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Excellence: Run with the Horses, By Eugene Peterson
  • Length: 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 6
  • Published: February 07, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: A0602
  • ISBN: 9781514006023

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Every day, we must choose whether to live cautiously or courageously, to follow the crowd or to embrace God's purposes. God invites us to live at our best, to pursue righteousness, to drive toward true excellence.

In this six-session LifeGuide® Bible study, beloved pastor Eugene Peterson draws from the story of the prophet Jeremiah to explore what a life of excellence looks like. Like Jeremiah, we may feel inadequate and weary, but God wants to empower us to grow in obedience, integrity, and endurance.

For over three decades LifeGuide Bible Studies have provided solid biblical content and raised thought-provoking questions—making for a one-of-a-kind Bible study experience for individuals and groups. This series has more than 130 titles on Old and New Testament books, character studies, and topical studies.

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Getting the Most Out of Excellence
1. Pleading Inadequacy - Jeremiah 1:4-19
2. Image Versus Substance - Jeremiah 7:1-15
3. God's Shaping Hand - Jeremiah 18:1-18
4. Honesty - Jeremiah 15:10-21
5. Obedience - Jeremiah 35
6. Making the Best of It - Jeremiah 29:1-14
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Eugene H. Peterson

Eugene H. Peterson (1932–2018) was a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He wrote more than thirty books, including his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, his memoir, The Pastor, and the bestselling spiritual formation classic A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.