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No matter how you ask the questions, the answer is always the same. Yes you can! You can incorporate innovative strategies into your church ministrystrategies that will affect not only the way you do church but that will dramatically impact the lives of current church members and help you in reaching out to your community. In this refreshingly practically book, Andy Stanley and Ed Youngtwo of America's most innovative and effective church leadersdeliver twenty-four creative ministry tools that you can adapt and use to help your own church be all God intends it to be. The inspirational stories on North Point Community Church in Atlanta and the Fellowship Church in Dallas are stories of small church plants that have grown into churches with weekend attendance of nine and fifteen thousand. But the true success of these dynamic churches is not revealed in their big numbers but in the lives that have been forever changed by the life-giving message of Jesus. What you learn in the pages of this book will enable you to change the lives of those you serve -- forever.
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a business executive, or a visible leader in your church, this book will give you a clear picture of how you can fulfill God's mission for your life. Drawing on concepts learned from the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah, author Ed Young shares high-definition principles for everyone who wants to live a life of super clarity as a follower of Christ. God intends that every follower of His be a leader of others. Young is not primarily talking about the kind of leadership that puts you in front of large crowds or has you directing huge projects. He's talking about making a difference for God as you impact others for His Kingdom -- wherever you are, whoever you are.
This book is a nostalgic picture book memoir by Ed Young, one of our most beloved children's illustrators, about his childhood in Shanghai.
A Nepalese basket tells the story of its use through three generations of a family.
In these days of corporate scandal, there's a far more pervasive and serious problem going on right under our noses.It's a family takeover orchestrated by our kids.That's right - children are taking control of family units in record numbers.When a man and woman marry, says author Ed Young, they occupy the leadership roles in their relationship.But in some cases, as children enter the family arena, that begins to change.The kids slowly become the center of the family universe as parents relinquish control to them.In effect, the children become Kid CEO's and the parents become the support staff.As parents, we have charge of our children for only a short time. It's up to us to prepare them for life.
In this Chinese version of the classic fairy tale, a mother leaves her three children home alone while she goes to visit their grandmother. When the children are visited by a wolf, pretending to be their Po Po, or granny, they let him in the house, but ultimately are not fooled by his deep voice and hairy face This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.
Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?With spare text and lush illustrations, Nighttime Ninja is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.
A Caldecott Honor Book. "It's a pillar," says Red Mouse. "It's a fan!" cries Orange Mouse. "No, it's a spear," says Yellow Mouse. But as the seven blind mice go out one by one to investigate the strange Something by the pond, each comes back with a different idea of what it is. Argue as they might, they cannot agree. Only when the last mouse ventures out and investigates do they finally learn for certain what the strange Something is, and what the whole truth is as well! Caldecott medalist Ed Young's paper-collage illustrations joyously capture the wit and humor of this tale based on the ancient fable of the Blind Men and the Elephant. The very youngest readers will delight in Young's brightly colored mice who will lead them to discoveries of color, the days of the week, and one of the truest paths to wisdom.
The predominant message in our culture is that it's okay to have sex whenever, wherever, and however we want. Sex has become just sex. But while society has taken sex too far, the church hasn't taken it far enough.God wants couples to make love in marriage-with passion, with purpose, and with pleasure. Marriages aren't experiencing all the benefits that come from a healthy sex life. Couples are facing a barrage of influences that keep them from connecting with each other regularly-the kids, the career, the house, the errands, etc.SEXPERIMENT shows people that sex in marriage is more than just sex, and it's more than a chore. The Youngs believe it's time to get back to understanding the context of sex in marriage and that it's time for couples to break the barriers keeping them from a healthy sexual relationship. Couples ought to experience the benefits of having sex regularly, intentionally, and creatively. SEXPERIMENT will allow couples to discover that the intersection of God and sex can lead to a life punctuated by exclamation marks!
Ed Young once again turns a fable into a saucy collage treat in this tale about a boy who is just looking for a little bit of knowledge! Told he can have knowledge if he gets the Grand Master a carpet, he begins a journey on which everyone-from Spinner to Goatkeeper-tells him their problems. What about me? they demand. In the search for the answers, the boy discovers he has all the knowledge he needs. A wonderful, circular tale that makes a terrific read-aloud, What About Me? is also a story with a wise moral. Ed Young's deceptively simple cut-paper images seem to jump off the page.
Contemporary culture has a grossly distorted view of what it means to be a person, emphasizing vanity over value, wealth over worth, and upward mobility over a higher calling. It's a view that author Ed Young stands ready to challenge. As founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Dallas, the fifth largest church in America, Young has seen both the devastation that wrong views can bring and the liberation that can be found when a godly perspective takes hold. Writing in a highly readable style, Young confronts the pain and scars that hinder our growth and encourages readers to see exactly who they are in the eyes of a God who loves them beyond compare and wants the best for their lives.
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