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Jesus Christ is the most famous—and often, most misunderstood—person in history. But who actually was he? Was he simply a good man or a moral teacher? An ancient philosopher with long, brown hair, sandals and a dusty robe? A religious revolutionary? It’s a vitally important question. God’s Word says that people’s belief about Jesus’ true identity will determine their eternal fate.

The One Year Devotions with Jesus is dedicated to helping pre-teens and teens know exactly who Jesus is and how to draw closer to him. All 365 devotions bear his name. Featuring a range of age-appropriate topics, from practical life lessons that Jesus taught to the essential theological truths of his character and deity, this devotional will take readers through the entire Bible, encouraging youth to devote their lives to the eternal, all-powerful Son of God whose sacrificial death and resurrection provides salvation to all who believe.

Look for The One Year Devotions with Jesus to be released in October 2015!


Hope is a beautiful word. To hope is to look forward to a specific outcome, to wish for a particular ending, to dream about a goal. Hope encourages us, motivates us, gives us purpose and even impacts the course of our lives. But our hopes aren’t always realized. Tragically, they are often dashed against the harsh realities of life, like a storm-tossed ship crashing into jagged rocks.

There is, however, another type of hope that never disappoints. In Scripture, the word hope means more than just a mere desire, need or longing that might go unfulfilled. Biblically defined, hope means “to expect with confidence.” Christian hope, in other words, is the eager anticipation of a guaranteed outcome. This is the hope all believers have through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Hope of Easter is a powerful book that leads readers into reflection, appreciation and deeper worship of the risen Savior. This 96-page book—theologically rich yet easy to read—is perfect for Christians who want to grow in their faith, folks who want to share the gospel with an unbeliever, or churches that want to give it as a gift on Easter Sunday.

To order the book or the whole related church kit, click here.

 


Ask a group of kids to describe a hero, and you’ll probably get a variety of answers: a superstar athlete, a soldier on the front lines, or a guy in a cape who can jump over buildings. Most of our “heroes” are related to human achievement and glory, but the Bible has a very different concept. The list of people who were great in God’s eyes might shock you. The Heroes of the Bible Devotional is about their stories.

The 90 devotions in this wonderfully illustrated book feature Bible characters who accomplished amazing things by God’s power and for God’s glory, not their own. From Moses to Esther to Paul, among many others, kids will learn more about true heroic qualities like love, faith, courage, kindness and obedience. This book will encourage young readers to grow both in godly character and in their understanding of key theological truths—all at a fun, kid-friendly level.

Most importantly, children will learn about the greatest hero of all, Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God who lovingly redeems those who turn to him in repentance and faith.


The One Year Sports Devotions For Kids is perfect for both boys and girls who love sports and enjoy learning about fun sports trivia, interesting facts and fascinating athletes. From Michael Jordan to Muhammad Ali to competitive cow-milking contests, the extraordinary—and sometimes wacky—stories in this 365-day devotional will excite kids’ imaginations, encourage them to read daily and, most importantly, point them to wonderful gospel truths from God’s Word.

Each day, exciting sports anecdotes flow seamlessly into key biblical points. Every devotion also includes a related Bible verse and practical encouragement for how readers can implement that day’s spiritual truth into their lives. The One Year Sports Devotions For Kids hits a home run by pointing readers to their need for life-changing faith in Jesus Christ and the importance of God-glorifying character.


Meet the starting lineup of talented major league players with compelling faith stories in Playing with Purpose: Baseball: Inside the Lives and Faith of the Major Leagues’ Top Players. This unique book chronicles the lives of some of baseball’s most famous players who stand strong for their Christian faith on the diamond. Authors Mike Yorkey, Jesse Florea and Joshua Cooley profile thirteen major league stars, including Clayton Kershaw, Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Hamilton. Playing with Purpose will show you how these remarkable athletes seek to honor Christ at baseball’s highest level.


Meet the starting lineup of talented major league players with compelling faith stories in the Spanish edition of Playing with Purpose: Baseball: Inside the Lives and Faith of the Major Leagues’ Top Players. This unique book chronicles the lives of some of baseball’s most famous players who stand strong for their Christian faith on the diamond. Authors Mike Yorkey, Jesse Florea and Joshua Cooley profile thirteen major league stars, including Clayton Kershaw, Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Hamilton. Playing with Purpose will show you how these remarkable athletes seek to honor Christ at baseball’s highest level.


Invite sports enthusiasts inside the lives of world-class athletes who model godly character through Path to Victory: A Sports New Testament. The contemporary TNIV text and helpful reading and study tools score big with fans of all ages. This football edition contains photos and testimonies of Christian players. All editions feature a new, more readable, single-column format and larger type size.


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Joshua has written articles that have been published in Sports Illustrated, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Magazine, Sports Spectrum, Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, Orioles Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun and The Orlando Sentinel.

To view Joshua’s freelance work, visit the Featured Articles page.