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A gift of love : reflections for the tender heart
Stanley, Charles F.
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Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, [2001]

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v, 214 pages ; 19 cm
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BT140 .S7195 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Beloved pastor and Bible teacher Charles Stanley invites us to experience, accept and share God's intense love for us. He wants us to accept God's gift of love -- His son. Ultimately, he encourages us to share God's extraordinary love with those around us

In three distinct sections (God .. The Giver of Love, Jesus Christ .. The Gift of Love, The World .. The Recipient of Love), Dr. Stanley shares solid insights with related Scripture verses. Each brief reading contains nuggets of sound guidance and inspiration and offers easy-to-understand biblical principles for life application. A prayer is included with each passage.

With its attractive cover and interior design A Gift of Love is a perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, or as a "just because" gift for a loved one.

Author Notes

Dr. Charles Stanley is pastor of the 15,000-member First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and has twice been elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is internationally known to thousands through his In Touch radio and television ministry and is the author of many books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Author, pastor and Bible teacher Stanley (Into His Presence; Success God's Way; On Holy Ground) writes with his familiar, plainspoken eloquence in this devotional study. He encourages readers to imagine God as the giver of love, Jesus Christ as the gift of love, and the world as the recipient of extravagant love. Stanley, whose 15,000-member church in Atlanta is regularly on the receiving end of his passionate preaching, shares 100 short vignettes with accompanying to-the-point prayers and topical Scripture verses. Stanley aptly touches on the diversity of life's challenges as he discusses developing one's spiritual barometer, embracing God's eternal perspective, generating a heart given toward good works, appreciating Christ as a divine scapegoat for sin and learning to live beyond the perimeters of legal bondage. Addressing relationship barriers, he boldly admonishes Christians to take the unsafe course of aggressively tearing down the protective walls that arise from actual or perceived injury. From there, he claims, Christians can follow Christ's example of unconditional love. Citing Matthew 5:22-24, Stanley proclaims that frail humans build walls that God hates. Like Stanley's previous works, this book consistently displays his overriding passion for obedience to God. Although it's not earth-shatteringly original, his inspirational collection of devotions is an easy and accessible read, living up to his reputation for excellence in communication. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Gift of Lovep. 1
Part I God--The Giver of Love
The Supreme Giverp. 5
The Initiator of Lovep. 7
Amazing Gracep. 9
Three Pillars of Truthp. 11
The Heart of Godp. 13
Your Loving Fatherp. 15
Love Revealedp. 17
Testing His Goodnessp. 19
Our Greatest Loverp. 21
Putting God Firstp. 23
Developing a Passion for Godp. 25
Rejecting the Worldp. 27
Caring for His Peoplep. 29
Taking the Initiativep. 31
Revealing Himselfp. 33
Rescuing the Lostp. 35
Expressing Your Lovep. 37
Renewing Relationshipsp. 39
Divine Encountersp. 41
Obstructing the Flowp. 43
Worthy of Your Devotionp. 45
Fostering Intimacyp. 47
Unconditional Lovep. 49
How God Sees Youp. 51
God's Gift of Gracep. 53
Part II Jesus Christ--The Gift of Love
The Sum of God's Purposep. 57
Eternal Friendshipp. 59
Accepting God's Giftp. 61
Embracing Christ's Friendshipp. 63
Seeking the Lostp. 65
Focusing on Christp. 67
Moving Beyond Legalitiesp. 69
An Example of God's Lovep. 71
Understanding the Fatherp. 73
Blessed Because He Camep. 75
Setting the Examplep. 77
Lessons of Lovep. 79
Faithfulness in Hard Timesp. 81
Hope in Desperate Timesp. 83
Answering the Callp. 85
Looking for Love?p. 87
Sharing the Good Newsp. 89
An Eternal Symbolp. 91
Your Securityp. 93
The Greatest Sacrificep. 95
A Radical Displayp. 97
What a Friend!p. 99
God with Usp. 101
A Divine Scapegoatp. 103
He Is Our Peacep. 105
Christ, Our Lifep. 107
Lord of Allp. 109
He Is Lordp. 111
You Have It Allp. 113
Bearing Fruitp. 115
Part III The World--The Recipient of Love
Seeking the Lordp. 119
Spending Time with Godp. 121
A Wholehearted Seekerp. 123
Checking Your Vital Signsp. 125
Keeping God's Commandmentsp. 127
Longing to Know Himp. 129
Expressing Appreciationp. 131
Submitting to Godp. 133
Good Worksp. 135
Loving Godp. 137
God's Stabilizing Perspectivep. 139
Loving Freelyp. 141
Doctrine Without Lovep. 143
Glorifying Godp. 145
A Divine Definitionp. 147
Unconditional Lovep. 149
Obeying the Fatherp. 151
The Walk of Lovep. 153
A Channel of Lovep. 155
A Supernatural Lovep. 157
A Proper Motivep. 159
Your Spiritual Inheritancep. 161
What You Believep. 163
Forgiving Othersp. 165
An Agent of Lovep. 167
The Gift of Lovep. 169
The Test of Lovep. 171
Boasting in Godp. 173
Objects of God's Lovep. 175
Relating to Othersp. 177
Friendship with Godp. 179
Loving Freelyp. 181
He Comes to Usp. 183
Proclaiming the Message of Salvationp. 185
Reflecting His Lovep. 187
Giving Yourself Awayp. 189
Loving Othersp. 191
Eliminating Love's Enemiesp. 193
Connecting to His Lovep. 195
Restoring Broken Intimacyp. 197
Fostering Christian Relationshipsp. 199
Eliminating Barriersp. 201
Your Single Greatest Needp. 203
Soldiers of the Lordp. 205
The Right Decisionp. 207
About the Authorp. 209
Scripture References Citedp. 211