The Following God series are Bible study books with 12 lessons each. They are designed to provide a personal look at the lives of key characters found in the Bible. The theme “Following God” is one that emphasizes the importance of building a relationship with God, living a life totally surrendered to His leading. Examples are given of those who recieved blessing from a surrendered walk with God as well as those who did not follow His direction. This Bible study is designed in an interactive format, incorporating important scriptural points of interest. “Following God” also includes historical perspectives about the itme when each character lived.

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Life Principles from the Kings of the Old Testament

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

Leadership is the power of influence, and influence can be very powerful. We are all influenced to follow someone or some idea, and we influence others in the same way. Our character will determine the kind of influence we have, whether for good or for evil. When we look at the nation of Israel, these truths become even more evident. The kings of Israel and Judah provide us with many lessons in following and leading, in being influenced and influencing others–some lessons hard to swallow, some gratefully received.

God’s design and call for leadership is to follow Him and His Word. When the kings of Israel or Judah did that, the people followed them, and the land enjoyed the peace and rest God desired. That is always true when we follow the wisdom from above. When the kings and the peole did not follow God, disharmony, strife, and disorder began to prevail. That is typical of the wisdom of man apart from God.

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Life Principles from the Old Testament

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

Noah and the ark…Jacob’s ladder of angels…Joseph’s coat of many colors…Moses and the burning bush…Joshua and the Battle of Jericho…Samson and Delilah.

All of these are stories many of us have been familiar with since we were children, and they’re the same stories we tell our own children. But they’re so much more than just entertaining stories or history. It can be all too easy to see these people as merely characters. In fact, that’s what we often call them–”Bible characters.” But they are so much more than that!

They’re real people, with all the joys and sorrows, successes and failures, satisfaction and disappointment that make up life. They’re people who had to learn to follow God through all kinds of circumstances, and even stumbled on occasion. And God recorded their lives for a purpose: so we can learn from them what God is like and what it means to follow Him.

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Life Principles from the Women of the Bible

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

Women are important to the plan of God. This may seem like an unnecessary statement of the obvious, yet often this important message gets clouded by our culture. There are even those in the body of Christ that so promote an imbalanced view of submission, that they leave little room for women to do anything in the service of God except take care of the nursery. Yet God makes it clear that women are important to Him.

It was Miriam, the sister of Moses, who ministered alongside him and was called a prophetess. God used Rahab to save the lives of the two spies Joshua sent into Canaan. During the dismal period of the Judges, it was Deborah who God used in a mighty way to deliver His people. Young Esther was God’s chosen agent to save all the Jews from extermination. God uses women, plain and simple.

Jesus affirmed wormen in His public ministry. He reached out to the Samaritan woman at the well, and then used her to take the gospel to a whole village. He rescued the woman caught in adultery from unjust justice. He gave women a prominence in His life and ministry that the culture did not. In fact, His public ministry was financed in large part by a group of women.

In this book you will see what God’s word has to say regarding women. Through Eve, Sarah, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, Hannah, Esther, the Virtuous Woman, Mary and Martha, and Mary, mother of Jesus God has a message for men and women alike about what it means to follow God.

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Life Principles from the Women of the Bible, Book 2

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

The women of the Bible play an integral, essential, and crucial role in the eternal plan of God. From heaven’s point of view, women are always unique, matchless, and irreplaceable—they are never to be found in subservient ranking within the kingdom of God. The women characters featured in this book demonstrate to us the struggles we all have in being faithful and submissive to God’s design. Examples are given of those who received blessing from a surrendered walk with God as well as those who did not follow His direction. Other examples are given of those who learned the ideals of inner beauty, surrender, and servanthood over time.

Through a detailed study of each of these women (Hagar, Lot’s Wife, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Abigail, Bathsheba, Jezebel, Elizabeth, the Woman at the Well, Women of the Gospels, and the Submissive Wife) you will learn that God has called today’s women to play a significant role in society, in the home, and in the church. You will learn from their mistakes and discover that the blessings of God are heaped upon the woman who faithfully trusts the Lord in all situations.

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Life Principles from the Prophets of the Old Testament

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

The prophets had many differences in their lives, but they all had one thing in common: they brought the truth of God to the people. They heard the Word of God clearly and spoke it faithfully. The people did not always like what the prophet said, and they certainly did not always obey what they said, but the people could never say that God had not made Himself clear.

In the days and lives of Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Daniel, Haggai, and Christ the Prophet we see mirrored many of our own present-day situations. We certainly see the need for truth to prevail at a time when truth is “stumbling” in the streets. Many people do not want to hear the truth if it’s the least bit inconvenient, uncomfortable, or “politically incorrect,” but that doesn’t change our need to hear the truth of the need for the truth to previal. Truth needs to be the foundation of our service for Christ.

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Life Principles from the New Testament Men of Faith

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

As we walk through the lives of these New Testament believers: John the Baptist, Peter, John, Thomas, James, Barnabas, Paul, and Timothy, we are called to real faith that acts on the revealed Word of God. What we will see in the pages of Scripture are people who heard the call of Jesus to come and follow. These were not perfect people who followed Him–far from it–but they proved to be faithful people. They can show us many things about a faithful (full of faith) walk.

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Life Principles of Worship from the Tabernacle

by Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd

What is the right way to worship God? Throughout history, God has chosen to provide a way for man to worship Him, and for nearly five hundred years, the Tabernacle was that way.

Through this detailed study of the Tabernacle, you will learn that there is a right way and yet many wrong ways to worship our Creator. The pupose of this study is to invite readers to worship God in God’s way through the “Object Lesson” of the Tabernacle, Jesus Christ.

In the very first lesson of this book, you will observe that centuries before the Tabernacle was constructed, God taught His people about worship. You’ll discover that the earthly Tabernacle and all its components hold a spiritual significance and was actually a model of the “true Tabernacle” in Heaven, where Jesus Christ is eternally worshiped as King of kings and Lord of Lords.

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Living God’s Will

by Eddie Rasnake

What should I do Lord?

“Living God’s Will” explores the answer to this all-important question in detail. The road to God’s will is well-marked with signposts to direct us. Each lesson in this Bible study takes a look at a different signpost that reflects God’s will. You will be challenged to recognize the signposts of God when you encounter them. But more importantly, you will be challenged to follow God’s leading by following the direction of the signposts.

In the pages of this book, you will find clear and practical advice for:

  • Yielding your life to the Lord
  • Recognizing God’s will through Scripture, prayer, and circumstances
  • Seeking godly counsel
  • Discovering how God’s peace enters into the process of following His will
  • Determining God’s will in areas not specifically addressed in Scripture, such as choosing a life-mate or career path.

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First Steps for the New Christian

by Eddie Rasnake

The Bible likens the Christian life to a marathon. The Apostle Paul said, “Run in such a way that you may win.” This book will help you start out on the right foot and stay there with practical studies designed to get new runners in shape to finish the race.

As a new or maturing Christian, you probably have many questions about your faith and are struggling to find the answers. Don’t feel alone! In this book, Eddie Rasnake vividly recalls his own early struggles and insecurities. He felt compelled to write this book in an effort to encourage new believers in their faith. Designed as a twelve-week study course, each lesson has been prepared to ground you in an essential stepping-stone of the faith.

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