An artist’s account of how she found deeper joys in God’s words, rather than the pleasures of her own works. She still finds assuring peace and grace in the midst of troubles, sufferings, and sorrows in life. What matters most in life? THIS IS HER TESTIMONY
As an old hippie, Jesus freak, I cannot help but question authority. I have done so with established beliefs of major denominations. I compare what denominations teach as sound doctrine and compare them to what the Bible—the sole authority—teaches in reality. For example, hell is accepted and taught as literal fire and eternal torment when Scripture actually reveals something opposite and totally different.
If you have picked up this book, if you are reading these words, you have walked into a divine appointment. From cover to cover, these writings will accompany you through the day.
When the hours ahead hold smiles and laughter, the goodness of God is clear. But what do you do with the pain you didn’t see coming or the loss you were not prepared to face? The heart of God is rich with love. He cares about everything concerning you. Snuggled into the center of the Bible is the book of Psalms. You will find great joy and deep sorrow reflected in the beauty of these scriptures. By examining three translations of the word of God, you will gain insight into the Father’s heart. Tomorrow is not promised; however, be confident that the God of mercy and grace walks with you—one day at a time.
A journey of surprises awaits Little Seed as he begins life as a small seed and fulfills his destiny as he grows into a beautiful, mature, and fruitful tree under the constant care of the Divine Gardener. As he grows, Little Seed learns to trust and love the Gardener. Join Little Seed, and begin your own adventure in finding purpose and destiny for your life. Like Little Seed, you will also learn to love and trust the Gardener who is your Heavenly Father.
Does God speak to us today? Maybe He just whispers to our heart.
This book was written to encourage believers to know that God does whisper to our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Be still and know that I am God,” is His message. He prompts his whispers through nature, music, prayers, and generations past—through witnessing, through the testimonies of other believers, through the power of grace, through the word of God, through angels, through mercy, through the journey of personal growth of faith at every age and through the seasons of life.
God whispers the truth of His love to humanity, but you need to take time to rest. Set aside the time to quietly listen. He wants to bless and draw close to all who would choose to believe. The author has been on a journey with God that she prays will open other hearts to the power of God’s blessings and His personal message. God has offered forgiveness and a purpose to all those that would humbly surrender to Him in faith.
Are the two of you missing out on all that God desires for your marriage? What did Adam and Eve originally have with each other and with God that is worth reclaiming? In Eden, that birthplace of marriage, God created us for physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy, and created marriage as the most intimate of all human relationships. How is it that physical intimacy can seem relatively easy while spiritual and even emotional intimacy seem so hard? How can we get back to God’s garden, where we join with our mates, communing with God in His original design for intimacy with Him? Researched, written, and tested by a Christian couple, this workbook addresses the tough issues that can block deep emotional and spiritual intimacy and sets the stage for the journey toward spiritual intimacy with your mate. Through prayer exercises designed to take you both back to Eden, you and your spouse can regain what was first lost there—enjoyment of God and each other in His holy presence, where it is safe to be transparent and unashamed.
Are the stories in Genesis fact, myth, legend, the word of God, philosophy, or something else?
Through time, what people think or remember about Genesis has become a mixture of fact and fable. For example, if you were to ask someone what fruit Adam and Eve were tempted by, most people might say, “An apple.” If you were to ask what color the apple was, most people might state that they think the fruit was red.
Are these actual facts? No, people are simply using artistic imagination. The stories in Genesis are multifaceted oral traditions about the human family that originated long before the established interpretations, dogmas, and doctrines of our contemporary world.
One thing the stories do indicate is that we are all genetically connected regardless of our outward appearance, yet we are divided due to multiple factors related to our situation in life and personal beliefs. The Genesis Quest examines ancient roots of human thinking to strip away veneers of progressive interpretations and reveal the evolution of a philosophy — six principles of the human spirit looking for the soul of our communal life: God/creation, good and evil, sharing, mercy, saving life, and communicating, These principles are intended to help us understand what it means to be human.
This book is organized thematically, rather than chronologically, in order to focus on and illustrate the various principles below. Our purpose is to encourage others to step out and trust God to live and serve Him-under the supernatural guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
Pioneering--The process and practice of Missionary Evangelism and how God calls us to follow Him, often without a clear road map of what is ahead.
Provision--How God miraculously supplies all our needs when we obey Him and risk everything to do His will. This includes how God has provided for specific needs and enabled the ministry.
Protection--Stories about the risks inherent in pioneering places where no--or very few--churches exist. How God has provided miraculous protection in dangerous situations.
Power--Stories about God’s power manifest in miracles and healing. God faithfully accompanies the preaching of the Word with signs and wonders, and God is able to transform the lives of others as we step out in faith.
It seems today that people no longer want to actively participate in church. Ask most of those who have abandoned the church and you will hear stories of hypocrisy and church abuse. Long-time believers are ready to walk away out of boredom and frustration. Killed by the Church, Resurrected by Christ seeks to equip people with the principles they need in order to fall in love with the church again in a much healthier way.
In this book, you will find stories from around the world and right next door. Stories of all the good the church has to offer and sadly, some of the worst as well. You will discover Biblical principles that relate not only to church, but to our relationship with the body of Christ at large. You will hopefully develop a deeper understanding of your identity in Christ.
You will also read of the author’s recovery from “death by church” and his own resurrection by Christ.
“Rick takes the reader through a valley of the shadow of death––only, sadly, this valley’s shadow is cast by a series of disastrous church experiences. But through it, he freshly encounters Christ, and learns that surely goodness and mercy follow him all the days of his life, and he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. This is a book for all those who love the church enough to want the best for it.”
Many of us struggle to come to grips with the idea that God loves us. We may know it and believe it in our heads, but getting that into our hearts and into our lives is not easy. Sometimes what we have learned about God makes it even harder to really know that we are God’s beloved.
Being God’s Beloved will lead you through forty reflections on what it means to be beloved of God, combining deep spirituality, thoughtful Bible study, and warm pastoral care. The reflections lead you on a journey from before creation, through the Old Testament, into the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and on to the presence of the Holy Spirit. It tells the great love story of God for the Creation over thousands of years. Providing fresh insights into well-known passages, making thoughtful use of word studies, and inviting us to think creatively about God in relation to the world, this book will immerse you in an awareness of God’s love.