What if the Supernatural Became Normal and Natural in Your Life? How would your world change if you regularly experienced the miraculous? And what if this happened everywhere you went—in a way that attracted people to Jesus? It wouldn’t just make a difference in your world...it would make the world different. It might sound too good to be true...but that’s the Spirit Contemporary life. While working as a first responder in an ambulance, Leon Fontaine longed to see God’s power at work outside the four walls of the church. He learned through many life-changing experiences that we can all unlock the miraculous in a way that works anywhere—at home, in a hospital, at work—with anyone! The Spirit Contemporary way of life involves communicating with others as Jesus would...using their language, stories, and settings. Leon draws on biblical truth and personal stories to reveal how this dynamic first-century faith can be yours when you live so in tune with God that you’re guided in ways that are both natural and supernatural. “In a world seeking an authentic, transparent, and genuine touch of God, Leon equips us with a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, Bible-based, kingdom prescription.” --Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, author of Be Light “When ‘Spirit’ and ‘Contemporary’ are synergized, phenomenal outcomes will happen in the church…I believe this valuable resource will help the church go to higher levels of impact and influence in the years ahead.” -- Dr. Elmer L. Towns, co-Founder of Liberty University Unleash the Miraculous in Your World! The Spirit Contemporary Life reveals the key to living an empowered life—one that connects your day-to-day existence with God’s supernatural power. When faced with the realities of a hurting world as a first responder-EMT, Leon Fontaine developed a passion for seeing God’s miraculous power at work--not only at the altar--but also in the back of his ambulance. And he wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t strange or off-putting to those who didn’t know Christ. Maybe you can relate? You want to hear from God more clearly and see miracles happen in your everyday life. And you want to live your life in a way that attracts people to the Jesus you know and love. Using real-life examples, Leon demonstrates how you can access God’s supernatural power without compromise, and do it in a way that draws others to Christ. If this sounds good, hang on, because you’re in for the adventure of your life! This transformational shift won’t just change you. It will change the world around you. From the Hardcover edition.
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This volume offers a comprehensive intellectual and experiential introduction to Christian spirituality. It embraces spiritual traditions from the Patristic period to the present day. Part I, "The Roots of Contemporary Western Spirituality," covers spiritual types that have been fundamental in shaping spiritual practice. Part II, "Distinctive Spiritual Traditions," offers major introductory essays on spiritual traditions formed by such notable figures as Luther, Wesley, Ignatius, and John of the Cross, as well as ecclesiastical traditions such as Anglicanism. Part III, "The Feminine Dimension in Christian Spirituality," is devoted to Marian Spirituality, holy women, and feminism. Each of the fourteen chapters is followed by a practicum which enables readers to assimilate the practice prescribed into their own devotional life .
The themes covered in this collection of essays span a wide area, from Christology and the doctrine of God to human rights and Christian spirituality, and they were written and delivered in a variety of contexts, from colleges to churches, on both sides of the Atlantic. Some have been published previously, while others are new. The papers speak from within the liberal tradition of theology, and were written from 2005-14, following on an earlier volume, Traces of Liberality. The author has added a biographical essay and a personal bibliography.
Craig Detweiler's collection of up-to-the-minute essays on video games' theological themes (and yes, they do exist!) is an engaging and provocative book for gamers, parents, pastors, media scholars, and theologians--virtually anyone who has dared to consider the ramifications of modern society's obsession with video games and online media. Together, these essays take on an exploding genre in popular culture and interpret it through a refreshing and enlightening philosophical lens.
In the words of author Greg Heisler, “Spirit-Led Preaching is a call issued to preachers, pastors, and teachers of homiletics to recover the Holy Spirit for expository preaching in the same way we have recovered the biblical text. . . . My plan for doing this is to recover the doctrine of pneumatology (the study of spiritual beings/phenomena) for our theology of preaching, resulting in a renewed emphasis on the powerful combination of Word and Spirit working together as the catalyst for powerful expository preaching.” Heisler thoroughly examines how the Holy Spirit illuminates and empowers the preacher, opens the hearts of the hearers, and applies the message to their lives. Indeed, to ignore the Holy Spirit’s role in sermon preparation and delivery would be a considerable oversight.
Few have understood the nature of sanctification, or the nature of God, better than Oswald Chambers. His insights into holiness, absolute devotion, and the pursuit of God have inspired countless Christians, challenging them to give their "utmost for His highest." Devotions for a Deeper Life is a collection of some less known writings by this beloved Christian author. Excerpted from articles published in God's Revivalist in the early 1900's, this year's-worth of daily devotions bears Chambers' characteristic stamp of practicality and profundity, freshness and fire. Here are the meditations of a man of the Bible and a man of prayer, reflections as timeless as the illuming ministry of the Holy Spirit. More than just a devotional, Devotions for a Deeper Life is a treasury of truths that will open your spiritual eyes to the incredible, full scope of Christ's work, of the Holy Spirit's guidance and power, and of God's calling on your life that bids you rise higher than you've ever thought possible.
In this helpful and insightful book, Nicki Verploegen delves into the two thousand years of history of the Catholic Church in order to unfold the development of spiritualities in Christianity. From a historical background, she explores how four distinct types of Christian spirituality evolved and rose to prominence in its religious, social, and political environments: monasticism, mendicancy, apostolic ministry, and missionary life. All of them became "schools" of spiritual formation which gave rise to the development of numerous religious communities. This book is also an exploration of thirteen of these distinct communities, and introduces the reader to the spiritual men and women who initiated the religious movement and founded them.
Rudolf Steiner Created Anthroposophy -- a new way of being and thinking -- amid the drama and turmoil of the first quarter of the twentieth century. This book follows the biographical path that led Rudolf Steiner from his early student days in Vienna through Weimar to berlin where, at the turn of the century, he took the first steps that would lead to the creation of a new, spiritual movement. Within the context of history, Henry Barnes shows how rudolf Steiner's own biographical development mirrors the development of Anthroposophy and how both of these unfold in response to the desperate needs and challenges of the times. With extensive excerpts from Steiner's own writings, this informative and inspiring volume serves as an excellent overview of Rudolf Steiner's life and work.
Including essays from 2009 Wheaton Theology Conference keynote speakers Dallas Willard and Gordon Fee as well as contributing essays by noted presenters such as Chris Hall, David Gushee, Linda Cannell, Cherith Fee Nordling and Lawrence Cunningham, this book offers a stimulating exploration of the historical, biblical and theological dimensions of spiritual formation.