Enemies with Smiling Faces: Defeating the Subtle Threats That Endanger Christians

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InterVarsity Press, 20 sept. 2009
The world is a dangerous place. Enemies lurk everywhere--in the workplace, in schools, in small towns and big cities, and even in the church. Their faces are various, but they are equally tempting and deceptive. Learning to recognize these "enemies with smiling faces" can keep you from falling prey to their mind-bending, heart-rending lies. Some enemies mask themselves in popular "Christian" concepts that are not truly biblical:
  • Quick fix faith
  • Feeling-only faith
  • One-sided faith
  • Spiritual superiority
Other enemies are disguised as "common-sense" notions prevalent in today's world:
  • Self-construction
  • Affluenza
  • Character without design
  • Privatized faith
God calls those who follow him to be "wise as serpents and innocent as doves." As Don Posterski reveals the true identities of your enemies, he also teaches you how to develop the discernment you need to find your way in a dangerous world. And because God calls you not simply to resist, but also to love your enemies, Posterski also offers practical, biblical strategies for relating to and living among "enemies with smiling faces."

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Contents
9
WORLDLY ENEMIES WITH SMILING FACES
63
LEARNING TO RELATE TO ENEMIES WITH SMILING FACES
105
STRATEGIES FOR LIVING AMONG THE ENEMIES
169
Epilogue
218
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Page 81 - No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Page 76 - For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Page 146 - As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
Page 49 - That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Page 42 - We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us — and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
Page 80 - I fear, wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion. Therefore I do not see how it is possible, in the nature of things, for any revival of true religion to continue long. For religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality, and these cannot but produce riches. But as riches increase, so will pride, anger, and love of the world in all its branches.
Page 80 - It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
Page 39 - For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Page 67 - And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Page 131 - The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men.

À propos de l'auteur (2009)

Posterski is director of church relations with World Vision International, based in Monrovia, California. He leads global initiatives relating to spiritual formation, Christian witness and church partnerships. He holds three doctoral degrees and serves as research professor of Christianity and culture at Tyndale University College and Seminary. He has written numerous books, including Why Am I Afraid to Tell You I'm a Christian? (IVP). Posterski is currently based in Toronto, Ontario.

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