As we spend 30 days in 1 Thessalonians with Alec Motyer, we hear the timeless encouragement to "keep on keeping on." Paul writes to the new believers to explain misunderstandings about the second coming, to urge the Christians to live well in community, and to give further instructions about godly living, all the while encouraging them to press on in holiness in spite of opposition.
What does it look like when our minds are fully gripped with the gospel, our hearts wholly warmed by passion for Christ, and our wills totally devoted to following Jesus in all of life? Jago Wynne paints a compelling picture and offers help for living an intellectually rigorous, wholeheartedly passionate, and completely devoted life for Jesus.
As we spend 30 days in 2 Timothy with Michael Baughen, we focus on Paul's final words. He uses his farewell message to urge Timothy to maintain his focus on the fundamentals of the faith. This intensely personal letter allows us to hear Paul's last words and ask ourselves about the legacy that we will one day leave to others.
If Christians still believe they have have good news in the sphere of sexual ethics, then two big tasks lie ahead. Our first priority is to work out what has gone so badly wrong. And then we must offer a better story, one that fires the imagination with such force that people will say, 'I want that to be true.' This book offers a confident, biblically rooted moral vision which needs to be shared with prayer and courage.
This compact liturgy provides alternative services and prayers for many occasions. It includes: Prayers before Worship; Early Morning Prayer; Morning Prayer; Evening Prayer; Night Prayer; A Service of Marriage; In Praise of Creation; A Funeral Service; A Service of Healing; Prayers of Intercession; A Celtic Calendar of the Lives of the Saints; Selected Psalms, and an Historical Overview.
How can we enter fruitfully into the seasons of the church's year? Why have the seasons become shaped as they have, and what can we do to make them good? As Mark Oakley explains in the enjoyable, earthy, and wide-ranging introduction to this exceptional volume, we can experience them in stimulating company! Senior pastors and teachers reflect on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost.
Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth-century mystic who recorded the content of her sixteen visions of the Passion of Christ. Her writings vividly convey the love of God and his presence in suffering. This short book contains sixty-two prayers and readings (one each morning and evening for a month). It will help readers to steep themselves in the writings and thoughts of this favorite spiritual writer.
Saint Augustine of Hippo has inspired many people through his autobiographical work, The Confessions. These include the famous account of the conversion to Christianity of this man who went on to become a priest, bishop, and one of the fathers of the church. This short book contains sixty-two prayers and readings (one each morning and evening for a month). It will help readers to steep themselves in the writings and thoughts of this favorite saint.
Saint Francis of Assisi lived in early thirteenth-century Italy and is famous as the patron saint of animals and founder of the Franciscan Order. The Little Flowers of Saint Francis are a collection of stories that convey his deep love of God and nature. This short book contains sixty-two prayers and readings (one each morning and evening for a month).
Teresa of Avila lived in sixteenth-century Spain and was tireless in her reform of the Carmelite Order. Her writings include her famous description of prayer as friendship with Christ and her image of the soul as a castle with God at its center. This short book contains sixty-two prayers and readings (one each morning and evening for a month).