When God Disappears: Finding Hope When Your Circumstances Seem Impossible

When God Disappears: Finding Hope When Your Circumstances Seem Impossible

by Shane Stanford, Deanna Favre

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What happens when the storm does not pass? When the pain does not stop? When the prodigal does not return? When our sins continue to taunt us? When we make the same mistakes and break the same hearts again and again? When the chasm between what we do and what God intends widens until we can't even see the other side?

In six very special encounters recorded in the Gospels, Jesus addressed the too much and the too late scenarios of our lives. Pastor, teacher, and author Shane Stanford brings these meetings vividly to life, offering a glimpse of Jesus' passion for restoring the unrestorable and redeeming the unredeemable. As a hemophiliac who lives with HIV and hepatitis-C, Stanford has deeply and personally experienced the too much and the too late of life, and recognizes his own story in these six appointments with Jesus. In When God Disappears, he helps us to do the same: to see ourselves in these messy, all too-human Jesus encounters and to experience the grace and hope of a God who has not forgotten us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441225818
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Shane Stanford is teaching pastor at Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and is staff leader/teacher for Time That Makes the Difference, a weekly TV and radio program seen and/or heard in more than 5 million homes. A noted communicator and presenter, Shane is the author and developer of numerous seminars and workshops, including A2 Indicators, a healthy-church assessment tool that has been used in over 800 congregations. He is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford, an associate professor at William Carey College, and they have three daughters. Shane lives with hemophilia, HIV, and hepatitis-C contracted through a blood transfusion.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Deanna Favre     13
Acknowledgments     15
Preface     17
Introduction: Living in Miseri ... Abiding in Possibility     21
The First Encounter: Zacchaeus     35
The Second Encounter: The Woman at the Well     58
The Third Encounter: The Man with a Demon-Possessed Son     84
The Fourth Encounter: The Woman Caught in Adultery     108
The Fifth Encounter: Mary, Martha and Lazarus     130
The Sixth Encounter: Peter     162
After Words   Finding God     191
Study and Reflection Guide     194

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