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Made for Friendship

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Made for Friendship

“Friendship is the ultimate end of our existence.”  So says Drew Hunter, Teaching Pastor at Zionsville Fellowship and author of Made for Friendship: The Relationship that Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys (Crossway, 2018).  And yet, “friendship is…one of the most important but least thought about aspects of life.”  If both of these statements are true, then Drew’s book is much needed to recover this lost Christian discipline.  He takes a biblical-theological look at the place of friendship in Redemptive History, and helps us think about the nature of friendship in today’s world.  This month’s blog is an interview with Drew about his book

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Read Books for Your Heart in 2019

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Read Books for Your Heart in 2019

These are the books in my current stack of reading material. There’s a story with each one and why that book is on my nightstand, as it were. But I won’t bore you with that, as probably no one is interested in all of them, and I’m happy to tell you why the one or two you might be interested in is in this stack, if you ask me. I want to encourage you, as we begin to prepare for a new year with the typical yearend review and new year resolutions, is to read heart-changing books in 2019. I don’t mean read sappy stuff that tugs at your heart. I mean substantive books that don’t just give you information, but lead to transformation. Books that impact the heart

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Knock Knock. It’s Your Prayer Life. I’m Dying of Boredom (and You're Killin’ Me).

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Knock Knock. It’s Your Prayer Life. I’m Dying of Boredom (and You're Killin’ Me).

Why don’t Christians pray more? For Christians, it’s so often that when we pray, we say the same old things about the same old things: “Lord, bless my family,” “Lord, help me in my job,” “Lord, bless this food to our bodies” (whatever that even means!). With all due respect to our families, jobs, and the food, praying about the same things using the same phrases over and over and over tends to douse our intercessory fires. What is the result of such rote praying? Christians who don’t pray very much. Again, the problem is not praying for the same old things. The problem is saying the same old things when praying about the same old things.

Enter the Bible. And Don Whitney.

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Stones in the Stream

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Stones in the Stream

In the last year the ITS board has grown in several ways.  One such addition is retired businessman, Rob Wingerter.  Rob has brought a lot of structural clarity to ITS as well as visions for growth.  Rob is also an accomplished author.  He is particularly interested in the value of retreat (he runs the Mahseh Center in Kewanna, IN), and church history.  This month we highlight his recent book, Stones in the Stream: An Overview of the Flow of Christian History as Examined Through the Lives of Twenty-Two Men and Women That Altered Its Course.  You can view an interview with Rob here regarding how and why he wrote the book.

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Congregational Premarital Counseling

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Congregational Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling can be an entertaining exercise for an older couple offering guidance to a younger couple.  Across from them sit two individuals eager to be wed.  Apart from occasional disagreements about planning the ceremony, the soon-to-be-newlyweds are prone to think all is well and their excitement is reflected on their faces. While the mentors don’t mean to discourage the couple, they do mean to equip the couple with counsel that will carry them beyond the honeymoon to the anniversaries to come. ...

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