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Handel's "Messiah" is one of the most beloved musical works of the western world, playing an especially sentimental role in many people's Christmas traditions. The libretto of the work, taken directly from the King James text of fourteen books of the Bible, has turned many otherwise forgettable phrases into memorable, singable, cherished lines of Scripture.
This gift-worthy book will delight and inspire classical music fans and those for whom "Messiah" is a beloved Christmas tradition with essays exploring the theological, historical, and pastoral implications of the Scriptures that make up Handel's "Messiah."
Forty reflections journey in order through the oratorio, taking the reader deeper into less-often studied texts like Malachi 3:3 and bringing new light to oft-recited passages like Luke 2:9-14. Each reflection offers the libretto from "Messiah," the same passage in NRSV, and a brief commentary on the text, written by a respected scholar or pastor. Readers can peruse the book at leisure or examine one reflection per day throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.
An extraordinary mixture of adventure story and guide to self-knowledge, this book recounts the spectacular trials of Paulo and his mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword.
Why must I pray? Why does prayer seem to make no difference in the world? What exactly prayer? To pray is the believer's greatest task on earth. But people wonder and ask questions about so many things: How does prayer work? And intercession and spiritual warfare? How does one pray for families, spiritual leaders and the sick? How does one organise prayer meeting and prayer chains? In 100 questions and answers about prayer, Bennie Mostert gives practical answers to questions on individual and group prayer. Even questions that you might be too embarrassed to ask are answered - like for example what to pray for, and how to spend an hour in meaningful prayer. God is moved when believers pray. For this reason persistent and purposeful prayer will result in more spiritual fruit - and change your world!
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), "Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1" is an invaluable aid that provides liturgical pieces needed in preparing for worship each week. Written and compiled by a team of eleven ecumenical and seasoned liturgy writers under the creative leadership of Kimberly Bracken Long, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.
During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins.
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 2 provides liturgical pieces used in preparing for worship. Written and compiled by an ecumenical team of 11 seasoned liturgy writers, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.During times of the year when two different tracks of Old Testament texts are offered by the RCL, this resource offers an entire set of materials for each track. Also, a CD-ROM is included with each volume that enables planners to easily cut and paste relevant readings, prayers, and questions into worship bulletins. Liturgy writers include the following: Kimberly L. Clayton, Director of Contextual Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) David Gambrell, Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, Kentucky; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Daniel M. Geslin, Pastor, Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ, Denver, Colorado; United Church of Christ Kimberly Bracken Long, Associate Professor of Worship, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia; United Methodist Church Melinda Quivik, Liturgical Scholar, Houghton, Michigan; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Carol L. Wade, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky; Episcopal Church
Bring the Christmas spirit to your home with this elaborate and interactive Norman Rockwell Advent calendar! Each day in December, open one of twenty-four windows to reveal a different Rockwell holiday illustration, all surrounding his classic painting Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. The intricate pop-up construction with multiple sliding parts makes for an especially fun daily celebration during the holiday season. Also Available: Norman Rockwell's Treasury for Fathers (ISBN: 978-1-4197-0618-9), Norman Rockwell's Spirit of America (ISBN: 978-1-4197-0065-1), Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg (ISBN: 978-0-8109-9651-9)
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year C, Volume 2 is an invaluable aid that provides liturgical pieces needed in preparing for worship each week. Written and compiled by a team of eleven ecumenical and seasoned liturgy writers under the creative leadership of Kimberly Bracken Long, this resource offers a multitude of poetic prayers and responsive readings for all parts of worship and is meant to complement existing denominational resources. In addition, the weekly entries include questions for reflection and household prayers for morning and evening that are drawn from the lectionary, allowing churches to include them in their bulletin for parishioners to use throughout the week.
Multi-award winning spirituality writer Philip Yancey is loved throughout the world for his honest, insightful and inspirational writing. PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? carries all the hallmarks of classic Yancey, a journalist by training. His quest to unravel the mysteries of prayer reads as the journal of a fellow traveller: questioning, challenging, lamenting the unexplainable and rejoicing in the discovery of awesome insights. His journey is beautifully illustrated with moving true stories drawn from around the world. PRAYER: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? tackles the following questions: What is prayer? What difference does it make? Why and how should we pray? What about unanswered prayer? How should we understand prayer for physical healing? Focusing on such a universal theme, this is potentially Yancey's biggest book yet. To date, his books have sold over 14 million copies, and have been translated into 25 languages. His first book with Hodder, SOUL SURVIVOR, sold over 90,000 copies in just five years.
"Take a break, breathe in beauty, and bathe in the grace of the soul food you will find on these pages." -Danielle Bean, Brand Manager, www.catholicmom.com While many Christians like the idea of prayer, the act of spending time alone with God keeps eluding them, as the pressing tasks of the day push ahead in line. Prayer Spa offers gentle instruction in honoring mind, body and soul for a few minutes each day. With a little bit of practice, it is possible to form new habits of expanding neural pathways, relaxing tight muscles, and nourishing the interior self through prayer. Enticing the five senses in one's own curated space- seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching the gifts of this created world gathered into a prayer corner, and wrapping beauty and holiness into each enjoyable session-the soul begins to crave this time of quiet connection with the One who loves best. The Prayer Spa is always open ... drop-ins welcome! Anyone who senses the shallowness of a life lived apart from God will find therapy here. Prayer Spa offers many hands-on approaches to contemplative prayer for the person who seeks intimacy with God, including the beauty in preparation, sources for poetic spoken prayers, prayers of stillness, prayers of the hours, and a radically simple way to pray without ceasing, all gifted to us by the early Christians.
Reconciling Christians offers 40 biblically-based meditations, with questions for reflection, for use at weekly gatherings (6 weeks) or for everyday devotion during Lent.
When we grieve, we all long for light in the dark places. We need a light to warm our hearts when they are chilled by grief. For Those Who Grieve includes 22 brief devotions and prayers, drawing on the saints, Scripture, and modern reflections to encourage readers to turn to God each day and find the light of hope, healing, and wholeness
Gebede vir ouers wat hulle kinders elke dag en in alle omstandighede in God se sorg toevertrou. Al wat jy eintlik vir jou kind kan doen, is bid. Tog kan ouers om verskeie redes nie elke dag by hulle kinders wees nie. Kinders gaan op skooluitstappies, hulle gaan universiteit toe of trek weg vir hulle werk. Die gebede in Gebede vir my kind verwoord 'n ouer se emosies wanneer jy daar wil wees vir jou kind, maar nie by hulle kan wees nie. In 9 hoofstukke deel Edie Melson gebede wat jy vir jouself en jou kind kan bid. Dit sluit gebede in om seen, beskerming en genade. Sy deel ook gebede wat jy vir jou kinders se vriende en onderwysers kan bid. Elke hoofstuk word afgerond met oordenkings, gedagtes oor ouerskap en ook gebede vir jouself vir jou belangrike taak as ouer. Hierdie boek sal jou opnuut laat besef dat God die Vader vir jou kind sorg, selfs as jy nie kan nie.
Bele nou al in jou verhouding met jou ongebore baba deur vir hom of haar te bid en jou liefde te deel. Kinders is God se kosbare geskenk aan ouers. Swangerskap is ’n tyd vir feesviering, ontdekking en om te leer om iemand lief te he wat jy nog nie ken nie. In Die grootste geskenk leer ouers om nou al in hulle verhouding met hulle ongebore baba te bele deur vir hom of haar te bid en die Goeie Nuus met hom of haar te deel van hoe geliefd hy of sy al klaar is. Die Bybelverse, gebede en inspirerende gedagtes in hierdie boek sal ma’s se geloof versterk terwyl hulle hierdie kosbare seisoen deurgaan en opgewonde wag vir hulle grootste geskenk. Wanneer ’n nuwe lewetjie in jou groei, is dit die perfekte tyd om nader te kom aan die Een wat jou die liefste het.
A groundbreaking book from the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary that teaches readers how to participate in the radical, transformative prayer that Jesus taught his first disciples.
The Lord's Prayer has been domesticated and tamed, turned into a safe series of comforting words and made familiar by repetition. In reality, writes Dr. Albert Mohler, the Lord's Prayer turns the world upside down, toppling every earthly power and announcing God's reign over all things, in heaven and on earth. The Lord's Prayer is the most powerful prayer in all the Bible, taught by Jesus to his own disciples. This generation of Christians desperately needs to relearn the Lord's Prayer and learn from Christ himself how we are to unleash the power and discipline of prayer.
What is prayer, and why should we pray? Through this new collection of previously unpublished writings, the late Robert Llewelyn, one of the wisest spiritual teachers of our time, reveals how prayer is beneficial not only for each one of us but for the wider world. His guidance and insights from a lifetime of spiritual discovery include the lessons we can learn from fourteenth-century visionary Lady Julian of Norwich. Here can be found his thoughts on silent and contemplative prayer, prayer as praise, use of the Rosary in prayer, praying for ourselves and others, and the fruits of prayer. Fr Robert's words encourage us to know how much we are loved and show us how we can draw nearer to the divine through prayer. Why Pray? has been compiled and edited by Denise Treissman, who was a friend of Fr Robert and now his literary executor. It has been illustrated by Norfolk artist Jules Allen.
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