Climate change is in the news. But what does it mean for Christians, and how can they help?
Green Church answers these questions in ways that are both hopeful and engaging. Citing Scripture and science, Rebekah Simon-Peter weaves in personal stories of Sabbath, gardening, recycling, camping, and the power of faith. She challenges us to consider our role in the care of Creation and to help save the earth for future generations.
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This little handbook takes you, step by step, through the process of making your church more environmentally friendly. Areas of focus include:The Resurrected Life: Recycling Let There Be Light: Lighting Praise the Lord: Worship Jesus Saves: Electricity and Energy Efficiency To Everything There is a Season: Heating and Cooling The Wells of Salvation: Water Train Up a Child: Christian Education What Would Jesus Drive: Vehicles and Travel Bread of Life: The Kitchen Gifts of Administration: The Office Go and Do Likewise: Missions The Gardener of Eden: Grounds
Rebekah Simon-Peter, an ordained United Methodist pastor with a degree in Environmental Studies, worked as an acid rain researcher and volunteer naturalist before receiving her call to ministry. After more than a decade of pastoring churches, she is now a sought-after presenter, sharing the “green” gospel with churches, interfaith groups, and community groups. She lives in Rawlins, Wyoming, where she is the director of BridgeWorks, a ministry that specializes in building bridges of understanding.
Overflowing Earthis for those who doubt all the scary predictions about the future of planet earthfrightening pandemics; worldwide shortages of food, water, oil, power, and even pure air. This book explains why all the prophets of doom have repeatedly been wrong and shows that, except for war, mankind's lot on the earth has dramatically improved, especially in the last two centuries.
In contrast to a message of gloom, doom, and disbelief in a Creator God, Overflowing Earthproclaims a message of peace and plenty. Overflowing Earth shows how God designed the earth to be a garden of plenty, filled with human beings who obey and worship Him. If man chooses to work in sync with God, the earth can indeed be a place of abundance, an Overflowing Earth.
It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car you’ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer, those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box.
Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. So what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on Earth—we can’t allow it to get in the way of what really matters.
Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities. When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box Participant’s Guide helps explain how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we “own” is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important.
In the six sessions you will learn how to:Live passionately and boldlyLearn how to be active players in the game that pleases GodFind your true mission and offer your bestFill each square on the board with what matters mostSeek the richness of being instead of the richness of having
You can’t beat the house, notes Ortberg. We’re playing our game of life on a giant board called a calendar. Time will always run out, so it’s a good thing to live a life that delights your Creator. When everything goes back in the box, you’ll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and you’ll leave this life knowing you’ve achieved the only victory that matters.
Sessions include:When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the BoxKeeping Score Where It Really CountsResign as Master of the BoardCalling or Comfort? Choose Your Move WiselyPlaying the Game with Greatness and GraceThe Kingdom Has One More Move
Designed for use with When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box DVD 9780310808244 (sold separately).
In this captivating book, you will find answers to these questions and many more. Written by one of the Church’s foremost experts on the topic, Interview with an Exorcist is based on Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea’s years of working as an exorcist, his extensive investigations of cases of suspected possessions, and his attendance at hundreds of exorcisms.
You will learn:
● What really happens at an exorcism.
● The signs that show when possession is present.
● Why the number of possessions has been increasing in recent times.
● Why the permission of the local bishop is required for an exorcism to occur.
● Why some within the Church disparage this essential apostolic ministryAnd much more.
● The difference between demonic possession, obsession, and infestation.
● How to tell the difference between psychological problems and demonic influence.
● Why consulting mediums, dabbling in witchcraft, or having recourse to other occult practices is an open invitation to demonic spirits.