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In Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform, McLoughlin draws on
psychohistory, sociology, and anthropology to examine the
relationship between America's five great religious awakenings and
their influence on five great movements for social reform in the
United States. He finds that awakenings (and the revivals that are
part of them) are periods of revitalization born in times of
cultural stress and eventuating in drastic social reform.
Awakenings are thus the means by which a people or nation creates
and sustains its identity in a changing world.
An inspiring exploration of how happiness and holiness can exist in the midst of poverty and illness. Two lay women who have chosen to live among the poor in East Africa, one a Maryknoll lay mission, and the other, a New York attorney who left her law practice to become a lay mission with the Franciscans minister to the poor in Kenya. Slavin first met Salvador when she was volunteering as a lawyer working in a justice and peace program in Kenya. Slavin was intrigued by the well-known phrase Blessed are the poor. After approaching this seeming paradox through unrewarding library research, she decided that she would join Salvador in her ministry to AIDS orphans to try to understand how the poor can be blessed. This account tells of their experiences as they worked together with the poor, primarily AIDS orphans, in the slums of Kenya. Photos will be included.
You Were Made for This!
From the remote corners of the jungle to the world’s largest cities, the Spirit of God is power fully at work within the hearts of people from all walks of life, drawing them to Himself. The harvest is abundant!
But "where are the harvesters"?
God is seeking workers for the harvest. He is raising up a new breed of missionaries to usher in the nations!
Discover your unique role in this great harvest of nations!
Wherever you find yourself today whether you are a student, worker, parent, pastor, or missionary you are in an exclusive and divinely appointed position to release the radical love and supernatural power of Jesus into your world.
Heidi and Rolland Baker s "Training for Harvest" manual is an interactive workbook that equips you to carry the Kingdom of God into the mission’s assignment to which God is calling you. Gain a clear sense purpose and destiny. Live in moment-by-moment intimacy with Jesus. Encounter the transforming power of God. Grow in signs, wonders and miracles. Develop a radical faith. Access the resources of heaven.
You have been created for this purpose to bring in the great harvest of nations.
It all begins with a choice: "will you answer God s call?"
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It will help enquirers and new Christians explore what it means to travel through life with Jesus Christ. A Christian course for the twenty-first century, Pilgrim offers an approach of participation, not persuasion. Enquirers are encouraged to practice the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer, exploring key texts that have helped people since the earliest days of the Christian faith. Believing that the Christian faith is primarily about relationship, Pilgrim aims to lay a foundation for a lifetime of learning more about God's love revealed in Jesus Christ and what it means to be his disciple. Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship and by every tradition in the Church of England. Pilgrim is made up of two parts: Follow and Grow. Each consists of four short courses and a leaders' guide. Follow introduces the Christian faith for complete beginners, while Grow aims to develop a deeper level of discipleship in those who have turned to Christ. Each short course contains six-sessions, supported by online audio-visual resources. All sessions combine a simple framework prayer, reflection on the Bible in the lectio divina style, an article by a modern writer, and time for questions and reflection. The first book in the Follow Stage, Turning to Christ, explores the questions candidates are asked when they decide to become followers of Jesus.
A work which covers the whole spectrum of themes on evangelism, from its origin in God himself, to the assurance of its ultimate triumph.
More than ever, North America is being flooded by people from all around the world, many of them here illegally. How should the church respond to these sojourners among us? In Strangers Next Door professor of evangelism and church planting J. D. Payne introduces the phenomenon of migrations of peoples to Western nations and explores how the church should respond in light of the mission of God. As we understand and embrace the fact that the least-reached people groups now reside in (and continue to migrate to) Western countries, churches have unprecedented opportunites to freely share the gospel with them. This book includes practical guidelines for doing crosscultural missions and developing a global strategy of mission. It also highlights examples of churches and organizations attempting to reach, partner with, and send migrants to minister to their people. Discover how you can reach out to the strangers next door by welcoming them into God's family.
The Bay of Islands has long been occupied, beginning some 800 years ago with Maori settlement. At Kerikeri Inlet, the river gave access to fertile land for plantations and the harbour yielded plentiful seafood. Europeans found these areas equally pleasing when they began to visit in the late eighteenth century. Today, the Kerikeri basin is home to New Zealands oldest European buildings. This book tells their story and that of the people, missionaries and Maori, who made them. The book is richly illustrated with photographs from the Kemp House and Stone Store collections of artefacts and objects once in daily use. It contains a discussion and illustrations of the store accounts, revealing details of daily life at the mission what food, clothing, tools and other goods were available, where they came from and who used them.
A 16th century Italian Jesuit, Matteo Ricci was the founder of the
Catholic Mission in China and one of the most famous missionaries
of all time. A pioneer in bringing Christianity to China, Ricci
spent twenty eight years in the country, in which time he crossed
the cultural divides between China and the West by immersing
himself in the language and culture of his hosts. Even 400 years
later, he is still one of the best known westerners in China,
celebrated for introducing western scientific and religious ideas
to China and for explaining Chinese culture to Europe.
Jesus Christ has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for two millennia, and his birth the pivot of our calendar. He is the focus of Scripture and the heart of mission, the message that countless Christians cross land and sea, continents and cultures, to deliver. In masterly surveys, John Stott looks at the New Testament witness, at the way the church has portrayed Christ down through the centuries, and at the influence Christ has had on individuals over the last two millennia. Finally, turning to the book of Revelation, he asks what Jesus Christ should mean to us today. Here is the fruit of a lifetime of biblical study, rigorous Christian thought, and devotion to the person of Jesus Christ.
While globalization gives North American Christians unprecedented opportunities to influence the world, we need to take care not to slip into a type of postmodern colonialism in which we make ourselves the experts or the 'hero come to save the day.' The day has come when all of us who influence or practice missions need to intentionally guide others to look to God and to their own communities for resources, solutions, creativity, ingenuity, hard work, and interdependence, instead of making them perpetual recipients of all the good things we can do for them. In We Are Not the Hero, missionary Jean Johnson shares lessons learned from her sixteen years in Cambodia, in an area known as the Killing Fields, including why our North American culture, church experiences, and financial solutions to church growth will not work elsewhere. "Due to Jesus' Great Commission and my training in missions at North Central Bible College, I went to Cambodia with the hope of making disciples who make more disciples. I eventually discovered that the means I used to accomplish such a goal became the very stumbling block to achieving this goal. I had unintentionally created unhealthy dependency on my resources, my expertise, and my culture. People who are psychologically and financially dependent on outsiders do not tend to mobilize themselves to make disciples among their own people and beyond. Little by little, God helped me to shed postures and methods that impose my culture, my North American church experiences, and my money solutions to church growth. In exchange, I implemented a more organic approach in order to foster spontaneous multiplication, sustainability, and cultural relevancy." - Jean Johnson, author. This book serves as both an invitation and a practical guide for church planters, missionaries, students, and churches who want to develop their skills in maximizing the potential of indigenous people to heal their communities, tap into their creativity, and mobilize their resources as participants in the Great Commission.
Neil Anderson comes from a humble farming background. No one suspected that this fun-loving, athletic child would complete five degrees, author or co-author sixty books and found a global ministry. Neil served in the US Navy, then graduated in electrical engineering and worked as an aerospace engineer before sensing a call to ministry. He spent years as a church pastor and seminary professor before starting Freedom in Christ Ministries. 'God put a burden on my heart to see captives set free and their emotional wounds healed,' he writes. 'But my early education was steeped in western rationalism. It has taken me years to discover the reality of the spiritual world, and learn to be guided by the Holy Spirit.' Freedom in Christ Ministries equips the church to help people become fully alive, and free in Christ. 'So many counselors deal only with symptoms, but Neil helps us find healing. His memoirs show that he did not write from an ivory tower, but from the context of his own participation in the battle in which we are all engaged.' - Dr. Timothy Warner, Former Director of Professional Doctoral Programs, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "Inspiring and challenging. Neil's rediscovery of these biblical truths - of truth encounter, and of our identity in Christ - has changed and liberated countless lives, and transformed my perspective and my practice of spiritual warfare ministry. You will be enlightened and blessed by Neil's story." - Dr. Paul L. King, Associate Professor at Oral Roberts University 'Praise God for Neil Anderson's contribution to the Christian church, and for his awesome ministry.' - Dr. Elmer L. Towns , Co-Founder and Vice President, Liberty University 'This book is a jewel. We catch a glimpse of the man behind the movement, and praise God for the remarkable fruit.' - Chuck Mylander, EFM Director
Has the God who prepared the gospel for all people groups also prepared all people groups for the gospel? Don Richardson, author of the bestselling book Peace Child, has studied cultures throughout the world and found startling evidence of belief in the one true God within hundreds of them. In Eternity in Their Hearts, Richardson gives fascinating, real-life examples of ways people groups have exhibited terms and concepts in their histories that have prepared them for the gospel. Read how Pachacuti, the Inca king who founded Machu Picchu, the majestic fortress in Peru, accomplished something far more significant than merely building fortresses, temples, or monuments. He sought, reached out, and found a God far greater than any popular "god" of his own culture. And there have been others throughout the world, like him, who lived to receive the blessing of the gospel. Get ready to be amazed at these intriguing examples of how God uses redemptive analogies to bring all men to Himself, bearing out the truth from Ecclesiastes that God "has also set eternity in the hearts of men" (3:11).
When Oswald J. Smith wrote this book almost a hundred years ago he felt the most pressing need of the worldwide church was true revival-the kind birthed in desperate prayer and accompanied by deep conviction for sin, godly sorrow, and deep repentance, resulting in a living, victorious faith. If he were alive today he would surely conclude that the need has only become more acute with the passing years. The author relates how there came a time in his own ministry when he became painfully aware that his efforts were not producing spiritual results. His intense study of the New Testament and past revivals only deepened this conviction. The Word of God, which had proved to be a hammer, a fire and a sword in the hands of apostles and revivalists of bygone days, was powerless in his hands. But as he prayed and sought God in dead earnest for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, things began to change. Souls came under conviction, repented of their sins, and were lastingly changed. The earlier chapters of the book contain Smith's heart-stirring messages on the need for authentic revival: how to prepare the way for the Spirit's moving, the tell-tale signs that the work is genuine, and the obstacles that can block up the channels of blessing. These chapters are laced with powerful quotations from revivalists and soul-winners of former times, such as David Brainerd, William Bramwell, John Wesley, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts and many others. The latter chapters detail Smith's own quest for the enduement of power, his soul-travail, and the spiritual fruit that followed. In his foreword to this book, Jonathan Goforth writes, "Mr. Smith's book, The Revival We Need, for its size is the most powerful plea for revival I have ever read. He has truly been led by the Spirit of God in preparing it. To his emphasis for the need of a Holy Spirit revival I can give the heartiest amen. What I saw of revival in Korea and in China is in fullest accord with the revival called for in this book."
Jesus told his disciples to go to a town and to find someone who would receive them as a guest. They were encouraged to eat within the community, build friendships, make contacts and teach the gospel. In this exciting book, Andrew Francis urges us to notice the order. The disciples were to seek the welfare of others by praying for and healing them - in other words, by meeting their obvious needs. It was only then that teaching and telling about the 'reign of God' would begin. This was Jesus' strategy for mission. Andrew Francis suggests that it should be ours today.
Engagement with the Muslim world and Muslim people is inevitable
for Christians. After all, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in
the United States. But what does the Qur'an really say about things
like Jesus, war, and non-Muslims? What does the Bible say on these
matters? If Christians are to engage in informed, loving
conversation with their Muslim neighbors, they need to be equipped
with more than the often-specious talking points they glean from
the news or email forwards.
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