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Christ Our Mediator: Finding Passion at the Cross (Lifechange Books) Board book – Sep 2004


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another Cross-Centered Book 23 Aug. 2005
By Tim Challies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
Having written The Cross Centered Life, in which he exhorted believers to keep the gospel the main thing - the central focus of the Christian life - C.J. Mahaney now stops to reflect on Christ's sacrifice. Christ Our Mediator follows hard on the heels of many similar books timed to coincide with the popularity of The Passion of the Christ. Mahaney begins the book by asserting (correctly, it seems) that a visual presentation of Christ's crucifixion simply is not enough - we must also be told about the content of the story of the gospel. "The gospel message isn't visual; it's truth. It is truth to be believed, not simply a collection of images to be viewed" (page 10). Knowing that many people have seen the how of Christ's death, Mahaney sets out to bring sense to the why of it.

To explain the cross, Mahaney presents a handful of reflections or meditations on Christ's suffering and death. Drawing on Scripture and the teachings of great Christians of our day and days past, he presents the gospel in all its force and power. He presents the message that people hate to hear, yet so badly need to hear. This message is the only thing that can save the soul, and Mahaney presents it with that sort of urgency.

This little book, weighing in at only 95 pages, will stir your heart with renewed love for Christ. We could wish that it was a little bit longer, but clearly it was meant only as an introduction to this important topic. Mahaney is sure to recommend, as further reading, other excellent books dealing with the subject. He recommends The Gospel for Real Life and The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges, The Cross of Christ by John Stott, Saved From What? by R.C. Sproul, The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper and The Message of Salvation by Philip Ryken. To that list I would add The Cross He Bore by Frederick Leahy, a wonderful book of meditations upon the cross.

Another challenging little book by C.J. Mahaney, Christ Our Mediator is a welcome sequel to The Cross Centered Life and one I heartily recommend. It provides a great introduction to the importance of the cross and will lead the reader not only to understand why Christ had to die, but to want to know more.
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Cross-Centered 5 Mar. 2005
By Brian G Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
This short cross-centered book (you can read it in one sitting)is a helpful reminder of the glory of God's rescue of sinners from his own righteous wrath through the gift of his precious Son. Mahaney reminds us that it was our own personal sin that nailed Jesus to the cross and our own face in the crowd that cried "crucify him! crucify him!" And he points us to the joy and assurance that comes from trusting the love and grace unleashed through Jesus's substitutionary work. One piece of advice: combine your order of this book with "Songs for the Cross-centered Life," a CD produced by the ministry which C. J. Mahaney leads. Your heart will soar with the songs which express the truth of this book.
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How to live a Cross centered life 23 Sept. 2005
By Joshua E. Garner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
CJ is one of my modern day heroes. Through his humility and teaching, the Lord has given me a new vision of the Cross. This book can help you no matter where you're at in your spiritual life. Whether a new believer (easy to understand), someone who doesn't believe (life changing), someone who doesnt like to read (only 95 pages), or a scholar who thinks this is below him (very deep and penetrating). If you're serious about God, this is the kind of book to help you love your Saviour more. "Let the cross always be the treasure of your heart, your best & highest thought...and your passionate preoccupation." page 94.
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Editorial Review has it right! 24 Aug. 2005
By Mark C. Tubbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
I won't try to add much to what the Editorial Review says, because it really does cover a lot. Mr. Mahaney's book certainly does approach the cross of Christ from a God-centered viewpoint, not a man-centered one, which is exactly right (cf. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' pamphlet called The Cross: The Vindication of God). What Mahaney does so well is to walk the reader through Gethsemane and onwards to Calvary; to evoke a sense of some of the physical and spiritual pain Christ was experiencing as he took these steps towards his substitutionary death on our behalf. It's a book that demands many more re-reads than Mahaney's little book The Cross-Centered Life, as good as that one is. Christ Our Mediator must be read many times in order to soak in all the subtle nuances of our Saviour's sacrifice on the cross.
MANY BETTER BOOKS. MANY BETTER TEACHERS. FUNNY. SILLY. AMUSING. CAN MAKE SOME THINGS SIMPLE FOR NEW PEOPLE. 25 Dec. 2014
By Un esclave ignorant s'inclina devant un Saint Majestic Dieu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book
LITTLE CHRIST HERE. MORE A FILTERED CJ-CHRIST WHICH IS 20X THE PROBLEM OUTSIDE HIS BOOK HERE. SHALLOW.

. CJ'S CROSS OR CORE IS LEGALISM AND NO MERCY--ALL STRICTNESS AND HOLINESS. And he and his disciples think they are holy--compared to you. Tell that to the center of God?

Basic points that are routine and of some use.

Perhaps just read Philippians, John and a Proverb daily to get most of this.

CLEAR. USEFUL. TO THE POINT. YET MANY MANY TROUBLES EXIST WITH HIS UNPUBLISHED TEACHING, YOU MISS HIS ERRORS AND DISCIPLE TROUBLES UNLESS YOU EXPERIENCE OR WATCH REAL APPLICATION FROM HIM.

STRICT ON HOLINESS-FINE-WHAT SERIOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH IS NOT --BIG ON JESUS, HOLINESS AND HUMILITY? ARE YOU KIDDING? WHAT IS NEW? WHAT IS ADDED IS WHAT HE NEVER READS BASED ON TRIVIAL REFERENCES. HE CONSTANTLY FINDS WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID BETTER AND THAT ALREADY HAS 20-500 BOOKS. IF HE WAS NOT CHARISMATIC AS A PERSON AND IN THEOLOGY HIS CULT OF PERSONALITY HE WOULD SELL LITTLE.

HIS SUPERIORITY BELIEFS AND OF HIS DISCIPLE LEADERS SHOW IMMENSE PRIDE IN ACTION, NOT WORDS, BUT IN STRUCTURE AND RELATIONAL SIN. HIS BEHAVIOR AND HIS LOWER LEADERS ARE ACTING WITH ETHICAL SUPERIORITY AND FEEL ONLY THEY CAN PROTECT NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY. THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF IMMENSE IGNORANCE OF THE INFINITE FLAMING HOLINESS OF GOD, AND A LACK OF THE EXPERIENCE OF THE HOLINESS OF GOD--AND EXPERIENCE IS BIG TO HIM. READING 100 BOOKS ON HIS TOPICS LIKE PRIDE, HUMILITY, MARRIAGE, SEX, CHRIST'S CENTRALITY WOULD BE NEW--WHY HONOR THE MASTERS IN WHICH YOU STAND? WHY CONFESS YOUR SINS TO POPULAR CO-AUTHORS BEFORE DOING A PROJECT?

AGAIN, HE HAS VERY GOOD JOKES BUT HIS FOLLOWERS CONFUSE IT WITH DEPTH. ON ATTACKS OF THOSE GIVING SOME TEXT A BAD REVIEW, THE PROTECTION WAS BY CHILDREN. HE IS A JOVIAL PIPER OF THE EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY LIMITED, NO MATTER WHAT DEGREE OR SINCERITY THEY HAVE--AND SOME ARE AS SERIOUS AS DEATH. THEY WOULD LITERALLY TAKE A BULLET FOR CJ--HE IS MORE IMPORTANT.

He thinks so highly structured ON EVERYTHING, SO HE IS A PERFECT FIT FOR THE ORDER IDOLATRY TYPES. if you dare ponder another POSSIBLE idea, he and CULTISH leaders are freaked and attack you. He fits a police academy or military leader model--all has to be so ordered your mind slows and you are just supposed to be quiet. Humility is listening and reading leader books and tapes. YOUR ZEAL FOR ANYTHING BUT SERVING IS LESS IMPORTANT. AND IF YOU LIKE THEOLOGY OR ANOTHER POLITICIAN, LOOK OUT.

SO HE collects sincere people of low emotional literacy and intellectual depth, laughing he is uneducated, as he acts apostolic and believes himself to be so--as in Paul the great theologian apostle, not a fisherman. CJ in public, private and through direct mentoring has harmed many lives I know, and given foundations of clay. This is a small movement church and now a fair basic book factory for traditional WASP Baby Boomers in USA mainly in a small set of locations.

Spend your support money on an India ministry that can lead 35,000 in one church ministry to Christ in India in a week. No names. No solicitation. Not associated with me. Supporting ANYTHING connected to him will empower, over time, structural defects that harm. AND THEY WILL NEVER SEE IT. AFTER DECADES, STILL SAME INSIGHTLESS, HARSH, SUPERIOR SMALL WORLD DUDES.

With the class action crime case and defiance to appeals of leaders accusations against CY, WHY IS HE NOW PREACHING TO HUMANITY? CJ taught you step DOWN if any hint of corruption or sin. More books is not fixing your public issues.STOP. GO AND SERVE THE POOR. SIT UNDER THIRD WORLD PASTORS WHO DO MORE IN A YEAR THAN YOU HAVE IN A LIFE. STOP.

THIS IS NOT AN EASY GUY TO FIGURE OUT. A very complex man few really know and see outside his many VERY APPEALING public gifts. I am not saying he beats his wife or hates his family. But ideas and his structures do damage, since every mistake in 20 centuries he is going to remake and has FAR TOO OFTEN.

MY HEAVEN HELP YOU IF YOU DARE SUGGEST A POSSIBLE different view on anything. I do not mean you believe it--just that you think it is worthy of consideration. Then the second you are down, they all pounce on you, say the reason for your suffering is you lack of SUPER PERFECT ORDERLY CERTAINTY OF SOME TOPIC THEY FEEL APPLIES, and toss you out of the church. THEY LOVE TO CRUSH AND REJECT YOU WHEN YOU ARE DOWN. For example, a husband returns to another religion like Judaism, and leaves the wife, moving to another state, so she is tossed out of church. That is "pastoral" evil and sick. You are not helped, you are told "best of luck, be filled--bye." THEY DO NOT WANT "SINNERS" UNLESS YOU DO AND BELIEF EVERYTHING THEY SAY--THAT IS CULT BEHAVIOR, AND THEY NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY THAT IS A 30 YEAR ACCUSATION--THEY NEVER LISTENED OR WERE WISE ENOUGH TO SEE IT.

And that newly abandoned lady whose husband left her? Quickly a letter arrives in days you are no longer a member, after tens of thousands in donations and faithful; service and participation. THIS IS HOW THE WORLD TREATS THE WEAK. IT IS GLOATING. IT IS SADISM IN STRUCTURE AND A VERY ANTI-CHRIST VIEW OF MERCY MINISTRY AND DEACON CARE. THIS IS NOT BIBLICAL TRUTH, IT IS NOT JESUS. IT IS ANTI-DISCIPLESHIP AND ANTI-EVANGELISM. COME TO US PERFECT, AND LEAVE IF YOU ARE NOT A CLONE.

IT IS STRUCTURAL WELL PACKAGED SINCERE LEGALISM AND SIMPLY ACTS OF HATE WITH A CHARMING SMILE. THESE ARE NICE PEOPLE. WITH NO CLUE OF STRUCTURE DARKNESS AND ACTS THAT ARE TOO HORRIBLE TO EVEN MENTION, BUT IT IS ENDING NOW.

He is the CREATOR OF IMMENSE GROUP ELITISM, PATHOLOGICAL NON-BIBLICAL COERCIVE RELATING, FAIR THEOLOGY PERHAPS MISSED BY HIS VERY FUN PERSONALITY, SUPERIORITY FUSED TO ACTUAL FUNCTIONAL UNFORGIVENESS AND SEPARATISM.DOUBLE STANDARDS. HE GETS PASSES, OTHERS DO NOT.

This is a man that does so many things publicly, and is far beyond Mathew appeals, that writing on this topic, and others in which his DIRECTLY HIGHLY TRAINED disciple leaders act against community, honesty, transparency, mercy and humility is markedly sad. He is opposed to the fall of the brain behind the eyes--that is all sin. Simple. Ignorant. And long rejected by the emerging world orthodox true New Testament church

His BIBLE has every counseling answer is nothing new. Seizures and biological depression was always poor faith or character and lead to massive deaths. His spirit and personality simple view of man without a fused added part, is only supported by people that opposed all medications for brain heading 40 years ago, and the only useful contribution in 40 years is that--THE BIBLE HAS USEFUL THINGS IN ETHICS. OK. SURE IT DOES. AND BOOKS ON COUNSELING OF SIN. USEFUL. BUT LIMITED.

THE BIBLE IS NOT A MASSIVE COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE BRAIN BOOK, FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT ANOREXIA? DEMENTIA? OCD? PANIC ATTACKS? PMS? ROUTINE INFECTIONS INCREASING AGITATION, AND . BIOLOGICAL DEPRESSION WITH SUICIDE RATE OF 15% THE BIBLE COMPARED TO 10 MILLION GENERAL REVELATION SCIENCE ARTICLES OFFERS BASIC THEOLOGY THAT MIGHT BE PART BUT NOT THE WHOLE OF THE SOLUTION. FORGIVE. LOVE JERKS. PRAY--IT WORKS. SHARING YOUR MASTERBATION OUTSIDE MARRIAGE IS A GOOD IDEA IF YOU WANT BETTER MARRIAGE SEX. CONFESS YOU PIRATED A MOVIE--THAT IS THEFT. TRY NOT TO BE HARSH. HELP THE WEAKEST AND THE MOST UNLOVED IN WEAKNESS OR YOU ARE JUST A ATHEIST--AND SOME DO MORE THAN CJ.

NO ONE he associates with or his disciples has a national theologian expert of mind-body theology and brain biochemistry in 2015-that is an MD, not someone who did some work years ago on a thesis that is dated in 2 years.

I have seen people kill themselves and be disabled following the idea ALL COUNSELING IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE. No real theologian believes that, and if they do, they have rejected general revelation, which is true science for decades. CY'S DISCIPLES AND PRINCIPLES ARE LIKE SCIENTOLOGISTS--VERY SERIOUSLY--IN EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOR--THEY HATE PSYCHIATRY AND MOST PSYCHOLOGY. AND THEIR "ASSOCIATES" AND TEAM MATES SHOCKINGLY ONLY QUOTE ANTI-PSYCHIATRISTS IN 40 DIFFERENT FLAVORS, HATING THE SAME IDEAS AS SCIENTOLOGY.

ANTI-PSYCHIATRISTS AND ANTI-PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP A LOWER PERCENT THEN THEY MIGHT, AND SHOULD DEFINITELY FEEL POWERLESS AND IGNORE THOSE THAT COULD HELP ADVANCE THEM. NOPE. THEY HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. THEY SAY THEY DO NOT. AND ACT AS IF THEY REALLY DO. FEW GET A "SAFE" STICKER FROM THEIR APOSTLE TEAM, AND MORE OFTEN CASTRATE REAL HELP MEANT TO SAVE CHRISTIAN LIVES, AS IF A POMPOUS KING competition!

He has mocked, and publicized psychotic people. He makes leaders who are sadistically eager to dismiss people in need, and creates those who look down on the weak, harmed and suffering with joy--I have seen it.

The notion of a serving deacon in a FULL Biblical and useful USA sense is too shallow and narrow in his churches. The idea of giving anyone over to any related to his care, after watching it or being in it after 35 years seems an immense risk. And those very balanced and wise, watching him very closely over 20 years, and not from a police/military type mind, would quickly see the real LEGALISTIC ELITIST SHALLOW foundation of his new idea of a "New Testament" church.

Who else is trying to do this NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH over 20 centuries--perhaps 100,000 other leaders who have already made your twenty serious errors. You do a book with no REAL sign of reading OTHERS. BUT APOSTLES DO NOT NEED TO READ OTHERS AT ABOUT 100 BOOKS PER BOOK--DO THEY? REFERENCES ARE NOTHING OR FEW. SO YOU STEAL, IT IS ALL FROM YOUR LIMITED EXPERIENCE VS 20 CENTURIES, ANOTHER OPTION? YOUR BUDDIES SHARED SOME IDEAS ALSO? SO 5-10 FOLKS MUCH LIKE YOU IN CORE THEOLOGY VS 20 CENTURIES. OK. uNREAL.

I will not waste time further. He is funny. He is charismatic. He is likable--usually. And some points are of use. I thought he was a phenom for 25 years. Some are duped and see that real spark and work with him. Know him? :)

The fruits of his influence and donations to support him and his top leaders is hundreds of people who are gone, cynical, or some who need the many books on church abuse. Many are in better places due to the faithfulness of God.

I do not have time to read the misc. crime or civil charges against him. I have no time nor position. That would take 200 hours to carefully explore. Why bother?

HE SAID THE PUBLIC MINISTRY SHOULD NEVER HAVE A HINT OF SIN OR SUSPICION, SO WHY STILL TALKING OR WRITING? YES, I DID LISTEN CJ.

I EXPECT THE DEFENSE DOGS to attack me now. I suppose that will show the meekness and weak humility or love of people likely suggested to read these books in all his churches. God can defend CJ. In contrast to CJ and his offspring, I am not assuming the book has no value because of serious defects I know, or "crimes" unknown to me. I feel you can separate Churchill from his huge defects and read power in the words of a flawed man. In contrast to CJ's teaching and his leader disciples, I CAN divorce relational/leader defects from good ideas. That would apply to most great leaders in history and the early church. THAT IS MERCY CJ, sort of like in the New Testament, when they all looked like the WORST BELIEVERS ON EARTH YEAR AFTER YEAR, and God used them. And the same in the rest of the early church writings in the English :).

I hope he does mature you and all of us, help us to drop sadistic, abusive approaches to people, and make us all like Him. See you in heaven. On that one I am sure. That we are sincere, and both sincerely wrong more than we know. But we know He is real and the true blood of the lamb. I have helped repair your hidden damages. Sorry, some were perhaps meant for others to heal.... Some water, some undermine, some partially repair and MANY repair ALL OVER A WORLD that is so much bigger than the small middle east coast US. --thank heavens.
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