To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain Unabridged Audiobook on CD
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Unabridged audio CD; approximately 5.6 hours; 5 CDs; read by David Cochran Heath.
|Format: Compact disc|
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 5.44 X 6.38 X 0.56 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.
In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don't get Jesus, we've lost! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gainthis is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Himeverything should be about Jesus.
JARED C. WILSON is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. He is an award-winning writer whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, and he also wrote the popular books Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, and Gospel Deeps, as well as the curriculum Abide. Wilson blogs daily at Gospel Driven Church,” at thegospelcoalition.org.
Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Bible teaching in a helpful, accessibleOctober 11, 2013Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male"To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain," was the first book I've read by Matt Chandler. Chandler is a young pastor in Dallas who faced a scary ordeal with a brain tumor, but whose testimony shone through even the darkest days of suffering. Chandler is connected with the Acts 29 church planting network and the Gospel Coalition. I jumped at the chance to read this book, thinking he would open up to some of his own struggles at death's door. I didn't find that, but I did find a lot of excellent teaching in a helpful, accessible style.
The book is a Bible study on the book of Philippians, and a masterful one at that. Chandler draws you in to the text, fleshes out helpful context by describing Paul's mission to Philippi and at one point sketching the entire life story of the Apostle Paul. Chandler can paint a picture well, and he also has a pulse on where the average church attender is, spiritually. His book challenges and woos, it focuses on the Gospel and attacks any kind of legalism, yet he is inviting and encouraging too. He shares a lot of stories, many of his own life and family, but only once does he briefly touch on his struggle with cancer. But that aside, the book is an excellent treatment of perhaps the most loved epistle of Paul.
The Christian Audio version of the book plays nicely, although I missed hearing Chandler's voice do the reading. Having heard him in person and listened to an mp3 online, his distinctive voice would make the title even more appealing. But the reading is done very well, and easy to listen to. I enjoyed "To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain" as I drove back and forth to work, and it made for an excellent devotional time as I prepared for my day. In any format, this would make for a great devotional read. The message of Philippians will challenge you to live a joyful, confident Christian life, that doesn't shrink from declaring the gospel and living a sacrificial life for Christ's glory, whether we live or die.
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