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- A VISION FOR WORSHIP ... ! In Spirit, In Truth by ...Paul Hartford
Churches and Christian organizations have always had to work through issues related to worship style. More than music, worship is the expression toward God of praise, adoration, reverence, and awe. Drawn by God's transcendence, the worshipper humbly bows before His majesty. Aware of God's immanence, the worshiper revels in a sense of intimacy with Him. Between intimacy and majesty are limitless possibilities for the expression of true worship. Traditional and contemporary are not mutually exclusive categories. A congregation can adopt a style of worship which is contemporary (relevant to the population it desires to win and disciple) while still incorporating elements from previous contemporary eras.
- STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS - Learning From Those Who Preceded Us in Faith by ... Pastor Dave Strem with James Skeen
This book presents a study of eight biblical figures - Abraham, Rebekah, Jacob, Shamgar, David, Elijah and Elisha, Nehemiah and Esther. None of the biblical figures studied here was perfect. All had flaws. But God was able to use each one because they were willing to partner together with Him to accomplish great things. They are our examples. We can learn from them. "All of these people we have mentioned received God's approval because of their faith…" (Hebrews 11:39a). Let us stand on their shoulders and learn what it means to follow God in good times and bad, when things are clear to us and when they are not. May our shoulders one day be broad enough for others to stand on as they pursue God's will for their lives. Please receive this booklet in the spirit in which it is given. Read, learn, and go forth with God!
- SAVED BY HIS LIFE! A Guide to Understanding Romans by ... Pastor Harold Brokke
My purpose in writing this book on Paul's epistle to the Romans is to set forth the structure of God's method for saving us completely. God has given us the gospel through Jesus Christ. It concerns His Son, who has been "declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead" (Rom. 1:4). The foundation of the structure of this epistle is the resurrection of Christ from the dead. This is the unifying theme of Paul's amazing letter to the Christians at Rome. ... It is this larger conception of the word salvation that we wish to use in our study of Romans. The gospel is the power of God unto this kind of salvation - a salvation that meets man in every need he knows and feels to be a part of his sin problem. Praise God, the gospel has a full message for every troubled heart.
- IF WE WILL OBEY ... ! God's Grace for Me through the Ilokano People by ... Tim Freeman
When I went to the mission field years ago, I wasn't thinking much beyond obeying the call. I stepped into an opportunity to lead men and women to Christ and to establish churches of believers who would reproduce themselves by making more disciples and starting more churches. ... I truly believe that I learned more from the Ilokanos than I ever taught them. Though I went to the Philippines to teach, the Holy Spirit soon taught me that I would not be qualified to teach the Ilokanos until I first became a learner. I truly believe that I learned more from the Ilokanos than I ever taught them. Though I went to the Philippines to teach, the Holy Spirit soon taught me that I would not be qualified to teach the Ilokanos until I first became a learner. ... Along the way there are places to pause and reflect. Moments when we can say, We've come this far, Lord, where do we go from here? What are the short-term goals along the way and what are the strategies? How can we make this happen? How can we take Christ to the nations?
- HOW SHALL WE HONOR?
by ... Pastor Al Bishop
Honor should be a basic element in every relationship. Parenting, marriage, business, whatever relationship you can think of. There is a direct relationship between having purity and giving honor. The word "honor' appears about 200 times in Scripture. The origin of the word makes it related to two other words-glory and majesty. Honor is commonly understood to include respect paid to someone superior like a king, military officer, or corporate boss. This same type of honor is to be given to one's parents. Honor is to be given because they are in a position of authority over us. ... Actually, I wish that all governments would fulfill their God given roles of protector of the innocent and punisher of the wrong-doer. Rebellion against this kind of government is condemned in these verses. And rightly so! But what about those governments who are not like the government described in Romans 13:1-5? What about those governments that oppress, murder, and steal from the very people they are supposed to be protecting?
- SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND PRAYER IN MISSIONARY STRATEGY by ... John Kayser, Ph.D.
Prayer is increasingly being recognized as critical part of missionary strategy. ... For all his efforts, Fraser saw little fruit. Even the few converts fell back into the clutches of their previous demon-worship. Fraser himself was under constant attack - ill health, deep depression, doubts about the Word of God, and even thoughts of suicide from time to time. Breakthrough occurred when two events took place. First, he learned to pray the "prayer of faith" and, second, he succeeded in forming a support team of 8 to 10 people in his home country who prayed for him every day.
- DON'T WORRY! Easy to Say, But Can We Stop Doing It? by ... George Foster
Even though Scripture says, "Don't worry about anything… Pray about everything…" - we worry about lots of things and fail to pray about many things! Worry becomes such a part of our lives that we don't notice when we start, when we stop, or if we ever go. ... What is worry? The Random House Dictionary defines it simply: "to torment oneself with disturbing thoughts." Worry can be about the future or the past - things that might happen or results of things that already have. But worry isn't just preparation for problems. Worry is an irrational dread of trouble that may never come or that could not be as bad as we imagine. Worry is fear in its most enduring form.
Christian Literature & Living is a monthly online journal devoted to the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ through literature, and through living according to His Word. We wish to introduce our readers to the best Christian literature, Christian devotionals, counseling, and to the understanding of the relevance of the Word of God in our daily life, in popular language. Christian Literature & Living is a cross-cultural journal, focusing on Christian literature written in all the languages, and Christian living around the world. We learn by listening to and reading our brothers and sisters in Christ from all around the world. We believe that any creative writing with literary sensibilities that focuses on the presence and life-changing ministry of Jesus Christ is Christian literature. We believe that we all need the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to live a life according to His Word. Christian literature and other writings anointed by the Holy Spirit help us to develop a personal relationship with Jesus as the Lord and Savior.
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