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ALL IN by Mark Batterson Sampler

ALL IN by Mark Batterson Sampler

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The Gospel costs nothing. You can’t earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift compliments of God’s grace. It doesn’t cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go “all in,” a term that simply means placing all that you have into God’s hands. Pushing it all in. And that’s where we get stuck---spiritual no man's land. We’re afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. It’s not true. The only thing you’ll miss out on is everything God has to offer. And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you. Readers will find Batterson’s writing filled with his customary vivid, contemporary illustrations as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and . . . Judas.
No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn’t give back to God. What we didn’t push back across the table to Him. Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out.
The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. It’s all or nothing. It’s now or never. Kneeling at the foot of cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King. It’s also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.
Batterson writes, for many years, I thought I was following Jesus. I wasn’t. I had invited Jesus to follow me. I call it inverted Christianity. And it’s a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality. That’s when I sold out and bought in. When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan? It’s a daring plan. Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.”
The Gospel costs nothing. You can’t earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift compliments of God’s grace. It doesn’t cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go “all in,” a term that simply means placing all that you have into God’s hands. Pushing it all in. And that’s where we get stuck---spiritual no man's land. We’re afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. It’s not true. The only thing you’ll miss out on is everything God has to offer. And the good news is this: if you don't hold out on God, God won't hold out on you. Readers will find Batterson’s writing filled with his customary vivid, contemporary illustrations as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and . . . Judas.
No one has ever sacrificed anything for God. If you always get back more than you gave up, have you sacrificed anything at all? The eternal reward always outweighs the temporal sacrifice. At the end of the day, our greatest regret will be whatever we didn’t give back to God. What we didn’t push back across the table to Him. Eternity will reveal that holding out is losing out.
The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. It’s all or nothing. It’s now or never. Kneeling at the foot of cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King. It’s also an act of disowning yourself. Nothing belongs to you. Not even you.
Batterson writes, for many years, I thought I was following Jesus. I wasn’t. I had invited Jesus to follow me. I call it inverted Christianity. And it’s a subtle form of selfishness that masquerades as spirituality. That’s when I sold out and bought in. When did we start believing that the gospel is an insurance plan? It’s a daring plan. Jesus did not die just to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.”

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ZONDERVAN
All In
 Copyright © 2013 by Mark BattersonThis title is also available as a Zondervan ebook. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks.This title is also available in a Zondervan audio edition. Visit www.zondervan.fm.Requests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBatterson, Mark.All in : you are one decision away from a totally different life / Mark Batterson.pages cmIncludes bibliographical references.ISBN 978-0-310-33305-0 (hardcover)1. Christian life. 2. Commitment (Psychology) Religious aspects — Christianity.I. Title.BV4509.5.B385 2013248.2'5 dc23 2013012514All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible,
New International Version®, NIV® 
. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used bypermission. All rights reserved worldwide.Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the
Holy Bible: New Living Translation
,copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois60189. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked ESV are taken from
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version
.Copyright © 2000, 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used bypermission. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked CEB are taken from the
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. Copyright ©2011 by Common English Bible. All rights reserved.Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers in this book areoffered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsementby Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers forthe life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrievalsystem, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopy,recording, or any other except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the priorpermission of the publisher.Published in association with the literary agency of Fedd & Company, Inc., 606 FlamingoBoulevard, Austin, TX 78734.
Cover design: Extra Credit ProjectsInterior production: Beth ShagenePrinted in the United States of America
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Dedicated to the church I have the joy and privilege of pastoring National Community Church,Washington, DC 

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