When He came to earth, Jesus Christ was rejected in every quarter in which He stepped. The Creator was rejected by His own creation. “He came to His own and His own received Him not,” said John. For this reason, Jesus Christ had “no where to lay His head.” There was one exception, however. A little village just outside of Jerusalem named Bethany. Bethany was the only place on earth where Jesus was completely received. God’s Favorite Place on Earth is a retelling of Jesus’ many visits to Bethany and a relaying of the message it holds for us today. Frank Viola presents a beautifully crafted narrative from the viewpoint of Lazarus, one of the people who lived in Bethany with his two sisters. This incomparable story not only brings the Gospel narratives to life, but it addresses the struggle against doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, rejection, and spiritual apathy that challenges countless Christians today. In profoundly moving prose, God’s Favorite Place on Earth will captivate your heart with its beauty, charm, and depth. In this book you will discover how to live as a “Bethany” in our world today, being set free to love and follow Jesus like never before.
Highlights the life and accomplishments of the eighteenth-century female slave who successfully sued her owner to win her freedom and whose case helped to set precedents that led to slavery being barred in Massachusetts.
The mysterious ‘Other’ that many of us sense and that Christianity - drawing on the life of Jesus - calls God, is the starting point of this book. But, the Christian Churches are no longer conveying the wonder of the Christian mystery, the challenging nature of Jesus’ message for the world but also God’s deep, merciful love for us and the invitation into a relationship with him through prayer or through other spiritual practices including pilgrimage. Church teaching has become tired and routine. It should be fundamentally renewed and their institutional structures reformed for today’s world. The book’s final chapters consider how Christians should engage with the seemingly intractable problems - from environmental destruction to the inhuman exploitation of many people and the obscene levels of inequality - that characterize society today. An autobiographical thread runs through the text as the author, a committed Catholic Christian, draws on experiences and vignettes from his own life. The final conclusion is one of hope; God will not abandon us or his world, though we do not know how the future will unfold.
God’s Good Earth offers Christians and their communities an engaging resource for prayer, reflection, and worship that reflects and nourishes their efforts to serve God and care for God’s creation. Compilers Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn have prepared 52 beautiful, ready-made prayer services, each around a specific theme, drawing from a rich variety of ecumenical resources: psalms and other responsive readings, Scripture, hymns, prayers, and reflections from the world's most engaging nature writers and interpreters of the social and cultural landscape. Each section can be used in full, or the user may select smaller sections; permission is granted to the purchaser to reproduce for use in public prayer. God's Good Earth forms hearts and minds to know that transformation is not only possible but essential if the Earth is to survive, healthy and whole. Those who enter into the book’s praise and prayer will have their faith in God the Creator strengthened, their gratitude for the wonders of God's creation deepened, and their commitment to act on behalf of God's good earth enhanced. The print edition is printed with high production standards on recycled, FSC-certified paper.
One Final Push is a dynamite devotional book full of inspirational poetry, testimonies, and other spirit filled writings. This book will encourage you and cause your faith to soar higher as it reveals the loving and patient heart of our Heavenly Father. You will want to draw closer to God and to know Him by His Spirit in a greater way. One Final Push is a prophetic book for this hour and will reveal strategic ways in how to remain joyful and steadfast as the church prepares for its One Final Push! Vanessa Bonner is an ordained minister and teacher of God's Word. She and husband, Ronald are founders of Families for Christ Ministry in Chocowinity, North Carolina. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. She is the author of the best-selling book, Help God I'm Single but I Don't Want to Be.
This book provides a roadmap within which one may find a deeper understanding of God''s grand plan for mankind. It describes His creation schemes, and the majesty of man - reflecting on his direction, history, and responsibilities. It defines in an understanding way the selection and plan for the family God chose to represent Him here on earth, delineatiing their sojourn history, their development, accomplishments, perils, downfall, and resurection to current day status, . It describes the chosen family''s decision process within which their sinful ways and activities led to varying degrees of punishment. But yet, it gives them renewed hope for achieving God''s plan for mankind through the reiterating process of God''s word. It gives a description of the Holy land, its boundaries, and tribal allocations, describing what it was in Joshua''s time and what it is yet to be. Delineating that parcel of land which is yet to be totally set aside and allocated for the sole purpose and use by The Lord God in support of the holy city of Jerusalem (The Lord Is There) and Holy Temple where He will reign here on earth for 1,000 years. It speaks of the first resurrection and the second coming of The Lord Jesus Christ, His reign on earth, the second resurrection after the 1,000 year reign of The Lord, and final judgment of mankind by Him. A Chronology of events relating to Israel''s wellbeing is provided, and a Time Table delineating dates of specific events is also attached. It is with prayer and hope that all readers will find this book of special value, educational, and of profound benifit for all.
Earth and Gods is an attempt to introduce the reader to Heidegger's fully developed philosophy. The title Earth and Gods gives an im pression of not being a general study of Heidegger's philosophy. However, this is not true - the earth and the gods are fundamental ontological symbols of his fully developed philosophy, namely, his third and final phase of thought. This phase repeats the problems of both preceding phases in a fuller and more developed manner; hence, it implies them. The two preceding phases are the phase of Dasein and the phase of Being. These two phases are a natural flow of fundamental problems which reach their final formation and development in the phase of earth and gods. Dasein (the first phase) leads to Being, and Being (the second phase) bursts into fundamental ontological powers of Being (Seinsmiichte) which are earth and sky, gods and mortals (the third phase). Since earth is unthinkable without sky and since gods are gods in the world of mortals - of men, the title Earth and Gods is an abbreviation of these four fundamental powers of Being. Hence, an investigation of earth and gods is an attempt to present Heidegger's philosophy as a whole. Such a presentation provides the reader with the background necessary for a more adequate and efficient understanding of the writings of Heidegger himself. Thus, Earth and Gods may rightly be considered an introduction to Hei degger's philosophy.