Our spiritual lives can easily suffer amid the chaos of the Christmas Season if we don't take time to quiet our hearts and reflect on God becoming human. A Book of Advent and Christmas Prayers by William G. Storey is a much-needed solution to this perennial problem. A concise yet comprehensive collection of Advent and Christmas prayers, this book is uniquely organized around the story of the Incarnation, beginning with the Immaculate Conception of Mary and continuing all the way through Jesus' appearance in the Temple at age 12.
This book describes 15 important qualities which one needs to have in order to be considered a model Christian. It also guides the reader through a series of user-friendly, practical exercises that will help them to become a model Christian. When these qualities are developed, they turn the believer into a beautiful rose that beautifies and perfumes his/her environment. The believer in Christ has to decide not so much what are the virtues and values that set them apart from other people of faith and religion. He or she has to decide whether they will practice the principles. This book summarizes the core Christian virtues and encourages the believer to see that even the least confident Christian can develop into a model worthy of Christ and of the admiration of others believers. The virtues which are described in this book are inner qualities that are born out of principles which the Bible teaches. However, they emphasize the teachings of Jesus and the applications of the apostle Paul. In this book, Christians are not let off the hook; and yet they are made to feel confident and supported by the way the author paves the way of hope. The virtues discussed in this book deal with personal and internal qualities. While doing this, it delves into issues of interpersonal relationships, business efforts, and family dynamics. A lot of suggestions are given for personal development.
February 27, 2012 turns from a normal day for Bruce Johnson into a race to save his life, which ultimately climaxes in his death and an exciting journey to meet Jesus Christ, his Savior. Bruce's life-altering testimony is included, also describing his return from death; relating a mystery of God that is revealed through a series of heart-wrenching events and tormented months following such a miraculous occurrence. This book is not simply a mundane story but an exciting, suspenseful relation of a true event that is soundly founded in scripture.
Who was Jesus, really? That question has been debated by academics for the last two centuries, and contributions to this important issue in the history of Christianity are still making an impact on public opinion. Jesus the Galilean takes soundings in the life of the historical Jesus based on four readings from the Gospel of Mark which represent some of the most controversial issues in the current scholarly discussion about the historical Jesus. Using such resources as the background of the New Testament, archaeological studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, and the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, this book explores what can be known about the historical Jesus in the historic Galilee.
With approximately 200 to 300 million adherents worldwide, Orthodox Christianity is among the largest branches of Christianity, yet it remains relatively understudied. This book examines the rich and complex entanglements between Orthodox Christianity and globalization, offering a substantive contribution to the relationship between religion and globalization, as well as the relationship between Orthodox Christianity and the sociology of religion - and more broadly, the interdisciplinary field of Religious Studies.
While deeply engaged with history, this book does not simply narrate the history of Orthodox Christianity as a world religion, nor does it address theological issues or cover all the individual trajectories of each subgroup or subdivision of the faith. Orthodox Christianity is the object of the analysis, but author Victor Roudometof speaks to a broader audience interested in culture, religion, and globalization. Roudometof argues in favor of using globalization instead of modernization as the main theoretical vehicle for analyzing religion, displacing secularization in order to argue for multiple hybridizations of religion as a suitable strategy for analyzing religious phenomena. It offers Orthodox Christianity as a test case that illustrates the presence of historically specific but theoretically distinct glocalizations, applicable to all faiths.
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