It was Art Linkletter who once said, 'Kids say the darndest things.' as a pastor, I might add that my kids usually say them in church in front of the elders! Still, I admire their innocence, their brazen boldness and their forgiving spirit. As we grow and become more mature in our faith, I hope we never lose those childlike characteristics. Jesus said, 'Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven' (Matthew 18:3). The kingdom of heaven is a wonderful place because of children like these on the following pages.
The themes, words, and concepts in children's literature speak to the whole Christian community. Virginia Thomas and Betty Miller have examined children's literature and designed an extensive annotated list of children's stories, poems, folk tales, and fiction that express faith, belief, theology, and Christian principles. This unique resource/reference handbook gives the church the opportunity to function as a united community of believers. Children and adults have the chance to study and learn together -- grow as a whole community.Thomas and Miller offer a practical approach to children's literature that gives background and theory, an evaluation of techniques, "how-to" guidelines, suggestions for use, lists of books, two annotated bibliographies, and indices: subject and themes, genre, and book awards. Explains: why children's literature is a good resource for Christians where to find good stories how significant themes are adapted for different age levels how to evaluate stories how to use them Parents, teachers, and ministers will delight with children in this new approach to sharing, learning, teaching, and worship. The bibliography of books for all ages is a treasure-house of information. Features basic book information, summary, and themes values. This is an educational tool that provides a new avenue to understanding our faith.
Destiny awaits. Will you answer the call? Within the pages of this book awaits something that has been crying out for you your entire lifetime. It is the cry of purpose—the reason you were created. It’s been there throughout your existence and before you were ever born. The Father’s ultimate design for your life has been uniquely crafted together, but is often overlooked because of this world’s system. Destiny Dreams reveals the truths that not only does a destiny exist for you, but it is actually dreaming and working toward cultivating an incredible relationship with our heavenly Father. Discover unimaginable experiences and expectations that you never thought possible. Your destiny is calling out to you!
Religious Experience and Ritual in an African American Church
Author: Timothy Nelson
Publisher: NYU Press
Dreams and visions, prophetic words from God about "dusty souls," speaking in tongues while "in the spirit"—narratives of these and similar events comprise the heart of Every Time I Feel the Spirit. This in-depth study of a Black congregation in Charleston, South Carolina provides a window into the tremendously important yet still largely overlooked world of African American religion as the faith is lived by ordinary believers. For decades, scholars have been preoccupied with the relation between Black Christianity, civil rights, and social activism. Every Time I Feel the Spirit is about black religion as religion. It focuses on the everyday experience of religion in the church, congregants' relationships with God, and the role that God and Satan play in congregants' lives—not only as objects of belief but as actual agents. It explores the concepts of religious experience and religious ritual, while emphasizing the attributions that people make to the operation of spiritual forces and beings in their lives. Through interviews and field work, Nelson uncovers what religious people themselves see as important about their faith while extending and refining sociological understandings of religious ritual and religious experience.
The inspiration for this story is the courage and faith of women who, across the ages, heard Spirit’s call and answered, in spite of convention, resistance, even death. The author crafts a tale about one such woman: The Reverend Calline Simpson, first female minister of High Dunes First United Congregational Church. Spanning a period of six months, late 1980s, the action takes place in the fictional town of High Dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. Serendipity, and the theology, personality, age, ethnicity and agenda of the characters collide to rock the foundation of the 150-year-old church. While the congregation splits over hiring an out gay man (the A.I.D.S. epidemic is rife), the minister torments herself for violating The Code. Nothing less than a near-death experience can shift the minister’s theology and self- appraisal, and nothing more than divine alchemy can bring all God’s children to sing their Hallelujahs. “Simply stated, I loved this story. The characters were compelling, the story was littered with nice moments and surprises and the writing had a unique, one-of-a-kind feel. Fresh.” Stephen Parolini -“Noveldoctor” “This brings insight to the many demands on ministers. Every parishioner expects you to drop everything and be there for them NOW. The story definitely held my attention. “ -Pat Johnson, educator “I want you to know how much I enjoyed your book. Well written, a good plot and story. It’s a good description of a small church with believable characters. Congratulations.” -Uncle Doc
Take my life or change it, Milta Velez declared to a God she had just met. With this statement, she challenged God while standing at the altar with a gun in her purse. She grew up in Manhattan at a time when womens liberation was born. She sought her identity in the nightclubs of New York. With five disastrous relationships, she was following in the footsteps of the Samaritan woman when Jesus touched her and saved her life. Tired and desperate, she surrendered to Jesus. During her walk with God, she struggled with the conversion of being a Christian because she didnt believe in miracles, until the day she decided to put Jesus to the test. Her first granted miracle enabled her to purchase her first home without any credit or collateral. Milta soon discovered that anything is possible in the name of Jesus. And that a dreamer in the hands of God can accomplish great things. Milta sets an example of what one can accomplish when one surrenders their hopelessness to God. Today she owns a travel agency, a restaurant, and the property.
In her newest cartoon collection, Chambers, author of Church Is Stranger Than Fiction takes a walk on the wild side of motherhood. From diaper dilemmas to teenage temper tantrums, here's a dose of old-fashioned, tummy-tickling humor to brighten any mother's day.
Five of IVP's bestselling cartoonists join forces to boldly go where church humor has never gone before, speculating hilariously on what shapes faith will take in an age of space travel and colonization.
According to Murphy's Law, 'If anything can go wrong, it will.' Is that true even in marriage? Steve Dennie And Rob Suggs come up with Murphyisms for every phase of married life. Topics like the Murphy-in-law, Murphy empties the trash and keeping up with Murphys will remind you of the challenges and triumphs you have experienced in your own marriage.
Throughout history, God has been depicted variously as a judgmental tyrant, a grand conciliator, and even as a rather low-key comic, portrayed by the cigar-smoking George Burns in the movie “Oh God!” The question that’s begging to be answered is: Who is God? This devotional evolved out of one person’s desire to portray God in a truer light. In the Book of Job, God reprimanded Job’s friends for failing to speak truthfully about Him. They misrepresented His character. Job, on the other hand, understood His Maker and was, therefore, the single voice of truth in an otherwise corrupt world. Can you honestly say that you know your Creator? Can you speak truthfully about Him? This devotional will help you get to know the real God, who is neither the judgmental tyrant nor the light-weight movie character. He is, if nothing else, a God of love and compassion. At the conclusion of your devotionals, I have formulated a “Love Quotient” (L.Q.) test to measure the depth of your love. The questions are designed to be thought-provoking and insightful. You may also find them a bit daunting and uncomfortable. Answer each question according to your beliefs. There are no wrong or right answers. It is my hope you’ll find this little exercise revealing and instructive of how you love. The answers and Key is also included. Your heart is what you’re all about. May you understand God’s love for you.
GOD HAD ME In His Hands All The Time is a true story of mental, verbal and physical abuse of a child from memory. Some of the names have been changed. Even though I am an adult, I can remember most of it like it was yesterday, while part of my mind seem to put up a shield to block out the abuse. I can feel the pressure on my brain, but it wont release it. Childens minds are very fragile thats why a good and well nurtured environment is so important during their growth. I knew God had to be carrying me like the poem Foot Prints in the Sand, because otherwise I would not have survived. I couldnt see it or understand why it was happening to me. All I ever knew was hurt and pain. The abuse scared me. Through the years I looked for love in the wrong places and in the wrong people. Growing up unloved and unwanted makes you yearn just that much harder, because you never stop looking and taking chances without thinking. Wanting to belong and loved is what food is to the body in order to survive. You always tell yourself this person will love me. Every time I put my heart out on the line it get crushed. I always found myself struggling to survive, even as an adult. I felt beat down with no self esteem. I found TRUE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for the first time when I accepted JESUS the CHRIST in my life. I was so shocked because I was on the receiving end of love this time. Something I never had before.