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You are NOT who you think you are. In fact, according to bestselling author Craig Groeschel in Altar Ego, you need to take your idea of your own identity, lay it down on the altar, and sacrifice it. Give it to God. Offer it up. Why? Because you are who God says you are. And until you've sacrificed your broken concept of your identity, you won't become who you are meant to be. When we place our false labels and self-deception on the altar of God's truth, we discover who we really are as his sons and daughters. Instead of an outward-driven, approval-based ego, we learn to live with an "altar" ego, God's vision of who we are becoming. Discover how to trade in your broken ego and unleash your altar ego to become a living sacrifice. Once we know our true identity and are growing in our Christ-like character, then we can behave accordingly, with bold behavior, bold prayers, bold words, and bold obedience. Altar Ego reveals who God says you are, and then calls you to live up to it.
We live, eat, sleep and dream travel - it's become a booming industry, a top conversation topic and, frankly, an obsession. But are we really free to roam the world as we wish? What does God say about travel? Shouldn't we instead be doing evangelism? Where is the clear missionary purpose in all this? The author knows all too well what it is to have caught the wanderlust bug. He skilfully interweaves his, and others, travelling experiences as he applies the Bible's teaching on this vital subject. Marvel with him at the generosity of our creator God who has given us this amazing world. And learn how to make the most of your travels.
In this book about Julian of Norwich, Sheila Upjohn explores the 'Revelations of Divine Love' alongside passages from Scripture. As part of the 'Prayer Journey Through Lent' series, 'The Way of Julian of Norwich' reveals how Julian's fresh perspectives on sin and judgement, anger and forgiveness, the Incarnation and the crucifixion can challenge and enlighten us, six hundred years later, in a world so badly in need of the assurance of God's unconditional love. This inspirational book by Sheila Upjohn serves as a guide to Julian of Norwich that will deepen the reader's prayer life during Lent and throughout the year. Upjohn transports the reader back to the middle ages in this book about 'Revelations of Divine Love' and Julian of Norwich to give a deeper understanding of Julian who was so often perceived as an outsider. As a foundation member of 'Friends of Julian of Norwich' and having first read 'Revelations of Divine Love' almost fifty years ago, Sheila Upjohn has a long and intimate association with Julian of Norwich and so offers a captivating perspective of Julian within 'The Way of Julian of Norwich'.
When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, 'What are you looking for?' They said to him, 'Rabbi . . . where are you staying?' He said to them, 'Come and see.' John 1.38 39 'Come and see.' That is Jesus' invitation: courteous and confident, welcoming but not overpowering, full of grace and truth. It is the gospel in three words. The two disciples - Andrew was one of them - came and saw. They stayed with Jesus for a day and they liked what they saw. Andrew then went searching for his brother, Simon, and told him, 'We have found the Messiah.' Andrew took Simon to Jesus who (says John) 'looked at him'. . . This dynamic of seeing Jesus and being seen by him was transformative . . . They were never the same again. They became Jesus' disciples, people who spent time with him, getting to know him better and learning to see the world differently, as Jesus sees it. Those are three dimensions of seeing that will run through . . . this book: seeing Jesus, being seen by him and seeing things the way Jesus sees them.' From Chapter 1: What do you see?
Do you long to go to bed at night knowing you've done the best you could with what you have as a mom and made a difference in your child's life--even if you can't see it yet? It's easy to compare yourself to other moms and set unrealistic expectations that make you doubt you're doing enough. You need hope and encouragement to help you find a new place to start on the days you're tempted to quit! Sharing vulnerable stories of her own struggles and doubts, award-winning author, popular speaker, and mom of three Renee Swope is a friend, cheerleader, and mentor who will come alongside to help you find purpose and meaning in the challenges and adventures of motherhood. By unpacking powerful truths of grace and love God used to rescue her from discouragement and guilt that buried her in the dirt of defeat, Renee fills this book with hope, wisdom, and practical help every mom needs. Let Renee show you simple ways to give your child what they need most through the power of heart-centered parenting that is character-focused and relationship-driven. This book will transform not only the way you parent but also the way see yourself as a mom and as a child of God.
Who is Jesus? Some people say he was a good man, a prophet, or a wise teacher.
Some think he was a lunatic with delusions of divinity-if he even existed at all. Some say he was a liar bent on deceiving the world. Still others say he was the Son of God, the Lord. History, culture, and the Bible all agree that all of life centers on our answer to this question: Who is Jesus?
In this five-session video Bible study (DVD/downloads sold separately), Pastor Louie Giglio invites group members to meet God both in their intellect and their hearts by uncovering what history and Scripture have to say about Jesus. He encourages believers in Christ to ask the tough questions as to whether Jesus is truly God, truly a friend who loves us, and truly the King of kings. He encourages believers to explore whether Jesus is really the only way to God-as many people in our post-modern world doubt today-and whether his sacrifice on the cross truly provides the means for us to reconcile with God and experience eternal life.
This study is for everyone who has ever wondered whether Jesus is truly everything he said he was in the Bible. It will not only help new believers in Christ understand their faith, but also help those who have known Jesus for many years to have a better understanding of what they believe. And it will also help followers of Christ know how to better share the truth they have found with others.
Tap into the power of the Enneagram with this essential companion workbook filled with exercises, reflection prompts, and guided questions that can help you unleash your true inner power and transform your life. Ian Morgan Cron, the bestselling author of The Road Back to You and The Story of You and master of the Enneagram, provides the tools you need to recognize and break free from the damaging, outdated stories you've been living and discover a more hopeful story that is better aligned with who you really are. In six steps Cron teaches you how to SOAR: See your origin story Own your shadow side Awaken to your present moment Rewrite your new story Combining thought-provoking cues, dynamic questions, and motivating exercises with pages to record your reflections, The Story of You Workbook is the key to spiritual growth that will help you realize your true self.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek has continued to change people's lives for over thirty years. A passionate and poetic reflection on the mystery of creation with its beauty on the one hand and cruelty on the other, it has become a modern American literary classic in the tradition of Thoreau. Living in solitude in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia, and observing the changing seasons, the flora and fauna, the author reflects on the nature of creation and of the God who set it in motion. Whether the images are cruel or lovely, the language is memorably beautiful and poetic, and insistently celebratory. Just pay attention, Dillard urges throughout, and you will find yourself 'sailing headlong and breathless under the gale force of the spirit'.
Bestselling, Easy-to-Use Spiritual Gifts Resource for Group Use This trusted spiritual gifts resources has been helping individuals and congregations learn about their unique giftings for generations. Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow is the quintessential group resource. Comprehensive and easy to understand, this guide includes the questionnaire and will help you and your group identify the gifts God has given you. More than that, you will discover how each gift works so that you and your group or congregation can use your unique gifts to help your church and community flourish.
Now in its third volume, Reverend Malcolm Duncan's hugely popular #Niteblessings invites you again to encounter God at the close of each day. Each of these blessings offers an opportunity to lay down the burdens of the day and meaningfully engage with the Holy Spirit. Simply written, yet profound, moving and insightful, this book will renew and strengthen you for your daily walk with God.
Discover how prayer can completely transform your life and put you in the presence of God's throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16 says you can always "approach God's throne of grace with confidence," knowing that you will "receive mercy and find grace" to help you in your time of need. That promise is so immense it's difficult for us to understand. In this six-session video-based Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Pastor Jim Cymbala explores how God promises in his Word to always hear you, answer you, and extend his mercy when you come to him. As you pray with faith, he will provide his perfect peace and "meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory" (Philippians 4:19). You will find that approaching God's throne of grace will change your life and circumstances like nothing else--and that when you and other believers call on his name, powerful things happen in the world! Featuring teachings by Jim Cymbala and interviews with ordinary people who received extraordinary answers to their prayers, this study includes video teaching notes, Bible exploration questions, and personal study and reflection materials for in-between group sessions. Sessions include: The Throne of Grace Receiving Mercy Perfect Peace from God Praying with Faith God Brings the Answer The Church that Prays Together Designed for use with the Life-Changing Prayer Video Study (sold separately).
'Prayers & Promises for Men' incorporates more than 70 themes to help you receive inspiration found in the promises of God's Word. Uplifting prayers offer the opportunity for deeper reflection. By staying connected to God, and believing the promises of his Word, you can live a fulfilling, blessed life in close relationship with God.
Have you ever found yourself humming a favourite childhood hymn, only to realise you could no longer embrace its message? In What a Friend They Had in Jesus, Harry Cook explores how hymns reflect the religious beliefs of their times. He revisits the texts of popular hymns, posing such questions as: How true are they to the biblical texts that seem to have inspired them? What aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century piety have persisted into the twenty-first century through the singing of those hymns? And, how does one manage the conflict between the emotional appeal and the theological content of such hymns?
Mark Twain's literary works have intrigued and inspired readers from the late 1860s to the present. His varied experiences as a journeyman printer, river boat pilot, prospector, journalist, novelist, humorist, businessman, and world traveller, combined with his incredible imagination and astonishing creativity, enabled him to devise some of American literature's most memorable characters and engaging stories. Twain had a complicated relationship with Christianity. He strove to understand, critique, and sometimes promote various theological ideas and insights. His religious perspective was often inconsistent and even contradictory. While many scholars have overlooked Twain's strong interest in religious matters, others disagree sharply about his religious views-with many labelling him a secularist, an agnostic, or an atheist. In this compelling biography, Gary Scott Smith shows that throughout his life Twain was an entertainer, satirist, novelist, and reformer, but also functioned as a preacher, prophet, and social philosopher. Twain tackled universal themes with penetrating insight and wit including the character of God, human nature, sin, providence, corruption, greed, hypocrisy, poverty, racism, and imperialism. Moreover, his life provides a window into the principal trends and developments in American religion from 1865 to 1910.
To discover the Rule of St Benedict is to encounter something that is at once inspiring, supporting, reassuring, challenging. Let this book be an introduction to the writing of a man who will change your life. Esther de Waal, author of Seeking God: The Way of St Benedict The Rule of St Benedict has much to say about faith, work and daily living. In a time when many are seeking space, silence and spiritual depth, the Rule retains relevance in a world where change is often feared, stability can be elusive and busyness interferes with listening to God. Life with St Benedict provides daily reflections on the Rule as an aid to enabling personal spiritual growth and prayer. Benedictine communities use a well-established pattern of daily readings to enable the entire Rule to be considered over a four-month period. Life with St Benedict follows this pattern. Each four-month long period begins on 1 January, 2 May and 1 September and each entry shows three dates on which it can be read. There are 122 readings and reflections in each period.
Now available in trade paper! Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended. Most people-even people of faith-do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New. In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration "but there's more!" he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah uncovers connections between the Old and New Testaments, connects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical characters, and is written with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degree. No matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God's Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.
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