Immovable: Standing Firm in the Last Days by Tim Riordan
Are you prepared to stand firm in the last days?
Genre: Bible Study, Spiritual Warfare, Bible Prophecy
Bible prophecy points to cataclysmic events before the return of Christ. Is it possible that the stage is being set now for some of the events to take place? Are you ready for the challenges and spiritual conflict that are sure to come in the last days? In Immovable: Standing Firm in the Last Days, Dr. Tim Riordan challenges Christians to be prepared for the difficulties and opportunities of living in the last days before the return of Christ. He connects Bible prophecy regarding the last days to the spiritual armor of Ephesians and teaches Christians how to put it on and engage our spiritual enemy. Immovable will serve as a guide as you seek to prepare to stand firm in the days ahead.
The last days before the rapture of the church will be times of great difficulty as well as times of great opportunity. Are you ready to stand firm during a time of great spiritual upheaval and challenge? The Bible indicates that these last days will be a time of tremendous spiritual conflict. Are you prepared to engage our enemy with steadfast endurance?
God has equipped us with spiritual armor that will enable Christians to not only stand firm during the last days, but also to gain ground against the enemy by bearing spiritual fruit. The armor that is listed in Ephesians 6:10-18 has specific implications for those living in the days leading up to the return of Christ and the rapture of the church. With careful study, we can see a correlation between the armor of God and the Bible prophecies related to the last days.
Immovable is written as a guide for Christians in helping them to prepare to stand strong during a time that could lead to great weakness. It is a manual to direct Christians to engage in spiritual battles in the strength of the Lord and to shine the light of Jesus in a very dark time. Not only will this book offer encouragement and guidance for the individual Christian, but there is also a guide for small group discussion offered in the final pages.
The Bible is clear that Jesus is coming again and times will be quite challenging before that return. It is paramount that Christians prepare for the days ahead. You will find Immovable to be a valuable resource to help you get ready for the exciting and challenging days ahead.
I will never forget standing with a family in a small hospital room, watching the slowing heart monitor hooked to the still, small form of a three-year old boy, who fell into a swimming pool while no one watched. I was supposed to be the spiritual shepherd called to be with a grieving family to provide support, encouragement, and an appropriate word from God. The problem occurred when I walked into the hospital room knowing the boy would soon die. He looked just like my three-year old son – tight, curly, blond hair and a tiny, fair-skinned body. If it hadn’t been for all the wires attached to this miniature person, he would have looked as if he were taking a nap and would be ready to jump up and run around the room any minute.
In that moment, I was no longer the pastor on call with emotional and spiritual fortitude, the one expected to be the steadfast guide in a tragic moment. I was not the one who, while transparently sharing in the grief with an appropriate emotional response, remained resolute in my ability to lead this grieving family into the open arms of Christ’s comfort. Instead, I was the brokenhearted father who looked on the fractured form of his dying son. I became an emotional wreck. As we all huddled around the bed waiting for the heart monitor to flat line, a nurse compassionately placed her hand upon my shoulder comforting me as much as she did the distraught mother.
I learned that day that even in the moments when being immovable is essential, many times it is elusive. It would have been strange, unChristlike, and even inhuman for me not to have been emotionally affected by such an event, but my inability to control my emotions in such a critical time made me less effective at the moment.
People thought Thomas Jonathan Jackson was immovable, and many swore they would follow him to their death. He began his military career in the Mexican-American War but gained his fame as he served under General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. As the Union Army pressed upon the Confederates, Jackson pushed his men to fill the gap and stand firm against the enemy. When Brigadier General Barnard Bee looked back to see Jackson holding fast as the enemy poured toward him, he said to his men, “Look men, there is Jackson standing like a stone wall!” From that day forward, Colonel Thomas Jonathan Jackson became known simply as “Stonewall Jackson.” A fierce fighter, immovable in battle, he eventually became one of the best known and most effective generals who led the Confederate States Army…
Immovable! Can we comprehend such a concept? When have you needed to be immovable but were unable to find the strength?
As I look at Christians today, I wonder if we are ready for the days ahead. Are we ready to stand firm in these last days leading up to the rapture of the church? Are our children prepared to endure the trials and challenges that are sure to come as the Antichrist prepares to step up onto the world’s stage?
This book is written as a guide to help Christians prepare for the days ahead. It is divided into two parts. The first part offers biblical teaching about the last days and compares this teaching to current events indicating we may indeed be the last generation. If we are not the last generation before the return of Christ, then our children or grandchildren could be. Many wonderful books go into great detail about Bible prophecy and current events, and it is not my intent to provide an exhaustive list of every prophecy connected to the current events of our time; however, it is my purpose to provide just enough biblical information and facts about current events for us to consider the possibility that the last days may be upon us.
The second section focuses on the spiritual armor God has provided for the times of spiritual conflict the church will be forced to undergo. While you may have already studied the spiritual armor referred to in Ephesians 6:10-18, I will challenge you to look at it anew as equipment God has given the church so we can stand immovable in the last days leading up to the rapture. The final chapter will offer practical application of the principles outlined in previous chapters. It does not matter what your denominational affiliation may be; God has a message for all of us, and there are things we must do if we are going to engage our enemy with steadfastness…
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“If anyone is considering becoming enlightened on this subject, I highly recommend this book!!” -Dustin
“I learned a lot and I am excited to be able to share with others.” -Sis
“I seldom read books twice, but this is one I am reading again, taking copious notes during my reread.” -C.B. McCloud
Dr. Tim Riordan is a pastor, a Bible teacher, and a student of scripture. He has spent most of his adult life in Georgia, though he has served churches in Texas and Alabama as well. He currently serves as the senior pastor of SonRise Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia. After receiving a degree in music from the University of Georgia, he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tim enjoys backpacking and scuba diving and some of his favorite past times include camping with his family. He and his wife, Sandra, have six children and make their home in Newnan, Georgia.
Hidden Prospects by Karen Baney
Will the secrets of their pasts keep them from finding the hidden prospect of new love?
Genre: Historical Fiction / Western
Millie Pritchett harbors a decades old secret that has kept her a spinster well into her late thirties. Because of the pain of her past mistakes, she has taken on a shy personality to protect her heart. When her father remarries and sends her away, she goes to Prescott, the town where her only friend lives. She never expected she would end up working for such an attractive business man. As her heart begins to hope for the future, she must keep her past from destroying it.
After years of supporting his mother and siblings, Paul Lancaster now has his independence. He splits his time between his placer mine and the boardinghouse he built for his mother. When a spinster comes to town to visit a friend, he wonders if she could be the love he has waited so long to find. In the midst of it all, his life turns upside down and he stands to lose both of his businesses.
Will the secrets of their pasts keep them from finding the hidden prospect of new love?
Karen Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical and contemporary romance novels, works as a Software Engineer. Spending over twenty years as an avid fan of the genre, Karen loves writing about territorial Arizona. Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. She is active in various Bible studies throughout the year. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Amish Friendship Bread – Book 1 by Ruth Price
Can faith, family & love withstand the weight of a heartbreaking lie?
Genre: Amish Fiction, Amish Romance, Coming of Age
For Sarah Lambright, returning home to Lancaster from her teaching apprenticeship in Ephrata is as sweet and warm as her mamm’s special Friendship Bread, but when a false friend threatens Sarah’s fledgling love for Jebediah Stoltzfus, will faith, family and new bonds withstand the weight of a heartbreaking lie?
Reader Reviews on Amazon
“Did enjoy so much and love the recipe at the end of the book.” -E.P. Dorman
“I highly recommend this Amish love story, a great read and the author has provided the friendship bread recipe.” -A.M. Bookreader
“The detailed descriptions in this story immediately engaged me.” -Ali B.
Ruth Price is a Pennsylvania native and devoted mother of four. After her youngest set off for college, she decided it was time to pursue her childhood dream to become a fiction writer. Drawing inspiration from her faith, her husband and love of her life Harold, and deep interest in Amish culture that stemmed from a childhood summer spent with her family on a Lancaster farm, Ruth began to pen the stories that had always jabbered away in her mind. Ruth believes that art at its best channels a higher good, and while she doesn’t always reach that ideal, she hopes that her readers are entertained and inspired by her stories.
Road to Redemption by Susette Williams
Can Zeke prove to Miriam that he has changed his ways?
Genre: Amish Romance, Contemporary Romance
99¢ ~ Road to Redemption
Ezekial “Zeke” Shetler spent longer on Rumspringa than most of the people he grew up with. Now that he was finally home and had joined the church, most of the women his age were married—at least the ones he may have been interested in. However, Miriam Graber was still single, probably because she has a six year old bu. Was it worth trying to rekindle a relationship with her, or will past sins be too much of an obstacle to overcome?
Zeke comes to terms with his past sins. To right his wrongs, he sets out to help Miriam and her family. Trying to help her find a job seems futile when he learns she in considered a ‘bad example’ because of her bu, David. Will Miriam ever be able to forgive him?
Zeke hopes he can prove he’s changed his ways. If he can’t mend things with Miriam, will she give him a chance to build a relationship with David?
Bishop Abram is back up to his matchmaking efforts. Miriam and Zeke may very well find the Road to Redemption.
Jebediah & Eliza’s Wedding
Zeke Shetler’s chest tightened as he watched Eliza exchange vows with Jebediah Brenneman in her parents’ barn. He’d longed to be the one with Eliza, but if he was honest with himself, he’d have to admit it was because he was twenty-five years old and wanted a frau so he wouldn’t be lonely.
Eliza was a beautiful maedel. He’d met many beautiful maed when he was on an extended Rumspringa. He smiled momentarily and then quickly repented for his worldly thoughts.
One face still lingered in his mind—Miriam Graber. He glanced over to the bench where she and her mother were seated. From where Zeke was sitting, it was harder to see Miriam. Her kapp covered most of her long blonde hair that was pinned up in a bun. He remembered running his fingers through her hair and how soft it felt against his fingertips. Their time together on Rumspringa had not been long enough.
Miriam was still as beautiful as ever. He couldn’t believe that she had a child. Miriam had been the first maedel he had ever been with, and Zeke was her first as well. Zeke’s cheeks warmed. Even though they had gone on Rumspringa together, they hadn’t stayed together. Miriam had felt guilty after they made liebe. She had wanted to return home and make things right with God. Zeke wasn’t ready to join the church yet, so he let her go. If he hadn’t let her go, they may have ended up together. But now—she had a kinner, who was a constant reminder of his daed, someone else Miriam had given herself to besides Zeke.
Zeke continued to stare at Miriam. She must have sensed someone was watching her. She turned and looked, her gaze locking with his. Zeke nodded, a hint of a smile threatened to break, but he squelched it down. He wished he were sitting next to her, so that he could look into the depth of her blue eyes, and drink until he was no longer thirsty. Guilt washed over him. It was that lust that had drawn him away from the Amish faith. Perhaps it was better for him to stay away from Miriam so that he could avoid temptation.
Everyone began to stand after Bishop Abram gave the newly married couple a blessing. If not for movement around him, Zeke would have remained gawking at Miriam like a school bu. He stood and began helping the other menner move the benches to the tables that were set up on the other side of the barn for the meal.
Zeke’s daed clasped his shoulder, leaning close to ask in a hushed tone, “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine, Daed.” His daed knew he had shown an interest in Eliza. He knew nothing of Zeke’s time with Miriam. “I’m happy for the both of them.”
Daed nodded. “Gut.”
“Daed,” Zeke hesitated. He wanted to be careful how he broached the subject. “I noticed the Grabers seem a little reserved.”
“Jah.” Daed’s expression turned more serious. “They’ve had some financial troubles.”
“Have people been helping them out?” Zeke hadn’t had a chance to talk with Miriam’s bruder, Daniel. They’d been best friends growing up. That is how Zeke ended up seeing Miriam all the time. Zeke had been afraid to face his friend after what happened between Miriam and him. He was sure that Daniel would be able to tell that something was wrong, so he avoided him. Yet part of him felt Daniel was avoiding him as well.
“We will talk about this later,” Daed said. “Today is a day for rejoicing.”
“Jah.” Zeke let the subject settle. He would ask around later and see what he could find out and if there was anything he could do to help.
Susette Williams is the mother of six, and has been married to her husband for 31 years. She loves writing various genres; anything from romance, mystery, and suspense to name a few. She usually can’t resist the urge to let her ornery sense of humor shine through in one of her characters and has always believed that laughter helps you deal with the obstacles life puts in your way.
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How to Be Peaceful by Scott Curran
Written from the point of view of God speaking directly to you.
Genre: Christian Living, Inspirational, Spirituality
How to Be Peaceful is about leaving everything to God. It reminds us that God is in control and that whatever is and whatever happens is what’s best. It’s written from the point of view of God speaking to you. Each chapter includes references to relevant verses of scripture.
From the book:
Everything that occurs is my loving will for you.
Be grateful, whether I give or take away. Nothing ever belonged to you anyway.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
… for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and your descendants forever. – Genesis 13:15
There are so many things we want to own on earth. We always want to buy the next mobile phone. A few handbags will not be enough for many ladies. For guys, they always want to buy the latest gadgets. If we can afford, we will always want to have a bigger house and a better car.
If you ask me, there is definitely nothing wrong with that.
God loves us so much that He freely gives us what He thinks will be beneficial for us. Sometimes we as fathers, we would spoil our children within the boundaries and buy them things they really want. Even if it means they may break the toys in the matter of days or weeks.
However, as parents, there are times you know we just cannot buy them whatever they want simply because you know very they are not beneficial for them. For example, you probably wouldn’t buy your six year-old boy a real Rambo knife even he thinks it looks cool on him. It is just too dangerous for him to handle.
The same goes to our Heavenly Father. Sometimes He doesn’t give you the things you want to have because to Him, it will harm you. You may not see it but God knows it much better. If you insist and force your way to gain what you are not supposed to gain, then you are going to lose it.
In the bible, Lot forced his way to Jordan where he knew it wasn’t the right place for him. That place was so filthy that people indulged in evil activities and practices. Despite all these that are happening, he still chose to live there because of his worldly desires. It was definitely against the Lord’s will. In the end, he lost almost everything. His wife included.
On the other hand, Abram was having a different spirit. He did not challenge God’s plan for him. He knew God will provide when he obeys. Sure enough, it came true and in verse 15, God gave him the land which he saw and also to his descendants.. forever!
What we want for ourselves will only last for a while. What God gives us will last forever. Remember if we insist to go the way where He doesn’t want us to go, you can imagine we will end up in a pretty bad shape.
Clement Chee loves travelling and scenery photography. He serves as a youth leader in his local church and currently authors a preaching ebook and website where he shares his thoughts, insights and practical tips on preaching.
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