Energion.com https://energion.co Publishing for the creative Christian mind Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From the Editor’s Desk: Hunger: Satisfying the Longing of your Soul https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/from-the-editors-desk-hunger-satisfying-the-longing-of-your-soul/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/from-the-editors-desk-hunger-satisfying-the-longing-of-your-soul/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:24:45 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12304 Continue reading ]]> Do you ever think, “There must be more?” Even if your health is good, you may keep thinking it would be better if you just lost that 20 pounds. Even if you have a nice home, you really should replace the carpet. Even if you buy your children birthday presents, you would really like to shop for them and not have to think about how much something costs. There’s a place inside of you that is never satisfied. And you have tried so many ways and yet, the feelings are still there. Maybe it’s because we try to satisfy that – hunger – for something more with the wrong stuff!

Hunger coverFor the past few months I’ve been working on a book, Hunger: Satisfying the Longing of your Soul by Dr. Jon L. Dybdahl. This is the second edition of this book and the first edition was not available to us in an electronic file, so I have transcribed the original book. And then I have read over it twice in order to catch my typos! And I have loved reading it those three times because I have learned something new and pulled out my Bible to study every time.

Human hunger for God is intense and universal. Even if suppressed or denied, it cries out silently from the depths. Such hunger is not a wish to know about God, but rather a quest to encounter Him. People want to touch, experience, and feel the divine – not just discover facets about God. (excerpt from the book)

This book is on pre-order right now at EnergionDirect.com for only $9.09. If you bought one for you and one for your best friend or parent or child, you would also get free shipping. I hope that your spiritual health and desire to feed that “hunger” you have is worth that to you. You will not be disappointed.

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Are Our Books Safe? https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/are-our-books-safe/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/are-our-books-safe/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:59:32 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12288 Continue reading ]]> SteveLambert-Library-Book-Cart-300px

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The other day when I was giving away books a young man approached our table. He looked at the displayed books with a bit of discomfort and then said, “My pastor says that we have to be very careful what we read.” He looked up at me and waited expectantly.

At these community events I avoid starting arguments, so I simply told him, as I always do, to look over the books and to take what he would like to read. I didn’t criticize his pastor’s statement, and I didn’t try to assure him that our books would meet those reading requirements.

As I thought about it, I’m pretty sure he wanted me to do that — reassure him that our books were safe and that it would be OK for him to take one.

Why wouldn’t I do it?

Are our books safe? I certainly hope not! I make every effort to make sure that I’m not publishing safe books. I want to publish books that make you think. I want to publish books that scare you. I want to publish books that change you, and through you change the world.

I’ve fielded any number of complaints about our books. I’ve been told that I was supporting the slaughter of Palestinians by publishing books too favorable to Israel. (I think one of the weaknesses of Christian support for Israel is a failure to express and act on a gospel concern for the Palestinian people. But I don’t publish my opinions. These books challenge me!) Regarding another book, I was told I was both being much too favorable to Muslims by one person while I was told it was insulting by a few others. A book on the Holy Spirit was thought to advocating quenching the Spirit. A pastor handed me back an advance copy of a book saying, “This guy is trying to put me out of a job!”

But the kind of not-safe comments that I treasure are those like:

  • This book made me think
  • I’m going to have to change the way I do business
  • I need that spiritual discipline
  • My job will never be the same
  • My life will never be the same
  • The book didn’t convince me, but it made me rethink the reasons why I believe what I do

Are our books safe? I pray earnestly that they are not.


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Global Christian Perspective (GCP) Today! https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/global-christian-perspective-gcp-today/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/global-christian-perspective-gcp-today/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:32:02 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12245 Continue reading ]]> Join author Elgin Hushbeck (from the Right perspective & the West side of the Pond) and Chris Eyre (from the Left perspective & the East side of the Pond) TODAY @ 1p.m. Central Time as they discuss the topics of the day: the Pope’s visit, immigration & Ben Carson & Muslims & more.

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Parent-Driven Discipleship Now Available for Kindle https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/parent-driven-discipleship-now-available-for-kindle/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/parent-driven-discipleship-now-available-for-kindle/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:04:06 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12226 Continue reading ]]> You can find it on Amazon.com.

9781631991493sIn addition, last night Michael Kennedy was our guest on the Tuesday Night Energion Hangout. Energion owner Henry Neufeld talked with him about youth ministry in the church today and the life-style change he’s calling for in the way we raise our children spiritually.

The video is embedded below.

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Michael Kennedy Talks About His New Book https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/michael-kennedy-talks-about-his-new-book/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/michael-kennedy-talks-about-his-new-book/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:12:24 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12148 Continue reading ]]> Book CoverParents, Grandparents, Interested-in-children people:
If you haven’t taken 3 minutes to check out Dr. Michael Kennedy’s new book, Parent-Driven Discipleship, then take this link to his book page and let Dr. Kennedy tell you about it himself. You can hear the passion of a father and a pastor as he shares his heart about what we can all do to make a difference in a child’s life by nurturing his/her relationship with Jesus Christ.

This book is excellent for small group studies and so take advantage of Energion’s quantity discounts and free shipping!

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A Growing Church https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/a-growing-church/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/a-growing-church/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:07:07 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12143 Continue reading ]]> 9781893729957sEnergion author D. Kevin Brown (Rite of Passage for the Home and Church and To Date or Not to Date) is the pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

His church was recently featured in their local paper because they’re going to three services each Sunday due to church growth. Here’s a 140 year old church that is changing and growing!

You might want to think about some of the changes they’re making at that church. What is God calling you to change?

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Rescheduled Hangout Tuesday Night! https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/rescheduled-hangout-tuesday-night/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/rescheduled-hangout-tuesday-night/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:39:05 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12136 Continue reading ]]> Pathways to prayer coverTomorrow (Tuesday) night’s Google+ Hangout will be the re-scheduled discussion with Dr. David Moffett-Moore on prayer. Technical difficulties on August 18th forced a cancellation of what was becoming a lively discussion with Dr Moore and owner, Henry Neufeld on prayer. David’s popular Pathways to Prayer is the newest installment in the very popular Topical Line Drives series. The task of writing such a book on less than 45 pages is phenomenal! The night’s discussion will begin  with observations from the book.

Bring your Bibles and join David and Henry tomorrow night @ 7p.m. Central Time for “How Do I Pray to God?”   

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Today is National Grandparents Day https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/today-is-national-grandparents-day/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/today-is-national-grandparents-day/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 07:00:52 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12029 Continue reading ]]> In honor of the Day, Dr. Bruce Epperly provides a take on grandparenting that cherishes those sweet moments with the kids, but raises the role up a notch. Bruce encourages us to consider modeling the love of the divine as a way of being with our grandchildren. They understand unconditional love being directed their way, and grandparents can point them to its source to help them make a connection with God. There’s much more here: http://energion.com/discuss

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A View of September 11, 2001, from the Cross of Christ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/a-view-of-september-11-2001-from-the-cross-of-christ/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/a-view-of-september-11-2001-from-the-cross-of-christ/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:28:18 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12104 Our publisher, Henry Neufeld, offers a reflection on 9/11 that reminds us that we have many angles from which to view world events. What if we looked at 9/11 from the cross? http://energion.com/discuss

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Grandparents: What is Your Legacy? https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/grandparents-what-is-your-legacy/ https://energion.co/blog/2015/09/grandparents-what-is-your-legacy/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:49:16 +0000 http://energion.co/?p=12082 Continue reading ]]> Grandson coverTonight @ 7p.m. Central Time, Dr. Bruce Epperly (a grandfather of 2) and Elgin Hushbeck (a grandfather of 3) will be discussing what it means to be a grandparent and what legacy we are imparting to our grandchildren.

Dr. Epperly, during his first year as a grandfather, wrote Letters to my Grandson, marking each week of that year with a meditation or musing of what he could, and potentially already was, leave to this new life in their family. And so tonight, Bruce will share not only from this book but also from his ongoing musings as his grandchildren grow.

Please drop in to Energion’s Weekly Google+ Hangout tonight @ 7p.m. Central Time for what promises to be not only an interesting discussion but also one which could impact you and your family – for generations!

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