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COLOSSIANS: "Presenting you Holy" By Dr Ken Baker
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I guess every believer is conscious of wanting to go further with God, to dig deeper, and to climb higher. Paul himself said, “Not that I have already arrived, but I press on…” But... More > the New Testament, whilst stating that qualification, also provides an astonishing optimism of grace – a marvellous confidence that God can do “all things” in and through us. The little book of Colossians expresses that confidence to a high degree. The writer is not daunted by the poor quality of the believers, neither by the sins of their past nor the distractions of their present. In simple, powerful prose, he outlines a challenge which is worth taking up. It is the challenge of Christian holiness. Jesus Christ has done a work - the past tense is exhilarating- so that he might offer us to God “holy and blameless and irreproachable.” It is God’s design, that is, that we are “presented holy.” It is the purpose of this book to explore how Colossians enables that undertaking.< Less
Imagining a World By Dr Ken Baker
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This book is a cave of old echoes, a journal of quotes and thoughts from many years of reading, praying and considering. It comes down to forty short reflections on what is important in this business... More > of being alive. The reflections emerge from what -in the old-fashioned term to which I am still addicted- I call “Morning Quiet Times.” I was asked to provide a series of three-minute reflective clips for radio and so have been glad to extract them from their mothballs and see how they stand in the light of day.< Less
Nehemiah: The Builder's Blueprint By Dr Ken Baker
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When I came to preach and teach on the book of Nehemiah, a friend of mine -David Crawford-Bixby- suggested the word “Blueprint” and I’ve found it an illuminating suggestion. For not... More > only was Nehemiah a capable project manager who must have dealt with some ancient version of the blueprint in his construction work, but the word itself forms a parable of how God dealt with him. As we shall see, the character of Nehemiah is at the heart of the book that bears his name. He is the orchestrator, the midwife, the warrior… but in all he does he seeks only to replicate the pattern given to him by God. So, finally, it is his integrity and faithfulness that shine through. He is God’s blueprint, enshrined in Holy Scripture to encourage us to see just how it’s done.< Less
The Sanctified Mind By Dr Ken Baker
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The Apostle Paul associated life "in the Spirit" with changes in the "mind" (Rom 8) and urged believers to be "transformed" by the renewing of their minds (Rom 12:2),... More > "and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." (Eph 4:17-23). This book is a pastoral analysis of how that works. It seeks to look practically at the radical change envisaged in the New Testament. The word Paul uses repeatedly for "mind" is nous -“the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining; the intellectual faculty.” What is it, “to be renewed in the spirit of your minds”? What does that “new self” look like, when “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness"? This book claims that the language of the New Testament is not aspiration but experience.< Less
Jesus does Stand-Up: Laughter & Grace By Dr Ken Baker
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JESUS DOES STAND UP is a joyous look at a serious subject. The conversations of Jesus have proved life-changing for countless millions of readers. The words that Jesus said still have the power to... More > radicalise the religious, pinprick the pompous and scandalise the over-serious. "Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks," (John 7:46). Ken has spent many years examining, discussing and enjoying the words of Jesus. He has worked as lecturer, pastor and teacher –and even as a stand-up comedian- in all kinds of different environments. But there is one constant: in every situation, once the words of Jesus have been allowed to stand in their naked power, untrammelled by any denominational agenda or philosophical baggage…once they speak fresh, then they accomplish change. As Charles Wesley put it, so beautifully, “He speaks, and listening to his voice, new life the dead receive.”< Less
The God of More Than Enough By Ken & Val Baker
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The Bible says, "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with... More > gratitude in your hearts." This little book is a day-to-day collection of Bible verses with which to start your day with the Lord.It is based upon the theme of "The God of More than Enough." God is our supplier and provider and promises never to let us down.< Less
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This book started life as a series of talks on Hebrews 11 on the nature and practice of faith. It was a time of change in our local church: a change in leadership, a change in building and -even more... More > significantly-a shift in what may be called an “ideology of purpose.” By this phrase, I refer to a corporate sense of journeying, a fluid spirituality of mobility. We began increasingly to define ourselves as the People of God on the Move, not bound or defined by buildings or structures. And in this new context, we began to appreciate the words of Hebrews 11 spoken over Abraham: “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." This profound sense of “living in tents” as a corporate expression of the life of faith is the subject of this book.< Less
Friend of God By Dr Ken Baker
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A devotional study of the life of Abraham. The Bible calls Abraham the "Friend of God," a fitting title for one who walked closely with God, and who received many promises from God. This... More > book examines the idea that we can share that intimacy and claim those promises today. It's set out in easy-to-read style over thirty-one chapters so that the reader can make it a month of journeying with Abraham.< Less
Our Father: Living the Lord's Prayer By Dr Ken Baker
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This book is a devotional exposition of the “Lord’s Prayer” -the pattern prayer that Jesus offered to his disciples two thousand years ago. Different aspects of the Christian life... More > are discussed, as the Prayer brings them to the fore: the place of prayer itself; relationship with God and with each other; and the call to a rigorous honesty and integrity in the way we live together.< Less
The Company of Jesus By Dr Ken Baker
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This book is a study of the Gospel of Luke. More specifically, it is a study of the ecclesiology of that Gospel. It is written in an easy, devotional style and emerges from the ongoing life of... More > Ken’s local church family. It includes sermons, songs, prayers and poetry along with straightforward exposition of a Biblical text that characterises the life of the Company of Jesus as -in Ken’s words- “simple, mobile and urgent.”< Less