This short book is a reflection on life as an intentional Christian community, written by Bonhoeffer during his time as a head of the Illegal Seminary of the Confessing Church in Finkenwalde (Eastern Prussia). The book has become a spiritual classic in which many Christians of a wide variety of backgrounds and contexts have found meaning and encouragement.
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Written in the tradition of the Orthodox East’s “desert tradition” of short meditations on spiritual themes, Bishop Seraphim’s new book is the Eastern Church’s answer to Bonheoffer’s great reflection on similar themes. Here, Bishop Seraphim explores the Russian understanding of the term Sobornost, a word for “community” first introduced in the 19th century, which has taken shape as a key concept for exploring what community means and how unity between human beings is truly possible. This uniquely Eastern perspective on a topic of interest to people everywhere will appeal to anyone hungering for a new understanding of community that can inspire daily life. The book will also leave readers with the happy awareness that the history of the Church is not something closed and complete, nor is Christianity an exhausted creed which has run its course. Instead, Christianity is young and ever new, and the Church is just beginning to discover the inwardness that is implicit in the Gospels.
This introductory group study gives you an overview of the five biblical purposes that God intends for your life.
Well written and highly accessible, this book interweaves a thorough review of developments in Christian community from the first century to the present with powerful new discoveries in scriptural, theological, and historical research that has uncovered deep communal strands in the foundational literature and notions of Christianity. The result is a profound call for the renewal of Christian community and churches as crucial models and inspirations for the new search for wholeness in America.
In these wide-ranging studies, Stephen Barton shows that Christian theology and the Christian scriptures have a vital contribution to make to contemporary wisdom about our common life. The subjects he addresses are relevant to the concerns of many people today. What he has to say about the family, sexuality, community and biblical interpretation is both informative and creative. Running through the book is the issue of the appropriate use of the Bible: how the sacred text may speak in ways which are life-giving. Stephen Barton claims that questions about the interpretation of the Bible have to be set in the larger context of what it means to be the church. A central argument i that the Bible is the kind of text the truth of whose witness is discovered above all in the lives of individuals and communities seeking to share by grace in the life of the Trinity.
We must know that to build a strong and lasting relationship as a couple or spouse, we must have a good foundation, personally , emotionally and even rational. The latter passes unnoticed when some crisis is presented inside of our relationships and marriage. Especially when the couple or spouse with whom we share a whole ceases to be part of the cornerstone to become an obstacle or confrontation to overcome or survival of each part of the couple life. If we arrange the hair, face and even shoes every day, we do not fix the heart . The fact that say, we are as we are, is because we leave much to be desired, unable to overcome emotional paradigms, specifically when we are in crisis of couple or marriage, within ourselves there are much to explore either because we have emotional complexes or because we are giving us the excuse that we were born with that, as well as strong and tough character. To live as a couple, we have to learn to live with ourselves. If not, how do we share with another or other our happiness ? This book is about that, sharing, self-help , self-esteem, our couple.. happiness of married life, of being together ...
Whether you've been married a few months or decades, couples need regular, quiet moments together to renew their love and commitment to each other and to God. In OUR BEST LIFE TOGETHER, Joel and Victoria Osteen want to encourage you in your marriage and remind you that God brought you together to help each other succeed and to become all He created you to be. There's no better way to experience the fulfilling marriage God intends for you than to set aside a devotional time together each day and set your minds in the right direction for a positive, happy, faith-filled marriage. When you live together in unity, you honor God and open the door for His blessings to flow into every area of your life. If you will do your part, God will do His part, and you can live in love!
How do young people between the ages of 13 and 24 put life together? What do they value in life? What parts does religion and spirituality play? Based on interviews and surveys over four years, this book provides a detailed and well-founded picture of Australian young people. The book examines the influences of families, schools and churches on the lives of young people and describes how they can best help young people to enjoy positive and responsible relationships with themselves, close others, the wider society, the natural environment and with God. It suggests ways of pointing young people to the spiritual dimension of life, respecting their frameworks for seeing the world, but also doing justice to the counter-cultural nature of the Christian faith.
"Let your life be the two of you looking together to a future, and what will be best for each in that tomorrow. You have some significant decisions to make about that future. Your labor of love will have to include each other in the process of deciding." -- from the sermon by W. Gregory Martin "This New Life Together" includes over twenty "field-tested" wedding meditations. The collection comes from clergy from six denominations and fourteen states. As an anthology, this book fits many settings facing clergy. Included is a ceremony for an older and once widowed couple, a Protestant and Catholic wedding, an evening ceremony and a simple congregational vow for inclusion in a service. Meditations include the following scriptures: - Genesis 2:18-24 - Song of Solomon 8:7 - 1 John 4:7-12 - John 15:9-12 - 1 Corinthians 12:31--13:13 - John 2:1-10 - Ephesians 5:21-33 - Psalm 85:10 ... and others This anthology includes meditations from men and women clergy who are United Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic.