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Living a Transformed Life - Synopsis
Jesus said something very curious when He first began his ministry. After being tempted in the wilderness and then entering Capernaum, He said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” From that point in time until His crucifixion, He said this over and over.
When the people of Capernaum experienced numerous healings and begged Jesus to stay, He told them He had to “preach the kingdom of God to other cities also.”
He spent many hours conveying the kingdom to people through parables. He compared it to a man sowing good seed in the ground. He said the kingdom was like the tiny mustard seed growing large enough to house birds in her branches. He also referred to it as being like leaven in bread.
The kingdom of God is mentioned more than a hundred times in the New Testament and it is the central theme of Jesus’ message recorded in the gospels. What was Christ trying to tell us? Why did He teach more on this subject than even the cross?
Kevin West doesn’t understand any of this until, devastated and emotionally bankrupt, he meets an unusual stranger:
“I didn’t know at the time that I was going to become friends with this broken man and we were going to spend almost every day together for the next two years until I entered prison. God had brought him to me to be my mentor. Our friendship and growth in Christ was going to initiate the establishment of the kingdom of heaven not only in my life but also in his.”
About Kevin West
Kevin West is the executive pastor of Christ Temple Church in Huntington, West Virginia and the president of KW Ministries. He travels internationally as a speaker and can be heard on his radio program, Real Life with Pastor Kevin West. Kevin and his wife, Leesa, have four children and one grandchild.
About J.F. Edwards
J.F. Edwards is an award-winning author who has also taught writing for twenty-six years. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Bowling Green State University) and an M.A. in English (Marshall University).
- Hardbound with Dust Jacket: 212 pages
- Size: 5.5" x 8.5"
- Publisher: Reliance Media, Inc.; 1st edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1-936989-38-6