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Making Christianity Work: Letters and Lessons on Leadership, Theology and the Church

Carl Shank, 2012

 

Insights shared by the author from letters, emails and various mentoring situations involving a number of lay and professional ministry leaders over an almost forty year span. Sections include "Feeling About God and Life," "Knowing God Better," "Faith and Culture," "On Church Health and Growth," "On Church Difficulties," "On Preaching and Teaching," and "On Theology."

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The Two Talent Church

Carl Shank, 2010

 

This is a biblical and practical guide on the eight universal natural church development qualities necessary for church health and growth. It is aimed for churches under 400 and is available as a copyrighted guide to those ministries who choose to  proceed with an NCD survey.

Upfront and Indepth: Deeper Devotional Studies on Psalm 119

Carl Shank, 2010

 

This little exposition of Psalm 119 unlocks some of the deeper truths of the longest Psalm recorded in the Bible. Not for the tame, or for a quick read, this devotional study will challenge you to personally go places you have never visited within your own walk with God. Ebook edition also available.

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The In-between Book for Church Leaders: What You Need to Know and Do To Get To Where You Want To Be

Carl Shank, 2013

 

For leaders of smaller to mid-sized churches seeking to go from where they are to where they may want to be. Sections include "Fighting the Three Ds," "Attending to the Five Cs," "Is This What God Really Wants?," "The Role of Godly Complaining," "Intentional Patience," "Mentoring Not Modeling," and "Stop Whining!" Order Now!

Daily Insights: Daily Devotional Comments for Christian Leaders and Workers

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2015

 

A selection of daily devotionals for Christians wanting to know how to go deeper with God on very practical matters such as character, leadership and spirituality. Gleaned from the author's daily devotionals,

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Living Life God's Way

Study Guide and Leader's Guide

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2016

 

This is a study guide for selected Psalms from the Bible. It's fill-in-the blanks format is perfect for a small group study, or even a personal study of the Psalms. It references 67 of the most read Psalms and includes a special study of Psalm 1. A selection of "Psalms for Christmas" is included in the study. Leader's Guide also available.

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Romans: The Glory of God As Seen In The Righteousness of God

A Thematic Bible Study of the Letter to the Romans

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2017

 

Romans: The Glory of God As Seen In The Righteousness of God is a thematic Bible study of the Letter to the Romans. This study guide contains a student and a leader’s manual, along with supplementary notes. This guide is from several InterVarsity Growth in Christ Training Conferences in the 1990s and updated for today.

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Jonah: A Reluctant Messenger, A Needy People, and God's Amazing Grace

A Bible Study

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2017

 

Jonah: A Reluctant Messenger, A Needy People, and God's Amazing Grace is a Bible study of the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. This study looks at the four chapters of Jonah from a point of view of God's sovereign grace at work in the lives of Jonah and the Ninevites. A broader reference would be how to speak for God in a godless society.

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Esther: For Such A Time As This

A Study of God's Providence

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2017

 

Esther: For Such A Time As This. This study guide on the little book of Esther in the Old Testament surveys the lessons of God's providence that the story invites. Rather than just a study of the Jewish celebration of Purim, this study draws us to adoring the sovereign God of all providence and wisdom.

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Church Warnings! The Seven Churches of Revelation for Today

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2017

 

Church Warnings! The Seven Churches of Revelation for Today. The seven churches recorded in Revelation 2 and 3 are warnings to all churches in all cultures and settings today. They tell us how to face persecution, how to keep the main thing the main thing, how to respond to false teachers and teaching and how not to grow cold or lackadaisical. This study includes discussion questions for groups or classes.

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Going Deeper With God Every Day

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2017-2018

 

Going Deeper With God Every Day is a starter devotional guide for a new year. It covers the month of January, with daily readings and Study Guides for those who wish to dig deeper into God's Word. Daily devotions for February through December are available online for those who purchase this starter volume.

 

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Arguing for God: A Monograph on Logic and the Christian Faith

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

Arguing for God is a monograph discussing typical examples used in logic from a Christian viewpoint. It examines the philosophical basis for the conversational and academic use of logic and proposes a biblically based and God-centered approach to rational arguments.

 

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Building for God: Leadership and Life Lessons From Nehemiah

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

Nehemiah was an unknown servant to a great ancient Near Eastern king, a cupbearer by trade. Although he was not a famous Jewish prophet, scribe, or known leader, he was able to rebuild the torn down and burnt walls of Jerusalem in fifty-two days. Facing all kinds of opposition and internal turmoil, Nehemiah's leadership was unequaled. This study outlines his sterling leadership and life lessons.

 

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Following Hard After God: Discipleship and Faithfulness In Our Day

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

I am going to contend in this book that faith in Jesus is simply and profoundly faithfulness to Jesus. Faithfulness is what God wants in a follower of Christ. What I am at the end of my faith journey is what God looks at, not my moments of greatness or excitement or visionary declarations. God’s measuring stick is faithfulness.

 

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Advice for Young Leaders: Christian Leadership for the Next Generation

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

The real question for those daring to enter into full-time professional ministerial service for the Lord Jesus Christ is how do I not fall and finally fail my Lord and Savior? How do I make sure that my ministry years will be biblically fruitful and that I will remain faithful to Christ? How can I leave a legacy of godliness and faithfulness that others can follow safely and surely? This book explores some of the answers to those questions.

 

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Winning Others For God: Effective Gospel Sharing

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

I must admit that for me, next to biblical preaching and teaching of the Word of God, is reaching others for Jesus Christ. This deep passion and desire has been birthed in me, no doubt, by my father who passed away when I was in college. One of his final sayings to me was, “Son, I know what I must do to be saved, but I am not ready for that.” He passed away a few months later.

 

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The Pastor Letters Revisited

Behavior and Belief

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

The three New Testament letters, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus, are what we call the Pastoral Epistles. Timothy and Titus were young, energetic, trustworthy and effective as Christian workers and leaders. They were both called to difficult and challenging situations. Timothy was more shy than Titus, but both needed encouragement and instruction as how to handle false teachers and difficult questions of pastoral conduct and leadership.

 

This book is not an exhaustive commentary or study on the Pastoral Epistles. It is rather a close look at some of the major themes of these letters. Understanding, for instance, the five “faithful sayings” recorded in these letters helps us understand godly leadership and life. Knowing how to deal with false and disruptive teachers and leaders helps us order our priorities God’s way. Learning the qualities of Christian leadership protects the Church and world from those who would blindly lead us astray. Finally, learning how to finish well sets our life on a course pleasing to God and helpful to others who follow.

 

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How The Christian Church Got To Where It Is

A Sketch of Historical Theology to 1900

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2018

 

Why study the history of doctrine? J.G.  Vos gives  three important reasons  to  do  so. We can unduly romanticize the past. We can give it an ideal quality or character that it does not have nor deserve. The second reason is the problem of absolutizing of  the past, seizing upon one period of time as normative and ideal for all future times. Luther and the Protestant Reformers were brave souls in

their time, yet their admixture of church and state led

to mass persecutions of those who did not agree with town fathers. Vos puts it this way — ecclesia reformata reformanda est — “The church having been reformed is to be further reformed.” Then there is the disdaining of the past, a prideful and noted trashing of past church councils and creeds and discussions.This book takes a “slice” of church history up to 1900 and succintly examines how we got to where we are today.

 

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Authentic Christianity: The Message to the Thessalonians

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2019

 

We are in desperate danger of making Christianity fit our culture rather than transforming that culture by its radical, life changing message and demands. As Patrick Morley points out, “There is a God we want and there is a God who is. They are not the same God. Cultural Christianity means to seek the God we want instead of the God who is. By default, people become cultural Christians when they do not proactively choose to become biblical Christians.” A. W. Tozer put it this way: “The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, ‘Come and assert yourself for Christ.’ To the egotist it says, ‘Come and do your boasting in the Lord.’ To the thrill seeker it says, ‘Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.’ The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.”

      Os Guinness writes that we live in an age of “post-truth,” making Christianity fit our experiences and cultures. Paul’s message to the Thessalonian Church is all about authenticity — authentic conversion, authentic Christian service, authentic encouragement, authentic lifestyles and authentic expectation of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Eight Principles For Happyness*

The Beatitudes of Jesus For Today

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2019

 

People in Jesus are happy when they are at the end of their rope, when they feel they’ve lost what is most dear to them only to be embraced by the One most dear to them, when they are content with just who they are, when they have a good appetite for God, when they care, when they get their inside world put right, when they show people how to cooperate instead of compete and fight, when their commitment to God provokes persecution, and when people put them down or throw them out or speak lies about them to discredit them. (Matthew 5:3–11 The Message) It doesn’t matter, consequently, what the present state of people were or are today. They can be really and truly and deeply happy in this new kingdom of Jesus.

 A deeper and richer look into these beatitudes grants us a view of genuine and lasting happiness, the “good life,” as one writer puts it. Jesus understands fully the negatives in life, but his concern in these eight ethical lessons is to cheer us and tell us what real, lasting and genuine happiness is all about. That is the approach of this study of the beatitudes.

(*Happyness is not a misspelling but intentional.)

 

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The God Of All Comfort

A Theological Study of the Causes and Cures of

Affliction

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2019

 

Too many people, including many Christians, want a “word” of comfort from the Lord. They want to feel better, to be relieved of the agonies and difficulties of intense affliction and unending pain. They believe God owes it to us, as a kind heavenly Father, to wrap us in his arms of love and care and take away life’s tragedies and afflictions.

     Consequently, we do not read and cannot understand the record of Job in the Bible. We avoid the harshness of affliction experienced by many of our forefathers of the faith, opting for carefree lives and minimal troubles with which to deal. When hard and harsh times do come our way, we feel God does not love us anymore, or that something is wrong with our faith in him.

     We need a theology of comfort, not merely a list of “how to’s,” but a thought-out, God-given, time-tested, biblically based understanding about comfort irrespective of the situations we face or can face.

 

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When God Says No

The Riches and Blessings of the Ten Commandments

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2019

 

People object to the Ten Commandments because they are too negative. They are just a list of “do’s and don’t’s.” Doesn’t Jesus free us from such legalistic standards? Others who may be more sensitive to God’s standards object that trying to live by the Ten Commandments is too discouraging, with everyday failures in trying to please God. Why add to one’s guilty conscience?

      Our forefathers of the faith, however, saw in the Ten Commandments God’s roadmap for living the Christian life. While they don’t repair the human heart or transform the human soul, they are God-given, explicit and undeniable tenets of how God wants us to behave in his creation toward him and toward our neighbors. Jesus never dismissed or voided the Ten Commandments. Instead, he restated them and gave them new life and vitality that the religious leaders of his day had enervated by legalistic additions and summaries.

      Our Christian heritage teaches us that these ten “words” give us conviction for when we dishonor God and our neighbor, constrain us in our civil engagements and provide guidelines as to acceptable behaviors before God and people in every culture and every situation. They are God’s lifelines to a peaceful and stable society.

      When God Says No is a theological and practical study of the Ten Commandments. It will immerse you in what God considers right and proper behavior and will expand your horizons in almost every field of endeavor.

 

 

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Sitting With C. S. Lewis In Narnia

A Study Guide

Lulu Press, Carl Shank, 2019

 

The seven books of The Chronicles of Narnia have been read and re-read by millions around the world as superb children’s books that, I believe, tell the Christian story of good and evil, of creation and redemption, of love and justice and the ultimate triumph of goodness and joy. They tell the story of a land with talking beasts and the Great Lion, Aslan, who comes to save his world through children. They are more than just children’s stories, however, in that they probe our hearts and our sense of right and wrong.

      This Study Guide was written to facilitate a C. S. Lewis reading group of which I had the privilege to be a part. They will help the reader to probe the Narnia Tales and gain further insights for life in our world as well as prepare for the next.

 

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Carl Shank Consulting

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