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Based on Bishop Joseph Walker's powerful book: Date with Destiny: Find the Love You Need Bishop Walker contends that finding the love you need only happens when you discover your true purpose for living. Date with Destiny: 40 Devotions to Help You Find the Love You Need takes you through heartfelt, biblically inspired devotions that encourage and equip you for loving God's way.
Find your purpose for living through loving. Finding the love you need will only happen when you discover your true purpose for living. Bishop Joseph Walker's Date with Destiny will help you help you fit your plans into the deeper and richer plan God has for you. Only then will you be able to get your relationships right. Bishop Walker gives you the tools you need to fit the pieces of the relationship puzzle together. He shows how to embrace the concept that God means for all of us to have satisfying relationships. "This book sheds light on the power of purpose in relationships for couples. Why does God bring us together? Is there a purpose bigger than us? To these questions, I would argue, YES! When two people understand their purpose in life, it becomes a qualifier for healthy relationships. God merges their individual purposes so that they compliment, not compete with each other." from the book
Computers, mass media, consumerism, and family instability have transformed our society dramatically over the past three decades. These cultural shifts undermine the stability of real, authentic community and make it more difficult to fulfill God's call to live in love and connection to one another. Jesus calls us to reconciliation, but life today moves toward ever-more alienation. The adults now known as Generation X had a unique firsthand experience of the cultural shifts now affecting the way the church works in the world. Growing up, Gen Xers were isolated and independent and had no common cause in terms of war or revolution, but had a common experience of life as increasingly less concrete, increasingly more detached. Because of this, Gen X Christians have a deep hunger for authentic community and the possibility of lifelong growth in grace because those things have become more and more difficult to achieve. Generation Rising is the collaboration of twelve Gen X authors who believe passionately that the Wesleyan vision of Christian discipleship in the holy community called church is the most exciting life we can live. They offer a vision of what the United Methodist Church could be, if we will faithfully respond to the call God continues to give us, and where our very identity as disciples will never be separated from the community God calls us to join. Contributors include: Sarah Arthur, Presian Burroughs, Jeff Conklin-Miller, Timothy R. Eberhart, Joy J. Moore, Julie O'Neal, Arnold S. Oh, Douglas Powe, Shane Raynor, Andrew Thompson, William Eric VanMeter, and Kevin M. Watson
Sending a personal note, email, or letter means that you took time to care. It can be a grace-filled symbol of your ministry outreach and an effective way to offer pastoral concern. The book offers more than 90 carefully written, thoughtful sample letters and emails that can be easily adapted for any particular situation. Contents include letters relating to church leadership; preaching and worship; pastoral care; stewardship and finance; administration; community outreach; membership and visitors. There is also helpful information and etiquette regarding email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Popular author James W. Moore draws on an old football term to explore the ways people let their fear stand in the way of living life and loving God to the fullest. The term "alligator arms" refers to a would-be pass receiver who fails to stretch out full length to catch the ball, because he fears an impending tackle; he's more interested in protecting himself from the hard hit than catching the ball. This fearful attitude results in fumbled passes, in other words, lots of failure and frustration. "Having alligator arms" is an ideal analogy for fearfully holding back rather than living life fully. In Do You Have Alligator Arms?, Moore explores what it means to let go of fear and purposefully embrace life, commitment, faith, hope, love, God, and others.
In this 6-session study, Dr. Moore uses key scriptures that distinctively shape us as United Methodists. Each session also lifts up and uses core terms and life application topics taken from the Wesley Study Bible to help you grow as a faithful follower of Jesus as you practice your faith in everyday life. Study questions are included at the end of each chapter for private devotion or small group study.
CLIMB challenges the negative connotations associated with "stewardship" and invites congregations to completely change the conversation around this critically important topic. Instead of talking about the needs of the church budget, CLIMB suggests a discovery of your congregation s compelling vision for ministry. Instead of selecting your stewardship leaders by default, CLIMB encourages the development of strong leadership through setting clear and challenging expectations. CLIMB involves changing the entire culture of your congregation to one of gratitude, where conversations revolve around sharing God's abundance rather than holding on fearfully. CLIMB encourages the sharing of ministry stories rather than pledging to a budget. And, finally, CLIMB asserts that if you truly believe expressing generosity results in a deeper connection to God, you have no choice but to boldly ask others to become more generous givers.
First an expression of black urban youth, Hip Hop music continues to expand as a cultural expression of youth and, now, young adults more generally. As a cultural phenomenon, it has even become integral to the worship experience of a growing number of churches who are reaching out to these groups. This includes not just African American churches but churches of all ethnic groups. Once seen as advocating violence, Hip Hop can be the Church's agent of salvation and praise to transform society and reach youth and young adults in greater numbers. After looking at Hip Hop's socio-historical context including its African roots, Wake Up shows how Hip Hop has come to embody the worldview of growing numbers of youth and young adults in today's church. The authors make the case that Hip Hop represents the angst and hope of many youth and young adults and that by examining the inherent religious themes embedded in the music, the church can help shape the culture of hip-hop by changing its own forms of preaching and worship so that it can more effectively offer a message of repentance and liberation.
Popular author J. Ellsworth Kalas has a few things he'd like to share. In I Bought a House on Gratitude Street, Kalas imparts insights gathered over the years through different means - "Some...have come to me by my seeking, some have been shared with me by people of wider experience, and some have been thrust upon me by my mistakes." With his familiar style, Kalas shares life-lessons on matters of friendship, prayer, sin, and success all through the lens of Scripture. A discussion guide is included for small-group use.
Through extensive research, Dr. John Kaiser shares the best practices of ten successful congregations. Focusing explicitly on decision-making rather than planning, structure, relationships, or any other host of factors, Fish or Cut Bait outlines how these congregations' boards/leaders provide both accountability and support for pastors. These congregations have learned how to face critical choices and by following their example, leadership teams organized with purpose will inspire churches to pursue spiritual renewal and expanded ministry.
Cynthia and Roger Hopson are on a mission to help newlyweds and not so newlyweds revitalize marriage as the treasure God intended. In each of the thirty-one reflections in I Do...Every Day, the Hopsons offer straight talk, ask questions that may cause a little blushing (don't worry, nothing X-rated), and tell stories that will touch readers where they live, inspiring them to be equal partners, friends, and lovers. It is for anyone who has ever said "I do," "I will," or "I messed up" and even those who are getting ready to walk down the aisle.
When the ground shakes, and a poor nation's economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community's hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to infest his creation? When we lift our prayers to God, and no answer seems to come; when we earnestly seek to know the will of God for our lives, yet can't seem to discern it; when God seems far away; where is God? If God counts the hairs on our head, and knows every sparrow that falls, why is finding and understanding God's will so difficult at times?In Why? Making Sense of God's Will best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God. Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, Hamilton addresses how we can comprehend God's plan for the world and ourselves. "When it comes to the weightiest problems for our faith, like suffering and unanswered prayers and God's will, philosophers don't get the job done for me. But thoughtful pastors do. For me, the one thoughtful pastor who offers wisdom for our deepest questions is Adam Hamilton. This book is a rare gift and the kind of book that needs to be close at hand for all Christians. This book proves theology has to be done by pastors."-Scot McKnight, author of A Community Called Atonement "As someone for whom the 'Christian answers' I grew up with failed to satisfy the troubling questions of my adulthood, I deeply appreciate Adam Hamilton's thoughtful book Why? I recommend this book to anyone who longs to leave behind simplistic answers and discover a God who invites them into a collaborative process of bringing redemption, love and hope to a world in desperate need."-Lynne Hybels, author of Nice Girls Don't Change the World "Unlike many Christian writers these days, Adam Hamilton does actually make sense of God's will. This is a profoundly satisfying treatment of common misconceptions about God. Everyone who asks 'Why?' when confronted with evil, innocent suffering, unanswered prayers, and failure to perceive God's will should read this book."-Roger Olson, author of Questions to All Your Answers
Prayer is one of the most important areas of a Christian's life. In When You Pray, Bishop Rueben P. Job explores the daily practices of living a prayerful life with this thoughtful devotional. When You Pray is an excellent tool to use in daily prayer time and, while linked to the Revised Common Lectionary, non-lectionary users will feel comfortable reading this as well. This stand-alone devotional can also be used for churches participating in Becoming A Praying Congregation as the leader, team members, congregation, small groups, families and individuals will be encouraged to use this resource in their prayer time.
Gagnon offers the most thorough analysis to date of the biblical texts relating to homosexuality. He demonstrates why attempts to classify the Bible's rejection of same-sex intercourse as irrelevant for our contemporary context fail to do justice to the biblical texts and to current scientific data. Gagnon's book powerfully challenges attempts to identify love and inclusivity with affirmation of homosexual practice. ". . . the most sophisticated and convincing examination of the biblical data for our time."--Jürgen Becker, Professor of New Testament, Christian-Albrechts University
Three Simple Rules for Christian Livingby Jeanne Torrence Finley and Rueben P. Job This small-group study by Jeanne Torrence Finley is based on Rueben P. Job's book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living. Six sessions provide extended reflection for adults on three principles of Christian life: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. Each rule has a session to help you understand the rule and a session to help you explore ways to practice the rule. Three Simple Rules for Christian Living includes a DVD that contains excerpts from an interview with Bishop Rueben Job and a CD ROM that contains a Leader Guide for the study sessions and other useful information for organizing, leading, and publicizing study groups. Your church can do a church-wide study of three simple rules by using the youth resource, Three Simple Rules 24/7, and the children's resource, Three Simple Rules for Following Jesus, along with this book. Parents who would like to discuss the three simple rules with their children can download a free list of suggested questions at Cokesbury.com (click below). Jeanne Torrence Finley is a clergy member of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, co-chair of the Virginia Conference Board of Church and Society, and director of Collegial Communications. She has worked as a campus minister, pastor, college English teacher, workshop leader, and communications consultant. Finley writes regularly for FaithLink. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Presbyterian History, Worship, The Mennonite, Christian Science Monitor, the Virginia Advocate, and Christian Social Action.For a free online copy of Three Simple Rules A Conversation Guide for Parents click here!
The New Handbook of the Christian Year: Second Edition, by Hoyt L. Hickman, Don E. Saliers, Laurence Hull Stookey, and James F. White. Lectionary, prayers, responses, and Communion services updated for consistency with books of worship from several denominations. Includes: glossary of Christian symbols, glossary of liturgical terms, annotated bibliography, index of Scripture readings, index of Psalms, and an ecumenical service for the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
SERVE A NEW MIXED MENU OF WORSHIP Worship Feast:A Broad Menu of Extraordinary Worship DramasServe an extraordinary worship experience to your youth. Engage them, and move them. Make an impact.Sometimes all you need to complete a meaningful worhip experience is a new skit that's easy to pull off... ...a drama that youth will love to perform, and one that will challenge actors and audience alike to ask serious questions about maintaining a life of faith in a not-so-faith-friendly world. With Worship Feast Dramas you will get a diverse variety of skits - both long and short - in one resource! These skits have been field-tested with real youth in real situations.Skits include -- Teach Me To Pray Survivor The Pizza Party McJesus To Go The Workers at the Mall The Sabbath Zone Sail Away ...and many more. The current generation of young people doesn't know a time when information wasn't coming at them from every direction. They multi-task every second of their waking lives.To meet their needs in worship, we offer a variety of postmodern worship--a multi-sensory, whole-person experience. Postmodern young people are not content to be observers of worship. They want all-out participation in soul-shaping, heart-waking praise to their Creator. Postmodern worship experiences offer moments of transformation by meeting God through all of the senses. Worship Feast Dramas was especially designed for youth workers and pastors who want to reach young people in their worship services by taking the sacred traditions of the worshiping church...and blending them with current experiences. Serve youth a worship menu that leaves them inspired...and full.
This resource shows how to create meaningful worship experiences for everyone who comes to your church--children, youth, and adults. A three-volume series based on the Revised Common Lectionary, Forbid Them Not offers specific suggestions for prayers, hymns, litanies, sermon illustrations, and ways to present Scripture so that children--as well as older worshipers--can really hear the message. (Even if your church does not follow the lectionary, you can find suggestions related to any Scripture passage by using the index.) Forbid Them Not, Year A includes 58 full-page, reproducible activity worksheets related to each Sunday's worship theme. With these ideas and resources at hand, you can create worship services that minister to adults and to children.<br /> Forbid Them Not, Year B #<span id="grdProduct_ctl03_rptProductNumbers_ctl00_lblProductNumber" style="font-family: tahoma;">9781426739026 Forbid Them Not, Year C #<span id="grdProduct_ctl03_rptProductNumbers_ctl00_lblProductNumber" style="font-family: tahoma;">9781426730719 <br />
Comprising 52 reproducible full page worksheets related to each Sunday's worship theme and based on the Revised Common Lectionary, these resources show how to create meaningful worship experiences for children. Includes suggestions for prayers, litanies, and sermon illustrations. Indexed for non-lectionary use. Forbid Them Not, Year A #9781426730726 Forbid Them Not, Year B #9781426739026
This historic and authoritative volume contains the complete three-year listing of the Revised Common Lectionary (Years A, B, and C) to guide preaching and Scripture reading on the Lord's Day. Abingdon Press. Also included are an introduction explaining the nature and uses of lectionaries and a brief history of the Consultation on Common Texts.
Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary is an ideal resource for worship leaders and planners. Materials related to the full three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary are included in this one resource, making it an excellent addition to an existing library of lectionary resources. Invocations and Benedictions for the Revised Common Lectionary supplies one invocation and one benediction for each Sunday of years A, B, and C of the lectionary. In addition, worship material for 14 special occasions and seasonal celebrations is included. A scripture index provides assistance with locating invocations and benedictions related to specific biblical passages.
Offering prayer is one of the most important parts of a pastor's hospital ministry. These prayers connect persons with the power of God, remind persons who they are as children of God, and sometimes put into words deep experiences of suffering, grief, and pain. These prayers are offered especially for difficult times when you may not be sure how to pray or what to pray for. Also related Bible verses are printed in full.The Just in Time! Series offers brief, practical resources of immediate help for pastors at an affordable price.Included are prayers related to illness or surgery.Prayers for persons facing surgery, post surgery that was successful, post surgery that was not successful, anticipating bad news, diagnosed with a serious progressive illness, recovering from heart surgery, suffering from a stroke, dealing with cancer, coping with breast cancer, undergoing chemotherapy, suffering from addiction, unable to be diagnosed with the source of illness, needing a transplant and waiting for an organ, in chronic painPrayers related to children and youth: Celebrating the birth of a child, mourning a miscarriage, grieving the loss of a baby near birth, mother choosing adoption for her newborn, adoptive parents receiving their child, pre-mature infant, baby who is hospitalized, child who is hospitalized, youth hospitalized for drug treatment afraid to face parents, youth who most likely will not recoverPrayers related to dying and death: For someone longing to die, prognosis that is not positive, does not have long to live, when death is imminent, prayer over a stillborn infant, for family members who were unable to say goodbye to loved, one before death, for surviving family who lost loved ones in the same accident, for family whose loss was due to suicidePrayers related to accident or violence: Injured due to street violence, injured due to natural disaster, rape victim, victim of domestic violence, injury due to warPrayers related to: New immigrant who has fallen ill, recent refugee, college student, suffering depression, patient who also has Alzheimer's, enduring painful rehabilitation, facing a long recovery, farmer anxious about crops and/or animals, hospitalized while incarcerated, someone unconscious, developmentally disabled patient, attempted suicide (prayer with family present), psychotic patient, worrying over child deployed in the military, worried about paying for the hospital bill, wanting to go home but cannot, wanting prayer for family members, feels guilty about surviving an accident, grieving friends who died in the same accidentSara Webb Phillips is a United Methodist Pastor and Editor of Homily Service. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
The Worship Workshop, rather than providing simply another manual for doing worship, offers instead an interactive workshop that helps worship teams develop more meaningful and memorable worship for the congregation. By combining liturgical history and the creative process, The Worship Workshop encourages worship teams and staff to break out of the traditional worship box in order to create diverse ways to present the Good News in worship. Through a variety of activities, ideas, and informational handouts, The Worship Workshop helps worship committees, planners, and designers evaluate the state of their current worship, get more people involved in the planning and designing process, explore the diverse designs of congregational worship, learn the history of worship, and utilize the arts and artists in worship.
Let Web-Empowered Ministry be your comprehensive guide along your unique journey toward building a powerful internet ministry. You will learn the practical steps, techniques, and ideas needed to develop an excellent and effective web ministry. And learn how to apply the many tools the internet has to offer including websites, smart phones, social networking, media, instant messaging, and more to extend and multiply your ministry impact. Mark's engaging style makes technology accessible as he offers first-hand advice on every aspect of building an internet ministry: from assembling a team to designing and maintaining your website to developing a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and more. People are coming to know Jesus. Lives are being transformed. It comes from God's power and our use of the internet to share, teach, and connect.
From the earliest meetings of the Civil Rights Movement to offering the benediction for the first African American President of the United States, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery has been an eyewitness to some of the most significant events in our history. But, more important, he has been a voice that speaks truth to power--inspiring change that moves us forward. In Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land, you will find Dr. Lowery's most enduring speeches and messages from the past fifty years including Coretta Scott King's funeral and the benediction given at President Obama's inauguration. This book, however, is not simply a collection of words. It is the heart of a movement and a call to a new generation to carry the mantle--for all people.
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