- Revised and updated popular resource for adults - Not just a book of information, but a book for transformation The everything-you-need to know adult guide to the Episcopal Church that is easy to read but with substance for newcomers, adult formation groups, and lifelong Episcopalians who desire to know more about their church. The language of worship, theology, church structure, sacraments, and discipleship offers a framework to explore the meaning and practice of being an Episcopalian and follower of Jesus. This updated and revised version of the popular original 2009 book incorporates new initiatives and changes in the Episcopal Church, including marriage, inclusion of LBGTQ+ persons, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's call to join the Jesus Movement, and taking our faith out into the world, following our baptismal promises. A Leader Guide is included in this revised edition in addition to the "transformation questions" that follow each chapter.
This revised edition now includes end-of-chapter questions for the readers as well as updated material sprinkled throughout. The Five Marks of Mission and what it means to be a disciple of Christ will be a focus of this updated version, which also models student-centered learning as opposed to teacher-driven instruction. For teen study and confirmation preparation, this book can serve as a curriculum for helping teens discover Scripture, church history, sacraments, the meaning and practice of prayer, and what ministry means in the lives of real teens today. A framework for small-group gatherings for each chapter is included as a new section in the back of the book.
My Faith, My Life is a trusted confirmation curriculum for the Episcopal Church. With this leader guide, leaders can create short, intermediate, and longer programs, including confirmation sequences of six, nine, or twelve-sessions, a retreat or similar short program, or a longer study that is integrated with other current programs over the entire academic year. Filled with prayers to begin and end each session, plus a variety of activities that tap into multiple learning styles and ways to interact with the congregation, this is a primary go-to resource for any youth leader. New material includes how to select, train, and support mentors, as well as how leaders can strengthen their own spiritual life.
As a young girl growing up in southeast Georgia, she couldn't wait to graduate high school, if not for anything but, to no longer have to go to church. Monica was eager to experience a world that she had only heard of but, was forbidden to take part in because of her mother's Christian values. She became tired of hearing all the fun that the other girls had over the weekend while all she did was attend school and church. Her desire to go to a football game, a club or maybe on a date, grew tremendously and all she dreamed about was getting out of her parents house. She finds herself in the hands of a repeated rapist and murderer and now it's no longer her mother's faith but, her faith that will be put to the test.
If you listen closely enough to teenagers, you’ll hear their deep yearning to connect with God, and a powerful instinct to belong. And you’ll find out right away the one thing they really hate—being preached to. Here in My Faith, My Life, teenagers learn all about the Christian faith they’ve been baptized into – and the Episcopal Church that offers them a spiritual home. With lively writing that’s always informative and never condescending, the book gives them all the basics they need to know to understand their faith – and claim it as their own. Closely linked to the Book of Common Prayer, My Faith, My Life covers everything from scripture, church history, and sacraments, to the meaning of prayer and ministry in the lives of real teens today. This is the essential handbook for teens in the Episcopal Church – an excellent resource for confirmation classes, youth study groups, and high school Christian education programs. Also available: A complete guide for Christian educators who are using My Faith, My Life as a confirmation resource for teenagers in the parish. It will contain detailed lesson plans, background information, suggestions, newsletter articles, and a wide variety of other materials to help teachers make the best use of My Faith, My Life. This leader guide will be a downloadable PDF for $5.95 from the Church Publishing website
Life is all about choices. You choose where to live, your occupation, spouse, and the names of your children - just to highlight a few. Some choices are easy to make, while others are difficult and require a lot of thought and consideration. Some choices lead to good outcomes while others do not. The best choice an individual could ever make is to receive Christ as personal Savior. That decision guarantees the believer a home in Heaven with God for eternity. Although the eternal issue is settled, there are many choices that face the believer during his/her journey through life. These choices will not alter the believer's eternal destiny, but can have a major impact on the quality and effectiveness of the Christian life. Wrong choices made by the believer can result in a life that is marred by defeat and unhappiness. This book is about personal choices for the believer. Although the principles presented in this book are for all Christians, the words are directed to you for self-examination. Victory in your Christian life will be determined by the choices you make. God has a plan for your life and a way to achieve it, but Satan also has a plan. Whose plan you follow depends on your choices. This battle over control of your life will continue until you are finally at home in Heaven. The goal of this book is to equip you with guiding principles from God's Word to explain how you can have God's promised victory and live a meaningful and fruitful Christian life. You can follow God's plan and experience this victory or choose Satan's plan and live defeated. The choice is yours.
You Are Worth Waiting For! In a world consumed with quick-fixes, superficial romances, and “hookup” relationships, maybe you’re asking— What’s the benefit to actually waiting for God’s best? Is there a perfect plan for my future—or is it just a fairy tale? Should I just settle like everyone else? With all-new insights from Jackie Kendall, a new generation will answer these questions and discover what made Lady in Waiting a life-changing encouragement to over half a million readers worldwide. You will learn to: • Step into your royal identity as a daughter of the King and experience contentment, security, and patience in your life • Protect your purity as you see how God sees you—valued, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind • Take advantage of the waiting process and use it to become a woman of devotion, faith, and conviction • Refuse to settle for anything or anyone less than God’s best for your life Enjoy the wait, embrace the journey, and experience the extraordinary power of being a Lady in Waiting!
This book has 101 littles doses of encouragement to uplift you when you feel down, boost your attitude when needed, provide a positive perspective, and hopefully inspire you into taking dramatic and consistent action to continually improve your life.
There are many devotional books available containing brief, daily inspirations that benefit all who read them. This book is different in two respects. The first is obvious: it contains two readings per day—732 in all. The second, more important difference is that the author wanted to do more than offer inspiration; this would make this book no different than so many others. The messages in the book are study sketches in that the content is not only inspirational, but also educational, challenging, and encouraging. Most of these writings were based on author Michael J. Akers’s teaching of adult Bible studies for more than thirty years and learning what really brought adults to want to deepen their knowledge and application of the Word of God.
The most important combat experiences of your life will be spiritual battles for the destiny of your eternal soul. They are between God’s will versus your will, sin versus holiness, and whether you are saved or lost. God’s plan for you to defeat the world, the flesh, and the devil is not by trying harder and making more resolutions or doing good things. God’s plan for you is to behold his presence by learning his truth and discovering his grace. In Letters to Christian, the author turns to your heart and conscience, where decisive spiritual insights take place, to share the glory of God. You will learn the necessity to protect your soul in battle by digging truth out of the scriptures. The letters describe God’s sovereignty, assurance, and the importance of perseverance to help you become victorious in Jesus and to understand your Christian life. You will learn what God thinks about you and how to equip and protect your soul with his armor of truth. The Letters to Christian is not about religion but relationship and will allow you to discover God’s work of grace in your heart, proving Jesus Christ is being formed within you. Amen.
IT'S TIME TO ARISE & ASCEND With loads of distractions in today's world, it's quite simple for people to slip into a trap of false perception without realizing it. An untruth of where they may fit in and their purpose in life can quickly disrupt their mindset to settle for less than the wonderful plan God has for them. Unfortunately, while the high paced society of technology and information are expediently rising- God's abundant freedom, restoration and purpose that is always available to mankind is at an alarming low within their lives. Evidence of this can be seen through the condition of people. Numerous individuals are depressed, lonely and dissatisfied with their present lifestyle - far too many of them are women. In reference to women, why has there been a drastic decline of happiness, fulfillment, love and joy within their lives? In this book, I will be exposing deception plots that have held back women from advancing in their God given purpose and will be sharing why now is the time for women to awaken to who they are in Christ, and explain how to undergo the transformation of change in order to lay hold of God's freedom, restoration, purpose and destiny for their lives. If you are a woman who desires to lay hold of God's premium for your life, then Arise & Ascend- A Woman's Cry To Freedom is for you. Mari Tello is an Ordained Minister and Founder of Awaken International Ministries. She resides near San Antonio, TX with her husband, Robert, and their son. Awaken International Ministries give away a portion of profits from their books to charitable causes, including JCIA Foundation, that serve the orphans in third world countries. To learn more about her ministry visit www.awaken2him.org. NOTE TO DESIGNER: BC photo goes in space.