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* Before God (George W Stroup) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2004) 9780802822147
* Before God (George W Stroup) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2004) 9780802822147
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Title: * Before God

Author: Stroup, George W

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802822147

Volumes: 1; Pages: 210

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Many Christians today have experienced a loss of enormous significance--they no longer understand their daily lives to be lived "before God." This timely work traces the development and implications of this loss and argues for its recovery.In comparing contemporary Christians with believers of previous eras, author George Stroup sees an "eclipse" of life lived before God. This eclipse is tragic because the Bible presupposes human life as a daily, personal relationship with God. Stroup here offers help by exploring anew the biblical view that Jesus Christ models most clearly what life lived before God and neighbor looks like. He then suggests that describing Christian life as gratitude naturally evokes a sense of life lived before God. The book concludes by examining whether life before God requires a sense of God's presence--and whether it is possible to live before God even in those times when he seems to be absent.Offering thought-provoking analysis of modern faith and sound direction for spiritual renewal, Before God is perfect for churches, study groups, pastors, and individuals pursuing genuine discipleship.Table of Contents - Beforeness p. 1Beforeness in the Bible p. 4Theology before God p. 9Beforeness p. 15The eclipse of beforeness p. 24Jesus Christ the apple tree p. 35Christ and Adam p. 37Jesus before God p. 40Jesus before neighbor p. 52Dying before God p. 60Without sin p. 66Sin p. 69Unmentionable sin p. 69The loss of life before God p. 75Sin and the law p. 80The forms of sin p. 83Idolatry p. 89Self-deception p. 92The paradoxes of sin p. 97Sin, guilt, and confession p. 101Grace p. 105Sin and grace p. 105Parables of grace p. 111The contours of God's grace p. 114Christian freedom p. 129Salvation p. 136Gratitude p. 141Grace and gratitude p. 141Ingratitude p. 147Gratitude as obedience p. 150Giving thanks p. 155Grateful worship p. 162The ministry of reconciliation p. 168Presence, absence, and beforeness p. 173Beforeness, hiddenness, and absence p. 175Beforeness and presence p. 180Spiritual presence p. 187Practicing life before God p. 192
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