Bestselling Author and Renowned Worship Leader Darlene Zschech
Darlene Zschech has led millions of Christians in worship as she's written and performed such songs as "Shout to the Lord" and penned bestsellers Extravagant Worship and The Kiss of Heaven. This collection of all new thought-provoking devotions has been designed to accompany her upcoming live album, which will be produced by four-time Grammy award winner Israel Houghton, and will include guest performances by Kari Jobe and Michael W. Smith.
Each devotion will reflect on grace given to the reader through Christ's life, death, and resurrection. This beautifully packaged book will be released in conjunction with the album. Perfect for Christians looking for fresh readings on the passion and resurrection of Christ, or as a thoughtful seasonal gift.
At the age of thirty, my calling to preach came to me in a dream, a strange man said, “Let God Be the Judge. Many will try to deceive you by telling you God did not call you to preach. You Let God Be The Judge. When I awoke from that dream, I could not believe it. I thought to myself, Is God calling me to preach? A shy county girl like me could not be a preacher. This recurring dream haunted me for three and a half years. It was as if I could not run from it. The stranger in my dreams told me to read John 22:17: Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God. Jesus gave Mary Magdalene the task of spreading the good news. The good news of His Glorious resurrection and His ascending back to God. Mary thought she was there to visit Christ’s tomb, but Jesus redirected her task and she became the first female evangelist.
“It is clear English reads scripture and prays often about everything in her life. Through this book, readers could build a daily habit of thinking about—and talking to God about—the spiritual matters most important to them.” -Melissa Wuske, Clarion Review “Although the sheer size of this 702-page book may seem intimidating to some readers, English organizes the content into bite-sized sections, making it highly digestible. The writing is plain but honest and genuine, and readers interested in embracing a routine of daily prayer will likely find this book a useful tool. A heartfelt, thoughtful book of prayers, likely to inspire devoted Christian readers.” -Kirkus Media LLC “Christians believe that their faith is tested through trials, and author Avril English knows something about that, having suffered a lifelong disabling injury and breast cancer. In this Christian, non-denominational, 365-day devotional, it is apparent that her born-again faith is strong.” -BlueInk Reviews
Preparing to lead a congregation in worship Sunday after Sunday is a formidable and pressure-filled responsibility. That's why busy worship planners will love this handy, easy-to-use resource with several prayers and a worship theme for every Sunday throughout the year. Each week's material includes three scripture texts, with a call to worship, an invocation/collect, a prayer of confession, and suggested hymns relating to each passage. This complete collection offers a wide selection of practical aids for creating sincerely reverent, meaningful worship. "The creative task of a worship leader requires useful resources, both practical and spiritual, for use in public worship as well as personal devotions. This volume provides a source for meditation, prayer, and fellowship with God and the people of God. The genius of the book is couched in the connection Kirkland makes between his own spirituality, the poetry of the biblical texts, and the spiritual quest of the worshiper and the worship leader." Ernest S. Lyght United Methodist Bishop New York, New York "Every busy pastor appreciates well-organized and theologically sound help when planning worship each week. Kirkland's vast pastoral experience and deep spiritual commitment can greatly enhance worship in our congregations. Worship Aids will prove to be a very useful tool in every pastor's study." F. Herbert Skeete United Methodist Bishop Emeritus Riverdale, New York During more than fifty years in the ministry, H. Burnham Kirkland has served as the pastor of eight local congregations and as a missionary in the Philippines, as well as district superintendent, conference program director, and treasurer of World Missions of the United Methodist Church. A graduate of the College of the City of New York and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Dr. Kirkland also holds honorary doctorates from Philippine Wesleyan University and DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana). Now retired, he lives in Lakeland, Florida.
Many people experience a relationship with God during family crisis, conflict, war, famine, natural disasters, and a host of other times. But God desires that we seek him not just during times of need, but at any time in our lives. His arms are always open to catch us and hold us as his personal children, and one way to communicate is through prayer. In The Harder You Prey, I Pray! author Joseph Harris offers a collection of prayers designed for all Christians—from military members to citizens to people in nations throughout the world to those who desire to have a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. The prayers focus on array of topics including depression, angels, anger, courage, baptism, the power of confession, and more. Harris shows that prayer changes things in our lives. Through prayer, everyone who calls on the name of Jesus Christ can receive healing and comfort by his tender love, grace, and mercy. The daily prayers offered in The Harder You Prey, I Pray! will help you in your walks with God. Your life will be more productive than ever before. Your ears shall hear God, and he shall hear you.
Julie Clinton, president of Extraordinary Women ministries, influences the lives of thousands of women each year. In "Living God's Dream for You, "Clinton shares devotions rich with insight and wisdom gained through her ministry, life, marriage, and faith. Her message inspires women to grab hold of the dream God has for them as they discover-- the truth and depth of God's love for them personally the mercy of Jesus' intercession for their needs daily the freedom of never having to prove their worth the joy of walking in God's abundant hope and purpose the wellspring of gratitude even on the tough days With each turn of the page, women will find refreshment as they pray for, believe, and live out God's dream for them. This inviting devotional is for every woman ready to rest in all that God is doing in her life and eager to witness all that God is planning for her future.
Lifted from the pages of scripture and the author’s prayer journals, this book is a gateway to discovering your true identity—to seeing yourself as God sees you. If you’ve ever wondered how he feels about you personally, you are invited to share in the discoveries this author made while recovering from a traumatic event that changed the literal and spiritual trajectory of her life. She lovingly reveals to you what the Lord revealed to her—that no one ever experiences a day without being loved by God and that he is proclaiming his love to each of us continually. Let the devotions and reflections contained within these pages teach you how to hear him.
Preparing to lead a congregation in worship Sunday after Sunday can be a formidable and pressure-filled responsibility. That's why busy worship planners will love this all-new edition of a favorite CSS reference. It's a handy, easy-to-use resource with several prayers and a worship theme relating to the assigned scriptural passages for every Sunday and major observance in Cycle A of the Revised Common Lectionary. For each First Lesson, Second Lesson, and Gospel text there's a call to worship, an invocation/collect, a prayer of confession, an offertory prayer, and suggested hymns. But that's not all: each day's material also includes the appointed psalm, words of assurance, a pastoral prayer, and a benediction. This complete collection offers a wide selection of practical aids for creating sincerely reverent and more meaningful worship. "Dr. Kirkland, with skill and artistic imagination, offers fresh and exciting wording that captures the highest form of praise, spiritual preparation, and petition, and reflects the mood of sincere reverence that ought to characterize corporate worship at its best." Earl G. Hunt Jr., United Methodist bishop Lake Junaluska, North Carolina "Dr. Kirkland, out of a well seasoned and productive ministry, has compiled a helpful worship handbook for pastors who carefully prepare their words and thoughts to give spiritual guidance to the congregation." Roy C. Nichols, United Methodist bishop emeritus Oakland, California During more than fifty years in the ministry, H. Burnham Kirkland served as the pastor of eight local congregations and as a missionary in the Philippines, as well as being district superintendent, conference program director, and treasurer of World Missions of the United Methodist Church. A graduate of the College of the City of New York and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Dr. Kirkland also holds honorary doctorates from Philippine Wesleyan University and DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana). Now retired, he lives in Lakeland, Florida.
While most Christians have an awareness of the third person of the Trinity, they have little experience of this personhood or power. Experiencing the Holy Spirit shows readers how to welcome the Holy Spirit's presence into their lives and grow in intimate relationship with Him through hearing and obeying His voice; praying and walking in the Spirit; operating in His power, gifts, signs, and wonders; and receiving His anointing. Includes more than 50 interactive exercises.
*The Upper Room Disciplines 2015** is a devotional guide for Christians who want to delve deeper into scripture and apply it to their daily lives. Fifty-three writers from diverse Christian backgrounds share messages of hope, challenge, and joy. Each daily reading includes a focal scripture passage from the Revised Common Lectionary, a meditation related to the scripture, and a prayer or suggestion for reflection. Writers for 2015 include Trevor Hudson, Marjorie Hewitt Suchoki, Michael W. Waters, Eileen Campbell-Reed, Paul Lynd Escamilla, J. Dana Trent, James Howell, Kristen Vincent, Thomas Thangaraj, and more.
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