Empowered by His Presence

Receiving the Strength You Need Each Day

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Receive God's power for the journey ahead
 
Are you in need of strength, encouragement, and hope? Empowered by His Presence will set you free to face life head on and follow God's glorious vision. Kevin Harney weaves together biblical stories and modern narratives to form a stunning tapestry of grace and hope. In the pages of this book you will find four surprising and God-given sources of strength:

· suffering, loss, and pain
· community
· Sabbath and rest
· mission and purpose
 
Discover how each of these power sources can help you live boldly, serve humbly, and overcome life's obstacles.

"Kevin Harney shows us that true strength comes in God's presence. When we feel weak, inadequate, disparaged, and powerless, God is ready, willing, and anxiously waiting to empower us. A fantastic read for daily meditation."--Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker; lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, DC

"This is the right word at the right time for God's church. So, read away, be blessed, and learn to live life with an entirely new mindset and experience."--Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and A Lifelong Love

"I love this book. Each story takes me straight to the heart of Jesus and out into the world to serve him."--Nancy Grisham, PhD, speaker; author of Thriving

"These powerful vignettes are for the worn and the weary, the disappointed and the discouraged. Savor this book."--Jeff Manion, senior pastor, Ada Bible Church; author of The Land Between and Satisfied


Kevin G. Harney (MDiv, Fuller Seminary; DMin, Western Theological Seminary) is lead pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. Harney is the author of several books, including Reckless Faith and the Organic Outreach series, as well as many small group guides, curriculum, and articles.


Endorsements

"Kevin Harney shows us that true strength comes in God's presence. When we feel weak, inadequate, disparaged, and powerless, God is ready, willing, and anxiously waiting to empower us. A fantastic read for daily meditation."

Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker; lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, DC

"I love this book. Each story takes me straight to the heart of Jesus and out into the world to serve him. As Harney writes, 'The empowered yield to the winds of the Holy Spirit. They hear the call of Jesus and follow.' It's the life (or adventure?) we're created to live!"

Nancy Grisham, PhD, speaker; author of Thriving

"For many people on the journey of life, it feels like the energy grid has gone offline; the circuit breaker has flipped to 'off.' If you need a fresh infusion of hope, strength, and God's power in your life, then this book is for you. Walking through Empowered by His Presence will share the experiences of real people from the Bible, offering relevant wisdom to help you draw from God's presence in powerful and life-giving ways."

Rev. Dr. Tom DeVries, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America

"If you've been feeling a little overwhelmed by life, Empowered by his Presence is a must-read. You won't be disappointed. Kevin's words provide strength for the day and hope for tomorrow."

Dann Stouten, pastor; author of The Gate

"Kevin Harney lives in the 'real world' and is gifted at helping the rest of us do just that--live for Christ and in his strength in the day to day. Take these thoughts and apply them to your everyday life!"

Dan Seaborn, president and founder of Winning At Home, Inc., www.winningathome.com

"Kevin Harney in Empowered by His Presence reveals the freeing reality of being empowered by God's presence and strength in fresh new ways. It cuts right to the core of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus."

Wally Armstrong, professional golfer, author, teacher

"Nothing inspires as well as old truths portrayed in fresh ways that compel. Kevin Harney uses a very engaging format to invite us to remember and pay attention to the things that matter to God and which were lived so well by his Son, Jesus. Now it is our turn to reflect the heart of God to a world that desperately needs to understand his relentless love for all people. After savoring Kevin's book over several weeks time, as he suggests, I am renewed and reminded, again, of my role in God's great restoration effort! It's a privilege I will pursue with even greater zeal following my time with Empowered by His Presence."

Scott W. Bolinder, executive vice president, Biblica

"Empowered by His Presence is a clarion call to experience God's presence and power daily. Kevin Harney introduces you to Bible characters who tapped into God's always-available power source. You will journey with people like Abraham, Hannah, and Elijah and learn how to encounter God as they did. In the process you will gain much more: an overview of the Bible, a very doable four-week reading process, as well as resources that lift the book from merely something you read to something you do. I can't wait to use it with my small group and in my mentoring sessions. This book is genuinely life-transforming."

Rowland Forman, mentor; director of Living Stones Ministries, Auckland, New Zealand; author of The Lost Art of Lingering

"I love and admire Kevin Harney. Kevin has been a personal friend for many years. He is one of the great Christian leaders in this country today. Kevin is a gifted pastor and author with an evangelist's heart. His unique ministry is an effective force for winning people to Christ and strengthening the local church. His commitment to God is more consistent and warm than most people I know. I love this book--it spoke to my soul and I believe it will be an energizing blessing to all who open their hearts to its message."

Wes Dupin, founder and pastor of DaybreakChurch.tv

"Kevin has moved us beyond  Sunday school stories to the real life, guts, fear, doubt, and faith of some of our biblical heroes. Reading this, I realized their issues were very contemporary for this day. In fact, this is a work that needs us to ponder it--to allow time for us to hear from God. Truly a book that speaks to the times in which we live. God wants to do 'Greater Things,' but we must be Empowered by His Presence. A must-read."

Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent, The Wesleyan Church

"Kevin Harney is a gifted pastor, teacher, writer, and friend. He lives his faith and encourages other to do so. His books have helped me know what it truly means to be connected to God and Jesus. Empowered by His Presence may be his best work. Kevin's clear insight of being powerful, powerless, or empowered really spoke to my heart. Each of us find ourselves at times being powerful or powerless on our own when in reality we need to be empowered by his presence in all circumstances. I plan to put this book to work in my life on a daily basis. When my twenty-one-year-old son Nick was called home to be with Jesus in heaven, my wife Betsy and I needed to be empowered by his presence to make it through each day. He was there. Kevin and his wife Sherry were also there with us to help us each step of the way."

Terry Davis, CEO, Tri-California Events

"Everything I read by Kevin Harney inspires and impacts me in life-changing ways. He not only understands the challenges we all face, but in this new work he helps us access the power of God in the areas we need it most."

Gene Appel, senior pastor, Eastside Christian Church, Anaheim, CA

"These powerful vignettes are for the worn and the weary, the disappointed and the discouraged. In Empowered by His Presence, Kevin Harney skillfully portrays the disrupted lives of a host of biblical characters. As we journey with them, we gain skill in living the empowered life. Savor this book."

Jeff Manion, senior pastor, Ada Bible Church; author of The Land Between and Satisfied

"What I love about Empowered by His Presence is its livability. It's like you are eating dinner (Kevin prefers Mexican) at the table right there with Kevin. He shares about real life, real Bible people and the real Jesus. I urge you to taste and enjoy!"

Bob Bouwer, senior pastor, Faith Church (multi-site), South Chicagoland- Northwest Indiana

"I consider Dr. Harney to be in the top 1 percent of pastor-theologians in North America in terms of spirituality, pastoral leadership, evangelism, and the development and growth of local congregations. All of us would do well to learn from him. He is solidly biblical, wonderfully creative, and refreshingly practical and down-to-earth. I read anything Kevin writes. This volume is a wonderful spiritual guide for all those who want to love Jesus more deeply in their personal life and in their ministries. As I did with another of Dr. Harney's books some years ago, I plan to suggest this book to my bimonthly covenant Bible study group to which I have belonged for over twenty years. The book's final section on mission is itself worth the price of the book."

Charles Van Engen, professor of biblical theology of mission, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Walk alongside some of the Bible's heroes and see the Scriptures come alive as Kevin Harney leads you to understand what really happened in some of the familiar stories of the Bible. This book is packed with biblical knowledge presented in a way that inspires and challenges the reader. That is how devotional material should be written."

Ajith Fernando, teaching director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka

"It is an equally astonishing and sad experience to compare how much the Bible talks about being empowered and how little we do. Kevin Harney corrects this neglect with a piercing, encouraging, and breathtakingly broad journey through Scripture. This is the right word at the right time for God's church. In fact, merely reading it is likely to make Satan weep. So, read away, be blessed, and learn to live life with an entirely new mindset and experience."

Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and A Lifelong Love


The Author

  1. Kevin G. Harney

    Kevin G. Harney

    Kevin G. Harney (MDiv, Fuller Seminary; DMin, Western Theological Seminary) led Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan, through a U-Turn experience from 1993-2006. He is currently senior pastor of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. Harney...

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