The right-hand pages walk through Luke’s passion narrative, a few verses at a time, with explanations and reflections along the way. It’s an ancient way of praying the Scriptures – called lectio divina.
The left-hand page has a variety of quotes, information, and timely thoughts. Treat it like a buffet table from which you can take what you like. (If pressed for time, go directly to the right-hand page and spend your time there.) On Sundays and on various left-hand pages, we’ll especially call to mind the poor this Lenten season, remembering Pope Francis’ words that “(a)mong our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.”
We won’t start reading the Gospels until Ash Wednesday. But we’ll start the six-minute program on Sunday, February 15 (the Sunday before Ash Wednesday), which will give us three days to get ready for Lent.
The key is the right-hand page. On that page each day (except Sundays) we’ll look at the Gospel passages assigned for the weekday Mass, and suggest some reflections.
Becoming a Christian is not a magical enterprise by which we are automatically transformed into better people. We must train to become who God intends us to be. In The Importance of Being Foolish, bestselling Christian author Brennan Manning teaches us how to think like Jesus. By reorienting our lives according to the gospel we may appear to be fools in the eyes of the world, but Manning reveals that this is exactly what Jesus wants.
In a powerful exploration of the mind of Christ, Manning reveals how our obsession with security, pleasure, and power prevents us from living rich and meaningful lives. Our endless struggle to acquire money, good feelings, and prestige yields a rich harvest of worry, frustration, and resentment. Manning explores what Christ's mind was truly focused on: finding the Father, compassion for others, a heart of forgiveness, and the work of the kingdom.
Coming from the gentle yet compelling voice of Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish is a refreshing reminder of the radical call of Jesus and the transforming love of God.
This Little Black Book is your companion for Lent 2014. It’s an old-fashioned “vade mecum” (pronounced vahday maykum). That’s Latin for “travel with me” and was used to describe a book that was a constant companion – perhaps a condensed book of prayers for traveling priests, or a handbook for quick reference – something you could take with you anywhere.
Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. That is why their story has such a powerful message for us. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but it increasingly deprecates public witness.
If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of the public debate. What it was that gave that ancient foursome, Daniel and his three friends, the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow?
Deep within God's Word lies a wondrous story like no other. A drama that unfolded before time began. An epic saga that resonates with the heartbeat of God. A story that reveals nothing less than the meaning of life and God's great mission in the earth.
From Here to Eternity presents three remarkable stories spanning from Genesis to Revelation. Each story traces a divine theme that is woven throughout scripture. Seen together, they offer an extraordinary glimpse into God's highest passion and grand mission. What you discover will forever change your view of life, the church, and our magnificent God.
Such is God's intense, consuming love for His children. It's a love that knows no limits, and no boundaries. A love that will go to any lengths, and take any risks, to pursue us.
Renowned author and ragamuffin Brennan Manning presents a love story for the brokenhearted. For those who are burdened by heavy religion. For those who feel they can never measure up. It is a provocative and poignant look at the radical, no-holds-barred love of our Heavenly Father. It is a message that will forever change how you view God.
Each warm, open meditation inspires women with direction and encouragementtakes 15 minutes or lesscontains a Scripture lesson, a key verse, and an uplifting meditationsuggests practical ways women can put God's Word in action
Readers will experience God's touch as never before as Emilie includes thoughts about loved ones, encouragement, worry, grace, and other subjects close to heart and home.
The first five Paradoxical Commandments: People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
“Open this book every morning, read the one-minute reflection, say the prayer from your heart, and your day will be transformed. I started doing that today!” — Rev. George T. Montague, SM, STD, professor of theology, St. Mary’s University, and author of Holy Spirit, Make Your Home in Me
“Bert Ghezzi is a gifted writer who communicates deep truths in a way that makes them accessible to anyone. His newest book, Prayers to the Holy Spirit, is no exception. If you want to grow in personal prayer, this book is a must-read. Each meditation is a great launching pad for allowing the Holy Spirit to draw you close.” —David Mangan, author of God Loves You and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It
“In his new book, Bert Ghezzi invites us to discover for ourselves a ‘personal Pentecost’—an encounter with the Holy Spirit, the sweet guest of the soul. I pray that the reading of his book will be the opportunity for Jesus to ‘baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire’ (Luke 3:16)!” —Patti Gallagher Mansfield, author and international speaker
Tullian Tchividjian is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, a lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a grandson of Billy Graham. A popular speaker and blogger, Tullian founded and leads the resourcing ministry LIBERATE (www.liberatenet.org). He is also the bestselling author of the books One Way Love and Glorious Ruin. He and his wife, Kim, have three children: Gabe, Nate, and Genna.
Would you describe your walk with God as fresh and exciting? Would you describe your spiritual life as vibrant and passionate? If not, would you like these attributes to be the norm in your everyday relationship with God?
Are you ready to experience an awakening?
Awakening helps you stir up your slumbering soul. You’ll discover how to break out of your season of dryness or get off to a great start either in the New Year or the next season in life. Take your faith-walk from a “going through the motions” or “have to” mindset to the stimulating, fresh “want to” experience of enjoying God’s presence—24/7.
Weems encourages you to surrender fully, to discover the right kind of fuel for the journey, and to learn a new way to pray and fast. This lifestyle is not based on rules or religion, but on a deep, satisfying, motivating relationship with God.
Included in Awakening is a 21-Day Plan that will guide you through the principles that ensure a lasting, fresh relationship with God—even in a world where everything quickly becomes stale.
“It’s time to wake up and put an end to spiritual sluggishness! I promise this year will be the best of your life if it is your best year spiritually.” – Stovall Weems
From the Trade Paperback edition.
With a humble respect for God's Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They've asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don't want to believe in hell. But as they write, "We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue."
This is not a book about who is saying what. It's a book about what God says. It's not a book about impersonal theological issues. It's a book about people who God loves. It's not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. It's a book about the character of God.
Erasing Hell will immerse you in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out.
In What Has Wisdom Got to do with it? - 365 Daily Wisdom Confessions and Declarations Dr. Jasmine Renner offers a practical approach to wisdom confessions and declarations based on a collection of well-established principles that are life giving. This book and (accompanying audio book) details lasting, unchanging, time-proven, solid and permanent principles that have stood the test of time. It explores the vision of cultivating a year -round system of renewal and positioning of your mind to think thoughts of wisdom. The book and accompanying audio book's focus is on making accessible to individuals of all backgrounds, races and geographical regions the timeless truth that has been have used for centuries.
This book and accompanying audio book:
1.Outlines daily wisdom confessions, declarations and affirmations based on time-tested principles from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
2. Provides a synopsis about significant truths about wisdom that would startle you
3. Talks about "original wisdom" and the source of true original wisdom
outlines the role of diligent hearing in the pursuit of wisdom and the essential place of wisdom.
4. Includes, Biblical Wisdom Quotes, General Wisdom Quotes and most important wisdom quotes from the Diary of Dr. Jasmine Renner
5.Also provides a wisdom application diary and workbook that will be of tremendous benefit to seekers and lovers of wisdom. The main thrust and foundation of the confessions, declarations and affirmations is based on Godly and skillful wisdom.
These reflections are also a great resource for priests and deacons for their daily homily preparations.
This Volume offers daily reflections and prayers for Ordinary Time Weeks 1-17.
Catholic Daily Reflections Series:
Volume One: Advent and Christmas
Volume Two: Lent and Easter
Volume Three: Ordinary Time: Weeks 1-17
Volume Four: Ordinary Time: Weeks 18-34
Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
“Woman, this is your son” . . . “This is your mother.”
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
“It is finished.”
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus’s crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus’s final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.
In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart. Words of reassurance, comfort, and hope. Words that have made her increasingly aware of His presence and allowed her to enjoy His peace.
Jesus is calling out to you in the same way. Maybe you share the author’s need for a great sense of “God with you”. Or perhaps Jesus seems distant without you knowing why. Or maybe you have wandered farther from Him that you ever imagined you would. Here is a year’s worth of daily readings from Young’s journals to bring you closer to Christ and move your time with Him from monologue to a dialogue.
Each day is written as if Jesus Himself were speaking to you. Because He is. Do you hear Him calling?
Leiva's work is scholarly but eminently approachable by the lay reader. The tone is very much of "taste and see how good the Lord is" and an invitation of "friend, come up higher!." The goal of the book is to help the reader experience the heat of the divine heart and the light of the divine Word.
Leiva comments on the Greek text, demonstrating nuances in the text that defy translation. He uses numerous quotes from the Fathers and the Liturgy of the Church to demonstrate the way the Tradition has lived and read the Word of God. His theological reflection vivifies doctrine by seeking its roots in the words and actions of Jesus.
In one hundred short meditations, author Heidi Bratton leads women to consider how they can live out the peace that Christ promises: in their homes, finances, jobs, parishes, and in their relationships with their spouses, families, and children. Her real-life examples show us that peace can be lived in difficult and challenging circumstances. Each meditation ends with a heartfelt prayer.
Even when our faith is strong, we can struggle with staying peaceful. This book is a constant reminder that peace is a gift from God, something that we can ask for and receive every day of our lives.
Leiva's work is scholarly but eminently approachable by the non-technical reader. The tone is very much gustate et videte, quoniam suavis est Dominus [taste and see how good the Lord is]-as it is "friend, come up higher!". The goal of the book is to help the reader experience the heat of the divine heart/the light of the divine Word.
Leiva points to Matthew's gospel as being deeply ecclesial because it is first Christological. He comments on the Greek text, demonstrating to the reader nuances in the text that defy translation into English without serious revision of the text. Leiva uses linguistic analysis to aid the non-Greek reader with the literal meaning of the text; numerous quotes from the Fathers and the liturgy of the church demonstrate the way the Tradition has lived and read the Word of God. His theological reflection vivifies doctrine by seeking its roots in the words and actions of Jesus.
—Ron Hall, coauthor of Same Kind of Different as Me
“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.
With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”
Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.
Scripture scholar and popular author George Montague touches on these questions and more in twenty beautifully written reflections that provide rich insights into the love at the heart of the Trinity. Montague uses everyday examples to helps us to envision what that awesome relationship is like between Father and Son and how they long, through the Holy Spirit, to bring each one of us into their communion of love. This is a book you will want to read again and again.
A fitting inspiration for Bible study groups, alone time, or family fellowship, Wisdom for Everyday Living explores a wide range of topics, including:enduring through hard times, sorrow, or depression struggling to break an addiction forgiving others and yourself having a thankful attitude giving up the need to control the outcome the importance of God's word and fellowship with other Christians being courageous finding your God-given purpose learning to wait on God the power of humility.
For anyone who wants to walk with Christ, they will find themselves in good company with daily wisdom from Judy Douglass, author, Campus Crusade for Christ; Anne Graham Lotz, founder and president of AnGel Ministries and the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Billy Graham; Bob Coy, senior pastor at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale; Dan Carroll, senior pastor, Water of Life Community Church; Brandon Cox, senior pastor Grace Hills Church; Chuck Booher, senior pastor at Crossroads Christian Church; David S. Dockery, president of Union University--and many, many more.
In Jesus Now, bestselling author Frank Viola gives us the first comprehensive treatment of what Jesus has been doing since His ascension until His second coming. In an easy-to-read format, Viola explores the seven aspects of Christ's ministry today and shows how each one benefits the saved and the unsaved.
Open these pages and discover what the Lord Jesus Christ is doing now and how it will impact your life.
'A Mustard Seed' offers readings for the full calendar year, with a Scripture passage for each day, a meditation (often including an arresting anecdote) and a short prayer.
Believing that the evil effects of Enlightenment thinking pose an unrecognized obstacle to her contemporaries’ realizing the absolute necessity of a scriptural understanding of Christ’s role in saving man from his overwhelming social and personal sin—which is now destroying the only planet upon which man can build a future—Dr. Perkins is determined to live her faith by adopting Daniel as her son and laying out a clear explanation of Western civilization’s wrong turns during the last 250 years. Modern man, this author believes, is so absorbed in worshiping his supposed technological “progress” that he does not yet see what Shestov, Mumford, Lyotard, Ellul, and other serious thinkers have seen—that we misunderstand the real essence of progress and that the unrestrained technological “progress” we admire so much cannot give us a human future on a healthy planet. Climate catastrophe looms, and we are now facing a situation in which to repent (to change) is our only option.
This is full of distilled wisdom generated from the long hours that Angus spends in solitude, reflection and prayer: in his study, or walking the acres of his beloved farm in South Africa.
Now comes a fine companion volume, offering reflections about the Christian path of discipleship. These are laced with striking stories and illustrations drawn from Angus's farming career, where life is a daily struggle against the elements, and is always unpredictable.
'How arrogant we farmers sometimes become when we see a beautiful crop of wheat or corn, and have the audacity to take the credit ... we plant, and do our best to cultivate, but we must leave the rest to God.'
Devotions for a Deeper Life, excerpted from lesser known essays Chambers wrote in the early twentieth century, will instruct and encourage you with its accuracy and poignant reflections on the Christian life. This daily devotional dives into what it means to live out your faith in dynamic and compelling ways. More than 75 years have passed since the original publication, but the content remains relevant and deeply inspiring.
Oswald Chambers created one of the most classic and influential books in church history when he penned My Utmost for His Highest. His insights and understanding of the nature of God challenge readers to examine their faith and grow in depth and maturity. Devotions for a Deeper Life brings this message to an entirely new generation of believers and will show, once again, the timeless beauty found in the truth of Scripture.
Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If readers suffer from negative thoughts, they can take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister shows readers how to change their lives by changing their minds.
She teaches how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks. And she shares the trials, tragedies, and ultimate victories from her own marriage, family, and ministry that led her to wondrous, life-transforming truth--and reveals her thoughts and feelings every step of the way.
This special updated edition includes an additional introduction and updated content throughout the book.
never intended to be attempted outside of God's divine power. This book
exposes some of the ways Christians’ nearsighted nature keeps them from
a far more fulfilling walk with God. Many of the guiding principles
practiced in the Church today are actually leading people away from
Christ. Some of what we may consider the very tenets of our faith are
literally killing our spiritual life. Instead of focusing on ourselves,
we learn in this work to focus on Christ.
The striking thing about this material is how fresh, pertinent and applied it is. A fine example of clear writing, it concentrates on what really matters, allowing us to grasp the whole. Originally taught to a congregation Sunday by Sunday, the text constantly brings the reader back to his or her own life. Thoroughly researched and expertly expounded, it will serve to whet the appetite for more in-depth study.
It is in this context that Simon Guillebaud has learned the lessons he shares in this volume. Succinct and engaging, these daily reading cover a separate topic every day. The range is striking and profound as Simon shares the things he has learned through the council of the Holy Spirit. Those who engage with this unique devotional will be challenged and ultimately changed.