David was a man after God’s own heart . . .
What does it mean to be someone “after God’s own heart?” David, Old Testament Shepherd, king, and psalmist, offers an answer in the shape of his own life.
In many ways he was a most extraordinary man–intelligent, handsome, abundantly gifted as a poet, musician, warrior, and administrator. Yet in other ways he was a most ordinary man–often gripped by destructive passion, rocked by family chaos and personal tragedy, and motivated by political expediency. How did David become the national hero of God’s chosen people? Why is he the one character in the Bible described as “a man after God’s own heart?” Chuck Swindoll explores the many facets of David. from his teenage years and dysfunctional family life to his overwhelming passion for God.
David’s life offers hope to all of us. It shows that God can do extraordinary things through ordinary men and women. And David offers an insightful perspective on what it means to be truly spiritual, to become like David, men and women after God’s own heart.
David is the first of a multi-volume series exploring great lives from the Bible. Chuck Swindoll wants to show us that these men and women became great when they placed themselves at the Lord’s disposal, allowing Him to develop within them the marks of true character: humility, purity, authenticity, and integrity. To live a life God considers “great” is within the reach of everyone who submits to Him.
In Great Lives: Joseph, Charles Swindoll reveals to us a man buffeted with the same kinds of problems we face today, whose tenacious faith in God ultimately won him great honor and achievement.
No family today is more dysfunctional than Joseph’s was. No one faces greater temptation than that which Potiphar’s wife offered Joseph. No faith is challenged more severely than was Joseph’s on death row. Yet Joseph stood firm, exemplifying what is possible when ordinary people maintain their connections with God. Like an epic novel filled with intrigue, tension, and torrential emotions, Joseph’s triumphant story touches us all. Great Lives: Joseph presents a fresh look at one of the most intriguing characters in the Old Testament and focuses on the virtue of forgiveness in the face of deceit and betrayal.
Where are great leaders like Elijah today? Uncompromisingly strong, yet self-controlled. Disciplined, yet forgiving. Audaciously courageous, yet kind. Heroic in the heat of battle, yet humble in the aftermath.
We see a few such men and women, but the list is tragically short. Rarely does someone model these invaluable traits more obviously than God’s mighty prophet Elijah, whose calling was anything but calm and free from conflict. Nevertheless, as you are about to discover in this book. Elijah exemplified true heroism and genuine humility amid the relentless pressure of battle.
Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility is the fifth volume in the best-selling Great Lives from God’s Word series by Charles Swindoll. The series also includes such powerful biographies as Joseph, David, Esther, and Moses.
Exploring the depths of Elijah’s fascinating life as a prophet of God, Swindoll does not gloss over his human weaknesses; rather, he presents an honest picture of this ordinary man who God transformed into His personal spokesman to confront idolatry and evil in the ancient world. You will find that it’s a life worth emulating.
In a world that has lost its way, due in part to the lack of balanced, godly leadership, we are more than ever in need of a few Elijah-like men and women who are not afraid to live courageously among their peers as they walk humbly with their God.
“May this book establish deep within you a desire to stand strong for what is right as you bow low before Him who is worthy of your trust and obedience.”-Charles Swindoll
The apostle Paul. The converted terrorist, inspired author, amazing teacher, and patient mentor. This colossal figure strode boldly onto the stage of the first-century world and left an indelible signature of greatness never to be forgotten. His life? Magnificent! And his ministry? Impressive. While assigned sainthood by some today, by his own description he was “the chief of all sinners.” No other person in the Bible, aside from Christ Himself, had a more profound influence on his world and ours than Paul.
He was a man of real grit, with a firmness of mind and spirit and unyielding courage in the face of personal hardship and danger. Tough, tenacious, and fiercely relentless, Paul pursued his divine mission with unflinching resolve. And God used him mightily to turn the world upside down for Christ in his generation.
But Paul’s message and his style were also marked by gentle grace. This man, who tormented and killed the saints of God, understood and explained grace better than any of his contemporaries. Why? Because he never got over his own gratitude as a recipient of it. God’s super-abounding grace transformed this once-violent aggressor into a humble-but-powerful spokesman for Christ. A man with that much grit desperately needed that much grace.
Perhaps that’s why Paul’s life is such a source of hope for us. If the chief of sinners can be forgiven and become God’s chosen vessel, can He not forgive and use us as well? He can, if we too become people of both grace and grit.
Paul is the sixth of a multi-volume series exploring Great Lives from God’s Word and searching them to find the qualities that made them great. Join us for an exciting, in-depth look at this amazing life, as only Chuck Swindoll can describe it: Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit.
A Man of Colossal Faith in the Face of Overwhelming Tragedy
Job, a study in pathetic tragedy . . . a hapless victim of unfair treatment. His disastrous circumstances overwhelmed him. His boil-covered body tormented him. His so-called friends belittled him. His distraught wife discouraged him. Even God seemed to desert him, letting Satan have his devilish way. And Job sat patiently by, enduring it all. Not a portrait of a hero. Or is it?
Could a man with ordinary internal fortitude stay faithful as Job did? Could a wimp endure the excruciating pain, suffering, and loss that this man did? No hero? Think again.
After a year of focused research into the life of Job, Charles Swindoll says, “Job appears boldly in the ancient book of the Bible that bears his name, and yet most of us have not taken the time to examine his life in depth. But a careful study of Job’s life will convince us that this is another of God’s amazing men with heroic character qualities worth emulating.”
Travel with Swindoll into the world of Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance. “Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us.” So pay close attention to Job’s life. Who knows what God will do next in your life?
One hundred ninety beloved stories from the Old and New Testament are told in simple text and with vivid, full-color art on every page. Related questions after each story offer kids a time of reflection. This book has been a favorite of children around the world for more than 30 years.
Note: The book currently available is the newest edition of “The Bible In Pictures For Little Eyes” with updated children’s illustrations, not the original edition with realistic paintings.
One of the most exhaustive works ever written on Daniel’s Seventieth Week and the coming Antichrist, featuring a complete chronology.
Over 250,000 copies sold. This anniversary edition celebrates 50 years of Whitcomb and Morris’s biblically-based system of creationism and catastrophism that unifies and correlates scientific data from early earth history a modern creationist classic.
Rev. Larkin describes to us the world of “Spirits,” good and bad, and their relation to this world, and answers such questions as “Soul Sleep,” “Recognition of Friends in Heaven,” the “Resurrection of the Dead,” the “Judgments,” etc.
Through the Holy Scriptures Larkin gives the teaching as to the “Power of Good and Evil,” of the “Underworld,” of “Satan,” of the “Fallen Angels,” of “Demonism,” and of “Heaven” and “Hell.” It is an excellent addition to any Christian or Spiritual Library
The book contains 19 chapters and is illustrated with 27 pictures and 17 charts. The book is 158 pages and hardbound in cloth with a dust jacket.
The most comprehensive work of its kind, this valuable resource features over 20,000 topics with 100,000 Scripture references—including the full biblical text for significant citations. You’ll also find clear definitions of all persons, places, objects, and events in the Bible; information on archaeological discoveries; preaching themes and practical outlines; and a useful Scripture index.
The World that Perished, a companion to The Early Earth, maintains with vigor that the Bible declares and affirms a supernatural, catastrophic flood of worldwide proportions. This declaration is corroborated by scientific observations that are not warped by a uniformitarian bias in geology.