30 Meditations on How to Love God With All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength
Author: John Bartunek
Are you newly intrigued by Jesus Christ? Do you want to follow him more closely? This is book for you. Maybe you have been a Christian for a long time. Has your faith become a bit stale and are you longing for some fresh encouragement? This is a book for you. Whether you are just starting out on your spiritual journey and long to know Jesus better or you have encountered obstacles along the way that you find discouraging, this is a book for you.Seeking First the Kingdom is full of practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life. In these 30 meditations, you'll learn: how to bring every dimension of your being into your relationship with God, how to handle the emotional roller coaster of everyday life, how to overcome spiritual obstacles and roadblocks, ways to develop virtue and grow in holiness. Along the way, you'll discover how to cultivate a deep and joy-filled friendship with Christ - an adventure that begins today, here on earth, and continues for all eternity.
FIND WHAT MATTERS MOST. BUILD YOUR LIFE AROUND IT. In an age of distraction, everyone is looking for something that gives purpose and perspective on life. Jesus says it's the kingdom of God. But the kingdom is not just another religious idea. Rather, God's loving reign brings clarity and coherence to all of life - identity, work, play, relationships, justice, character - in a way that is profound and practical. Seek First brings theology to the streets, giving a vision for the kingdom that will truly change your life. "Treat presents the message of the kingdom in a way that gives us a grander vision for life, whether in the workplace or on the basketball court." - CHRIS BROUSSARD, NBA analyst and sports broadcaster "Few books do as good a job as this one in showing us how giving up everything for Christ and his kingdom is the pathway to our greatest gain. Seek First is a gem!" - SCOTT SAULS, author and senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church "With insight and passion Treat reveals why we ought to reorient our lives and reprioritize our loves . . . practical and powerful." - MARIELLE WAKIM, editor, Los Angeles magazine "A prophetic and urgent note to the generations . . . a clearly written and much-needed book!" - KEVIN J. VANHOOZER, professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Reflections from an Ordinary Person Living an Extraordinary Life All Because of Jesus
Author: Liza Kobayashi
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” is a prayer that has been prayed intensely by the body of Christ. I believe God is answering this prayer by directing Liza to put into writing what He has been teaching her & what she has journaled as to what this will look like in each believer’s life. This book is a timely message & also a warning to the body of Christ. He is coming soon. Are we prepared spiritually & mentally for the days ahead? Liza talks about preparing ourselves spiritually by having our eyes cemented on Him, our ears hearing His voice & His words of faith & the call for each one of us not to judge but to see the plan of God. Unity is key to the Kingdom. As you journey with her through her many encounters with the Holy Spirit, you will discover the power of intimacy. You will come to know the love of God, experience a supernatural increase in childlike faith, radically increase your expectation of His desire to be present in your life, and be challenged to a higher call and commitment. As Jesus’ return draws near, it will cost each of us everything. This is the cost of serving Him. Are we willing to walk in this place for Him? Are we yielded vessels that will surrender all if He asks? The Kingdom Perspective is a must read to understand the challenge of the times we are living in today.
"What are Christians to make of their mission in an pluralistic world?" asks Paul F. Knitter, author of the landmark work in interfaith dialogue No Other Name? As a recognized scholar and participant in interfaith dialogue, Knitter is in a unique position to explore the key concept of what Christian mission must entail in a world that will remain a world of many religious faiths for the foreseeable future. From the first chapter of Jesus and the Other Names, which recounts his own theological and dialogical odyssey, Knitter constructs what he calls a "correlational, globally-responsible theology of religions" as a necessary correction to traditional pluralist and exclusivist approaches. By anticipating and addressing his critics - both conservative and liberal - Knitter makes a powerful argument for a reconstruction of mission faithful to the Christian imperative and dynamically attuned to the plurality of the world. Jesus and the Other Names will give pause to those who believe Christian mission can be carried on as it was in the modern era. Sure to inspire debate as well as dialogue it offers a more humble, but perhaps more "Christic", postmodern approach to mission in the new millennium that has little to do with earthly glory and nothing to do with the sense of cultural superiority that has so often - and often so tragicallyaccompanied modern missionary movements. Theologians, missiologists, Christian historians, can all benefit from its thoughtful and timely message.
The Kingdom Shift brings insight to God's ultimate will for creation to become a true extension of the Kingdom of God, therefore reversing the curse of sin. The Kingdom Shift reveals the fact that mankind has a mandate to pursue the Kingdom of God. It also gives the reader insight how to unlock their potential. The Kingdom Shift reveals God's will for marriage based on kingdom principles. The Kingdom Shift will reveal how true servant hood is the key to effective leadership. Have you been interested in how to be victorious in spiritual warfare? Then the Kingdom Shift is your answer. This is a book that will open your eyes to the truth and self-aggrandizement which is the work of sensationalism. The Kingdom Shift is pertinent to 21st Century believers who do not want to be sifted but shifted. The anointing upon Paul Thomas' life is both strong and invigorating. He has a passion to take the kingdom message throughout the world. His ministry has reached thousands in India, South America, Haiti, the Caribbean, Canada and throughout the USA. Paul has authored several books which he has targeted to reach church leaders and mature Christians. One book, "Supporting the Leaders Around You" has been translated to several Indian dialects. Paul is the founder and pastor of Victory Christian Assembly and founder of The United Christian Alliance, a fellowship of pastors throughout the US who are repairers of the breech as they unite as a prophetical, apostolic team to build the universal Kingdom of God. Paul A. Thomas and his wife Katie live in Greenville, NC.
University is a major way that our society prepares professionals and leaders in education, health, government, business, arts, church--all components of our communal lives. Although the beginnings of the first universities were Christian, academia has become more and more adrift from these foundations. We have lost not only the union, the interwovenness of theological and academic understandings, but also the relational and communal process of learning which teaches students to be other-centered in their practice. A Glimpse of the Kingdom in Academia tells the story of the social sciences department of a small Christian university that took seriously the mandate to prepare their students to be salt and light in a secular society. Here are stories of the transformation in students' lives, as well as description of classroom practices, and the epistemological theory behind those practices. The book explores academic knowing, Christian worldview, relational epistemology, inner knowing, and wisdom--all ways of knowing that a Christian university should teach. The process of transformation, the context of community, and the bigger picture of life's journey and changing images of God are identified as important aspects of kingdom life in academia. The institutional setting is also critiqued with the recognition that power practices need to align with the kingdom of the Christ who emptied himself.