If you are honest enough to admit that you aren't perfect, this book will guide you to a Redeemer whose love for you isn't bound by your behavior. If you need to know that God's love will remain steadfast and true—no matter what—this book is for you. He is pursuing you at this very moment.
For what does a woman's heart yearn? What drives her and feeds her true passions? What is every woman's hope? Lisa Harper uses humor, biblical insight, and real-life experiences to connect with women everywhere as she reveals three of our most basic soul-needs—the yearning to satisfy our desperate need for mercy, the desire to know that our lives are defined by God's grace, and the need to believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are beloved by God. Harper fortifies readers with the power of God's promises and then points the way to the hidden potential in the heart of every woman. As you step through these pages, you will search your own hungers and desires and discover that a woman's greatest hopes cannot be fulfilled by the ragged offerings of this world; rather, they are pinned to a sacred cross, fulfilled by unbounded mercy, and made sure by the unconditional love of God.
Home. It is the place we all long to be, yet in today's fragmented society, the concept of home is elusive for many people. It is the story of a journey toward fulfillment—a search to fill the God-shaped hole inside—that ends only when we discover that home is not a building, a geographical location, or a people—it is the love, security, and rest that can only be found in the presence of God. Join Anderson on the journey of a lifetime—a journey to the very heart of God—and experience the peace and joy that can found there. Come home—your life will never be the same.
How we view God affects our whole world—including our view of ourselves. Many see God as The Great Restrictor, saying no to our every move. But the God of the Bible is a God of yes, empowering us with confidence, hope, and expectancy. Speaking with boldness and clarity to the post-modern generation, David Edward reveals the God of yes as he explores subjects like the four agreements God has made with humankind: God's agreement with Adam—to remove sin; God's agreement with Abraham—to release blessings; God's agreement with David—to reign with authority; God's agreement with Jeremiah—to redeem nations. Are you ready to look past the static religiosity of our day and peer deeply into the God of yes to find a life that truly works? The choice is yours.
Popular author Stuart Briscoe understands that for many Christians the wonderful promises and benefits of Christianity do not seem to work. Happiness is elusive, doing right does not always pay, stress is not eased, and suffering continues. Far from more bedtime devotionals, the psalms speak plainly to today's postmodern uncertainty with directness and relevance. Briscoe selects twelve psalms that show how happiness, joy, and meaning are more than good feelings resulting from pleasant circumstances. Rather, these blessings result from knowing that God is in control of every situation and that he walks with us through our pain and fears. Far from delivering a head-in-the-clouds, "be more holy" sermon, this book deals head-on with the stuff of being human—failure, sin, self-doubt, unbelief, depression, and stress; showing how God's ancient wisdom can make life work in today's tough times.
The principle that guided the architects of the Lectionary in selecting the second readings in the Sunday Lectionary was that the readings should be short and easily understood. The second readings were intended to be an independent, semi-continuous reading of the letters attributed to Paul and James, with selections from Peter and Revelation. Pilch explains that, because the readings were shortened, their brevity has deprived readers of sufficient context to interpret the text-segment in a responsible way. To help people make sense of such high-context documents, Pilch provides in The Cultural World of the Apostles a broader literary context for each reading.
John J, Pilch, PhD, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University. His book, The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible won The Catholic Press Association Award for 2000. His other The Liturgical Press publications include The Cultural World of Jesus series,The Triduum and Easter Sunday: Breaking Open the Scriptures, Choosing a Bible Translation, Galatians and Romans in The Collegeville Bible Commentary, and articles in The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology, and The Bible Today.
Hearing the Word of God includes Scripture readings for the Sunday, followed by a reflection on the reading, and concludes with Praying with Scripture," a series of questions and meditations to guide readers in making a personal application of the reflection.
John R. Donahue, SJ, PhD, is the Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore. He is the coauthor, with Daniel Harrington, SJ, of the Sacra Pagina commentary on The Gospel of Mark,published by Liturgical Press."
Rita Thiron is the associate director of the Office of Worship in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She also serves as the executive secretary of the Diocesan Worship Commission, is a member of the Committee for Liturgical Design, a member of the Christian Initiation Steering Committee, and a popular workshop presenter in the diocese and region.