In these best-selling books, God's Armorbearer & God's Armorbearer II, Terry Nance gives you the keys to stand with your leader to help fulfill God's vision. You will learn: How God raised up Elisha as Elijah's armorbearer The functions of Old and New Testament armorbearers How to develop the spirit of an armorbearer How to understand your call and fulfill your purpose How to run with the house vision How to work together as a team How to submit to and flow with authority How to bloom where God has planted youYou are an important part of God's plan. Get off the sidelines and into the action!
THE ARMORBEARERS OF TODAY WILL BE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
For five hard years Christian leader Kevin Myers struggled personally and professionally. But it was during that time that God pointed out where he was going wrong and showed him the biblical pattern for living. It proceeded to transform his life, leadership, ministry, and relationships. During that time John Maxwell also became his mentor.
Together, using a baseball diamond as an analogy for following God's plan for life, Myers and Maxwell provide a clear path forward while helping you keep your priorities in order and your eyes on the prize. What is that pattern?
Connection with God: Winning Dependence
Character: Winning Within
Community: Winning with Others
Competence: Winning Results
Challenging, heart-felt, and insightful, Myers' story will connect with anyone who feels their life is falling short of God's promises. The hard-won lessons Myers learned, along with insightful comments and on-point application from Maxwell, will make it possible for you to win in this performance-based culture without losing your soul.
There are no shortcuts or steals in the spiritual journey of life. HOME RUN is a guidebook for living life and learning how to succeed God's way.
"We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry," he writes. "The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God."
"Brothers, we are not professionals. We are outcasts. We are aliens and exiles in the world. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we wait with eager expectation for the Lord (Phil. 3:20). You cannot professionalize the love for His appearing without killing it. And it is being killed."
"The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man. The strong wine of Jesus Christ explodes the wine- skins of professionalism."
Leadership makes great companies, but few of us truly understand how to turn ourselves and others into great leaders. One company—the Jesuits—pioneered a unique formula for molding leaders and in the process built one of history's most successful companies.
In this groundbreaking book, Chris Lowney reveals the leadership principles that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years: self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism. Lowney shows how these same principles can make each of us a dynamic leader in the twenty-first century.
"Entertaining and well researched, this is a must-read for any business leader, and an inspirational read for anyone who wants to be a better human being."
—Walter Gubert, chairman of the investment bank, J. P. Morgan
"Lowney does a wonderfully engaging job of making clear
the connections between our current leadership challenges and the principles employed so effectively by the Jesuits."
—Edward J. Kelly III, president and ceo, Mercantile Bankshares Corporation
"In this absorbing, lucid book, Lowney . . . explores how the Jesuits have successfully grappled with challenges that test great companies. Reflective businesspeople of faith will find Lowney's insights a breath of fresh air."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This 450-year-old institution [seems] as current today as it was four centuries ago. Lowney shows us how every employee can and should be a leader and that love-driven leadership does work."
—Richard K. Green, former president and COO, Blistex, Inc.
"This informative, fascinating book tells how Jesuits produced both outstanding individual leaders and a culture of leadership. This is a book to be enjoyed, pondered, and put into practice."
—John W. Padberg, S.J., director, Institute of Jesuit Sources
Productivity isn’t just about getting more things done. It’s about getting the right things done—the things that count, make a difference, and move the world forward. In our current era of massive overload, this is harder than ever before. So how do you get more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity?
When we take God’s purposes into account, a revolutionary insight emerges. Surprisingly, we see that the way to be productive is to put others first—to make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determining what to do (what’s best next). As both the Scriptures and the best business thinkers show, generosity is the key to unlocking our productivity. It is also the key to finding meaning and fulfillment in our work.
What’s Best Next offers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:
• Why good works are not just rare and special things like going to Africa, but anything you do in faith even tying your shoes.
• How to create a mission statement for your life that actually works.
• How to delegate to people in a way that actually empowers them.
• How to overcome time killers like procrastination, interruptions, and multitasking by turning them around and making them work for you.
• How to process workflow efficiently and get your email inbox to zero every day.
• How your work and life can transform the world socially, economically, and spiritually, and connect to God’s global purposes.
By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God’s purposes and plan, What’s Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.
In this best-selling book, God's Armorbearer, Terry Nance gives you the keys to stand with your leader to help fulfill God's vision. You will learn: How God raised up Elisha as Elijah's armorbearer The functions of Old and New Testament armorbearers How to develop the spirit of an armorbearer How to understand your call and fulfill your purposeYou are an important part of God's plan. Get off the sidelines and into the action!
THE ARMORBEARERS OF TODAY WILL BE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—why “mercy is the first attribute of God.” God “does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins,” he writes. As well, the Church cannot close the door on anyone, Francis asserts—on the contrary, its duty is to go out into the world to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done.
The first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has traveled around the world spreading God’s message of mercy to the largest crowds in papal history. Clear and profound, The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with this desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.
“The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.”—Pope Francis
Praise for The Name of God Is Mercy
“Francis speaks succinctly—and with refreshing forthrightness. . . . He emphasizes moral sincerity over dogma, an understanding of the complexities of the world and individual experience over rigid doctrine. . . . The pope has an easy conversational style that moves effortlessly between folksy sayings and erudite allusions, between common-sense logic and impassioned philosophical insights.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“What makes his book most moving is the way in which this man, without disrespecting his own privacy or offering false bromides of modesty, opens the sacred space of his conscience to explain how he came to center his ministry, and now his papacy, around mercy.”—James Carroll, The New Yorker
“As he has done throughout his papacy, Pope Francis shows in this book a compelling way to present God’s love anew to a skeptical world without denying the ancient teachings of faith. But now he is challenging the entire Church to trek a new way forward.”—Time
“Francis enjoys sharing personal stories of God’s grace and mercy in the lives of parishioners from his native Argentina, people he has known and who have recognized themselves as sinners.”—The Washington Post
“Powerful . . . Francis’s book signals a plea for a change of attitude on the part of the faithful and their pastors. . . . Bishops and priests will talk and quarrel over the text for months, even years to come. And that, perhaps, is what Francis intends.”—Financial Times
“Deepens his calls for a more merciful Catholic Church . . . The question-and-answer book is told in simple, breezy language, with the pope referring to experiences and people in his own life.”—Newsday
“Francis has offered his most detailed outline yet for the role of the Catholic church in the modern era.”—National Catholic Reporter
Translated by Oonagh Stransky
From the Hardcover edition.
A biography of Pope Francis that describes how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions
An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics--the tension between the pope's innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God's will transformed him into Pope Francis--but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader.
With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man's ambitious program began--and how it will likely end--through an investigation of Francis's youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a "Church of the Poor"; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.
A pastor’s responsibilities are unique, demanding that he not only nurture his own spiritual life but also the lives of those in his care. What a challenge this can be!
Derek Prime and Alistair Begg provide practical advice for both the spiritual and practical aspects of pastoral ministry. They delve deep into topics such as prayer, devotional habits, preaching, studying, and specific ministry duties. The result is an essential tool for those in pastoral ministry.
I was nervous and somewhat apprehensive at first, but with time, I gained a level of ease and began to compose my ideas in concise statements. I designed my statements to communicate leadership tools and life techniques mostly to the young leaders I was mentoring – most of them being Christian preachers, but some of them being business and political leaders from around the globe.
I called it "Dear #youngpreacher" and began to share the thoughts I wished someone had told me when I first started preaching as a boy, and later needed when I was leading groups as a young man. I incorporated the wisdom I gleaned from the many master preachers and accomplished leaders I have worked with or interviewed over the years. I also mixed in the insights garnered from the current crop of young preachers I know; many of whom are emerging as the top thought leaders of the millennial pulpit. I bound these thoughts into "tweets," and from my mobile device sent them around the world.
Like wildfire, the tweets began to spread; answering, in a small way, the massive need for mentoring of both young preachers and young leaders.
As we analyzed the early data, to our surprise, we observed that millions of people were viewing this material, and they weren’t all preachers. Other young leaders were benefiting by listening in on our "shop-talk" and the hashtag was gaining headway on its own. Hundreds of people began to both write me and tell me to, please elaborate more on these tweets. To release myself from the handcuffs of 140 characters and really drill down on these concepts in detail and example, they urged me to see my tweets as modern-day proverbs for their generation and to actually give these tweets and their generation the attention they deserved.
From these many requests was born this 30-Day Devotional. Stylized as modern-day proverbs and presented in categories to maximize their application, these tweets are designed to bless the life of the reader and to enhance their daily devotions.
I have laced these proverbs with strong Biblical references and my personal stories to enhance their relevance, and I am confident that this book will be a real blessing to your life.
I believe in you!
Dr. Chris Hill
Denver Colorado, USA
Jesus knew about this quest. He came to show us that peace is possible in this life, not just the next one. Yet Christianity, the very religion that claims Jesus as its own, has often built the biggest barriers to him and the life he promised.
Celebrated speaker and pastor Shane Hipps revives the faith with a fresh and persuasive understanding of the message of Jesus. The shocking truth is that Jesus proclaimed "eternal life" as a present reality that dwells within each of us. A transformative breakthrough, this book goes beyond "religion" or "spirituality" and cuts to the heart of our humanity and existence. It's about realizing that we already possess what we are searching for, and that the Heaven we long for isn't just a gift when we die, but a gift while we live.
Here's some advantages Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 1 provides:
These are complete sermon outlines. Each sermon outline is much more than a basic three point outline requiring a lot of time and research to flesh out. These outlines go much deeper, with each main point completely developed with sub-points and more.Each sermon outline is rooted in God's Word and expository with a wealth of detail, great for spurring your own thoughts and allowing you to take the sermon in another direction as you feel led.Every sermon outline is solidly based in the Bible and conservative theology.Sermon illustrations include enough detail to suggest your own personal or applicable illustrations.A complete sermon series is included, providing a map for the next several Sundays, saving many hours of advance planning and preparation.All sermons are based completely in Scripture.
Here's a complete list of the sermons and the Scripture passages they are based upon:1. You've Been Here Long Enough - Deuteronomy 2:1-7 2. He is God - Mark 14:55-65 3. World History - Genesis 1:1 4. Meeting the Challenge - Romans 10:13-17 5. The Way It Really Is - Isaiah 6:1-9 6. Why? - John 9:1-5 7. Lessons from Ephesus - Ephesians 1:1-3 8. Stairway to Heaven - Genesis 28:10-19 9. What is Your Definition of Success? - Luke 12:13-21 10. Real Faith - 1 Samuel 13:23-14:14 11. He's Still Jesus - Matthew 11:1-6 12. Jesus, Our Reconcilliation - Romans 5:6-11 13. What If There Had Been No Resurrection? - 1 Corinthians 15:1-20 14. The Lord's Supper - Luke 22:14-20 15. Commitment Requirements - Matthew 26:36-46 16. Law and Grace - John 8:2-12 17. Your Biography - James 4:14 18. Be Single-Minded - Matthew 6:19-24 19. Come Back to God - Hosea 11:1-11 20. The Influence of Mothers - 2 Timothy 1:1-6 21. The Message of Jesus - Mark 1:14-15 22. The Rule of the Temporary and the Eternal - Philippians 4:4 23. Be Encouraged - Romans 8:31-39 24. Skeletons in the Closet - Matthew 1:1-17 25. Men on Fire - Daniel 3:1-30 26. Judas - Luke 6:12-16 27. Forgiveness - Matthew 18:21-22 28. Repentance Toward Revival - 2 Samuel 11:1-5 29. Revival Conditions - 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 30. A Revival for God's Army - 1 Samuel 17:4-11 31. The Work Required - John 6:28-29 32. Five Steps to Spiritual Maturity - Hebrews 5:11-6:3 33. A New Creation - 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 34. Where Are You Going? - Galatians 1:13-17 35. Holy Ground - Exodus 3:1-6 36. What Will You Do with Jesus? - Matthew 27:11-22 37. Walk of Faith - John 4:46-54 38. Grace - 2 Samuel 9:1-13 39. Directions - 2 Kings 5:1-15 40. Community Callings - 1 Thessalonians 5:14 41. Tried and True Faith - 1 Peter 1:6-7 42. What Are You Doing Here? - 1 Kings 19:1-16 43. Thanksgiving - Psalm 103:1-5 44. Reminders - 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 45. Time to Rejoice - Philippians 4:4 46. A Church God Can Use - Colossians 1:1-14 47. He Was Born to Be - 1 John 1:1-3 48. Turning the World Upside Down - Acts 17:1-6 49. Turning the World Upside Down, Question 1 - Acts 17:6 50. Turning the World Upside Down, Question 2 - Acts 17:6 51. Turning the World Upside Down, Question 3 - Acts 17:6 52. Turning the World Upside Down, Question 4 - Acts 17:6
Most Christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus, and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way.
From the Hardcover edition.
The Bible says we love God because he first loved us. So if we are not primarily teaching our kids about God’s love for us in Christ, we may miss our opportunity to capture their hearts. But what does it look like to teach a gospel-centered lesson?
Show Them Jesus is an instruction manual for teachers of kids and teens written by a lay Bible teacher with 30 years’ experience. With a simple framework and lots of real-life examples, Klumpenhower’s book helps teachers to identify and communicate the heart of the gospel to each child in each lesson.
Conventional wisdom says, “Make class more fun!” Or just, “Make it easier!” But Show Them Jesus challenges the culture of low-stakes, low-expectations teaching and invites teachers to do nothing less than teach and treasure the good news of Jesus in every lesson.
Show Them Jesus’s how-to approach will complement and enrich existing lessons or teaching materials and is appropriate for teachers of children and teens in any setting.
We need great leaders. More than ever we need authentic, collaborative, inspiring men and women of integrity at the helm of society- and too often our leaders fall short. Some focus on personal success, alienating those they lead. Others shift their principles when it is convenient.
There is a better way. You can energize and inspire the people around you. You can equip a team of principled collaborators to answer God's calling. You can be a catalyst leader.
In The Catalyst Leader, Brad Lomenick describes the skills and principles that define a true change maker. This book offers eight key essentials by which a leader can influence others and make a difference, laying out the path to the keys for becoming an effective leader.
Lomenick shares wisdom, practical knowledge, and stories of success and failure from his own journey of running Catalyst, one of America's most influential leadership movements. And the lives of dozens of leaders around the world- from the creators of famous reality show to pastors, from ranch workers to a Silicon Valley designer. These men and women are living proof that good leadership inspires and innovates, while poor leadership leaves us with hopelessness and regret.
Leading can be a difficult road, and many choose to follow. But you can take a better path. Begin your journey to becoming a catalyst leader.
Newly edited for today’s readers, this time-tested book combines recognized public speaking techniques with proven theories of preaching to equip you for the pulpit. Author James Braga provides pastors and message-givers anywhere in ministry with logical, step-by-step guidance to preparing and delivering effective sermons. Each chapter thoroughly defines and describes each critical component of a sermon, from the introduction to illustrations and the conclusion.
35th Anniversary Edition - Updated for the 21st Century!
A How-To That Delivers
Since 1969, How to Prepare Bible Messages has been a pastor’s most trusted source for preparing and delivering sermons that change lives.
And for good reason.
James Braga’s clear and logical method combines effective techniques for public speaking with time-tested theories of teaching. His instructions are so simple even a novice can follow them. From the title to the conclusion and the lessons in between, Braga leaves no question unanswered.
How to Prepare Bible Messages is a recognized classic—and your key to powerfully conveying God’s Word to a hungry people!
Story Behind the Book
When this book was originally published in 1969, James Braga understood that in order for God’s Word to impact His sheep in a life-changing way, the messenger had to do his job exceedingly well. Now, more than thirty years later, the guidance Braga provides pastors, youth leaders, and speakers of all kinds for preparing and delivering effective Bible messages stands stronger than ever. Time-tested and true, his words provide insight, guidance, and tangible steps for answering God’s call to deliver His message with excellence.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Without this vital sap, man is exposed to the danger of succumbing to the ancient temptation of seeking to redeem himself by himself." Pope Benedict XVI"
Pulling no punches, Wayne talks about the walls leaders must break through and how to move on with integrity. Included are ways to care for oneself physically and emotionally as well as spiritually.
Here's some advantages Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 3 provides:These are complete sermon outlines. Each sermon outline is much more than a basic three point outline requiring a lot of time and research to flesh out. These outlines go much deeper, with each main point completely developed with sub-points and more.Each sermon outline has a wealth of detail, great for spurring your own thoughts and allowing you to take the sermon in another direction as you feel led.Sermon illustrations include enough detail to suggest your own personal or applicable illustrations.There are 6 sermon series included, providing a map for future Sundays, saving many hours of advance planning and preparation.There are also sermon outlines for a communion service and baby dedication, plus a full wedding ceremony and funeral message.All sermons are based completely in Scripture. Here's a complete list of the sermons and the Scripture passages they are based upon:
1. Fresh - Mark 1:16-202. Fresh - Worship - Isaiah 1:12-173. Fresh - The Word - Acts 18:9-104. Fresh - Courage - Joshua 1:1-95. Fresh - Mission - Matthew 28:19-206. Fresh - Perspective - 2 Kings 6:13-177. Fresh - Church - Matthew 16:188. Fresh - Gospel - 1 Corinthians 15:1-49. Rooted - The Bible - 2 Timothy 3:16-1710. Rooted - What is God Like? - Genesis 1:111. Rooted - The Trinity - Deuteronomy 4:3512. Rooted - Prayer - Matthew 6:813. Rooted - Angels, Demons, Spiritual Warfare - 2 Kings 6:15-1714. Rooted - Baptism and Communion - Acts 10:47-4815. Rooted - Sin - Isaiah 59:1-816. Rooted - Jesus Christ - Matthew 1:1817. Rooted - Resurrection and Ascension - 1 Corinthians 15:13-1918. Rooted - Becoming a Christian - 2 Thessalonians 2:1419. Rooted - Sanctification, Perseverance, Assurance - Romans 6:1820. Rooted - Death - Romans 8:121. Rooted - When Jesus Returns - John 14:1-322. Rooted - The Final Judgement - Romans 2:523. Rooted - Heaven - John 14:1-324. Great Commission - Our Commission - Matthew 28:16-2025. Great Commission - Why Go? - Matthew 28:16-2026. Great Commission - Where Do We Go? - Matthew 28:16-2027. Great Commission - How We Make Disciples - Matthew 28:16-2028. Great Commission - In Practice - Matthew 28:16-2029. Church Revolution - Uprising or Revolution? - John 6:67-6830. Church Revolution - Revolution Heart - Luke 10:25-3731. Church Revolution - Don't Waste Your Life - Romans 6:1332. Church Revolution - Called to Revolution - Genesis 12:1-433. Church Revolution - Revolution Boot Camp - Romans 12:234. Church Revolution - Take Up the Cross - Luke 9:21-2635. Church Revolution - Finale - Luke 10:25-3736. Harvest - Sent to Harvest - Luke 10:1-237. Harvest - Sowing the Seeds - Mark 4:26-2938. Harvest - What It's Really All About - Revelation 7:9-1039. Disciple - What is a Christian? - Acts 11:19-2640. Disciple - What is a Disciple? - Luke 9:23-2441. Disciple - Become a Disciple - Matthew 4:18-2242. Disciple - Abide - John 15:1-543. Disciple - The Practical Stuff - Luke 9:2344. Disciple - The Word - John 8:31-3245. Disciple - Prayer - John 15:746. Disciple - Fellowship - John 13:34-3547. Disciple - Witness - John 15:848. Disciple - Service - John 15:1349. Disciple - Making Disciples - Matthew 28:18-2050. Communion - So What? - 1 Corinthians 15:12-1951. Baby Dedication - Psalm 127:352. A Wedding Ceremony - Genesis 2:21-2453. A Funeral Message - Psalm 116:15
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This training manual will take you on a systematic journey into your God given destiny. You will dispel the pauper mindset, uproot the poverty mentality and integrate royalty into the deepest core of your being! Basic Training for the Supernatural Ways of Royalty will help to unearth your God-given treasures, and uncover the lies that constrain you. Do want to feel good about yourself? Are you you tired of low self-esteem and a lack of confidence? This manual is for you! It's like having your own personal life coach at your fingertips. Every page is a step by step, comprehensive, soul-searching experience, that will launch you into a contemplative season of transformation. Each chapter contains questions and activities that will strengthen your understanding of your royal identity. You will find yourself on a Holy Spirit journey into the very heart of God
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:25).
It's time to reach for your crown!
Here's some advantages Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors: Volume 2 provides:These are complete sermon outlines. Each sermon outline is much more than a basic three point outline requiring a lot of time and research to flesh out. These outlines go much deeper, with each main point completely developed with sub-points and more.Each sermon outline is rooted in God's Word and is expository, with a wealth of detail, great for spurring your own thoughts and allowing you to take the sermon in another direction as you feel led.Every sermon outline is solidly based in the Bible and conservative theology. Sermon illustrations include enough detail to suggest your own personal or applicable illustrations.3 complete sermon series, providing a map for the next several Sundays, saving many hours of advance planning and preparation.Sermon Titles and the Scripture References
1. A Fresh Start - Exodus 2:1-10
2. What Is A Christian? - Acts 11:19-26
3. Abnormal - 1 Peter 2:4-12
4. The Fear of the Lord - Proverbs 1:7
5. The Call, Promise, and Challenge - Numbers 13:26-33
6. The Most Important Exam - 2 Corinthians 13:5
7. Requirements - Deuteronomy 10:12-22
8. What the Lord Supper Means - 1 Corinthians 11:23-40
9. Just Who Are You? - Colossians 2:6-20
10. Jesus - Our Redemption - Galatians 4:3-7
11. The Tempter and Us - Genesis 3:1-7
12. Jesus - The Propitiation - Romans 3:21-26
13. What's the Point of a Right Life? - Romans 12:1-2
14. A Church in Trouble - Revelation 3:14-22
15. Palm Sunday - Jesus is Not Always What We Want Him to Be - Romans 3:21-26
16. The Sacrifice of Atonement - Romans 3:21-26
17. Out of the Blue - Matthew 27:15-26
18. Chasing - Psalm 63:1-8
19. A Woman Who Makes a Difference - Acts 9:36-43
20. Messed Up People - Genesis 9:18-23
21. A Matter of Faith - Hebrews 11:1-6
22. What Faith Has to Offer - Hebrews 11:32-40
23. Something to Glory In - Jeremiah 9:23-24
24. One Eye on the Enemy and One on the Wall - Nehemiah 4:13-17
25. By Our Love - John 13:31-35
26. Crime and Punishment - Levitcus 24:10-16
27. Follow Jesus or Bust - Luke 9:57-62
28. A Challenge from God - Malachi 3:6-12
29. Because of Others - Mark 2:1-5
30. Hope - Mark 5:24-34
31. Purpose in Problems - Matthew 14:22-33
32. Repentance - Matthew 6:25-33
33. Reasons for Our Thanksgiving - Colossians 1:1-6
34. Church on Fire - Acts 2:1-4
35. Church on Fire - Fan the Flames - 2 Timothy 1:5-7
36. The Name of Jesus - Philippians 2:5-11
37. When Did Christmas Begin? - 1 Peter 1:18-21
38. Memorial - Joshua 4:1-7
39. Misconceptions - The Church - Matthew 16:18
40. Misconceptions - Worship - John 4:19-26
41. Misconceptions - Discipleship - Luke 9:23-24
42. Misconceptions - Ministry - 1 Peter 4:10
43. Misconceptions - Evangelism - Acts 1:8
44. Misconceptions - Missions - Acts 1:8
45. Misconceptions - Fellowship - Acts 2:42-47
46. Seriously - Exercise Naked - 1 Timothy 4:6-10
47. Seriously - The Simple Life - 2 Corinthians 11:2-4
48. Seriously - Peace and Quiet - Psalm 46:1-11
49. Seriously - Surrender - Philippians 2:3-8
50. Xmas: What's Missing in Your Christmas? - Amazement - Genesis 3:15
51. Xmas: What's Missing in Your Christmas? - The Supernatural - Matthew 1:18-25
52. Xmas: What's Missing in Your Christmas? - Reflection and Perspective - Luke 2:19
Driven by a passion for the body of Christ, Frank Viola has written some of today's most authoritative and celebrated works on the growing home, organic, and missional church movements. Now Viola shares practical keys to a healthy and successful church plant.
Viola contends that many congregations today are struggling to survive, not because of bad planning, but poor planting. He presents an essential guide for starting and nourishing organic churches in any culture. Drawing from both Scripture and a wealth of experience, Viola offers real-world tools, insights, and practical suggestions so churches won't just grow, but thrive.
The son of a slave and a leader in the holiness movement of his day, Mason traveled to Azusa Street in 1907 where he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Returning home, he discovered that visions, spontaneous healing and deliverance followed him. A new power accompanied his preaching, and he experienced freedom from former limitations.
Mason’s vibrant spiritual life enabled him to lead a fledgling movement from its infancy to a powerful, prophetic community over the next fifty years. Beginning in the rural South in the decades following the Reconstruction Era, the denomination gradually moved into urban areas during the 1900’s. No matter where its ministers, however, the COGIC Church holds in tension the dynamics of holiness, spiritual encounter and prophetic Christian social consciousness.
Facing the challenges of our generation, the COGIC Church desires to maintain the legacy of its founder as it prepares for another century of work and witness.
"Our younger generations need to know the rich legacy bequeathed to them by the pioneers of the Church of God in Christ." Bishop Chandler D. Owens
"This valuable book should be in the hands of every member of the Church of God in Christ." Bishop C. L. Anderson
"God gave Bishop C. H. Mason an anointing to preach powerfully, to heal the sick, and to sing out in spontaneous worship. May we covet the same anointing that transformed thousands in his day." Bishop J. Neaul Haynes
"We are the descendants of a mighty move of God that began at Azusa Street. This book will help us to pass on an equally dynamic spiritual life to our successors, taking the Church of God in Christ into the next century." Bishop P. A. Brooks
"Church leaders would do well to emulate the dynamic spiritual life of our founder; Bishop C. H. Mason." Bishop O. T. Jones, Jr.
"Every pastor in our denomination and beyond should have a worn and well read copy of this book." Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
"Bishop Clemmons reminds us that our denomination was forged in the fires of a pentecostal revival that continues to impact our society today." Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson
"Our roots establish our legacy and provide the springboard for the future. This documentation is a must for this generation and the generations to come." Mother Emma F. Crouch, Supervisor, Women's Department, Church of God in Christ, President, International Women's Convention
"This is must reading for every seminary student preparing to minister in the Church of God in Christ. This will be extremely valuable to students of church history regardless of denomination." Dr. H. Vinson Synan, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Divinity, Regent University
"Finally, a documentary written by a black historian/theologian and a lifelong member of the Church of God in Christ. Bishop Clemmons' perspective is insightful, informative, and refreshing." Dr. William C. Turner, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Duke University
"Allow Bishop C. H. Mason's vision to grip you, to challenge you, and to change you." Raymond C. Pierce, J.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Are you doing your best work as a leader, yet not making an impact?
Have you ever felt stuck, powerless to change your environment?
In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, bestselling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how to develop a deep, inner life with Christ, examining its profound implications for surviving stress, planning and decision making, building teams, creating healthy culture, influencing others, and much more.
Going beyond simply offering a quick fix or new technique, The Emotionally Healthy Leader gets to the core, beneath-the-surface issues of uniquely Christian leadership. This book is more than a book you will read; it is a resource you will come back to over and over again.
Replenish helps leaders focus on the back stage, the interior life, in order to remain spiritually healthy. In a caring, encouraging tone, it will show pastors how to
prioritize matters of the soul
develop healthy spiritual practices
address problems that lead to burnout
create a healthy rhythm in their lives
improve their people skills and the spiritual climate of their team
develop better systems in their churches
discover how to lead an unhurried life
For the many ministry leaders who feel alone, in over their heads, or simply worn out, this book will offer welcome relief and a healthy way forward.
"Awareness will be the critical test of American business in the next decade. I call it the 'business of awareness.'" --F.X. Maguire, Hearth Communications Group
The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.
In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.
Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them. Pope John Paul II described the Mass as "Heaven on Earth," explaining that what "we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy."
The Lamb’s Supper reveals a long-lost secret of the Church: The early Christians' key to understanding the mysteries of the Mass was the New Testament Book of Revelation. With its bizarre imagery, its mystic visions of heaven, and its end-of-time prophecies, Revelation mirrors the sacrifice and celebration of the Eucharist.
Beautifully written, in clear direct language, bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn's new book will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray the liturgy with a renewed heart, and enter into the Mass more fully, enthusiastically, intelligently, and powerfully than ever before.
With over 200,000 books in print, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC is now available as an ebook through Marian Press. Embark on an extraordinary journey to Marian consecration on your e-reader.
From Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of the popular book "Consoling the Heart of Jesus," comes an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Father Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp, and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, "33 Days to Morning Glory" is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.
“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus… In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
– Pope Francis
This special edition of Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.”
Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth.
Includes a foreword by Robert Barron, author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
From the Hardcover edition.
What is Catholicism? A 2,000-year-old living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.
Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world.
Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.
Includes over 100 black and white and color photos.
“Every few years, a memoir comes along that revitalizes the form…With generous, precise, and unsentimental prose, Monica Wood brilliantly achieves this . . . When We Were the Kennedys is a deeply moving gem!”—Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie
Mexico, Maine, 1963: The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on the fathers’ wages from the Oxford Paper Company. But when Dad suddenly dies on his way to work, Mum and the four deeply connected Wood girls are set adrift. When We Were the Kennedys is the story of how a family, a town, and then a nation mourns and finds the strength to move on.
“On her own terms, wry and empathetic, Wood locates the melodies in the aftershock of sudden loss.”—Boston Globe
“[A] marvel of storytelling, layered and rich. It is, by turns, a chronicle of the renowned paper mill that was both pride and poison to several generations of a town; a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant families that grew and prospered there; and an account of one family’s grief, love, and resilience.”—Maine Sunday Telegram
Winner of a Christopher Award
Winner of a Catholic Press Association Book Award
Meet some surprising friends of God in this warm and wonderful memoir
James Martin has led an entirely modern life: from a lukewarm Catholic childhood, to an education at the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to ministry as a Jesuit priest, to a busy media career in Manhattan. But at every step he has been accompanied by some surprising friends—the saints of the Catholic Church. For many, these holy men and women remain just historical figures. For Martin, they are intimate companions. "They pray for me, offer me comfort, give me examples of discipleship, and help me along the way," he writes.
The author is both engaging and specific about the help and companionship he has received. When his pride proves troublesome, he seeks help from Thomas Merton, the monk and writer who struggled with egotism. In sickness he turns to Thérèse of Lisieux, who knew about the boredom and self-pity that come with illness. Joan of Arc shores up his flagging courage. Aloysius Gonzaga deepens his compassion. Pope John XXIII helps him to laugh and not take life too seriously.
Martin's inspiring, witty, and always fascinating memoir encompasses saints from the whole of Christian history— from St. Peter to Dorothy Day. His saintly friends include Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Mother Teresa, and other beloved figures. They accompany the author on a lifelong pilgrimage that includes stops in a sunlit square of a French town, a quiet retreat house on a New England beach, the gritty housing projects of inner-city Chicago, the sprawling slums of Nairobi, and a gorgeous Baroque church in Rome. This rich, vibrant, stirring narrative shows how the saints can help all of us find our way in the world.
"In a cross between Holden Caulfield and Thomas Merton, James Martin has written one of the best spiritual memoirs in years."
—Robert Ellsberg, author of All Saints
"It isn't often that a new and noteworthy book comes along in this genre, but we have reason to celebrate My Life with the Saints. It is earmarked for longevity. It will endure as an important and uncommon contribution to religious writing."
—Doris Donnelly, America
"An account . . . that is as delightful as it is instructive."
"In delightful prose Martin recounts incidents, both perilous and funny, that have prompted him to turn to the saints, and in doing so shows us a new way of living out a devotion that is as old and universal as the Church."
—Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, Fordham University
"An outstanding and often hilarious memoir."
"Martin's final word for us is as Jungian as it is Catholic: God does not want us to be like Mother Teresa or Dorothy Day. God wants us to be most fully ourselves."
—The Washington Post Book World
In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary.
This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child. Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.
Combining the fascinating insights of historical Jesus studies with profound spiritual insights about the Christ of faith, Father Martin recreates the world of first-century Galilee and Judea to usher you into Jesus's life and times and show readers how Jesus speaks to us today. Martin also brings together the most up-to-date Scripture scholarship, wise spiritual reflections, and lighthearted stories about traveling through the Holy Land with a fellow (and funny) Jesuit, visiting important sites in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
The person at the heart of the Gospels can seem impossibly distant. Stories about his astonishing life and ministry—clever parables that upended everyone's expectations, incredible healings that convinced even skeptics, nature miracles that dazzled the dumbstruck disciples—can seem far removed from our own daily lives, hard to understand, and at times irrelevant. But in Jesus you will come to know him as Father Martin knows him: Messiah and Savior, as well as friend and brother.
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. He makes a case that the Twelve Steps relate well to Christian teaching and can rescue people who are drowning in addiction and may not even realize it. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God's love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. He draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those who counsel and live with people with addictive behavior. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one's life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society.
In this bold, momentous work, the Pope––in his first book written as Benedict XVI––seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the Pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.
From Jesus of Nazareth: “. . . the great question that will be with us throughout this entire book: But what has Jesus really brought, then, if he has not brought world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought? The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God! He has brought the God who once gradually unveiled his countenance first to Abraham, then to Moses and the prophets, and then in the wisdom literature–the God who showed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the peoples of the earth. He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about where we are going and where we come from: faith, hope, and love.”
To begin with, the translation beautifully and accurately conveys the word of God in English, using the most recent scholarly resources available and translating directly from the original languages. While the Bible plays a central role in the church's life, it is also important to remember that it is an ancient book written over several centuries. It carries a rich tradition of interpretation over even more centuries.
That is why the many scholars and church teachers who worked years on this project did more than provide a clear and accessible translation; they also sought to provide additional help and guidance for those who truly want to understand what they are reading:Each book of the Bible begins with an introduction, providing the historical context of the work, its literary style, its main themes, its use in the history of the church, as well as an outline of the contents. As you read the Scriptures, notes have beenprovided at the bottom of the page offeringexplanations for particular passages, terms, and concepts. Since Scripture often refers to itself, a system of cross-references are provided so you can see where else historical figures, particular stories, or similar concepts are also treated in the Bible. At the end of the Bible, sixteen pages of color maps are provided to help orient the Bible's stories in their geographical context.