Divine Intention: How God's Work in the Early Church Empowers Us Today, by Larry Shallenberger

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When a group of people practice something for two thousand years, the expectation is that they'd eventually get whatever it was they were committed to doing right. But the fact is that we as individuals and as a corporate community are still struggling with many of the issues that plagued the early church.

Larry Shallenberger takes a fresh look at the book of Acts to help you gain a deeper understanding of how God moved in the early church and what that means for you today.

From a 5-star review: “I found Divine Intention to be a very well-written, insightful and challenging book. Larry presents a realistic perspective of the church based on personal experience and observation alongside Scripture references from the book of Acts which detail God's "divine intentions" for His body here on earth. Questions at the end of each chapter challenge readers to make personal application of the material.

I think that thoughtful, active responses to the questions have potential for changing lives...and churches. At one point in the book the author poses the the question,"So why is the church...worth it?" and gives this reply--"The church is worth it because the Holy Spirit is constantly working to transform it, though we may not always see it."

If you desire to be used of the Lord in His ongoing transformation of the church, I would recommend you read Larry Shallenberger's book--Divine Intention.”