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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. 1

Beforeness in the Bible p. 4

Theology before God p. 9

Beforeness p. 15

The eclipse of beforeness p. 24

Jesus Christ the apple tree p. 35

Christ and Adam p. 37

Jesus before God p. 40

Jesus before neighbor p. 52

Dying before God p. 60

Without sin p. 66

Sin p. 69

Unmentionable sin p. 69

The loss of life before God p. 75

Sin and the law p. 80

The forms of sin p. 83

Idolatry p. 89

Self-deception p. 92

The paradoxes of sin p. 97

Sin, guilt, and confession p. 101

Grace p. 105

Sin and grace p. 105

Parables of grace p. 111

The contours of God's grace p. 114

Christian freedom p. 129

Salvation p. 136

Gratitude p. 141

Grace and gratitude p. 141

Ingratitude p. 147

Gratitude as obedience p. 150

Giving thanks p. 155

Grateful worship p. 162

The ministry of reconciliation p. 168

Presence, absence, and beforeness p. 173

Beforeness, hiddenness, and absence p. 175

Beforeness and presence p. 180

Spiritual presence p. 187

Practicing life before God p. 192
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