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Shaped By God S Heart

Author : Milfred Minatrea
ISBN : 9781118429419
Genre : Religion
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Discover the tools to create a new kind of church and move from merely surviving to thriving. Drawing on an extensive two-year field study of 200 churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions, Milfred Minatrea--a missiologist, urban strategist and practioner in minister--presents the best practices for re-energizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting. He provides readers with the tools for assessing their congregation’s position on the continuum between maintenance and mission and for determining the actions that will move them toward becoming a missional community. He also outlines key strategies that successful churches have used to become relevant in a postmodern society without losing what is distinctly Christian in their spiritual practices. Milfred Minatrea (Irving, TX) is Director of the Missional Church Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Category: Religion

Desiring God S Will

Author : David G. Benner
ISBN : 9780830846139
Genre : Religion
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How do we become both willing and able to do what God asks of us? In this expanded edition of a spiritual formation classic, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner explores the transformation of the will in Christian spirituality, examining why our desires are disordered and how we can align our hearts with God's.
Category: Religion

The God Shaped Heart

Author : Timothy R. MD Jennings
ISBN : 9781493409433
Genre : Religion
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The key to spiritual and emotional health is to grasp the truth of God's transforming love for us and then let that reality influence our own hearts and relationships. It seems simple, but we are experts at complicating simple things. Instead of living lives characterized by love we find ourselves trapped in cycles of shame, violence, and addiction that steal our joy and keep us from loving others--so much so that, by all indications, Christians are living no differently than anyone else when it comes to abuse rates, use of pornography, alcohol and drug addiction, and more. Christian psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Jennings wants to release us from this prison. With powerful illustrations from case studies and from Scripture, Jennings shows believers who are stuck in addiction, violence, fear, and broken relationships how to experience true freedom through God's transforming love to experience greater health, fulfillment, and well-being.
Category: Religion

Eine Frau Nach Dem Herzen Gottes

Author : Elizabeth George
ISBN : 3935558651
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Gott hat für jede Frau, Ehefrau und Mutter einen exzellenten Plan, wie sie Ihn mit allen Bereichen ihres Leben verherrlichen und eine "Frau nach dem Herzen Gottes" werden kann. Elizabeth George vermittelt in liebevollem und verständnisvollen Stil ihre biblischen und praktischen Einsichten, wie eine Frau zur Ehre Gottes leben kann: in ihrer persönlichen Beziehung zum Herrn, im Alltag mit ihrem Ehemann und ihren Kindern, mit ihrer Aufgabe als Hausfrau und mit ihrem Dienst in der Gemeinde. Dieses Buch mit Studienleitfaden eignet sich hervorragend zum Studium allein, in einer Zweierschaft oder auch im Frauenkreis. Elizabeth George ist in den USA eine bekannte Autorin zahlreicher Bücher, seit 35 Jahren mit ihrem Ehemann Jim verheiratet, Mutter von zwei Kindern und Großmutter dreier Enkel. U.a. diente sie über 20 Jahre als Mitarbeiterin im Frauenprogramm der Grace Community Church, Kalifornien, wo auch der bekannte Prediger John MacArthur lehrt.

Shaped By God S Hand

Author : Pastor Ralph Olsen
ISBN : 9781462404902
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ralph received his B.A. in Communications and English from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul receiving the M.Div. in parish ministry. He served as Associate Pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul for five years. In the summer of 1980 he accepted appointment from the former Lutheran Church in America to serve as mission developer of King of Kings Lutheran Church, Woodbury, MN, where he would serve as senior pastor for thirty years. His amazing ability to remember names and passion for mission, centered in these words, “the heart of a congregation is known by what it shares with others beyond its doors,” inspired the rapid growth of the congregation to become one of the larger churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Ralph serves as Planned Giving Officer for the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. He serves the community as a member of the Century College Foundation, Rotary International and the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. Ralph enjoys spending time with family and his Grandson Samuel, traveling, reading, sports and is always ready for a game of cribbage.
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A God Shaped World

Author : Steve Langford
ISBN : 9781973602941
Genre : Religion
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The kingdom of God was the central theme of Jesuss preaching. Yet in spite of the centrality of the kingdom in Jesuss ministry, the kingdom of God is far from a dominant theme in most mainline Protestant pulpits and churches. Preaching and teaching about the kingdom have been supplanted by such great themes as personal salvation, heaven and hell, faith, sin, the church, missions and evangelism, justice issues, stewardship, and moral living. So where is the kingdom? In A God-Shaped World, author and pastor Steve Langford shows how the kingdom of God grows out of and is an expression of the character of God. The kingdom of God is the realm in which the divine character shapes the way we live so that we do the will of God in every dimension of our lives. A God-Shaped World identifies the four central characteristics of the kingdom of God, how out of step the ways of the kingdom are to the fear-based, self-serving ways inherent to the human condition, and the implications of the kingdom for followers of Jesus today. The Lords Prayer teaches us that the kingdom of God is inseparably tied to Gods character and will. The kingdom of God is where life is patterned after the merciful, gracious character of God, where the ways of God are lived, and where the will of God is donehere on the earth!
Category: Religion

Shaped For Prayer Enjoyment

Author : David Macmillan
ISBN : 9781788035798
Genre : Religion
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Can prayer become a favourite enjoyment? Absolutely. God is the guarantor of prayer joy and he invites us to a journey beyond duty and sameness. It means being stretched and changed, but we get to live the prayer enjoyment adventure he designed for us. Prayer is the core and the cutting edge of life in Christ and is much too important to lose through non-enjoyment. The Lord has given us a frame for enjoyable prayer: his constant presence. In that frame we become pray-ers marked by raised heart living and hunger for him. Part I of the book captures the “Wow!” of life in God’s company and explains how awareness of his presence can make a difference to prayer life. Part II gives the how-to of breaking new ground in enjoyable prayer. The Lord is the first speaker in the prayer relationship and learning to shape our praying as a response that agrees with him is a mix of desire and discipline. The reader gets to explore that mix by following four pathways for using Scripture to shape prayer. But even shaped praying can become dull and tired, unless we stretch our prayer language to give the heart a bigger expression. The section on visual language explains how. Praying together can be powerful and enjoyable when done in agreement. The agreement-building keys given will enhance corporate prayer, and can be used in large and small group settings. Growing in prayer enjoyment is not about self-indulgence; it’s a journey for God’s pleasure. The book climaxes with a call to live missional prayer lives, to be ‘pray-ers on the move’ who are passionate about voicing responses to the Lord in any place and at any cost, for the joy it brings him.
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Shaped By God S Story Making Sense Of The Bible

Author : Alan Le Grys
ISBN : 9781446141786
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Study of the Bible in contemporary British society. The Bible is often seen by Christians and non-churchgoers as a 'handbook' for Christian living. Christian theology, however, also suggests that Bible reading is transformative - it changes people. This study explores some empricial research to test this idea.

Reflections Of God S Work

Author : Paul McLean
ISBN : 9781453552742
Genre : Self-Help
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This work by Paul McLean is a deep weekly devotional that is both introspective and interactive. It is a weekly study as opposed to a daily reading in order to involve the reader on a more contemplative journey into focused biblical issues. By use of a weekly instead of a daily study, this devotional allows an opportunity to go deeper with God by narrowing the reader’s focus on particular biblical principles that impact his or her personal sphere. McLean vigorously maintains that Bible study, deep personal analysis, and prayer are critical anchors in weathering any of life’s storms while at the same time producing Christian growth and maturity. They are also the pillars from which growth, life balance, and fulfillment are achieved. This book is interactive through the use of journaling thoughts, impressions, and messages received through connecting with God’s word (Bible) during the week. Essentially, the reader evaluates his or her life by answering, in journalistic form, pointed and personal life questions. McLean believes that prayer and contemplative study play critical roles in the process of hearing from God. This devotional can also be used as a study guide for group sharing and personal growth. Each chapter touches on insights and personal experiences McLean has encountered in his work as a probation officer and from his involvement in prison ministry. He discovered that by witnessing the transforming power of Jesus Christ in the lives of criminal offenders, he was changed and shaped by God for a higher purpose.
Category: Self-Help