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What would happen if a top expert with more than thirty years of leadership experience were willing to distill everything he had learned about leadership into a handful of life-changing principles just for you? It would change your life. John C. Maxwell has done exactly that in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He has combined insights learned from his thirty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict. The result is a revealing study of leadership delivered as only a communicator like Maxwell can.
This eye-opening, by a witch with a refreshingly modern attitude toward the ancent intricacies of the Craft, answers common questions about Wicca. Whether you have read a dozen books on witchcraft or are completely new to the subject, you will find here a trove of unique and useful information - from the basics of Wiccan practice to lessons in the practicalities of magic, to the final section, which addresses the complexities of a life in which the magical and mundane are intertwined. The text is highlighted with quotes from practicing Wiccans and Pagans who tell of the magic in their lives. Also featured are exercises to teach grounding and empowerment techniques. By developing their own inherent magical abilities, readers will learn more about themselves - for the ultimate Mystery is that which lies within.
If 9/11 are the numbers of terror and despair, then 3:16 are the numbers of hope. Best selling author Max Lucado leads readers through a word-by-word study of John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of scripture.
"[This] is a highly beneficial book to all Muslims. It gives basic requirements for the foundation of their Aqeedah (creed) and Ibadah (worship). It struck me that this small but informative book would be of immense benefit for non-Arabic speaking Muslims, spread all over the world, if translated into another foreign language. While translating this book, it dawned on me that the Sheik has written this book, primarily for the Arab speaking Muslims and thus has written most of the information very briefly. But this is not the case with non-Arab Muslims, whose knowledge of Islam is mixed with their local cultures and practices, resulting in deviations from the pure Islamic monotheism."-Preface
What if you had a second chance to chart your life? What if you only had a few days to live? Would you love? Would you laugh? Would you give? Would you live differently than you do right now? --Billy Joe Daugherty. If possible, would you do a makeover on parts of your life? Most of us would gladly say "Yes!" to a fresh start, and that's exactly what God offers. So many people live empty and frustrating lives, which is tragic because God desires a full, productive, and satisfying life for His children. 360 Degree Life explores how ordinary people, regardless of their challenges, can experience life-altering change through simple faith. Billy Joe Daugherty weaves material from the Bible, his own experiences, and riveting interviews with contemporary Christians to reveal how not just to survive struggles, but to rise above them. That's the fulfilling result of a 360-degree life. "Billy Joe Daugherty masterfully leads us back to the resurrection power of Christ that breaks us free from the fears of our past to live a victorious life." -T. D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House.
A perfect stocking-stuffer, this collection of musings is a way to extend the season and become open to its wonder and mystery all year round. By looking for the holiday's deeper meaning, believers will find meditative moments, insight, and strength that will joyfully sustain them for all the "365 Days of Christmas." This warm source of inspiration is ideal for individuals, families, and small groups, for preachers and for teachers.
The 365 MOST IMPORTANT BIBLE PASSAGES FOR MOTHERS is the third in a three-book series, providing insights and applications to help readers understand the context and nuances found in Bible passages and how they relate to reader's lives.Features inlcude: A comprehensive overview and accompanying meditation for each passage. Daily Scriptures that reveal the divine character of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in relation to the important work of mothers. Insightful comments and applications to daily life.
One of a three-book collection, THE 365 MOST IMPORTANT BIBLE PASSAGES FOR WOMEN is a daily devotional designed to encourage women to live the lives God designed for them. This year-long devotional is both unique and simple. Features include:--More Scripture throughout--A comprehensive overview and accompanying medidation for each passage--Daily Scriptures that encourage women to engage in and enjoy reading the Bible--Bible passages specifically targeted at women--Focus on the Bible passages that reveal the divine character of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in relation to godly womanhood, and--Insightful comments and applications to daily life.
This year-long devotional is both unique and simple by targeting the general reader, both men and women. Features include:--A comprehensive overview and accompanying meditation for each passage;--Daily encouraging and engaging scriptures that focus on the Bible passages that reveal the divine character of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; and--Insightful comments and applications to daily life.
This book is comparable to the Prayer of Jabez, in that it takes a biblical principle and helps enlighten readers how one simple truth can affect a wide area of one's life. Ultimately, this book will help readers fulfill their destiny as purposeful children of God by embracing the message of Philippians 4:8.
40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvaniaby Matthew Chapman
In this fascinating story of evolution, religion, politics, and personalities, Matthew Chapman captures the story behind the headlines in the debate over God and science in America. Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education, decided in late 2005, pitted the teaching of intelligent design (sometimes known as "creationism in a lab coat") against the teaching of evolution. Matthew Chapman, the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, spent several months covering the trial from beginning to end. Through his in-depth encounters with the participants-creationists, preachers, teachers, scientists on both sides of the issue, lawyers, theologians, the judge, and the eleven parents who resisted the fundamentalist proponents of intelligent design-Chapman tells a sometimes terrifying, often hilarious, and above all moving story of ordinary people doing battle in America over the place of religion and science in modern life.
This guide outlines fifty ways in which you, your congregation, and your local community can help fight global warming and enjoy participation in a vital part of Christian discipleship. 50 Ways to Help Save the Earth makes a clear connection, in a practical and unintimidating way, between stewardship of the earth and living one's faith. This easy-to-follow book consists of seven chapters on topics related to global climate change: "Water," "Energy," "Transportation," "Food and Agriculture," "People," "Other Species," and "Wilderness and Land." Each chapter begins with a statement on how the content relates to global warming, followed by seven action items ranging from individual efforts to activities that encourage the involvement of the congregational and wider communities.
How to teach your children values from a Biblical perspective
Some of the best-loved saints of the Church are featured in a revised and updated edition of a classic collection. Wonderfully written biographies and illustrations of Saints Lucy, Monica, Augustine, Benedict, Francis Xavier, Edith Stein, Juan Diego, Katharine Drexel, and many others. Perfect for intermediate readers and school or church libraries.
Fifth grade students get to learn about Bible characters like Daniel, Moses, Abraham, Jacob among others.
In the facilitator's guide for the exciting new video series, Sheri Rose Shepherd uses humor, heartwarming stories, and God's word to teach emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual excellence. In just seven weekly sessions, participants discover how to get out of the mindset of mediocrity and enter into spirit of excellence. The Seven Ways series is fun, motivating, inspiring, and easy to apply to everyday life.
Have you ever gotten to the point in your life where one day is like all the rest? Where the individuality, excitement and purpose of every moment is drained of its promising complexion? Through work, school, family and routine, people strive more and more to "get by" rather than "get going." But God didn't intend for it to be like this. Every precious second in a day, all 86,400 of them, is a gift from Him to us. Our lives, that we whittle away with routine and complacency, are meant for so much more.86,400 is the instigator for a renewed life of intention and relevance-ultimately making the most out of every single day. By showcasing how she and Christians who carry either celebrity or inspirational significance manage their daily gift, Lavaille effectively teaches readers how they can fulfill God's intended purpose.
Daily Assurance in the Face of Life's Hardest Struggles When life throws challenges at us, our view of God's presence can become cloudy. If God is good, why is there so much evil and suffering? In times of hardship, it's easy to lose sight of God's purpose, goodness, and love. 90 Days of God's Goodness helps disperse the fog--little by little, discovery by discovery, day by day. Through these thoughtful, inspiring devotional readings, bestselling author Randy Alcorn brings clarity to the question of God's goodness. For anyone who's ever suffered, or shared in a loved one's suffering...or for anyone who's ever been painfully distressed by the prevalent evil in this world...90 Days of God's Goodness opens a wide door to healing and the reassurance of a God whose love we can count on and always turn to.
After colliding with a semi-truck, Don Piper died and went to heaven. Ninety minutes later he returned to life on earth. After years of silence, he is now sharing his life-changing story.
Vishnu Maya, called Aama (Mother) by everyone in her tiny Nepalese village, was living high in the Himalayas when she befriended American Peace Corps worker Broughton Coburn in 1974. In 1988, Aama came to visit him--on a trip prescribed by village priests as a way for the eighty-four-year-old, four-foot-eight woman to earn merit by making a difficult journey late in life. Aama in America is a vivid chronicle of what became a twenty-five-state, coast-to-coast adventure. Guided by the perpetual curiosity and deeply spiritual orientation of their ingenious, unpredictable travel companion, Coburn and his fiancée gradually began to view their country from an entirely new perspective. "Beneath the uniform, commercial, man-made epidermis of our country," Coburn writes, "Aama found a culture and landscape that was alive and sacred, and she steered us toward it."Aama in America is on one level an offbeat American travelogue. But on another it is a profound exploration of beliefs, values, and lost spirituality, a rediscovery of the spiritual that lies beneath the surface of America, and a singular account of the meeting of two widely divergent cultures.
Jennie McGrady barely has time to do her homework, much less read the school newspaper. But when an article announces that her classmate Annie Phillips was a trash-can baby, Jennie takes notice. Who would publish such horrible news? And in the wake of the recent murders of vocal pro-life advocates, Jennie wonders if there could be a connection. Annie Phillips didn't even know she was adopted, so learning she'd been abandoned in a trash bin sends her reeling. Unable to face her family and friends, and unsure of who she is anymore, Annie disappears. Everyone believes she's run away, but Jennie knows that Annie suspects she was being followed ... Debra Noble is the first television reporter on the scene when Annie disappears. Her motives seem to go beyond those of a journalist, though, and Jennie suspects Debra knows something of Annie's past. Does she know where Annie is? A tangled web surrounds a baby's birth ... Abandoned
His father killed and his mother kidnapped by Sauk Indians, young Gilbert Hamilton searches for his mother with the help of an evangelist. Ages 8-12.
Early Christians used charges of adultery, incest, and lascivious behavior to demonize their opponents, police insiders, resist pagan rulers, and define what it meant to be a Christian. Christians frequently claimed that they, and they alone were sexually virtuous, comparing themselves to those marked as outsiders, especially non-believers and "heretics," who were said to be controlled by lust and unable to rein in their carnal desires. True or not, these charges allowed Christians to present themselves as different from and morally superior to those around them. Through careful, innovative readings, Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, and other early Christian authors who argued that Christ alone made self-mastery possible. Rejection of Christ led to both immoral sexual behavior and, ultimately, alienation and punishment from God. Knust considers how Christian writers participated in a long tradition of rhetorical invective, a rhetoric that was often employed to defend status and difference. Christians borrowed, deployed, and reconfigured classical rhetorical techniques, turning them against their rulers to undercut their moral and political authority. Knust also examines the use of accusations of licentiousness in conflicts between rival groups of Christians. Portraying rival sects as depraved allowed accusers to claim their own group as representative of "true Christianity." Knust's book also reveals the ways in which sexual slurs and their use in early Christian writings reflected cultural and gendered assumptions about what constituted purity, morality, and truth. In doing so, Abandoned to Lust highlights the complex interrelationships between sex, gender, and sexuality within the classical, biblical, and early-Christian traditions.
When her mother becomes critically ill on Oahu, thirteen-year-old Abigail Kendall must travel with sister, Sarah, and friends Luke and Kini to California to escape the disease. But upon arrival at Luke's Aunt Dagmar's, they can tell they're not welcome. Because gold has just been discovered near Sutter's Mill, the children strike out for the fields, hoping some "quick money" will provide a doctor for Ma and a permanent home for the Kendalls. But all isn't easy in the goldfields. The work is hard, Luke gets "gold fever", and they hear rumors of children being kidnapped. Then Kini and Sarah disappear! As Abby searches desperately for the missing children, she discovers that God knows the desires of our hearts -- and never deserts us.
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