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Always True: God's 5 Promises When Life Is Hard [Kindle Edition]

James MacDonald
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Book Description

Follow bestselling author, speaker, and pastor James MacDonald as he
delivers the biblical hope of God's promises in the midst of life's storms.

Peter 1:3 refers to certain portions of God's Word as exceedingly great and
promises. Great promises are ones that don't fall apart during
difficult times; they reveal hope in the midst of the storm. Precious promises
are ones that we find strong enough to hold us up and resilient enough to get us
through. God's promises become exceedingly great and precious to us when
nothing else will do. By way of digging into the theology of God's Promises, Pastor
James uncovers 5 major categories of promise in the Bible and the 5 areas about
which God repeatedly makes promises. From what to do with fear and doubt to God's
goodness, help, and victory-the Bible has much to say about God's presence in our

Last year, Pastor James released When Life is Hard to
point you toward hope in the midst of trials. Now, Always True will
point you to God's promises, which are always true.

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About the Author

JAMES MACDONALD is the founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Pastor MacDonald has written many books, including Lord, Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, and Gripped by the Greatness of God. Pastor MacDonald's teaching can be heard on Walk in the Word, a daily radio program heard on outlets across North America. Pastor MacDonald and his wife, Kathy, have three children and reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Product Details

  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review - Always True February 20, 2011
Let me ask you a question...I mean a REALLY HONEST question - Do you believe God can be trusted? That might sound like a silly question. It feels strange to even type it and looks odd when I read it. Yet when life gets hard and the tough times come, I wonder if I really believe that God's promises are true. I question if I have the faith to believe that I would be able to cling to those promises if that were all I had left.

In his book, "Always True", James MacDonald attacks these questions straight on. He targets 5 specific promises which we can use as an anchor when times get tough....and even when they aren't. Unlike a feel good story or sermon with no real proof, MacDonald weaves his case of support using scripture and personal applications from his own life. The 5 promises are as follows:

1 - God is always with me. I will not fear.
2 - God is always in control. I will not doubt.
3 - God is always good. I will not despair.
4 - God is always watching. I will not falter.
5 - God is always victorious. I will not fail.

We live in a cynical world. I, for one, am as cynical at times as they come. When the times get tough, I will be honest and say I struggle with having the faith to see them through. If you're like me, then this book is for you. If you are facing a time like that right now, this book is for you. You will be challenged and inspired to believe that God is good and can be trusted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reminder About the Promises of God! December 26, 2010
In his new book, "Always True; God's 5 Promises When Life is hard", James McDonald brings to readers yet another valuable addition to their library. From touching family anecdotes to Bible proven reasons to trust in the Lord, James McDonald offers some tips to help people remember God keeps His promises. We can truly trust in the Word of God and James reminds us of that over and over in his book, but he offers a reminder of just who God is and what His promises mean. Through teaching the theology of promises we see what His true intentions are. God holds us up; we do not hold Him up. God created us and we have listened to so many other people for so long that we forget that His love for us has no boundaries. Through learning scripture and learning to apply it to every daily situation we can be constantly reminded that He has given us everything that we need. We need to remember that God has created us and he does not make junk. I encourage anyone who needs a little reminding of the promises made to people like you and me that God is always there to read this book. My reviews are based on a scale of 1 to 10. This book gets a 9.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Jill
There is a no lack of anxiety in today's unstable world. However, in Always True you can take comfort in the many scriptures and messages throughout this encouraging read.

"No one else but God, and nothing other than his word, delivers a nonnegotiable, unconditional "always."

"God's promises are an assurance God gives his people so they can walk by faith while they wait for him to work."

Whether you've lost a job, are involved in a broken relationship, or just overall depressed this uplifting treasure can give you hope, joy, and understanding while overcoming your anger, fear, and the "blahs".

This is a Wonderful, Well Organized read with a lot of "take-to-heart" encouragement and the scriptures to back it up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always True especially when you need "Life Support" January 25, 2011
Always True is a book about five particular promises of God that are both universal for all and that have certainly become "exceedingly great and precious" (2 Peter 1:4) to James MacDonald. The pain in which backgrounds the book is summed up by his wife in the forward:

" was his cancer, his church crisis, and his burden as leader of our home. For months I watched him battle and search for something solid upon which he could place his weight and rise from the swamp of pain and perplexity into which I had helplessly seen him sink."

James has written another similar book called "When Life is Hard," but I like how he says in this book that "I learned the lessons that became the book When Life Is Hard. But when life was hardest, I didn't need lessons -I needed life support!" (p. 13). There were often times, that I could imagine James preaching these words in his church, which in one sense, it made for a better message heard than read (he's better as a preacher than a writer, in my opinion). None the less, he crafts five promises found throughout the bible with thoughtful word study and encouragement and challenge and enough verses to make you realize there's a lot more bible I need to get into.

I particularly didn't favor the "theology of the promise" before each promise chapter because I didn't understand the different between the setup of the theology of the promise and the detailed understanding of the promise. I saw it more as a way to break the book up into smaller sections, than a necessary distinction. For me, it would have been better just putting them together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walk by Faith
James MacDonald's love of The Lord and his faith shine through his wise words of encouragement for the disheartened, lonely believer. Read more
Published 6 months ago by steph
5.0 out of 5 stars 3) God is always good. I will not despair
There are many precious promises from God in His Word. James MacDonald describes 5 promises that help us in our everyday life: 1) God is always with me. I will not fear. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susan Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars actually wrote all 5 promises on my bathroom mirror to remind me...
Incredible book..actually wrote all 5 promises on my bathroom mirror to remind me everyday how awesome God is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, maybe it just came at the right ...
An excellent book, maybe it just came at the right time for me, as l live this way and its true.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent life changing book!
Whether you are going thru a hard time or not- this book has the biggest weapons you can use against fear and doubt. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars encouraging!
A well presented expounding of 5 Promises of God's we can rely on. He rightly touches on the fear of "not knowing" what is to come, and he gives the Promise that can... Read more
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More About the Author

JAMES MACDONALD is founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, a suburban Chicago church composed of many new Christians that has grown to more than 6,000 worshipers in its fourteen-year history. He has spoken extensively at retreats and Bible conferences and is the author of three other books, as well as articles in noted Christian magazines. He can be heard daily through the half-hour radio broadcast, Walk in the Word, which is aired on more than 500 stations around the country. A new one-minute feature with James, called Listen Up, is now in syndication and is heard on more than 1,000 stations nationwide.

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