The Desert Monastics, thousands of monks and nuns who lived in the Egyptian wastelands between the third and fifth centuries, have come to be seen as the Olympians of the spiritual life. Renowned spiritual writer Joan Chittister explores the sayings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, finding wisdom from that ancient tradition that speaks to your life today. This popular introduction to a powerful source of Christian wisdom can be a companion to your own spiritual journey.
LISTEN TO ITS RHYTHMS WITH AN OPEN HEART The Book of the Holy Light reveals the nature of God in the form of the Son of God. The first chapter, The Testament of the Holy Light of God, opens the framework of existence in the body of God revealing the nature of light in the embrace of unity. The book continues with The Testament of the Son of God inviting the children of light to return home to the inner space of God. The next chapter, The Twelve Transformations of the Holy Light of God, awakens the inner transformations of consciousness transmuting the children of light into the body of God. Next, The Trans-portal Matrix of Divine Grace describes the inter-connecting matrix of consciousness binding the children of light in the body of God. The book continues with The Dimensions of Light opening the multi-dimensional universe to the children of God. The next chapter, The Forms of Ascending Light, triggers the mechanisms of ascension in the consciousness of the child of light. Finally, The Circle of Ascending Light weaves a tapestry of light around the children of God connecting them to the body of God. "This is the story of light told through revelation. To appreciate it fully you must set aside your intellect and, like poetry, listen to its rhythms with an open heart." Tony Ellis, award winning poet and author of There is Wisdom in Walnuts
When a person embarks upon their spiritual journey into a higher state of consciousness, a breakdown of epic and unmanageable proportions often occurs. This breakdown can open them up to communion with what is described as a Holy Light. Trauma, and near death experiences were often consistently testified as feeling and seeing a Holy Light. This dissertation discusses the intersection of the Holy Light and the individual. The Holy Light is both God, and the creative force Christians call the Holy Spirit. Historical works, and numerous accounts of current day revelations from varied sources, cite the powerful moments transpired, elevating a person into the truth of oneness or presence with the Holy Light. These experiences even if known for but a moment, can irrevocably change the course of one's life. In the moments of deep surrender and vibrational alignment, this Holy Light comes rushing in, and oneness is once again remembered.
This book is a comprehensive and detailed overview of the main aspects of the Christian faith and lifestyle treated in a style which is simple to understand without being simplistic. In more than 95 essays, Lawrence ranges across the breadth and depth of Christian theology. Using the questions: Who Is It? or What Is It? the author proceeds to analyse across a spectrum of topics. Included amongst the 95 essays are answers to the following questions: Who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? Who is The Trinity? Who is The Messiah? Who is a Human Being? Who is a Male? Who is Satan? Who is The Son of Man? Who is God the Father? Who is the Word? Who is a Female? Who is the Antichrist? What is Revelation? What is Creation? What is the Truth? What is The Law? What is Praise? What is Glory? What is Prophecy? What is Healthy Living? What is Love? What is Holiness? What is the Tongue? What is Fear?
Renowned photographer A. J. Meek takes the novitiate on an inspired visual journey with eighty-eight color photographs of the interiors of churches and synagogues located in south Louisiana, mostly along the lower Mississippi River valley. Tourists may crowd the famous European cathedrals such as Notre Dame in Paris and Westminster Abbey in London. Yet the splendors of local churches in America all too often remain cloistered and unheralded. Meek’s beautiful photographs correct this oversight for Louisiana, a state that features a great many beautiful and long-standing holy places. Often incorporating long exposures and select framing, the images in the first section of Sacred Light encompass altars, chancels, and sanctuaries. The second section contains photographs of statues representing deities, angels, madonnas, and saints, often seen with intense color derived from stained-glass windows or artificial light. Light itself is the subject of the third and last section. In several photographs, light is transformed by a window into a kaleidoscope of color on a wooden pew or pulpit chair. Other times the light seems to radiate a living presence of its own. Additionally, the book includes an essay by Louisiana State University art historian and liturgical space consultant, Marchita Mauck. Sacred Light also contains photographs of some of the church and synagogue restoration projects after Hurricane Katrina. Meek relates that the now-famous storm of August 2005 was the shadow he was looking for that defines blessed light. He places emphasis on restoration, not destruction, as a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.
This book is primarily devotional and evangelical in its subject matter. It specifies the very things that are really at stake in our lives, namely God’s purpose, learning to listen within, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of the Holy Eucharist. Ms. Prins narrates about the clearing of specific historical areas and the incredible results of the Bermuda Triangle. All these events are documented. She also discusses and describes the miraculous healings of her own health on two occasions.
Hundley teaches believers to experience God's revelation to fight spiritual battles, so that nothing remains hidden and hinders them later. Readers will gain insight on demonic schemes, eliminate confusion, receive God's anointing, and more. (Christian Religion)
This creative story line is inspired by scriptural passages celebrating Jesus as the Light of Salvation and culminates with a beautiful candlelighting ceremony for cast and audience, challenging all people to become "Carriers of God's Light." Reproducible program, costuming and staging suggestions included in director's Score. Fully-orchestrated recordings by Alan Billingsley. Grades K-8, approx. 20 minutes.
REA's MAXnotes for John Milton's Paradise Lost MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.
Morning and Evening Daily Devotions from the Classic Devotional Book
Author: Samuel Bagster
Publisher: Made For Success Publishing
It is said that this daily devotional book is one of the most popular of all time. "Daily Light on the Daily Path" or "Daily Light" is a carefully selected sequence of Bible verses - with a clear theme for each morning, and each evening of the year. This timeless book is a collection of scriptures based on a central theme for each day and has been heralded as one of the foremost tools for daily prayer and Christian worship. These verses were compiled by the Bagster family from their bookshop in The Strand in London, during the mid-19th century. These verses have been enormously helpful to countless Christians around the world. The Table of Contents is linked so you can conveniently find your place where you left off. If you skip a day, no problem, you can easily begin on the next day's reading.
Have you ever thought that the work of the church you attend seems at times to be different from and in conflict with the church's mission described in the Scriptures as God's Kingdom of grace, love, justice, mercy, and reconciliation? In The Church Called to be God's Salt and Light, Dr. Shelton describes those conflicts as he has observed them for almost fifty years. He discusses the conflicts by contrasting the teachings of Cultural Religion and the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Dr. Shelton invites readers to theological reflections on the life and mission to be the sald of God's justice and light of God's love in the world. He encourages the church to reclaim her life through the Spirit of Christ as the community of God's Kingdom of grace, mercy, love, compassion, and justice.
The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series helps readers navigate the strange and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible. These accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. Pastors, teachers, and lay people alike will cherish the truth found in this commentary series.
Throughout the centuries, translations of the Bible have steadily improved. In general, each new translation inherits from previous ones and opens the way for later ones. While a new translation derives help from its predecessors, it should go further. The Recovery Version of the New Testament, following the precedent set by the major authoritative English versions and taking these versions as reference, not only incorporates lessons learned from an examination of others’ practices but also attempts to avoid biases and inaccurate judgments. This version, frequently guided by other versions, attempts to provide the best utterance for the revelation in the divine Word, that it may be expressed in the English language with the greatest accuracy. Translating the Bible depends not only on an adequate comprehension of the original language but also on a proper understanding of the divine revelation in the holy Word. Throughout the centuries the understanding of the divine revelation possessed by the saints has always been based upon the light they received, and this understanding has progressed steadily. The consummation of this understanding forms the basis of this translation and its footnotes. Hence, this translation and the accompanying footnotes could be called the “crystallization” of the understanding of the divine revelation which the saints everywhere have attained to in the past two thousand years. It is our hope that the Recovery Version will carry on the heritage that it has received and will pave the way for future generations. As with any New Testament translation, the determination of the original Greek text, based upon the available manuscripts, forms the basis for the text of the Recovery Version of the New Testament. The Recovery Version follows, for the most part, the Nestle-Aland Greek text as found in Novum Testamentum Graece (26th edition). However, in determining the original form of any verse, the translators of the Recovery Version gave careful consideration to the larger context of chapter and book and to similar portions of the New Testament. The most recently discovered manuscripts or the manuscripts of oldest date are not necessarily the most accurate or reliable; hence, the determination of the text for this version was based largely upon the principle stated above. Departures from the Nestle-Aland text are sometimes indicated in the footnotes. Italicized words in the verses indicate supplied words, not found in the Greek text. Quotation marks are used to indicate close quotation from the Old Testament. The Recovery Version embodies extensive research into the meaning of the original text and attempts to express this meaning with English that is to the point, easy to understand, and readable. In those places where it is difficult to express the exact meaning of the original Greek, explanatory footnotes have been supplied. The subject provided at the beginning of each book and the outline of each book take the historical facts as their base and express the spiritual meaning in each book. The footnotes stress the revelation of the truth, the spiritual light, and the supply of life more than history, geography, and persons. The cross-references lead not only to other verses with the same expressions and facts but also to other matters related to the spiritual revelation in the divine Word.
Containing an Historical Account of the Persons, a Geographical and Historical Account of the Places, a Literal, Critical, and Systematical Description of Other Objects, Whether Natural, Artificial, Civil, Religious, Or Military, and an Explanation of the Appellative Terms Mentioned in the Old and New Testaments ...
The Light is a Christian-based spiritual warfare fantasy that tells the story of hope, faith, and courage. It takes courage to stand on the promises of God. Faith is a true treasure from God if you believe God will do the impossible as he promised. God can help us when trying times come. May we celebrate God with a grander vision of who God is through this book with the gifts of creativeness that God has given to us all.
Prayers of the People for Each Sunday of the Church Year
Author: David Sparks
Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.
David Sparks gives us the third volume of pastoral prayers in this three-book series based on the scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary for Year C. Church leaders will ﬁnd an entire year's worth of responsive pastoral prayers to help bring individuals and faith communities into right relationship with God. The prayers can be adapted to a variety of settings and circumstances and are divided into four easily identiﬁable sections: world, suffering, church, ourselves. Each week offers a main prayer along with several "other ways" of praying. The book also includes: * Data CD *How to Use section with a step-by-step guide to different prayer formats *Thematic index *Scripture index *Icons in the margin for quick reference
Fearless Living and Loving guides readers through a journey of self-discovery. Its uplifting stories offer a new way to perceive the world, and its timeless lessons empower Christians to make positive, life-changing choices. As we endure hardships, questions arise. Has God given up on me? How can I gain more courage and strength? How can I find lasting inner peace? Fearless Living and Loving explores these concerns as it presents the transforming ministry of Christ in a way that everyone can understand. Jesus affirmed that, as our love grows, we are better equipped to overcome adversity. And as our faith grows, we are able to let go of worry and doubt. In times of sickness or decline, people want to feel safe and loved. In times of pain or distress, people seek to learn more about life’s meaning and purpose. And in times of loss or sadness, people strive to maintain hope. These existential truths are found in every part of the world. Yet, by inviting God’s love into our hearts, we can be ready for life’s biggest challenges. And by embracing the Light of Christ, we can live and love without fear. Praise for Fearless Living and Loving: “Heart-warming, healing, and inspirational. I look at my life in a completely different way.” —Melinda Crowley, licensed caregiver “I’ve found my center again. A real gem!” —JoAnne Dole, registered nurse “Uplifting lessons which help us find peace in every moment.” —Dr. Susan Berner, physician “Comfort at a time when my life was turned upside down.” —Mary Newman, massage therapist “Insightful and thought-provoking. A powerful presentation of Christ’s teachings!” —Rev. Julie Keene, pastor “Complex issues explained so that everyone can grasp them. A great gift!” —Tomek Ossoski, transitional care administrator