The God Myth and Other Lies
These days agnostics are considered open-minded, atheists are considered scientific, Buddhists are philosophical—and Christians, well, they’re just considered fools. With so many myths and lies about God and Christianity out there, it’s easy for young adults to start questioning the relevance and certainty of their beliefs. If you feel as if a skeptical world is assaulting your faith, you are not left defenseless. In The God Myth and Other Lies Heather Thompson Day provides clear, well-documented responses to the most common falsehoods. Your own faith will be strengthened as you get solid answers about an array of hot topics, including Creation, Sabbath, Jesus, sex, death, and homosexuality. Don’t let other people’s doubt steal your faith. Instead, let their questions inspire you to study what you believe. As you do, God will turn any shaky faith into holy confidence.
Life After Eden
Sin devoured a once-perfect Eden, and the light that God originally spoke into existence has grown dimmer ever since. In the aftermath we, who were once robed in the glory of God, are left naked. It's dark and it's cold; we fumble around seeking warmth and light. Botox? Alcohol? Anxiety and depression medication? Surely one of these will brighten our days. God's first command was let there be light. His first call to action was to create a light that would literally make darkness hide. God spoke light, and darkness ran. Satan has worked tirelessly to attack those very first words God spoke on this planet and to cover this world in darkness. But God is not a liar. What He speaks will be done. He gives the command, "Let there be light," and so there is. Despite our nakedness, there is one truth we must hold on to until the midnight hour when Jesus returns. The echo of God's voice in Eden can still be heard today. In the midst of darkness, "let there be light!" He is still with us, and He calls each one to literally be His light to a fallen world. As you read these devotions, it is the authors' prayer that you will stand firm in the beams of heaven's light--that you will find purpose and meaning in Life After Eden.
It was an accident, of course. You didn’t mean to drop the glass, but a slight miscommunication between your eyes, brain, and fingers condemned the fragile object to a rapid demise. Before you could blink, the glass was in pieces. Ruined. Useless. Isn’t that how we feel sometimes? The Christian life is too hard, we’ve made too many mistakes, we are broken and our hopes for healing lie shattered alongside our good intentions. We wonder what value we could possibly be to God in this condition. Why would He even bother with us? We’re ruined. Useless. So how do you become a genuine Christian when you feel like a pile of shards in need of superglue? (Or when you’re all cracked up, but think you’ve got it all together?) Heather Marie Thompson explores myths that make us feel we’re not good enough for God, external distractions that keep us from spending time with Him, and what it means to be an authentic Christian in a phony world.
How to Feed the Mediavore
Our generation is connected to virtually anything and everything. All we have to do is tap an icon on our smartphones or tablets or click a button on the Internet and we have instant access to social networks, news, weather, music, games, TV, and movies. E-mail and push notifications keep us constantly informed and track our friends’ every status update. We don’t miss a thing.
Or do we? Have we become so connected that we’re disconnected from what’s actually important? Is it really so hard to communicate with an unseen God when we text, tweet, and e-mail people we cannot see? Could it be that we’re not hungry for Him—we’re simply too full from gorging ourselves at a media smorgasbord?
Heather Marie Thompson challenges us to take a few moments every day for the next 30 days to think about what truly matters in life. Jesus needs us to connect with Him so that He can save us, but there’s no app for that.
Hook, Line, and Sinker
Have you been struck by lightning yet? Or are lightning-bug relationships still flickering in and out of your life? If you’re still waiting for your lightning bolt—the true love of your life—don’t settle for less than the extraordinary. The truth is that finding a balance between what society portrays as a picture-perfect relationship and Christian reality is hard—especially when the bait in chick flicks and teen magazines seems so attractive. But there is something better out there, and you deserve it!
That’s why Heather Marie Thompson, taking the role of a big sister, invites you to walk a mile in her high heels so that you can avoid all the left turns that made her stumble. Using biblical concepts and stories from her own life, Heather tackles many of the challenges that you face—dating outside of your religion, jealousy, cheating, and sex before marriage—while emphasizing the importance of being anchored in the love of Christ. Now, what are you waiting for? Get away from that nasty hook and learn how to listen for thunder!