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Product Close-up. Add To Cart. She teaches with expert authority and a clear, simple style, all while serving up an eclectic mix of the most fascinating people, communities, and practices of twenty-first-century Christianity. She helps us integrate in our minds what God has already integrated in the world: Emergence Christianity lets us into a secret that could do with being shouted from rooftops: If you want to know how the old and the new fit together, look no further.
Phyllis Tickle tackles Emergence Christianity once again. In this volume, she takes the conversation further, filling in all the details and answering the who, what, where, why, and how of the movement. A page turner, I read through each story with anticipation as I eagerly awaited the next set of connections Phyllis Tickle would make between seemingly unrelated people, movements, faith, and culture.
Never in one volume have I seen such a diverse set of Christian movements not only listed but analyzed for their meaning as it related to the bigger picture. Decade by decade, she walks us through the 20th century, tracing the roots of Emergence Christianity. No one gets left behind here: She brings her analysis all the way up to the present day, describing the current movements of emergence such as emergent village, neo-monasticism, and new calvinism, and others. Throughout her work Tickle helps make a vast amount of stories intelligible, and she seems to do it effortlessly.
As we have come to expect, Tickle has done her homework, and the result is a unique contribution to the conversation about what Christianity has and will become in the Twenty-first century. Tickle manages to tell the truth about who the church was, is, and is becoming with great affection and clarity. Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is the author of more than two dozen books on the subject. She makes her home on a small farm in Tennessee. Hope for Evangelizing the West. Hastings offers a theology of mission that is respectful of the Deep Church emphasis forwarded by writers such as Jim Belcher , Liederbach and Reid , as well as Andrew Walker and Luke Bretherton.
I have placed these writings in a Convergent With Conventional category, in that they try to affirm the value of Emergent while respecting the historic theological roots of the traditional church. His emphasis, which is shared by the Deep Church authors, but which is emphasized more strongly here, is that the missional church should be both deep and wide. His biblical basis is the high-priestly prayer in John 20, affirming.
What I offer here is a theology of the church that is, in a nutshell, participational, that its missional identity is an organic consequence of union in and participation with the missional God, who is bidirectional in His missional nature. He both sends and brings. The church in union with God will therefore be a bidirectional, a sending and a bringing church. It will gather to press into that union. It will therefore as gathered be a missional presence in the world and a priesthood representing humanity to God.
Its outgoing mission as the scattered church is also a participation in the ongoing mission on earth that Christ began and then entrusted his people to finish Jn Its task is not to do mission but to join God in what he by the Spirit is already doing. It must be deep and it will be wide in its character as the missional church participating in the life and love of its Head. Its deep and wide missional identity is the only hope for the re-evangelization of the West.
With the reality of broad-scale secularization in the West and the attendant cloud of insignificance hanging over the church, is there any hope for the re-evangelization of the West? In this comprehensive theology of mission, Ross Hastings directs the fretful gaze of the church to the trinitarian commission of John There we find Jesus granting peace to his disciples by breathing his Spirit on them.
He formed them into his community of shalom.
Hastings also tackles the dual challenges of isolation from and accommodation to the surrounding culture. Building on the works of David Bosch, Lesslie Newbigin, Christopher Wright and Darrell Guder, the author corrects numerous dichotomies that hinder the church. Ross Hastings is associate professor of pastoral theology at Regent College. Hastings holds two Ph. From to he served as a pastor in Montreal before returning to British Columbia to become the senior pastor of Peace Portal Alliance Church. Hastings also previously served as a sessional lecturer for two years at Regent College, teaching in the area of pastoral ethics.
He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a much sought-after conference speaker. Widely published in the fields of chemistry and theology, his primary interestes are in Trinitarian theology and the practice of ministry and mission, pneumatology, the development of missional churches, theological ethics, and the interface between theology and science. For those who understand the organic model and have discerned its suitability to their ministry contexts, this is an important resource.
It is part of series by Cole beginning with Organic Church, which lays out the essential philosophy of the organic model. Next is Church 3. The third is Organic Leadership, which answers questions about developing mature leaders in organic churches. Follow the prequel links above for summaries. Church Transfusion is fourth in the series, and addresses how to take a church of any orientation and transition it into functioning more organically.
Cole also has an excellent web community related to the content of each of his books. Those who appreciate Neil Cole may also be interested in similar material by Frank Viola that are listed in the resource guide to Organic Churches. Changing a church is more than a new goal or direction. Anything less than that will only perpetuate more of the dysfunction and unhealthy church practices that have already plagued us for too long. We are in desperate need of the internally transforming power of the gospel of grace and the presence of Christ so that our salvation is then worked out in a way the rest of the world will notice.
In the second half of the book they will lay out some of the actual practical considerations to weigh if you want to release real organic health in your church. Using multiple examples of very different kinds of churches that have been through the process, the authors present ways that leadership and practices need to change in order to release organic church movements from their midst. This book another in the Leadership Network series applies organic life principles to established churches with practical help that is holistic and natural.
The content in this book will be helpful whether you are pastor of an established church or wanting to revitalize a small organic church. Our faith is more than just a better doctrine or a bigger goal with a capital giving campaign; it is a better life. Neil Cole is an experienced and innovative church planter and pastor. He is the cofounder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates.
He is the author of Church 3. He is an expert on incorporating organic church principles into conventional churches. Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century. This is an exhaustive, substantive theology of mission from conservative evangelical scholars. Most of the authors live and work cross-culturally, with half of them still field-based. It covers the subject along three major themes: Discovering the Mission of God explores the mission of God as presented in the Bible, expressed throughout church history and in cutting-edge best practices being used around the world today.
Drawing from a new generation of scholar-practitioners, this comprehensive reader provides global perspective, recent missiological research, case studies, recommended further readings and relevant discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Contributors include Bryan E. Bruce Carlton, Gary R. He teaches courses on church-planting movements, leadership and teams, creative access business as mission , and the history of global Christianity.
He also serves as national vice president of publications for the Evangelical Missiological Society. He has a business background and continues to work in international business development. He and his wife, Cindy, served for twelve years with the International Mission Board. Missional Church Philosophy, Trends. The missional and emergent conversations are constantly evolving. This is an excellent update on this evolution from a global perspective, with chapters from over twenty-five authors. It is filled with good analysis and insights as well as challenges to the imagination. Emerging and missional church movements are an increasingly global phenomenon; they exist as holistic communities that defy dualistic Western forms of church.
Until now, many of the voices from these movements have gone unheard. This volume assembles some of the most innovative church leaders from around the world to share candid insider stories about how God is transforming their communities in an entirely new era for the church. The Gospel after Christendom continues the themes that Ryan Bolger and Eddie Gibbs established formally in their critically acclaimed Emerging Churches and situates new church movements within this rubric.
It explores what is happening today in innovative church movements in continental Europe, Asia, and Latin America and in African American hip-hop cultures. Featuring an international cast of contributors, the book explores the changes occurring both in emerging cultures and in emerging and missional churches across the globe. Politicians are not providing us with satisfactory solutions. The Book of Revelation puts current events into perspective, but most of it was written for those who will be alive after the rapture.
Christians need answers to questions that dispel their anxiety today. The manuscript counters skeptical challenges with equally documentable evidence that this one story could have happened in no other way than the way it is described. Through a highly readable discussion of modern medical advances, the history of the texts, and entertaining analogies, Seeing is Believing will lead the established Christian to greater confidence and will provide the curious atheist the evidence that faith in Jesus is a reasonable next step. Her daughter, Kim, who loved the book asked Diana if they might make the book into a Bible study to be used in Kim's Bible study class in the spring of , along with a Bible study by Beth Moore on the Book of Revelation.
A process of uncovering buried emotions follows the return from the war. The author articulates a rationale for Christian nonviolence and develops relationships with refugees, other veterans, and antiwar people. Realistic but hopeful, the book ends with reflections on the meaning of faith from the author's perspective four decades after his year in Vietnam. His conclusions will be thought-provoking for pastors seeking to understand veterans and for veterans reflecting on the meaning of their experience.
That was the day he ran into Linda Ojeda. Nikaidoh had known Linda as the mother of a child who had died at the that hospital years earlier. Now, he discovered, she was working there, along with another mother in the same situation. Then one August morning in , everything changed. Nikaidoh's son Hitoshi -- who had just graduated from medical school weeks earlier -- was killed in a tragic accident.
Although he knew he would see his son again in Heaven, and his faith in God's plan provided comfort, he struggled to pull himself through the weight of his grief. What had the two mothers at the hospital known, he wondered, these women who seemed to have made peace with their losses? In Healing Hearts , Dr. Nikaidoh shares the stories of eight mothers who lost children but found their own way back to generous, fulfilling lives.
Their journeys offer readers an uplifting word for us all. Each of their backpacking trips provides serious and sometimes humorous stories that serve as metaphors for Christian beginnings, community, growth, responsibility, strength for living, and celebration. An evening campsite surrounded by fireflies serves as an opportunity to observe God's mysteries and wonders.
A couple of lost hikers invite the reader to reflect on taking wrong turns in life. A persistent skunk illustrates how some Christians can stink up a congregation. The startling sounds of a turkey elicit reflections on the resurrection and how this should shock Christians into passionate belief. Each of the 30 faith-shaping stories revolves around core beliefs of orthodox Christianity. Most of the first wave of authors couldn't interact with recent objections. This book begins with a fresh and simple biblical explanation of key themes of the way of the cross -- weakness, renunciation, deliverance, sharing, love-of-enemies, foolishness, and community--written from a pastoral perspective.
Then it takes those themes into even more provocative territory and undermines the pervasive obstacles that keep evangelical Christians from seeing the way of the cross, from the left-right political distinction and an impersonalistic conservatism to skewed but popular notions of providence, sin, salvation, and heaven. It closes with a positive vision of how the way of the cross might shape churches into Christ's holistic city on a hill, and it gives practical advice to individuals and churches about how to get there.
This work offers a conversation about authentic Christianity which is life-changing and life-giving.
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Life Worth Finding allows Jesus to speak for himself rather than be limited to or defined by the unending mixture of religious expressions which claim to represent him. Finding life in fullness is revealed as requiring submission to God through living in his kingdom, yielding to him as shepherd, being supernaturally re-created, and desiring all of this as the pearl of priceless value. Each chapter builds to the next in not only defining what Jesus' call to life means but indentifying how to develop spiritually for this new way of life. Many secular people sense a spiritual void but find Christianity ridiculous.
At the heart of both phenomena is the conflict between acquired knowledge and divine revelation. But reason and faith are incompatible only when we enshroud our faith in superstition. The writer states, "In my first church, a number of young agnostics began to attend our services. The result: Single mom, 40, soured on religion after a fundamentalist experience: 'I am a Christian today because of your Easter sermon. Your sermons convinced me that the Christian message is real. The horse wants to be loved for who he is, but he can find only temporary love from people who find him useful.
When people realize he isn't what they expected, he is discarded, despite being a hard worker, and exhibiting a happy nature. Meanwhile, his wild imagination allows him to believe what he saw a blue horse , which encourages ridicule from his peers. The little boy is searching for the blue horse, and the horse is searching for a loving home. At the end of the story, to the surprise and delight of both, they are united.
At the same time, men sense they are failing, but struggle to do something they have never seen. They look to church leaders, who admonish them for falling short, but rarely give them specific guidance. Vision: The Godly Husband gives discouraged wives hope that their husband will cherish her as Christ loves the Church. For men, the book becomes the virtual mentor to understanding and loving their wives in the ways that their fathers may have failed to model.
After the introductory section, each chapter starts with practical, biblical insights on women's love needs and how husbands can meet them, and then moves the reader into the home of Lance and his wife, Kay, as he applies these insights in his young family. In the process, Lance serves as mentor to the male readers who lack a vision of how it is done. The main character, Little Blue, is a delivery truck stuck in a for sale lot. He desperately wants to carry a load, so much so that he thinks he can do what a dump truck, cement truck, semi, and a "mudding" pick-up can do. When he is overlooked by buyers who choose Grunt dump truck , Old Gray cement mixer , and Pepe, pick-up who mostly speaks Spanish , Big Red, the kind semi, encourages him.
Little Blue finds his purpose and the gladness that follows. Partial tie-in message at end: "And dear little child, wherever you are, at home or school or in the car, our God made you with special care; He likes your face, your toes, your hair! And like Little Blue, you'll one day see. Savannah exclaims her love for her Christmas gift, opening an opportunity for Savannah's mother to tell a story of real love, the day Jesus was born. At the end of the day, Savannah has learned about the depth of God's love and what it looks like to love others.
This book is the first in a series of eight, based on Galatians Evidence from natural science, developmental and counseling psychology, as well as the cultural history of the Jews, Greeks, and Romans provide the context. Viewed from this perspective, significant implications arise suggesting a shift in the Divine-human relationship from a thankfulness for rescue from original sin , to thankfulness for the opportunity to freely choose to be an adopted child of the Divine.
He suggests this new orientation seems more palatable to the modern mind. It depicts a life after death battle for peace again. And most church members have no idea how difficult the job of pastor really is. This book details how evangelical churches really work, how and why many pastors struggle and fail in the ministry and offers a realistic guide on how to view the ministry.
Her life is the panorama of the tales of the pioneer days of Texas, from humble beginnings in the early holiness movement, to a college coed. The story follows the young girl from dry town Peniel, Texas, to dry town Pasadena, California. Despite a controlling mother, she breaks free with a love story sealed by a kiss and a happy ending. The writer states, "Just as Flora Thompson captured life in rural England in the classic Lark Rise to Candleford, so I have attempted to preserve what life was like for Miss Ruby from Texas who was born in the same year, Miss Ruby, who became a writer, an artist, a schoolteacher, a social worker, a pastor's wife, a mother of six as well as an ordained minister, achieved a creativity deserving of the fame of her father Uncle Bud Robinson.
The manuscript offers a glimpse into this period of the holiness movement this time through the eyes of a young girl coming of age. This manuscript argues that the currently taught views on these issues are not only wrong but outmoded, and presents evidence to support this position. Mindling, Jr. Section One casts the vision for Christlikeness and "spiritual breathing," then includes a review of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Section Two explores the six core Christlike characteristics produced in the life of Jesus as he cooperated with the work of the Holy Spirit. Each characteristic is applied and illustrated for today, giving the reader a practical, biblical curriculum of Christlikeness. The writer states, "While there are books that focus on Spiritual Formation, or the Holy Spirit, or becoming like Christ, this book shows how these three topics uniquely and properly fit together, filling a critical gap in the field and providing a practical, biblical curriculum of Christlikeness.
Weaving a Tapestry of Worship is a Bible study that seeks to "crack open" forty-two of these words, to augment understanding of worship, fuel our passion for honoring God, and produce greater joy in the experience. The collection of words includes the ways we worship - with our minds, spirits, emotions, and bodies. Since all these aspects of worship are interrelated, the metaphor of a tapestry comes to mind.
Each word-study includes several of the following: commentary to guide the participant's thinking, scriptures on which to meditate, questions to guide meditation, journaling prompts, prayer-responses, and psalm-writing. It is the only chapter that was "sealed until the time of the end" Daniel but now God has revealed the true meaning. It actually gives a complete timeline of all the empires in the Middle East from Daniel's life until Armageddon and it is right on track. By linking each verse to verifiable history, it "proves" that God predicted everything for the past years.
That being true, it stands to reason that the remaining verses will be fulfilled as planned until the last one is completed. Amidst the timeline, Daniel makes a critical reference to the 'abomination that causes desolation', which is the event that Jesus said would immediately precede the rapture Matthew Besides historical proof, this book gives an overall view of end times as described in Daniel and Revelation, including several events that will happen 'before' the rapture.
Everywhere they go, and in everything they do, they encounter everyday objects and places that have a little-known Christian backstory. The young son and the father take turns telling or reading out loud the backstories to each other, with warmth and good humor. With these familiar, specific, concrete examples in their memories, preschool and primary age children will know that their faith is relevant to everyday life. Kids will see that the Christian faith has shaped their world in varied and unexpected ways. Adults also will have their faith affirmed and be quite surprised by what they learn.
This manuscript is a revision of a previously accepted proposal in The book has an altogether new and more appealing unifying structure. Weaker content has been edited out, the result being a more concise and more sharply focused manuscript. It also now better conforms to the 32 page industry standard. Author has also followed through on miscellaneous suggestions made by the editor at Writer's Edge Service. As an college instructor of Childen's Literature, I believe the manuscript is "ready for business.
In this story, young Sam Dixon living in Italy must find a stolen manuscript and clear the name of his friend, while dodging a gang of thieves. The pacing of his book kept me reading. I think the story would really appeal to boys. Searching for treasure and solving mysteries is something that middle readers would like. The book had a very contemporary feel to it with the boys using modern technology to solve a crime while at the same time there was an innocence and nostalgic tone that felt very s Hardy Boys," states Sharon Dunn, author of the Ruby Taylor Mysteries.
But this is just the beginning, as true freedom comes from the heart. The book delves into the wounds and lies in the heart that block the reader from receiving God's love and then guides them to the place of receiving it. Written from personal experience, the author provides his story and that of others to illustrate the battle to overcome sexual addition. The reader is also shown the devastating effects of sexual sin on their spouse, and is encouraged to make healing of the marriage part of the journey.
The stories are from personal experience and from traveling for over 20 years visiting churches and believers in Eastern Europe. By interpreting the biblical account of wars and translating them into useful lessons, our spiritual tactical capabilities increase, leading to a more potent prayer life and ministry and what the writer describes as "a fresh battle-wise approach to spiritual warfare. David chronicles his journey to connect emotionally with his son and the way prayer and God's word play crucial roles in this process. In the end, David's family still faces significant hurdles, but they are able to see the wonderfully unexpected ways God answers prayer.
A broken marriage is restored. Two parents connect with their son. And a boy who begins childhood struggling to communicate learns to speak - not just English - but Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish too. Current media promote relationships based on nothing more than sexual attraction and emotional exhilaration. Those qualities are exciting and stimulating, but they fade quickly when challenged by the real-life difficulties which occur in every relationship. For every little girl who has ever dreamed of meeting her handsome prince, the reality of married life can often prove to be a disillusionment.
An intimate and growing marriage is difficult to attain but is not an impossibility when we begin to understand such things as the magnitude of God's grace, the power of kindness, that forgiveness is a choice, and that God is enough. God has provided the biblical instruction and the tools needed to equip young couples to build a marriage that is deeply satisfying and God-honoring. Marriage is hard, but love grown God's way is love that will last a lifetime.
The author tracks faith development and spiritual formation from individual personal interest to receive blessing to a larger scope to be a blessing to others and finally to a vision of becoming a means of fulfilling God's purpose in the world to be an agent of God's blessing to all nations. The author focuses on common difficulties including delays of promises blessings, unexpected hardships, apparent unanswered prayers, dealing with failures, keeping success in perspective, and discovering one's God-designed purpose. The manuscript fleshes out many issues and challenges of the Christian faith in the Abraham narrative and seeks to provide a big-picture perspective of the faith journey that addresses the hard questions of the Christian life that are often ignored.
In our time exactly the contrary is occurring: disciples are not one, the world does not believe, and religious apathy is spreading. Could Christians reverse this trend? The book focuses on new theological and apologetic ways of evangelizing the skeptical and religiously indifferent postmodern world. Finally, the book answers how to restore the church's biblical credibility in times of its fragmentation into more than 20, Christian denominations. This multidisciplinary book is written from a progressive Catholic perspective for Christian intellectuals.
It discusses a problem of universal importance, the relationship between the institutional Church and the biblical Church. To encourage readers to seek a meek and quiet heart, the book explains that what it is, the value God places on it, the benefits of having it, the consequences of not having it, and how to attain it. These two traumatic experiences sexual abuse and suicide carry so much social stigma as to constrain most to silent suffering.
Written in an interactive workbook format it seeks to invite the reader to begin a journey of healing as guiding questions at the end of each chapter provide opportunity for biblical application and journaling. Themes include "We each have a story of wounds. It joins a cultural conversation on Creation vs. Evolution and represents a resource for Creationists attempting to teach children about God as the Creator.
The book's emphasis on responsible ecological stewardship also aligns with a Green publishing market that promotes environmental conservationalist thinking. The theme here is gratitude and the need to express it. Emma Sue is a little girl who has always been polite and who has always said the words "thank you. As a result, she can't wait to get busy, writing a thank you letter to her grandmother for the birthday money Emma received the previous week.
Through the class discussion about the story, and later, through her continued discussion with her mother, Emma Sue realizes that God needs to hear our gratitude, too, for the countless blessings He has given us. Carefully designed aids such as a quick spelling sheet of common words used in thank you letters, sample thank you letters, and grids for practice in writing these letters all help the child put the message of the book into action.
Here the experience of grief moves the writer to let go of old ideas, assumptions, and perspectives and embrace a new life. Readers will learn how conscious grieving will eliminate resentment and bitterness, assist in creating a more positive relationship with the ex-spouse, and allow God to work a good work in order that his love may be more fully revealed.
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By embracing the grief of divorce, readers will become active participants in the Holy Spirit's work of spiritual formation. The writer shares a personal process of this spiritual journey as it relates to the rape and murder of her sister in Written in two parts, the first shares the raw road where wrestling with anger and hatred brought her to Christ's cross; the foundation for healing and hope. Part two shares the truth that shed light on the path to freedom, which eventually included a face to face meeting with the man who murdered Susie. The biblical content uses Ephesians 6 and the core elements of the New Testament message.
Part 1 is a diagnostic manual that lists symptoms pointing to the disease of failed leadership like ill-advised decisions, the guise of uniformity, gossip, sacred cows, fear of change, the bookworm pastor, and lack of vision. In order to help leaders overcome the symptoms, treatments are prescribed, the following of which foster health in leadership and vitality in the congregation.
Part 2 offers preventative medicine designed to strengthen the immune system, energizing them to lead boldly and faithfully. Part 3 highlights the ministry of the intentional interim pastor as a doctor who calls upon a hurting congregation to dispense the balm of Gilead and the love of Christ. It helps partners to understand how their behavior both affects and is affected by the behavior of each other. Initial focus is on two questions: Shall We Marry?
Other chapters discuss: understanding and maintaining the helping relationship, accentuating the positives, eliminating the negatives, listening and information sharing, decision making and problem solving, and confrontation and conflict resolution. The author writes, "This is a stunningly worthwhile pursuit and one that should never suffer the indignity of any shameful accusation of inappropriateness against what God himself clearly intends as a blessing. Some themes, particularly in the Song's crescendo, will clearly bring us to the type of burning, inextinguishable love, as strong as death itself, that is clearly transcendent.
However we need to deal with the song primarily according to its basic intent and content. It's about sex people - deal with it! The story begins in the cage and proceeds to the underground of the city and back to the laboratory, chronicling the plight of the lab rats and the adventures of the cage's favorite son, Legion. Biblical references are woven into the story, along with the author's own points to ponder. In addition, the geology of Central Oregon is discussed. All subject matter is presented based on biblical presuppositions that assume Genesis chapters are written and inspired by God in historical narrative, and that there was a cataclysmic worldwide flood about 4, years ago.
They grow from seeing the world through their own eyes to seeing it through God's eyes, as they learn to trust for monetary support, changing professions, and eventually move into the world of missions. The questions of "will? Exciting, thought-provoking, and amusing at times, the family's journey challenges others to experience the character of the Father and encourages the reader to follow Jesus to the ultimate destination - the heart of God.
It is a legacy of faith, left by the parents to their children and to the reader. This principle was formulated from the beginning of creation when God created Eve for Adam. The writer states, "With the increasing number of divorces and attacks on the family today, we must become wise to the schemes and devises of the enemy. His number one agenda is to destroy the head. As women of God this book will teach you how to take your stand and war against his plans.
It is the story of a courageous twelve-year-old shepherd boy named Kios who finds his life transformed forever when he meets the mystical seer Zora and is selected to be the newly anointed king of Kavalie. Kios finds that his journey to the throne is loaded with overwhelming obstacles, including the current King Azor, teetering on the edge of insanity, and the Dark Nation, which has been at war with the Kavalie people for more than one hundred years.
To overcome all these obstacles Kios must trust in Agious, fight using his Heaven flame Ryu, wield the powerful spirit sword, and rely on his motley crew of friends to support him. Jesus has a lot to say about the way we understand and use medical science today, and he provides us with a healthcare model rooted in his redemptive work and compassion that provides a foundation for true eternal healing and hope. It is a model of healthcare that is radically different from the one modern medicine offers.
The healing and hope modern medicine offers captivates many Christians today and leads them astray. Is God really good? How do we respond in faith when God doesn't seem to intervene on our behalf? My story examines these questions through the lens of a Christian walking with the Lord in the midst of living with cerebral palsy CP. As a young teenager, I began to seek the Lord for miraculous healing from my incurable neuro-muscular condition. After many failed attempts, I began to wrestle with the Lord over His sovereign decision to withhold healing from my body. This painful struggle lasted twelve years.
Through interactions with others who have CP, psychotherapy, and an understanding church family, I came to discover how to walk with the tension of knowing that Christ is the Healer, yet I will limp for the rest of my life. Told with transparent vulnerability, my story will resonate with readers; encouraging them with hope. Christ firmly embraces us in the midst of our struggle using His power to make us perfect in our weakness. The book is meant to impart deep eternal values of loving and caring for one another throughout the span of a lifetime.
The book also teaches simple life rules, such as minding your own business and staying away from dangerous places. In drawing from my own life with my young four-year-old son and two family pets after the loss of my husband at the age of 32, I took great comfort in the parallels of relationships. Whether you're a person or family critter, God made life about relationships. How we are molded and shaped by them matters. It seeks to retrain habits to create order while offering daily renewal. The course proceeds through three key phases transform the reader, transform the family, and transform the home.
During each of the 20 days, the reader receives three things: 1. A daily renewal which is designed to nurture one's personal relationship with God. The book also incorporates "Joy Tools" practical ways to bring joy to everyday tasks and stories and wisdom from the author's life. The unhappy Boodles have lots of hunger, lots of "nothing" and tears for hearts.
Enter centuries-old Tiny Friar who opens Oooodle minds to Booodle needs with a Midnight Munch chock full of special ingredients. In the end Tiny Friar departs, but love and wisdom remain. And in the end all Boodles and Oooodles have hearts. Sometimes life can feel a little scary and God can feel a long way away but, as the Little Mustard Seed learns, God is always near, taking care of us even when it doesn't seem that way.
Before we know it God's wonderful plan for our life is revealed and it usually blesses those around us.
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The Little Mustard Seed is the first in a series of children's picture books that helps children and adults to deal with difficult times in their lives. It leaves a lingering, timeless message that helps us to see that there is a 'bigger picture', and that life is about more than just what meets the eye.
I was physically, verbally, emotionally and sexually abused throughout my entire life up until I was almost It culminated in my being brutally beaten, stabbed approximately 30 times, and left for dead. God and my young sons, 8 and 10, saved my life. Following a recounting of that incident in , via flashbacks, it takes you from my early life up to the start of healing.
Each day begins with a scripture passage. The body of the devotions develops the meaning of the passage using a specific characteristic of an animal or natural phenomenon, guiding readers into practical application. A prayer is included to aid in taking the message from knowledge to application. An activity related to each day's natural theme is also included to help the ideas presented take root in the reader's mind.
While there are other nature devotionals on the market, Nature Speaks is different in the combination of animal and natural phenomenon subject matter. In addition, the related activity takes the devotional from the traditional form to a more hands-on approach further solidifying the theme in the life of the reader. If only she had not turned her back on God and followed her own path. Between the sobs of regret came a plea to God to please come back into her life. With that one statement that would forever change her life, God began to speak to the woman through her heart and mind in clear and precise words that could only come from Heaven itself.
In the following days God would not only reveal that He was with her but also speak to her with words of comfort and forgiveness and lead her to the most unusual of places to hear his words and the reality of his presence in his hurting world. For more than 42 years he's lived in a rugged rural landscape. Harper plunges into the pages of his life's story with enthusiasm marginalizing his wheelchair.
Referring to it as his hurricane deck , he writes with the hope of inspiring all ages to live life to its fullest potential. When our lives fall into ruin it's hard to press toward recovery.
Guide Postmodern Childrens Ministry: Ministry to Children in the 21st Century Church (emergentYS)
Many regard their handicaps as thwarting their potential. Harper chooses to focus the reader on their personal potential. He believes recovery from ruin lies in remaining potential. Pointing the reader to the hope they will find in Jesus Christ, he urges them to seek their remaining potential and enjoy the adventurous life God offers. Tapping his nose he says, As long as there's air moving through this thing a person has potential in life. These models are especially useful in urbanized areas among the increasing numbers of the unchurched.
Part 2 discusses the inherent tension between the unpredictable Holy Spirit and the routines expected in church organizations and tradition. It distinguishes between church as organization and church as fellowship and shows how the wrong structure can be a barrier to growth. Part 3 presents a new way of understanding congregations by looking at a church's culture in the context of larger social cultures, applying insights from the study of corporate cultures. Part 4 presents four important dimensions for remodeling a congregations' culture.
It explores how for Paul the process of becoming more Christ like amounted to receiving the grace-bearing Holy Spirit, how Christians experience God's presence differently according to their spiritual temperaments, how recognizing occasional awakenings beyond conversion add depth to spiritual life, and how sharing more personal faith stories should be basic to a church culture in the future. Illustrations feature children as "actors. The "actors" in their roles are Charming and the book reads well aloud.
The narrative is soaked in sound family ties, Christian values in a very secular world, and a French heartbeat. It is authentic, lively and filled with the light of the Christian hope. Grandma would always remind Nash that God loved him and would protect him, no matter how high the slide or how giant his fears might seem. Now, Grandma lives with Nash in his house, but they don't go to the playground or chase away silly monsters anymore. When Nash goes to bed, Grandma blows him a kiss and says, "Good night, Mike.
Now Grandma and Nash practice writing their letters. On the days when Grandma forgets how, Nash steadies her unsure hand, and they gently glide the crayon across the white paper together. When Nash begins to realize his beloved Grandma is changing on the inside, he wonders if she is afraid, and he remembers how she used to comfort him when he was scared. Nash then digs deep into his faith and shares the message of God's eternal love with his Grandma, just as she once did for him. The latter deals with bullying, with a fantasy slant for the age group.
The format of the geographical material includes maps, rhymes, facts, and cartoons. The Kirkus Reviews favorably reviewed the book on Canada saying of the mnemonic devices, "Weisberg and Yoffe have created quite the learning tool. Bully-Free NH states, "The peers are often the ones present at the time of a bullying incident and this book is meant to try to spread the notion that children do not have to stand idly by when a peer is being taunted or teased.
Finally, the book presents instruction on Christ and the Church. Geared for children ages , this book can be an effective tool, assisting young people to gain maturity in their Christian life because it is written so children and young teens can understand. A study guide has been created to compliment the book. Storms come suddenly, unexpectedly, ferociously. Your biopsy is positive; your son is in the ER; your company is downsizing; your marriage is over. The manuscript doesn't trivialize these storms, offer trite solutions, or try to force-feed a joy pill. Six shelters are available: trust, assurance, courage, patience, peace, and joy.
With compassion, honesty, and humor it draws from personal experiences of the author and real-life stories of others who have been slammed by storms -- and how they handled them. Like a pendulum the extreme swings in church thought serve to advance overall kingdom growth. Cookie cutter, plug and play methods of church growth and "discipleship" are not always valid forms of true kingdom growth. How did we arrive at today? What are the historical roots of many modern praise and worship expressions? What is the "restoration of David's tent" and what, if any implication does it have for praise and worship in the New Covenant era?
Practical tips and pitfalls to avoid in our worship expression are included. The challenges seem to be so many and daunting. What if Schaeffer is right and we are focused on the symptoms and not the ultimate cause? Then we should be asking, What is the primary propagation of humanistic secularism -- Godlessness? While the practice of traditional religion is excluded from public schools, religious instruction from lifestyle choices to casual conversations can never be excluded. In one form or another, directly or indirectly, someone's religion is always taught. Unfortunately, in our public schools children learn to make decisions from the doctrine of void or the exclusion of God.
When God is deemphasized, mankind becomes a god with the mistaken belief that morality, definition of the family, public policy, etc. It's time for evangelicals to rethink: 1 Is religious neutrality in public schools even possible?