Deep intimacy with God and others can be yours. Do you feel stuck in your relationship with God or others? Do you desire closer relationships? Are you satisfied with the fullness of your life? God's design for His children is to have deep, growing intimacy with Him and each other. He promised great joy, peace and contentment in our lives. The 7 steps in this book will facilitate the life He intended if you follow them. Are you ready to take the journey that leads to a transformational heart?
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There are many people who claim they are devout Christians but when asked what it means to be a Christian, they cannot give a clear and direct answer. Some of them live their lives contradictory to their beliefs and to the teachings of God. These and many other instances lead them nowhere but to a dead end. But which is the right path to joyous Christian living? In his new revealing book, author David Ray Gutierrez takes readers on a Journey to Joy by living the Christian life according to the Word of God explained by the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians. Divided into four major components, Journey to Joy provides an in-depth explanation of the messages that the Book of Philippians tries to convey to every Christian believer. These four components which are described as important journeys—The Journey of Conduct, The Journey of Character, The Journey of Consequence, and The Journey of Influence—represent the four chapters of the book that are simplified and refined to give readers a better understanding of the Word of God. Supported by personal experiences and spiritual insights, this book will help anyone define the meaning of Christianity, discover the secret to living a joyful Christian life, and develop a closer relationship with God.
This special One Minute Bible walks new believers through the early stages of spiritual development, giving them a solid base for further growth. 208 pages. Value-priced for personal evangelism.
Melissa Danielson explores the concept of a congruent life as she examines Christianity in everyday living. She demonstrates sensitivity for personal struggle, relationships and the pursuit of meaning as she considers the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and scriptural knowledge of God's plan for His children. The Congruent Path inspires the reader to evaluate life experiences, values, beliefs and aspirations in light of the Christian faith and its principles. Ms. Danielson offers Biblical passages, exercises and worksheets to facilitate an understanding of how we may achieve a life of greater authenticity as Christians. A gentle and well-grounded psychological mindedness makes this work easily understood by the layman and useful to clergy and Christian counselors as well. All Christians can find inside these pages a fresh perspective and useful tools for leading a faith-filled and examined life. This work inspires us to live in our faith as it is applied to the details of life, work, goal-setting and our relationships with self, other people, God and Jesus Christ. Used as inspirational reading, a workbook for spiritual healing or a reference book for bolstering the development of a spiritual practice, The Congruent Path offers an insightful approach to age-old questions such as: Who am I? What is God's plan for me? What is my right relationship to others? These and other questions pertinent for modern Christians are thoughtfully addressed within these pages. Her search for a congruent life -- living as who and what we really are –asks us to examine our lives from the inside out and to seek Christ and God along our path to greater happiness and meaning. We are reminded by Ms. Danielson that faith is alive and well and that we can be, too, if we use our faith to guide our steps, our relationships, and our work.
Many books have been written in the past about journeys. There are stories written about journey to the center of the earth, journey to the depths of the sea, journey to the outer space and even journeying through time. Our Christian life is a journey too, that we began the moment we came to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is a journey with a destination; eternal life with Christ in heaven. And as with most journeys, it is not without its challenges and trials. This book is a compilation of articles that I have written in my Christian journey, that details my reflections and thoughts as I journey with Christ. While some of them may be personal experiences, others are my reflections over contemporary issues in life. Our journey and the road we take will determine whether we will reach our destination.
Pilgrim is a teaching and discipleship resource that helps inquirers and new Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Christ. A Christian course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Following the practice of the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer with quotes from the Christian tradition throughout the ages, Pilgrim assumes little or no knowledge of the Christian faith. Individuals or small groups on the journey of discipleship in the Episcopal tradition can use Pilgrim at any point. There are many different aspects to helping people learn about the Christian faith. We have taken as our starting point Jesus’ summary of the commandments. We are called to offer our lives to God through loving God with all our mind, soul, strength and heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Learning about Christian faith and growing in Christian faith is about more than what we believe. It’s also about the ways in which we pray and develop our relationship with God, about the way we live our lives and about living in God’s vision for the Church and for the world. There are two stages of material in Pilgrim. There are four short Pilgrim books (each comprising a course of six sessions) in the “Follow” Stage designed for those who are enquirers and very new to the faith. Then there are four short Pilgrim books (again, each comprising a six-session course) in the “Grow” Stage designed for those who want to go further and learn more. Pilgrim is made up of two parts, each with four courses contained in four booklets: Follow: Do you turn to Christ? Releasing in March 2016 1. Turning to Christ 2. The Lord's Prayer 3. The Commandments 4. The Beatitudes Grow: Will you continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship? Releasing October 2016 5. The Creeds 6. The Eucharist 7. The Bible 8. Church & Kingdom Each course offers six sessions each that combine a simple prayer, reflection on a biblical selection using lectio divina, an article by a modern writer, and reflection questions. The short courses in the four “Follow” stage books can be approached in any order. Together, we believe they offer a balanced introduction to the Christian life and journey. Our hope and prayer is that Pilgrim will help to introduce people to the Christian Way and also equip them to live their whole lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. It will help inquirers and those new to the Christian faith as well as those who are new to The Episcopal Church or Episcopalians who wish to refresh and renew their learning commitment to Christ. The aim of the “Grow” stage is to help people to learn the essentials for a life of discipleship. A disciple is to be called to live in a rhythm of being with Jesus in community and to be sent out to live out the Christian faith in the whole of his or her life. Disciples need the support of other Christians and to be part of a community. We need opportunities to reflect and pray together and to explore the riches of our faith. The Grow stage supports that process both for new Christians and for those who have been Christians for many years. Some groups who use the Grow material will be moving on from the Follow stage of Pilgrim. Some will be specially convened just for this stage. Component descriptions: Leader’s Guide The Pilgrim Leader’s Guide has lots of helpful material for those who are leading any Pilgrim Group. A single guide covers all eight booklets and gives an overview of the program as well as a process of how to lead a group of youth or adults in discussing the material. This is an essential tool for anyone who wishes to offer any portion of Pilgrim in a small group, whether in church, school, or home. Worship material, liturgies for enrollment in the catechumenate, and additional resources are also included.
In November 1877, three months after Emperor Meiji's conscript army of commoners defeated forces led by Japan's famous "last samurai," the Reverend Tom Alexander and his new wife, Emma, arrived in Japan, a country where Christianity had been punishable by death until 1868. A Christian in the Land of the Gods offers an intimate view of hardships and challenges faced by nineteenth-century missionaries working to plant their faith in a country just emerging from two and a half centuries of self-imposed seclusion. The narrative takes place against the backdrop of wrenching change in Japan and Great Power jockeying for territory and influence in Asia, as seen through the eyes of a Presbyterian missionary from East Tennessee. This true story of personal sacrifice, devotion to duty, and unwavering faith sheds new light on Protestant missionaries' work with Japan's leading democracy activists and the missionaries' role in helping transform Japan from a nation ruled by shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a leading industrial powerhouse. It addresses universal themes of love, loss, and the enduring power of faith. The narrative also proves that one seemingly ordinary person can change lives more than he or she ever realizes.
Clives Staples Lewis (1898-1963) called his theological writings as that "of a layman and an amateur" who merely attempted to restate "ancient and orthodox doctrines." However, S. Steve Park argues that Lewis's theological reflections are well-informed, thoughtful and weighty. For instance, Lewis's notion of "mere Christianity" consistently shows his commitment to "supernaturalism" (vs. naturalism) and "eucatastrophic salvationism" (vs. ethical developmentalism) in sharp contrast to many prevailing theologians of his time. In this book, the author expounded Lewis's theological writings rather comprehensively and organized the results according to Lewis's signature literary motif of the journey towards home, in four stages: "Away from Home," "Homeward Turning," "Home Away from Home," and "The Final Home." Under these headings, Lewis's major theological and literary themes find illuminating treatments with rich contents and penetrating analyses. In so doing, the author presents to the readers, probably for the first time, a systematic theology of C. S. Lewis. It turns out that Lewis, more than just a storyteller, was a significant participant in the world of theological reflections, demonstrating himself to be a rather formidable theological mind to be reckoned with.
The Journey of a Christian Counselor is written for the individual who feels drawn by the Holy Spirit to counsel, with or without formal training in the profession. It is a story within a story, a chronology of the spiritual and professional journey of a young woman searching for the meaning of a vision that she saw at the birth of her son. This vision changed her life, but it was not until the brutal death of her son that she gained the courage to release the vision and accept its purpose in her life.
The Divorce Journey: A Christian 's Travel from Heartache through Healing to Happiness is a must read for the Christian facing either divorce or reconciliation.The author openly reveals her journey in which she acknowledges the numerous mistakes she made that caused detours on the healing journey.After much research, the author discovered that many Christian authors give some advice or scriptures for troubled marriages, however, very few walk readers through the entire journey.The Divorce Journey: A Christian 's Travel from Heartache through Healing to Happiness is a must read for the Christian facing either divorce or reconciliation.The author openly reveals her journey in which she acknowledges the numerous mistakes she made that caused detours on the healing journey.After much research, the author discovered that many Christian authors give some advice or scriptures for troubled marriages, however, very few walk readers through the entire journey.