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In a strongly personal, interactive, and prayer-focused adventure, Ruth Myers gives us a comprehensive look at our identity in Christ, which helps us build up our self-image in truly godly way. Christlife contains wide margins to provide plenty of room to respond to the rich and reflective text, which keeps bringing us face-to-face with the realities of who we really are in Christ. This is the gracious way God has allowed each of us to become fully and freely the people He created and redeemed us to be. It means taking "all of Christ for all of me," letting Christ become the full answer to our deepest question: "Who am I?" It's the Real You! You don't just belong to Christ, your life is Christ! That's the simple, astounding fact that leads to victory over anxiety, fear, guilt, depression, and other damaging emotions--all of which result from a false self-perception. The truth, revealed through the miracle of being joined with Jesus Christ, is liberating! Ruth Myers guides you on a healing journey, empowering you to: Understand who you really are--it will take your breath away! Discard false perceptions and embrace your newness in Christ Revel in the freedom of unity with your Lord and Creator Make self-acceptance and joy your daily companions Now you can answer "Who are you?" with resounding confidence--and delight in your answer forever. Story Behind the Book "This book goes back to my late teens. I longed to please the Lord, but was deeply frustrated by more failure than success, especially in how I related to my younger sister. Then God used a statement in a book to flood my heart with truth: 'It's not only true that our life is Christ's, but our life is Christ.' He is my life, so I can please Him and bring Him joy! Throughout the years the Lord has repeatedly fleshed out this truth through many Scriptures and people and experiences. I love to write about who God is, and my favorite topics are His love and His indwelling sufficiency. 'Not that we are adequate in ourselves...but our adequacy is from God'--and especially from our inner union with Him."
Romance naturally emanates from Venice, a city of passion and eroticism. This was the case for Mara, a Nebraskan writer who had emigrated from the United States fourteen years previously. One of her newly-published novels brings passion to her, when the son of an ex-lover comes looking for resolution. Having read the book, which Mara based on her and her lover's real-life interlude, James finds Mara and they are instantly enamored with each other. As the story unfolds, they encounter sensuality, love, and danger.
"Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places" reunites spirituality and theology in a cultural context where these two vital facets of Christian faith have been rent asunder.
Student Books use contemporary references and materials paired with Scripture, prayer, key events in church history, and faith vocabulary. Each chapter begins with a timeline. The "Faith Connection" feature makes faith more applicable to the students' lives. They discover the impact faith has had on their lives and the lives of those around them. Every chapter ends with the "Chapter Prayer" and an opportunity for each student to summarize what he or she has learned in the "To Help You Remember" section.
Through the intensely intimate relationship that arises between God and humans in the incarnation of the Word in Christ, God gives us the gift of God's own life. This simple claim provides the basis for Kathryn Tanner's powerful study of the centrality of Jesus Christ for all Christian thought and life: if the divine and the human are united in Christ, then Jesus can be seen as key to the pattern that organizes the whole, even while God's ways remain beyond our grasp. Drawing on the history of Christian thought to develop an innovative Christ-centered theology, this book sheds fresh light on major theological issues such as the imago dei, the relationship between nature and grace, the Trinity's implications for human community, and the Spirit's manner of working in human lives. Originally delivered as Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, it offers a creative and compelling contribution to contemporary theology.
Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most thoughtful and powerful book, a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing, and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of the young Jesus who tells the story.From the Hardcover edition.
Anne Rice's second book in her hugely ambitious and scrupulously researched life of Christ begins in the last winter of the hidden years , culminates with forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, and concludes with a miracle the turning of water into wine at the marriage at Cana. In a vivid and moving narrative, Anne Rice recreates that miraculous journey. Herod Antipas rules Galilee; Pontius Pilate is the new Roman governor of Judea; and the Roman Empire rules the world. In The Road to Cana we see Jesus Yeshua Bar Joseph during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea. He lives in the obscure village of Nazareth, with his large Jewish family, sharing work, worship, trials and comforts. Whispers of a virgin birth have long surrounded him. Those around him wait for some sign of the path he will take, some with awe, others with impatience or incredulity. Yeshua, like any Jewish man of his time, is constantly pressured to marry. Both divine and human, he is not blind to the beauty of the village women. As he struggles with the inevitable demands of his family and the human need for love, we see his resolute obedience to his father. Now in his thirtieth year, this quiet man of Nazareth emerges from his baptism in the river Jordan to confront his mission and the temptations of the Devil -- and to bring together his disciples. After the miracle at Cana, Yeshua is urged to call on Israel to take up arms and rise up to cast off the yoke of Rome. But as he refused the Devil, so he rufuses the way of the sword. His is a different and greater destiny.
Nine months to save their marriage! Nik Christakis had once been her Prince Charming, the indecently rich and devilishly handsome tycoon who took Betsy away from her life as a waitress and did the unimaginable-made her his wife! But married life wasn't the fantasy she'd envisioned. Now, as her hand hovers over the divorce papers, Betsy sees something in her husband's eyes...a glimmer of the man she first fell in love with. But when this encounter ends in reckless passion, Betsy is left with two very unexpected consequences that will forever tie her to the man she was determined to forget!
Former nun Christine Bennett is looking forward to the christening of her friend Maddie's baby. But when she goes to the church basement of the town that was flooded out thirty years before, Christine stumbles upon the skeletal remains of a body--the grim result of a thirty-year old murder. Trying to sort out the sordid puzzle from the past, Christine manages to unravel the dark secrets of the once close-knit community, and also reveals a killer who's not afraid to kill again.
What starts as Rabbi David Rosen's staunch defence of his tradition against Dr R. T. Kendall's use of 'Pharisee' as a derogatory term blossoms into a fascinating exchange in which the two men openly discuss the basic tenets of their respective faiths. They explore the common ground that these two related religions share, and discover the fundamental differences that set them apart. This groundbreaking publication is a rare opportunity to read the heartfelt correspondence of two prolific religious leaders, both acclaimed theologians, as they seek to both vigorously defend their own beliefs and allow themselves to be challenged by the claims of the other. As the discussion continues we see mutual respect grow and a strong friendship forged before the relationship is inevitably tested as they reach points of seemingly irreconcilable difference. Is it possible for Christianity and Judaism to proactively co-exist when the bedrock of one denies the rationale of the other? This dignified book poses such difficult questions whilst offering greater understanding and hope for the future.
God doesn't call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine--that is, the church's teaching--that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you're a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you're a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem's award-winning book on systematic theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion. These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know.
"For the clients who see us in counseling . . . theological purity will make little difference if we do not practice with ethical integrity. "Randolph K. Sanders, from chapter oneThe work of psychotherapy and counseling is full of ethical challenges and dilemmas. Responding to these situations with wisdom is critical, not only for the professional's credibility, but also for good therapeutic relationships and positive treatment outcomes. Since its first publication, Christian Counseling Ethics has become a standard reference work for Christian psychologists, counselors and pastors and a key text at Christian universities and seminaries. This thoroughly revised edition retains core material on counseling ethics that has made it so valuable in a variety of settings. Now fully updated, it weighs and assesses new and emerging ethical issues in the field. For example, the current volume explores ethical issues involved in:multiple relationshipsconfidentialitydocumentationtherapist competence and characteraddressing spiritual and value issues in therapyteletherapyindividual and couples therapycounseling with minorspsychological first aid after disasterscounseling crossculturallyIn addition, the book considers dilemmas Christian therapists face in specific settings such as:church-based counseling centersgovernment and military institutionsmissions organizationscollege counseling centersPsychologist Randolph Sanders has assembled a distinguished team of clinicians and academicians to address the issues. They include W. Brad Johnson, Alan Tjeltveit, Everett Worthington, Sally Schwer Canning, Siang-Yang Tan, Tamara Anderson, Stanton Jones, Jennifer Ripley, Angela Sabates, Mark Yarhouse, Richard Butman and Cynthia Eriksson.
In this anthology of recent criticisms aimed at the reasonableness of Christian belief, a former evangelical minister and apologist, author of the critically acclaimed Why I Became an Atheist, has assembled fifteen outstanding articles by leading skeptics, expanding on themes introduced in his first book. Central is a defense of his "outsider test of faith," arguing that believers should test their faith with the same skeptical standards they use to evaluate the other faiths they reject, as if they were outsiders. Experts in medicine, psychology, and anthropology join Loftus to show why, when this test is applied to Christianity, it becomes very difficult to rationally defend. The book then demonstrates errors and superstitions throughout the Bible, exposes the immorality of the biblical God, and focuses on why it is unreasonable to believe that Jesus is the risen son of God. Finally, three popular Christian claims are dispatched. The contributors show why Christianity does not provide the basis for morality, atheism was not the reason Hitler murdered so many, and Christianity was not responsible for modern science. Collectively, these articles reveal that popular Christian beliefs tend to rely on ignorance of the facts. Drawing together experts in diverse fields, including Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, David Eller, and Robert Price, this book deals a powerful blow against Christian faith.
Christian Ethics provides a biblical, historical, philosophical and theological guide to the field of Christian ethics. Prominent theologian David S. Cunningham explores the tradition of 'virtue ethics' in this creative and lively text, which includes literary and musical references as well as key contemporary theological texts and figures. Three parts examine: the nature of human action and the people of God as the 'interpretative community' within which ethical discourse arises the development of a 'virtue ethics' approach, and places this in its Christian context significant issues in contemporary Christian ethics, including the ethics of business and economics, politics, the environment, medicine and sex. This is the essential text for students of all ethics courses in theology, religious studies and philosophy.
discusses how people can live a Christian life, and still be successful in today's world of modern business
Sometimes it is easy to view the Old Testament as difficult to apply to our day-to-day lives. As contemporary Christians, we may even wonder whether it is possible for us to establish our apostolic roots in the Old Testament. Christian Faith in the Old Testament helps us complete this daunting task is with ease. In this intriguing and informative study, Gareth Lee Cockerill helps us view the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament, giving us a broad perspective on Scripture as a whole. In language that is easily accessible to the layperson, Gareth explores the role of each major part of the Old Testament Canon and what part each plays in the total scope of biblical revelation. Additionally, Christian Faith in the Old Testament offers important guidance to contemporary believers about how each part of the Old Testament Canon applies today. This book is the perfect choice for intelligent modern Christians looking to discover their apostolic roots in the Old Testament. Features include:Understand how the Old Testament applies to life todayDiscover the contemporary Christian's apostolic roots in the Old TestamentGain a broad perspective on Scripture as a whole
Within the familiar clash of religious conservatism and secular liberalism Paul Maltby finds a deeper discord: an antipathy between Christian fundamentalism and the postmodern culture of disenchantment. Arguing that each camp represents the poles of America's virulent culture wars, he shows how the cultural identity, lifestyle, and political commitments of many Americans match either the fundamentalist profile of one who cleaves to metaphysical and authoritarian beliefs or the postmodern profile of one who is disposed to critical inquiry and radical-democratic values.Maltby offers a critique that operates in both directions. His use of the resources of postmodern theory to contest fundamentalism's doctrinal claims, ultra-right politics, anti-environmentalism, and conservative aesthetics informs his engagement with contemporary fundamentalist painting, spiritual warfare fiction, dominionist attitudes to nature, and a profoundly undemocratic interpretation of Christianity. At the same time, Maltby identifies some of fundamentalism's legitimate spiritual concerns, assesses the cost of perpetual critique, and exposes the deficit of spiritual meaning that haunts the culture of disenchantment.
Then shall the candidate be bound upon the wooden cross . . . After the third day he shall be brought back from the dead and carried up to heaven to be on the right hand of Him from whom he came. Surprisingly, these lines are from an Egyptian initiation ritual thousands of years before the Christian drama. Linking the two is just one fascinating element in this profound introduction to esoteric Christianity, as timely today as when it was first published in 1920. Famed clairvoyant Charles Webster Leadbeater was a bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, which preserves the sacraments while interpreting the scriptures with maximum freedom. He quotes St. Augustine himself saying that what we now call Christianity emerged at the very beginning of humanity as the one true religion. To access its transformative force, Leadbeater returns to original teachings and decodes its story symbolically as a guide for direct knowledge (Gr: gnosis) of the Divine. "As Christ had the Godhead behind Him, so have we the same power, although not yet unfolded as fully," he says. "Nevertheless, it is only a question of development, and that development is certain." With the authority of a scientist and a mystic, he addresses such topics as the birth of Christ in the heart; God's utter love; divine grace; angelic help; the true meaning of salvation; and reincarnation and the evolution of the soul.
A major new introduction to the global history of Christianity, written by one of the world's leading theologians and author of numerous bestselling textbooks. Provides a truly global review by exploring the development of Christianity and related issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and not just focusing on Western concernsSpanning more than two millennia and combining elements of theology, history, and culture, it traces the development of all three branches of Christianity - Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox - providing context to Christianity's origins and its links to JudaismLooks beyond denominational history at Christianity's impact on individuals, society, politics, and intellectual thought, as well as on art, architecture, and the natural sciencesCombines McGrath's acute historical sensibility with formidable organizational skill, breaking the material down into accessible, self-contained historical periods Offers an accessible and student-oriented text, assuming little or no advance theological or historical knowledge on the part of the reader
The Christian Imagination brings together in a single source the best that has been written about the relationship between literature and the Christian faith. This anthology covers all of the major topics that fall within this subject and includes essays and excerpts from fifty authors, including C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Sayers, and Frederick Buechner.
This colorful reader will introduce students to God's marvelous creation and reinforce phonics principles. Students will also learn beginning vocabulary skills as he is exposed to new words. A glossary of terms is also provided at the end. (Christian Liberty Press) Grade: 1st
This reader exposes students to the daily routine of various animals. Review questions are provided in the text to help instructors evaluate the comprehension level of each reader.
The Christian Life expounds such key biblical themes as grace, faith, repentance, new birth, and assurance with clarity and contagious enthusiasm.
An easy to read book which teaches how to understand, grow and strengthen a Christian faith. From the book: "Others journeys may be, but no faith journey is solitary. We are becoming who we are by the grace not only of God, but of those who have accompanied us, pointed out the way to us, given us directions when utterly lost and lifted us up when we stumble. ... In my experience, few people have been argued into believing in God. Nevertheless, I have begun this book with a whiff of apologia"apologetics" in the old sense of the word: a reasonable argument for believing in something beyond yourself. Those of us contemplating the journey, even those who are already on the road, need to remember that it is a reasonable quest after all. At the far end of this volume, I have included many pages that have about them something of a faith manual specific, even "practical" suggestions for how you might live in faith from one day to the next. In my experience however, there are as many ways to be a Christian as there are Christians. This book is divided into three sections: "Leaving for Home," "The Way," and "Life on the Road." The first, in the tradition of apologia, offers an existential response to the obvious query, "Why go anywhere at all, spiritually speaking?" The second section names what I have come to believe to be the road. This is the way found in the God that the Christian tradition has long understood (as best mere mortals might understand Divinity) by the ancient map of God called the Trinity. In the eloquent and ancient terms of Trinitarian theology, the "stranger come to town" becomes "the knowable stranger" and not quite a stranger at all. The last and largest section describes life on the road as I and other pilgrims have known it. Here are traveling companions to be met; I will introduce you to some of those who have helped me find my way. In these pages are mile-markers and road signs, warnings of perilous curves, refreshment for the weary, and notice of lovely things to be seen along the way by watchful eyes."
What's a mom to do when her sweet baby's smiles and snuggles turn to tears and tantrums?This take on everything toddler--from throwing food to potty training to massive toddler fits--is filled with sanity-saving advice every mom wants to hear. Helpful tips include how to:stop a tantrum in its tracks (or at least survive the tantrum without breaking into tears of your own)discipline your child in a way that demonstrates Christ's redeeming lovemake your marriage a priority when your kid is a squeaky wheel that always seems to need your time and attentionintroduce your child to Jesus in a way that leads to authentic faithconvince a one-and-a-half year old that broccoli really is better than cookies--even if you don't believe it yourselfMoms will be entertained and encouraged by the amusing anecdotes and godly advice of this comprehensive, topical approach to parenting one and two year olds.
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