Fifty-two meditations on Psalm 27 instruct and encourage believers to worship God through the ups and downs of life. Psalm 27 is a psalm of trouble and worship, of difficulty and beauty, of the evil of people against people, and of the mercy of God. Because of its honesty about life in this fallen world, Psalm 27 speaks into the life of every believer. At the same time it places joyful and self-sacrificing worship right next to the trouble that is the psalm's background theme. This juxtaposition makes Psalm 27 unique, interesting, practical, challenging, and encouraging. A Shelter in the Time of Storm takes readers through this roller-coaster-ride of a psalm in fifty-two brief and engaging meditations. These meditations are designed to fill hearts with a patient hope that grows stronger as the trouble-spotted days go by. Reflection questions at the end of the chapter make these meditations thought-provoking and practical.
Thousands of years ago, a group of people sojourned in a place called 'The Land of Goshen', in Egypt, where they experienced divine protection from deadly plagues, and deliverance from slavery. According to history, certain supernatural events occurred in Goshen that cast a metaphoric spotlight on the name. In this book, Abimbola Alao explores the symbolism of Goshen and she draws significant parallels about how to experience God's deliverance in every situation. This is a book of practical assurance of God's help and protection even when we appear to be in the darkest place.
Gabby knows God is the God of second chances. But can she give one to the man who betrayed her? When she was thrown out of the penthouse she shared with her husband and their sons, Gabby didn’t know if she’d ever find a soft place to land. But after seeking refuge at the shelter where she works, extraordinary things happen as she is reintroduced to God. From the ashes of her marriage comes the House of Hope—a safe haven for homeless moms and their children. But now those ashes of her destroyed marriage are being stirred again. When her long-gone husband’s life hits rock bottom, he reappears and asks for one more chance. And Gabby faces what feels like an impossible choice. Take him back. Or keep moving forward without him. Toward someone new who hasn’t betrayed her. Is God redeeming what Gabby thought was gone forever? Or is He leading her down a different path and giving her something—and someone—new?
A "coming-into-your-own" story. Every wanna-be writer's angst can be seen in the life and times of David Andrews. Equating writer's block to a sort of "literary impotence", and listening to his brother Jack's constant reminder that "writing should be kept only as a hobby, now get a real job", David at times launches into a sarcastic diatribe against the so-called "norms" of society. Fighting to hold onto his dream of being a writer, he soon finds himself lost in the artless society he has always criticized and ultimately having to decide which path to choose. This book details the struggle between doing something you've always dreamed about or settling for what others say is the best thing for you.
Within the souls of each person, there is an irrepressible inspirational nudge to fulfill the Divine plan. May each inspiration become a light unto your path of self discovery. May each expiration become a conscious decision to let go of any and everything that is unlike the Mother/Father consciousness that might be holding you back from the purposeful plan that you were created to express. Today and everyday of my life, I use my breath as a reminder that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I will dedicate the life I have been given to the glory of God who lives and express through me for the unending grace and greatness of the Divine inspiration that I am. And So It IS
This is the second volume of poetic meditations based on the Psalms, written as prayers for the Peace of Jerusalem and all Israel. The fi rst meditations in this volume were written in the port of Ashkelon, Israel on board the authors small vessel that he sailed to Israel from America in 2010on a Modern Odyssey, leaving her there to be used by modern warriors suffering from PTSD. The rest of the meditations were written next to the stained glass pictured on the cover, overlooking battlefi elds where the United States of America won her liberty.
Whether First Communion or bar mitzvah, religious traditions play a central role in the lives of many American children. In this collection of essays, leading scholars reveal for the first time how various religions interpret, reconstruct, and mediate their traditions to help guide children and their parents in navigating the opportunities and challenges of American life. The book examines ten religions, among other topics: How the Catholic Church confronts the tension between its teachings about children and actual practic The Oglala Lakota's struggle to preserve their spiritual tradition The impact of modernity on Hinduism Only by discussing the unique challenges faced by all religions, and their followers, can we take the first step toward a greater understanding for all of us.
The term emerging church causes confusion, conflict, and contention whenever it is used. Still, the emerging movement is spreading across America and around the world. Young adults from the millennial or mosaic generation are flocking back to church in droves, when the church speaks relevantly to them. The impact of emerging churches reaches far beyond the narrow walls of church buildings. The millennial generation is content with nothing less than a holy revolution in society. These eager young people purpose to transform the cities of America and the world through living the life of Jesus. Emerging believers are more concerned with life than with doctrine. They are committed to orthopraxy (true behavior) and not just dead orthodoxy. This propels them into situations foreign to most Christ followers. Their aim is a conquest of cities for Christ, and to that end they live out the Jesus life in every aspect of community. Authenticity is their watchword. They are resolved to be real in an unreal world. Members of the emerging churches keep each other honest before God, and they accept nothing less than committed Christian character. The result is a growing revival among the emerging churches.
Restoring the Burnt Child is the second volume in William Kloefkorn's four-part memoir which, when completed, will cover the four elements: water, fire, earth, and air.øNegotiating the no man?s land between ages nine and thirteen, this memoir of a small-town boy?s life in 1940s Kansas continues the story William Kloefkorn began in his much-loved volume This Death by Drowning. With characteristic humor and in prose as lyrical as his best poetry, Kloefkorn describes the unsentimental education he received at the hands of the denizens of Urie?s Barber Shop and the Rexall Drugstore and at the knees of the true characters who made up his family. From the ?firefly? stunt that nearly burns down his home to the distant firestorms of World War II, fire holds an endless range of subtle and surprising lessons for the boy, whose impressions Kloefkorn conveys with the immediacy, naivetä, and poignancy of youth?and reconsiders with the wisdom and distance of age.øBy turns charming and resolute, funny and moving, Restoring the Burnt Child powerfully brings to life the lost, unforgettable world of a boy, and a poet, coming of age in midcentury middle America.