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Covenant And Conversation

Author : Jonathan Sacks
ISBN : 9781592640201
Genre : Religion
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A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible.
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Covenant Conversation Vol Iii Leviticus The Book Of Holiness

Author : Jonathan Sacks
ISBN : 1592640222
Genre : Religion
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This collection makes Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' brilliant essays on the weekly Torah portion available in book form for the first time. Rabbi Sacks fuses Jewish tradition, Western philosophy and literature to present a highly developed understanding of the human condition under God's sovereignty.
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The Mystery Of Grace In The Baptism Of Our Children Stapled Booklet

Author : Bart Garrett
ISBN : 9781597528481
Genre : Religion
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For 2000 years, most Christians have participated in the ritual of baptism. Yet for many people today, whether they are Christian or otherwise, baptism remains a mystery. What does it mean? Why do many Christians baptize their young children while others do not? Why do some fully immerse in water while others simply sprinkle it upon the head? Most importantly, how does the act of baptism lavish the grace of God upon us, and how is its symbol significant for those who walk the way of Jesus? Consider this work to be an exploration of these questions.
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The Covenant In Action

Author : Tavis Smiley
ISBN : 9781458756411
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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The Covenant in Action was developed to continue the inspirational spirit of the COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA and to empower people to take effective action to achieve THE COVENANT goals. The information, tools, and ideas presented in The Covenant in Action will enable and inspire people to become agents of change in their respective communities and to become partners in a larger COVENANT movement. The Covenant in Action is organized into three parts: (1) stories about the projects and actions that everyday people have undertaken over the past year that were inspired by the COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA; (2) motivational essays from young Black activists who are on the ground impacting their environments; and (3) a toolkit outlining steps you can take to organize, connect, and act. The toolkit contains not only traditional action strategies, but includes innovative approaches to organizing and community building that will result in stronger, more bonded communities that are reflective of their history and past experiences. The COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA was only the first step. The Covenant in Action toolkit will prime and prepare individuals and communities to actually move the COVENANT book into action.
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Faith Lies

Author : Darrell Smith
ISBN : 9781595557308
Genre : Religion
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Faith Lies: 7 Incomplete Ideas That Hijack Faith and How to See Beyond Them is for people noticing the cracks in the foundation of their faith as well as those who feel they have been hurt or discarded by a God or a faith that just does not make sense. Faith lies are those seemingly required religious ideas or spiritual beliefs that are often confusing and rarely helpful. LIE 1 -- The Bible is the Literal Word of God -- The Bible is not the written record of God’s dictation. God was most certainly the inspiration for the Bible, but not the medium. People were the medium—they did the storytelling, the writing, the selecting, and the interpretation that resulted in the Bible. The Bible is not God’s Bill of Rights and Constitution. Rather, it is a divinely inspired story of progression that should open things up rather than constrict and regulate. LIE 2 -- God is Angry and Doesn’t Like Me--Especially When I Sin -- Instead of perceiving God as a loving parent, many of us understand God as a cosmic scorekeeper, intent on our purification. Understanding God as a loving parent not only requires a reframing of our perception of God but also invites us to see each other and ourselves as beloved children. LIE 3 -- The Devil is God’s Counterpart -- This is the bad idea that the Bible presents a continuous, consistent narrative about the devil. It simply does not. Moreover, when we string together what we actually have--disparate statements about satan made by different people, from different places, languages, cultures, and times--we arrive at the strange notion that there is a “good” god who is responsible for the “good” things in our lives and a “bad” god (satan) who handles the “bad” stuff. LIE 4 -- I Am Supposed to Protect and Defend God and My Faith -- There are real tensions and conflicts around the globe today that are built on the notion that as people of faith, one of our jobs is to defend our faith or our God. Rather than settling for a god who needs our protection, we can follow the powerfully divine thread of moving “beyond the tribe” that is found throughout the Bible. LIE 5 -- There is One Right Way to Believe and One Right Way to Behave -- One of the root lies of fundamentalism--in all faiths--is the notion that true faith is defined by believing the right things and acting the right way. Isn’t it more likely that we are all part of a diverse creation that flows from a God that cannot be contained by any one belief or behavior? LIE 6 -- Faith is a Private Matter -- Much like whom we voted for in the last election or how much money we make, people have wrongfully accepted the idea that faith is a private matter and not to be shared with others. The spiritual life has always been a communal life. We require others to undertake our journey, and others need us, too. LIE 7 -- Real Faith is Blind Belief -- The idea that true faith has no doubts or questions creates a powerless and impotent faith that discourages critical thinking and fosters the ridiculous assumption that science and faith are unrelated. Real faith actually requires doubt, criticism, and exploration in order to change us—let alone change the world. While the loud voices at the margins adamantly declare faith either completely irrelevant or capable of being contained in one narrow ideology, most people get lost in the mix, feeling no certainty or comfort in either direction. Faith Lies deconstructs the terrible notion that faithlessness and fundamentalism are our only options.
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The Mystery Of Suffering And The Meaning Of God

Author : Anson Hugh Laytner
ISBN : 9781532675546
Genre : Religion
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The Mystery of Suffering and the Meaning of God is a book written by a skeptical but spiritual person for people who struggle with the subjects of God, divine providence, prayer, and related issues; people who are looking for honest and thoughtful—and sometimes humorous—theological reflections, but no easy answers. A work of creative theology fifteen years in the making, The Mystery of Suffering and the Meaning of God deals primarily with the issue of suffering, starting with the book of Job, and addresses the subject of theodicy before going on to explore related topics of the role of prayer, God concepts, the meaning of revelation, and how we can best live together. Laytner intersperses these penetrating theological reflections with pertinent episodes from his life, starting with the personal tragedies that sparked this book. Trained as a liberal rabbi, Laytner riffs on Jewish themes to offer a universal yet personal response to each of the challenges he discusses. His thesis is this: If you are troubled by the issue of suffering and wonder about God’s presence (or lack thereof) in the world, and you find no solace in any of the traditional theodicies, then change your conception of God and God’s involvement in the world. Problem solved!
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The Covenant Book

Author : Bruce Taylor
ISBN : 9781432795016
Genre : Bibles
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Finally, an understanding of spiritual reality for the non-religious….. The Covenant Book is sure to change the lives of multitudes around the world through a unique and fresh approach to spiritual understanding. Bruce Taylor, one of today’s astute spiritual teachers issues a timely and sobering call back to the understanding of humanity’s fallen spiritual state, and the Redemption provided to correct it. In The Covenant Book, Taylor skillfully blends gifted teaching, popular culture, science, and spiritual tutoring 101 into a message revealing the necessity of profound introspection regarding one’s world view and man’s eternal destiny. It is a blueprint for life through practical understanding of spiritual reality. It delivers, and it does so through exploring the revolutionary way God reveals His Love for Man via a Redemption plan of Grace. Taylor compellingly argues for getting to know God through approaching Him in the way God provides via Covenant and not the usual potpourri of man made religions. He clearly reveals how the average person who knows nothing about God or religion can grasp the reality of where God is, what He is doing, and how each of us can experience Him in our lives today. Masterfully capturing the nature of God and His dealings with man through a unique behind-the–scenes approach, he provides a fresh view of how God sees man today through love and redemption. It’s a message of great hope for humanity.
Category: Bibles

Covenant Marriage

Author : Gary D. Chapman
ISBN : 9780805425765
Genre : Family & Relationships
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In this new book, the bestselling author of "The Five Love Languages" shows how communication and intimacy are two of the most important aspects in developing a successful Covenant Marriage.
Category: Family & Relationships

The Power Of The Blood Covenant

Author : Malcolm Smith
ISBN : 9781577948162
Genre : Religion
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Starting with the first chapter titled Something's Missing, your readers will be launched into an explosive, yet motivating, revelation of a deeper truth: that all of Christianity centers around the power of the New Covenant. The result will be a generation of readers who delve deeper into the origins of Christianity only to discover a power able to transform their lives today!
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Marranos On The Moradas

Author : Norman Toby Simms
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131763067
Genre : History
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Two groups were persecuted over the course of four hundred years in what is now the southwestern United States, each dissimulating and disguising who they truly were. Both now declare their true identities, yet raise hostility. The Penitentes are a lay Catholic brotherhood that practices bloody rites of self-flagellation and crucifixion, but claim this is a misrepresentation and that they are a community and a charitable organization. Marranos, an ambiguous and complicated population of Sephardic descendants, claim to be anousim. Both peoples have a complex, shared history. This book disentangles the web, redefines the terms, and creates new contexts in which these groups are viewed with respect and sympathy without idealizing or slandering them. Simms uses rabbinics, literary analyses, psychohistory, and cultural anthropology to consolidate a history of mentalities.
Category: History