of my life.’”

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Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine before July 31 to get the Paul David Tripp issue and continue reading. And explore more of Tripp’s powerful books on pastoral ministry, marriage, and more: check out all of his titles on Vyrso today.

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Get 11 Wisdom Hunters Devotionals for $0.99 Each!

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Through July 16, get 11 Wisdom Hunters titles for 99 cents each—or buy them all for just $10.89! Wisdom Hunters’ ministry, based in Atlanta, was created to encourage Christians to apply God’s unchanging truth in a changing world. Whether you’re a mom, a small group leader, or someone wanting to get more joy out of your job, Wisdom Hunters’ founder Boyd Bailey has created a devotional designed to help you make a habit of spending daily time in the Word and applying Scripture’s truth in your life.

Reaching more than 80 countries across the globe, Wisdom Hunters has a devotional for everyone. Here are a few 99-cent books to choose from:

Seeking Daily the Heart of God

Go deeper into God’s Word every day. This book offers three-minute devotions for every day of the year, and it challenges you to know God better and fill your life with his wisdom. Begin each day with a clear and applicable Scripture reading and lesson, and discover how seeking God’s heart every day will enrich your life and empower your spiritual walk.

Wisdom for Marriage

Get scriptural wisdom and practical tips for a better marriage today. These 30 devotional readings are designed to move you from settling for a mediocre love to an unselfish love that flows from the love of the Lord. This easily digestible, yet impactful book covers envy, pride, hope, prayer, and much more as it dissects the most beloved Bible verses on love and marriage and applies them to your life.

Infusion

Get the spiritual truth and encouragement you need to infuse the Word into your life and extract sin. This 90-day devotional offers a fresh look at Scripture, and it’s specially designed to encourage you to spend regular time with God. This process of regular spiritual infusion gives you the emotional and mental stamina to “walk wisely” within a world of hurt. Each day’s entry includes Scripture paired with a devotional reading and a concise spiritual lesson.

Wisdom for Work

God created you to find pride in your work. In fact, a job well done invites the commendation of Christ, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” By serving as a strong steward of your gifts and skills, you bring honor to Christ. This devotional will help you focus on Christ and his character as you face both work-related struggles and successes.

Wisdom for Fathers

Do you ever feel inadequate or overwhelmed as a father? You’re not alone. But the struggles you face as a father offer the perfect opportunity to approach your heavenly father for wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. Discover how to practice godly principles in your everyday life, so you can be the husband, leader, and father God designed you to be.

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Take 80% Off the Father-Daughter Bundle!

Daddy's GirlThis last week we’ve been offering amazing deals on 24-hour book bundles that provide wisdom and encouragement for dads everywhere. Today’s Father-Daughter Bundle is filled with titles designed to strengthen and inspire your relationship with your daughter. The icing on the cake?

Here’s what you’ll get:

1. Nourishing the Seed: Learning to Please Father God by Bob Mumford

These devotional-sized teachings are designed to spiritually move you forward in a greater understanding of what the father’s love means. You’ll come alongside Bob Mumford’s 55+ years of experience as he teaches in-depth concepts on how to cultivate, nourish, and produce fruit in your life. The end of each chapter contains additional thoughts, questions, diagrams, and charts to add a deeper understanding of the concepts discussed.

2. Eyes of Honor: Training for Purity and Righteousness by Jonathan Welton

Find an honest and refreshing viewpoint that offers hope and complete freedom from sexual sin. Jonathan Welton devoted himself to finding a way to find freedom for years through books, 12-step groups, and counseling—with no success. Through the encouragement of countless friends who longed for freedom, Welton found answers in Scripture. In Eyes of Honor, he presents how to live a pure life by understanding your personal identity, the proper view of the opposite sex, and recognition of your enemies.

3. What Guys See That Girls Don’t by Sharon Daugherty

What are guys looking at? What picture do men see you paint? Sharon Daugherty speaks frankly—with Scripture as her backing—to teens and young women about the impact of their dress and behavior on the opposite sex. Find practical advice your daughter can use to project radiant beauty from the inside out, develop a pure and genuine aura, and send the appropriate signals, all while living joyfully with God-set boundaries. We recommend that you read this book with your teenage daughter as she establishes her own sense of style; learn more about her developing personality and impart your keen wisdom!

4. Raising a Lady in Waiting: Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Daughter Avoid a Bozo by Jackie Kendall

Learn from bestselling author Jackie Kendall as she opens her heart to share her experience raising daughters that navigate the challenges of relationships. Get valuable principles that help you effectively guide your daughter to maintain high relationship standards, guard her mind from false relationship images, and teach her the value of waiting for God’s best. As a parent, you are your daughter’s most influential mentor and coach—help her make wise decisions today!

 

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