The issue of idolatry has been with the human race for thousands of years; the subtle temptation is always to take what is good and turn it into the ultimate good, elevating it above all other things in the search for security and meaning. In this timely and challenging book, New York pastor Timothy Keller looks at the issue of idolatry throughout the Bible -- from the worship of actual idols in the Old Testament, to the idolatry of money by the rich young ruler when he was challenged by Jesus to give up all his wealth. Using classic stories from the Bible Keller cuts through our dependence on the glittering false idols of money, sex and power to uncover the path towards trust in the real ultimate -- God. Today's idols may look different from those of the Old Testament, but Keller argues that they are no less damaging. Culturally transforming as well as biblically based, COUNTERFEIT GODS is a powerful look at the temptation to worship what can only disappoint, and is a vital message in today's current climate of financial and social difficulty.
New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet and nationally renowned minister Timothy Keller exposes the error of making good things "ultimate" in this book, and shows readers a new path toward a hope that lasts. Success, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness, but with a sneaking suspicion they might not deliver. No wonder we feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet Him again, or for the first time. In Counterfeit Gods, Timothy Keller shows how a proper understanding of the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about societal ideals and our own hearts. This powerful message cements Keller's reputation as a critical thinker and pastor, and comes at a crucial time—for both the faithful and the skeptical.
Timothy Keller Encounters With Jesus Counterfeit Gods and Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Encounters with Jesus: Jesus changed the lives of nearly every person he met in the Gospels. These were powerful experiences that can have a profound effect on us today and help explain not only different aspects of Christianity, but the deep questions of life itself. Preaching: Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate and compassionate way. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering: The problem of pain is a perennial one; and for those who undergo particular sufferings it can often be the largest obstacle for trusting in a good and loving God. If such a God exists, why is there so much suffering in the world? And how do we deal with it when it comes into our lives?
This is probably a cancer that can affect the whole of Christian faith. Is the God who has arrived the real Jesus Christ & is He the God of Israel? When I first met God, He didn''t reveal Himself to me, but He let Satan put frog demons in me as a counterfeit god. It took me years to figure out that the gods inside me wasn''t the Holy Spirit but demons. I went through a lot of troubles having these demons inside me. Now why did God allow Satan to put frogs inside me when I really trusted it was the God of Israel? Well in the days of Isaiah God said that this would happen to me in the yr 2000AD+/-. It''s written in Isaiah 14:31. God tells the Church or Palestina that she''s dissolved due to a religious counterfeit or smoke from the "north" which means religious for religion comes from the North in God''s terminology. So a religious "smoke" from Satan was unleashed on the Messenger of Isaiah- this author- but I was able to discover it was Satan due to my marriage date- or appointed time. A Viking girl''s Love got in the way of Satan & I was able to discover that I was being duped by frog demons & Satan. So the church or Palestina was saved. Isaiah 14:31" Howl, O gate, cry, O city: thou whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, & none shall be alone in his appointed times." Marriage date. Why did God do this, dupe me into believing in counterfeit gods? It is because He does not want the Church just to believe blindly that the God who has arrived is really the true God. Satan has spent a lot of time confusing the Church saying that the antichrist shall come first, then a seven year tribulation, then Jesus will return riding on a white horse & destroying the antichrist army in Megiddo. Satan knew that Jesus would come first & in peace & that WWIII is billions of years after the S. Coming. So when Jesus arrived in peace we would think He is the antichrist & we would not worship Him. & how do you know it is the real Jesus Christ? So God let me the Messenger of Isaiah who is the Herald of Jesus confront the onslaught of Satan head on. This is why He let me get duped, so I could discover Satan''s plan & when the Church saw what happened to me they would know the truth. I discovered Satans plan or the briers & thorns that Satan put up to stop the Lord- books like - the Left behind series - & rapture doctrine. To prove that I am correct, has the rapture happened? No, & it wont happen & that should signal to the Church that their whole endtime doctrine & vision is wrong .The Lord says Isaiah 28:18" & your covenant with death "rapture doctrine" shall be disannulled, & your agreement with hell " rapture, tribulation, WWIII etc doctrine" shall not stand: when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it" meaning when the purge of the 1/3 of the human race is killed, your doctrine that you are raptured out of here & wont feel the pain will fall apart. The Church is not raptured out of here. My ordeal of facing demons & Satan''s deception head on with counterfeit gods proves that the real God of Israel has arrived, Just look what happened to me. Just like St. Job, my life is a lesson for the Church not to jump in blindly, like they did in 40 billion AD after the 1000 years when the antichrist will bring fire from heaven to earth. Did I bring fire from heaven to earth? Did the Rapture happen? I was able to convince the Church about Satan''s attempt to smear the real Jesus Christ & the Church saw what my life was all about & its lesson, so the Lord said. Isaiah 14:32" What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation''? That the Lord hath founded Zion, & the poor of His people shall trust in it." God also said, Isaiah 18:3" All ye inhabitants of the world, & dwellers on the earth, see ye when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains, & when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye." So God says listen to my gospel when it goes over the nations as Rev 8:10. Rev 12:14, Isaiah 25:6, Joel 2:24
Counterfeit Gods Foreword Novellas have many ways of being born. This one found its genesis when, after reading my book Malignant Pied Pipers of Our Time, my office janitor asked me, "Hey, Doc. If you treated Reverend Jim Jones when he was twelve-years old, could 918 deaths at Jonestown have been prevented?" "Maybe," I replied. This novella is partly a memoir about my love of my work. The story is about the possibilities and profound difficulties in changing destinies. Unlike many melodramatic TV or Hollywood movie scenarios, such changes occurring in psychotherapy are deceptively quiet...often muted. Psychotherapy involves many emotional experiences...anxiety, fear, fascination, wonder, boredom, humor/laughter, anger, sadness and often psychological pain. However, the more severe and ominous forms of pain, destruction and even prevented deaths, go unheralded. TheyOlsson-Counterfeit Godsare unnoticed because existentially, they like a suicide prevented, never in fact exist. Any genuine change in psychotherapy is always a story about two or more lives. The format I chose for this book is to alternate one chapter of Will's story (the Novel), with a subsequent chapter of psychiatric observations and knowledge about the destructive cult leader the Rev. Jim Jones. I am grateful for my friend and colleague Stuart Yudofsky MD's excellent suggestion about this format. It was sometimes used by one of my favorite authors, Allen Wheelis MD. I hope that my character Will and his treatment ...and even the story of the horrible aspects of Rev Jim Jones's troubled life, can help thwart the evil of destructive cults. So, be wary of all gurus and would-be emperors in new clothes!CONTENTSChapter 1 A BOY NAMED WILLIAM I. POWERSCHAPTER II... A Most Malignant Pied Piper: The Not So Reverend Jim Jones.CHAPTER III-HelpersCHAPTER IV Father Jones and His Family Who Are in Hell CHAPTER V-On Evil's Door Step: An Unsuccessful House CallCHAPTER VI-Psychiatric Science As Love: Knowing The EnemyCHAPTER VII-Harry and Monica : Grandparental Love DefinedCHAPTERVIII-The Psychological Births of Malignant Pied PipersCHAPTER IX-So This is Therapy?CHAPTER X- Jim Jones's Twisted Psychological RootsCHAPTER XI-Shadows on the Therapy and Hints of Evil ThingsCHAPTER XII-The Tragedy of Little John Victor StoenChapter XIII-Therapy : Art or Science?CHAPTER XIV-The Dark Epiphanies of Jim JonesCHAPTER XV-Enter Father God Jed PowersCHAPTER XVI-Jim Jones a Seeker of His Father-HimselfCHAPTER XVII-In Search of a Father's LoveCHAPTER XVIII-Jim Jones's Narcissistic RageCHAPTER XIX-Will Powers Therapy Starts to Take HoldCHAPTER XX-Jim Jones's Mother Dearest of Doom.CHAPTER XXI-Benevolent Authorities and Progress in TherapyCHAPTER XXII-GOODBYE, to the Topic of Jim Jones's Evil Domain : HELLO to Will's Therapy; a Cure Jones Never Found.CHAPTER XXIII-The Devil Gets the Drop on the HelpersCHAPTER XXIV-Has Therapy Begun in Earnest?CHAPTER XXV-No Easy Textbook AnswersCHAPTER XXVI-Justice, Rarely So Clear and SwiftCHAPTER XXVII-Son and FatherCHAPTER XXVIII-Conundrums Of Cures.CHAPTER XXIX-Sacred Peer Supervision: A Janusian Group ProcessCHAPTER XXX-Janus Turns Personal and Private.CHAPTER XXXI-Goodbye Jake Old Friend CHAPTER XXXII-Healed =A Politically Incorrect Happy EndingEXISTENTIAL ADDENDUM: An Anti-Politically Correct Revenge Dream
Eleven months after leaving Earth and her best friend Jane, Emily returns to the magical world of Adelai. There she finds a strange world only a few years removed from a devastating war and uncovers the terrifying truth about the night she was sent to Earth. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Jane and an Emily from another time search for the evil witch Jael. But not all is what it seems, and the women soon find themselves on a collision course with an ancient entity hell-bent on spreading its darkness across the universe.
New York Times bestselling author and pastor Timothy Keller concludes his Encounters with Jesus eBook series with The Mother of God, an exploration of the Annunciation and how Mary’s reaction to her blessing can help us grow in our understanding of Christianity. Jesus’ mother, Mary, was the first person to learn that he was the Son of God. By examining her response to the angelic announcement, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, sheds light on the uniqueness of this central fact of Christianity. He illustrates how deep her doubts were, how helpful her response was to those facing similar doubts, and how Mary in that moment shows us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Introducing the first essay in the "Encounters with Jesus" e-book series from renowned pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, author of The Songs of Jesus. The Skeptical Student applies biblical wisdom to life’s biggest questions through the inspiring story of Nathanael’s life-changing encounter in the Gospel of John. The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus Christ. In the first essay of his new series, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, shows how those encounters can still have a deep effect on us today. Through a lively examination of the biblical passage where Nathanael, the skeptical student, meets with Jesus, Keller reveals how this interaction is about life’s deep questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Why be a good person? Why love instead of hate? This first essay in the ten-part series of Encounters with Jesus also includes an exclusive look at Timothy Keller’s new book on faith and work: Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers"--but in our increasingly polarized communities and nation, where can a person of faith begin? In Reconciling Places, pastor and scholar Paul Hoffman introduces laypeople and ministry leaders to a "theology of reconciliation" that equips Christians to act as reconcilers and bridge builders, wherever they are and whatever issues divide their communities.