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"I maintain the conviction that human nature is basically affectionate and good. If our behaviour follows our kind and loving nature, then, quite naturally, immense benefits will result, not only for oneself but also for the society to which we belong. I generally qualify this love and affection as a universal religion. Everyone needs it, believers as much as non-believers. This attitude constitutes the very basis of morality." This unique and important book records the visions and beliefs of one of the greatest men of our time. In a series of wide-ranging discussions he speaks freely on matters affecting the entire world and all the individuals who inhabit it, revealing his profound wisdom and enlightened sense of responsibility as he talks knowledgeably about issues as diverse as birth control, the role of the media and the nature of compassion. All those seeking to make sense of our troubled world will find new insights in the Dalai Lama's thoughts on our current social problems, the repercussions of the spiritual domain in the political and social arena, the points of contact among the world's religions, the concept of individual responsibility and the idea of interdependence in science and the environment. He talks simply but movingly about the path to world peace and the future of the planet, seeking to show that true enlightenment can come only from within each one of us. Recorded during a visit to the West when the Dalai Lama met people from all walks of life, this wonderful book makes an outstanding contribution to mutual understanding among people of all races and creeds.
Learn how to lay aside fleshly plans and pursuits to experience the true moving of God's Spirit!
You work hard planning mission trips. Now make mission trips work for you and your group. Headed to inner-city America? Appalachia? A border shantytown? Overseas? Wherever your destination, the MISSION TRIP PREP KIT contains all you need to prepare your students for an unforgettable cross-cultural experience---and tools to debrief them after they ve returned to their worlds. Use this kit--- To get on-site impact as well as long-term spiritual change in your kids. Whether you re a mission-trip novice or a savvy traveler outside your comfort zones. Whether your group s trip is geared toward reaching others with the gospel or to disciple your young missionaries. In several sessions spread over a month or two---or in an intensive, two-day training session or retreat. IN THIS LEADER S GUIDE: You ll receive not only the rationale, the how, and the logistics of planning and pulling off a missions trip, but---and this is the genius of the leader s guide---4 PRE-TRIP TEACHING SESSIONS that will help your students--- .Assess their EXPECTATIONS, their fears, their motivations. .Adjust their PERCEPTIONS of the culture they ll be working in. .Improve their emotional and spiritual STAMINA for living for a week or a month in a very different world from their own. .Practice the skills and ATTITUDES (teamwork, servanthood, Christ-centeredness) they ll need for a missions trip. And to make sure your trip s goals are accomplished and the benefits stick around for the long haul, you ll also receive 2 POST-TRIP SESSIONS that will help you DEBRIEF your students, ease them back into their own worlds, CELEBRATE with them, and make missions and ministry part of their EVERYDAY LIVES WITH JESUS. What s more, in these pre- and post-trip teaching sessions are a variety of ACTIVITIES processing points creative PRAYER IDEAS take-home applications BIBLE STUDIES relevant to mission tripping TALK OUTLINES that both instruct and inspire and lots of sessions options you can tailor to your own HIGH SCHOOLERS OR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS."
Leonardo da Vinci, Milan's Renaissance ideal, is tasked with painting The Last Supper but struggles to find the perfect person to model as Christ. Vittorio Dessa, a young farmer, is eventually spotted, plucked from farm life and placed at the heart of an alien world of art and science, aristocracy, politics and intrigue. Initially shocked, Vittorio gradually adjusts to the artist's exuberant manner and ambitious ideas, and after some hesitation, resolves to pursue his own ambitions and venture beyond the safety of the city walls. Thus encouraged, Vittorio's fortunes boom, but ill-equipped to deal with the transformation, his life slowly lapses into one of paranoia, jealousy and eventually murder. The strands of the story climax at Leonardo's very public reveal of The Last Supper painting.
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