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Feasting on the Gospels is a new seven-volume series that follows up on the success of the Feasting on the Word series to provide another trusted preaching resource, this time on the most prominent and preached upon most preached upon books in the Bible: the four Gospels. With contributions from a diverse and respected group of scholars and pastors, Feasting on the Gospels includes completely new material that covers every single passage in the Gospels, making it suitable for both pastors who preach from the lectionary and pastors who do not. Moreover, these volumes incorporate the unique format of Feasting on the Word, giving preachers four perspectives to choose from for each Gospel passage: theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical. Feasting on the Gospels offers a unique resource for all who preach, either continuously or occasionally, on the Gospels.
John Stott writes, 'During the gestation of this book I seem to have lived inside the second letter of Paul to Timothy. In imagination I have sat down beside Timothy and have tried myself to hear and heed this final charge from the ageing apostle ... 'On each occasion I have been impressed afresh by the timeliness for today of what the apostle writes, especially for young Christian leaders. For our era is one of theological and moral confusion, even of apostasy. And the apostle summons us, as he summoned Timothy, to be strong, brave and steadfast.'
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year B, Volume 1 provides liturgical pieces used in preparing for worship. Written and compiled by an ecumenical team of eleven seasoned liturgy writers, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.
During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.
Liturgy writers include the following:
* Kimberly L. Clayton, Director of Contextual Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
* David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, Kentucky; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
* Daniel M. Geslin, Pastor, Union Congregational Church of Hancock, Hancock, Maine; United Church of Christ
* Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
* L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; United Methodist Church
* Melinda Quivik, Liturgical Scholar, Houghton, Michigan; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
* Carol L. Wade, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky; Episcopal Church
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It will help enquirers and new Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Jesus Christ. A Christian course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Enquirers are encouraged to practice the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer, exploring key texts that have helped people since the earliest days of the Christian faith. Believing that the Christian faith is primarily about relationship, Pilgrim aims to lay a foundation for a lifetime of learning more about God's love revealed in Jesus Christ and what it means to be his disciple. Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship and by every tradition in the Church of England. Pilgrim is made up of two parts: Follow and Grow. Each consists of four short courses and a leaders' guide. Follow introduces the Christian faith for complete beginners, while Grow aims to develop a deeper level of discipleship in those who have turned to Christ. Each short course contains six-sessions, supported by online audio-visual resources. All sessions combine a simple framework prayer, reflection on the Bible in the lectio divina style, an article by a modern writer, and time for questions and reflection. This third book in the Follow Stage, The Commandments, explores priorities, reverence, rest, respect, rectitude and reliability. Contributors include Andrew Watson, Victoria Matthews, J.John, Lucy Winkett, Alan Smith and Rachel Treweek.
This church series from Dave Smith brilliantly highlights the overview of the Bible when it comes to wellbeing, looking at:Perfect Wellbeing (the first human beings made in the image of God); Lost Wellbeing (humanity turning their backs on God); Promised Wellbeing (new covenants between God and His people); Restored Wellbeing (Jesus' birth, death and resurrection); Increasing Wellbeing (the Holy Spirit's invitation); Complete Wellbeing (on Jesus' return). This resource includes a book offering 50 daily readings with opportunities to reflect and respond, along with free online resources that provide group videos, discussions and sermon outlines, making it ideal for you, your small group or your whole church.
Following on from the success of At Home in Lent, Gordon Giles takes a journey through Advent to Christmas and beyond in the company of familiar seasonal and domestic objects and experiences. Focusing on the everyday stuff we typically associate with this time of year, including some things not so festive, he reflects on their spiritual significance, meaning and message in today's world. Beginning with chapters on journeying and travel, the book moves though major Advent themes of expectation, waiting, mortality and hope to the joy of incarnation and salvation. Praise for At Home in Lent: 'It is a great idea and an easy read.' The Reader 'Well written and thought provoking, this really is a book for personal devotion which will enable us to make an unusual, though worthwhile, journey.' The Methodist Recorder 'An amiable, slightly talkative companion.' Church Times
366 oordenkingsdeur Charles Spurgeon om vandag se besige lesers te inspireer en verryk.
Elke nuwe dag is ’n versameling oordenkings deur Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Die kragtige maar praktiese oordenkings bied diep geestelike insigte.
Die 366 pittige oordenkings sal die besige lesers van vandag op ’n wonderlike manier inspireer en verryk. Die sakpas-dagboek met sponsgevulde hardeband, silwergerande bladsye, volkleur-drukwerk en merklint sal ’n pragtige geskenk wees vir enigiemand.
Ook beskikbaar in Engels onder die titel Morning by Morning
The message of Peter's first letter turned the world upside-down for his readers. He saw the people of the young church of the first century as strangers, aliens who were only temporary residents, travellers heading for their native land. Peter speaks to our own pilgrimage when he tells of suffering now and glory to come. Stormy seasons of persecution were beginning for the church in Asia Minor. These storms rage on in the modern world. Edmund Clowney believes that no true Christian can escape at least a measure of suffering for Christ's sake. Out of his firsthand knowledge as an apostle of Christ, Peter shows us what the story of Jesus' life means for us as we take up our cross and follow him.
Truth matters. The apostle Paul's passion for truth runs throughout his Pastoral Letters - that it may be faithfully guarded and handed on. John Stott is at pains to convey Paul's passionate concern for the future of the gospel, and for younger pastors charged with its care. Contemporary culture, John Stott points out, is being overtaken and submerged by relativism and pluralism - an attitude that all so-called 'truth' in fact can make no demand that others be converted to its particular view. The apostle's unambiguous commitment to the definite truth of the gospel is in stark contrast to the contemporary spirit, and his concern for its future needs to grip us today.
In a climate of disunity and doctrinal deviation, the apostle John called his first readers to live in the love and truth of God. David Jackman has no doubt that John's letters are a vital, powerful word from the Lord to the church today around the world. So often we take extreme positions, leading to a fragmentation of both churches and individuals. This book will help us to respond afresh to the apostle's call to love one another and live in the light.
The letters of 2 Peter and Jude form a robust pair, with their distinctive overlap in theme and wording. These letters are sometimes overlooked, yet their message for today's church is powerfully relevant. Both their writers aim to expose false guides who bewitch young believers. In response, they set before the churches bedrock conditions of survival, providing inspiring and always practical guidance on Christian growth. Without a maturing knowledge of God, churches (then as now) would be destabilised by destructive and heretical teaching.
'n Reis na innerlike vrede en wysheid - Hierdie 365 oordenkings verken elke aspek van die Gebed om kalmte en hoe jy dit daagliks op jou lewe kan toepas.
Ons lewe is gejaagd. Ons omstandighede – goed en sleg – stoot ons hiernatoe en daarnatoe. Ons voel asof gebeurtenisse buite ons beheer ons lewe bepaal. Ons smag na vrede, na ’n plek waar veiligheid en rus is. As antwoord op hierdie soeke na vrede herinner die geliefde predikant en skrywer Trevor Hudson lesers aan die beproefde wysheid in die alombekende Gebed om kalmte:
God, skenk my die gemoedskalmte, om die dinge te aanvaar wat ek nie kan verander nie, die moed om die dinge te verander wat ek kan, en die wysheid om te weet wat die verskil is.
Hierdie 365 oordenkings verken elke aspek van hierdie gebed en hoe jy dit daagliks op jou lewe kan toepas. Namate jy die Gebed om kalmte gebruik as gids om elke dag in vriendskap met jou Here en Skepper te lewe, sal God se geskenk van vrede jou lewe vul en deur jou vloei waar jy jou ook al bevind. Elke oordenking word afgesluit met ’n praktiese voorstel hoe jy hierdie gebed elke dag kan uitleef. Sů sal jou lewe Šl meer op God gefokus word, en sal jy die innerlike vrede ervaar waarna jou hart smag.
Trevor Hudson is ’n Metodistepredikant, en tans ook betrokke by The Institute for Creative Conversations by die Northfield Metodistekerk in Suid-Afrika. Trevor se bediening behels onderrig, die aanbied van lesings en naweekseminare dwarsoor die land, sowel as internasionaal. Hy is die skrywer van verskeie boeke, waaronder ’n Dieper verhouding met God, Gebed om kalmte en Vrae wat God ons vra.
Like a Flower in the Field will help women to understand and know their identity and worth in Christ.
Like a Flower in the Field is a unique, contemporary devotional for women. It will help women from all walks of life to understand and know their identity and worth in Christ. Written by a team of women who are all too familiar with the struggles women face daily, this devotional offers practical advice and encouragement to overcome the obstacles holding them back from a life of abundance and be inspired to live as daughters of the King.
Like a Flower in the Field uses examples of various women from the Bible, and covers topics such as:
• You are . . . made to be creative
• You are . . . enough
• You are . . . a new creation
• You are . . . precious
• You are . . . unique
• You are . . . light
Every devotion also includes a “power thought” for the day as well as space to write down your own thoughts.
Finding your heart’s true home - This 365-day devotional carefully unpacks the meaning of each part of the Serenity Prayer and how to apply it to our lives.
We live helter-skelter lives; each day we are pulled here and there by circumstances, both good and bad. We feel as if we are living at the mercy of events beyond our control. We long for peace, for a safe, serene and secure place where we can be at rest. In response to this search for peace, beloved author and minister Trevor Hudson reminds readers of the Serenity Prayer—a simple prayer that most of us know by heart:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
This 365-day devotional carefully unpacks the meaning of each part of the prayer and how to apply it to our lives. As we let the Serenity Prayer show us how to live each day in friendship with our Lord and Creator, God’s gift of peace will grow and fill us to overflowing. “Seeking Serenity”—a practical suggestion at the end of each day’s devotion—will also help the reader put this prayer into practice, and begin to develop the clear life-focus that brings the peace our hearts long for.
Trevor Hudson is a Methodist minister, currently seconded to The Institute for Creative Conversations at the Northfield Methodist Church, South Africa. He exercises a ministry of teaching and lecturing around the country and internationally, and is the author of several books including The Serenity Prayer, Questions God Asks Us, Holy Spirit Here and Now, Friendship with God and Towards a Closer Walk with God.
Healing the Soul of a Woman delved deeply into Joyce Meyer’s personal story and the journey of healing for all women. Despite suffering from years of abuse, abandonment and betrayal by those closest to her, Joyce firmly believes a woman who has been deeply hurt by life’s circumstances can be healed, heart and soul. Her steadfast claim comes from living her own journey of soul healing, and from seeing so many women who don’t believe they can fully overcome their pain—or even know where to begin—find the guidance they need in the life-changing wisdom of the Bible.
Now, in this companion devotional, Joyce will guide you through 90 daily readings to encourage you through whatever obstacles may be holding you back from finding your true destiny. God can heal your pain, and He wants to do this in you. Let this devotional be an inspiration in your journey towards the wonderful, joyful future God has planned for you.
Refreshment for Your Busy Life Being a single mom presents a unique set of challenges, but also unexpected blessings as you guide, comfort and care for your children. Managing your family is a full-time job, not to mention all your other responsibilities. These honest and heartfelt devotions from fellow single mom Becky List-Bergeron were written to help you celebrate your immense value as a single mother draw closer to God as you seek His will for your family's life gain a better understanding of your children and how to communicate with them grow in your faith through relevant, biblically-based insights nurture meaningful relationships and pursue personal interests Wherever you are at in your journey as a single mom, be encouraged that God will equip you to successfully raise your kids, learn to rely on Him, and live a life of fullness and joy.
The Apostle Paul was bound by prison chains when he wrote to the church at Philippi. Despite his loss of liberty, and opposition from fellow-workers, the letter radiates joy - joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians, and above all joy in Jesus himself. Alec Motyer explores Paul's great themes, so relevant today: Christian unity; the Person of Jesus and what he has achieved for us; the call to live a life worthy of the gospel.
29 indiepte-studies oor die Nuwe-Testamentiese boek EfesÔers.
Paulus se brief aan die EfesiŽrs vertel hoofsaaklik hoe God die kerk uitgekies en Syne gemaak het, maar ook hoe die kerk in hierdie wÍreld tot God se eer moet lewe. In God het jou gekies fokus Ben de Klerk op die hele EfesiŽrsbrief.
Die 29 goed gestruktureerde, gedetailleerde hoof≠stukke in hierdie Bybelstudie word elkeen ingedeel in die volgende:
- ’n oorsig oor ’n spesifieke perikoop
- ’n bespreking wat vir die leser insig gee
- vrae wat die leser laat nadink en die gedeelte toepaslik maak vir vandag
- gebedsriglyne wat by die onderwerp aanpas
God het jou gekies sal lesers opnuut laat dink oor sake soos wat kerk presies is, hoe ons kerkeenheid kan bewaar en versterk, en ons unieke identiteit as Christene.
Dreamers change the world. Dreams are not a distraction. You were custom made by God to answer a unique calling. Amazing You offers a year of uplifting, two-minute devotions to remind you of your identity, potential, and value in God. Each day includes a Scripture, inspirational reading, moment of reflection, and prayer. If you want to leave a positive imprint on this world, you need a dream. Amazing You will inspire you to leave your comfort zone and be all you can be in God.
Nader aan God, nader aan mekaar bevat gesinsoordenkings om gesinne te help om nader aan God en aan mekaar te groei
Met kinders se besige skool en buitemuurse programme, en Ma en Pa se stresvolle loopbane, is dit geen wonder dat ons nie tyd het om as gesin saam godsdiens te hou nie. Nader aan God, nader aan mekaar gee die antwoord in die vorm van 52 kort, kragtige gesinsoordenkings wat gesinne sal help om nader aan God en aan mekaar te groei. Elke dag bied iets anders, waaronder spesiaal geselekteerde Bybelverse, aktiwiteite om saam te doen en uitdagings om maar net ’n paar te noem. Hierdie dagstukkieboek bevat ook handige ouerskapswenke vir ouers. Van die inspirerende temas sluit in: Die genade van mislukking, dodelike sondes en hul teenmaatreŽls, om hoop in ’n gebroke wÍreld te vind en om geloof soos ’n mier te hÍ.
Die daaglikse lewe kan uitdagend wees; ons aandag word maklik afgelei deur soveel dinge wat belangrik lyk. Maar om die lewe te leef wat God vir jou beplan het, moet jy tyd maak vir dit wat die belangrikste is, en die fondament van ’n vervulde lewe – jou verhouding met Hom.
Oor die verloop van drie jaar het Joyce Meyer in haar joernaal die persoonlike oordenkings en inspirasie neergepen wat haar besige lewe aangevuur het. Daardie oordenkings vorm My tyd met God , 365 dagstukkies wat die leser intieme insig gee in Joyce se geestelike reis.
Met hierdie boek bied sy ’n praktiese manier om tyd saam met God deur te bring. Die dagstukkies bevat oordenkings wat spruit uit Joyce se lewe, opbouende verklarings en relevante Skrifgedeeltes om groter nabyheid met God aan te moedig. Die Bybelverse en persoonlike stories wat sy deel sal jou help om groter vreugde en vrede te ervaar danksy jou spesiale tyd met God. Jy sal meer doeltreffend deur die lewe kan gaan, beter besluite kan neem en die wonderlike lewe wat jy bestem was om te hÍ, vir jouself toeŽien.
Color Your Way to Inspiration Enjoy beautiful artwork as you reflect on God's Word and His incredible promises. Let the Scripture verses flood your spirit as you pick up your crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, or markers and fill the pages with color. This 3-in-1 adult coloring book includes drawings from Color the Psalms, Color the Promises of God, and Color the Proverbs. Three great books in one-an incredible value! Relax and unwind as you color exquisite designs from artists Michal Sparks and Lori Siebert. These soothing words from the Bible and sweet reminders of God's powerful assurances will refresh your heart while pointing you to the One who delights in you. Share your pages on social media using the hashtag #colorthebible. We'd love to see what you create!
Sometimes you are full of love, joy, and peace. Kindness and goodness flow freely. You have faithfulness in the bag. What about patience, gentleness, and self-control? The truth is none of these are easy to walk in consistently. It's why we need gentle reminders every day. Sprinkled throughout this devotional is fresh perspective on timeless themes. Spend time in God's presence reflecting on his wonderful Word, and be filled with whatever fruit you need for your day - maybe you need a little of them all! The great thing about God is that his fruit buffet never runs out, and he loves it when you come back for more.
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