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Good News of Great Joy

Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke  
Max O. Vincent
It's hard to imagine Advent or Christmas without music, and that goes beyond popular carols and handbells. Author Max Vincent invites readers to discover the music in the biblical story of Christmas. Four canticles ("little songs") precede, announce, and celebrate the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. These canticles invite readers to pause and consider the deeper meaning of the events surrounding his birth. In Good News of Great Joy, 24 daily readings explore the context, content, and s...

Vivir con propósito en la vejez

Aliento espiritual para personas de la tercera edad  
Missy Buchanan
«¿Por qué sigo aquí? ¿Por qué Dios me deja sufrir tanto tiempo?» La fragilidad, la dependencia y el dolor constante pueden conducir a la desesperanza espiritual en las personas adultas mayores. Aunque de vez en cuando nos inspiran las noticias sobre un extraordinario cumpleaños numero cien, es más común afligirse a medida que los seres queridos se debilitan. Con compasión y honestidad, Buchanan da voz a las personas que tienen que depender de otras para que les ayuden en las tareas diarias. ...

Launching a New Worship Community

A Practical Guide for the 2020s  
Craig Gilbert, Paul Nixon
For many churches, the call to make disciples comes with a realization that the church's current worship opportunities do not reach certain groups in their surrounding community. New worship services offer the most promising strategy for renewing established churches and planting new worship communities. In a post-pandemic world, churches will be challenged to reach new people with the gospel and to help them meet in a way that is meaningful to them. Accessible to ministry professionals and ...

For the Common Good

Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts  
Christine Harman
For the Common Good reminds us that the Holy Spirit gives each Christian one or more spiritual gifts to be used for the common good. It guides readers to discover their own particular gifts and learn to use their gifts to serve others. Examining key passages in Paul's writings, author Christine Harman leads readers through a personal spiritual gift assessment. She names 20 distinct spiritual gifts—including discernment, compassion, and evangelism—and helps people explore scripture reference...

Whom Shall I Fear?

Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence  
Rosalind C. Hughes
Churches are not immune to violence, as we have seen from shootings at houses of worship across the nation. The challenge for faith communities is how to respond to potential violence. Whom Shall I Fear? asks congregational leaders to examine whether their operational and security policies are consistent with gospel values. It raises common themes in approaches to church security and looks at them in the light of scripture. Whom Shall I Fear? provides thought-provoking reflections on topics...

Chrysalis Leaders' Manual

Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis
New with updated content, the Chrysalis Leaders' Manual is designed to be used by the Lay Leader, Peer Leader, and Spiritual Leader for the Chrysalis weekend. It contains information on the structure, selection, formation, and development of the fruit of the Spirit in members of the Chrysalis team. This manual gives an overview of the responsibilities of each member of the Conference Room Team and Background Team. It also includes an agenda and supply list for team meetings, a plan for six te...

Chrysalis Team Manual

Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis
New with updates to team structure, the Chrysalis Team Manual supports all team members for a Chrysalis weekend. Each member of the Conference Room Team and Background Team needs a copy of this manual. The updated team structure emphasizes servant leadership and youth and adults serving side-by-side. This manual will prove especially helpful during the weeks of team formation leading up to a Chrysalis weekend; it includes information about how to prepare for and lead the weekend. The Chrysali...

Chrysalis Worship Booklet, Fourth Edition

Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis
Every Chrysalis participant needs a copy of the latest edition of the worship booklet, which contains An explanation of Chrysalis Prayers used during the Chrysalis weekend, such as the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, prayers for mealtimes, and other prayers (The Lord's Prayer, The Prayer of St. Francis, John Wesley's Covenant Prayer, The Apostles' Creed, and others) Song texts ("Jesus, Jesus"; "Sing Alleluia to the Lord"; "De Colores") An outline for a Next Steps meeting A traditional Communion ...

Ready, Set, Plant

The Why and How of Starting New Churches  
Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown
When one reads through the New Testament, it's evident that the practice of planting churches began two thousand years ago. Today's culture, community, and connections differ greatly from the churches Peter and Paul helped build. Even in the past 20 years, those factors have dramatically changed the ministry of church planting. In Ready, Set, Plant Bener Agtarap and Curtis Brown provide tools for planting churches—looking at the spiritual, social, and economic aspects of the process. Creating...

Reinicio del alma

Crisis, avance y viaje a la plenitud  
Junius B. Dotson
Todo parecía estar bien, hasta que no lo estaba. Al reverendo Junius B. Dotson le costó un desmayo mientras predicaba en un funeral para darse cuenta de que necesitaba un reinicio. A medida que recordaba su propio peregrinaje a través del duelo, la depresión, el agotamiento y el colapso emocional, Dotson se apasionó por el llamado a un reinicio del alma para los pastores, pastoras, líderes de la iglesia y todas las personas discípulas de Jesucristo. Este es un estudio de 6 semanas de duració...