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Love Acceptance and Forgiveness

Author : Jerry Cook
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How can the church be a healing force in the world? In this longtime bestseller, now revised and updated, authors Jerry Cook and Stanley C. Baldwin suggest that it is only when believers admit their own brokenness that they can love, accept, and forgive those who are hurting around them and put out the welcome mat to their community. They offer clear teaching about the church in a hurting world. As veteran leaders who practice these principles, they speak from experience, not theory. Through touching true stories and practical guidelines for connecting with fallen, sinful people, Cook and Baldwin announce the good news. The church is not broken, and it is the broken people who can change the world.

Love Acceptance Forgiveness

Author : Jerry Cook
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"You're nothing but a bunch of garbage collectors!" That's the kind of reaction Pastor Jerry Cook has received over the years as he and his church have gotten serious about showing love, acceptance and forgiveness. When Jerry and his wife came to East Hill Church in 1965 total membership was 23. In the next 14 years they grew to over 4,500 by "becoming the Body of Christ in their own community". To share his provocative approach to ministry, Jerry teamed with free-lancer Stanley Baldwin to produce a highly readable account of how he has applied biblical principles to real people seeking real love, real acceptance and real forgiveness. You'll meet and learn about: the adulterous minister with no place to go the doper saved by special appointment how to make your church a spiritual forcedeveloping a philosophy of church ministry equipping everyone in the church to serve turning members loose to minister the crucial role of the family handling hassles in the Body of Christ why every church must become a servant. Here is a book full of hope and help for everyone, from Christians looking for reality in their churches, to pastors and other leaders seeking to provide that reality.

The New Freedom of Forgiveness

Author : David Augsburger
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Seventy times seven...how many times shall I forgive? Our Lord answers us clearly that our forgiveness of those who hurt us shall have no end. This is one of the most difficult things any person has to face. David Augsburger understands this. He knows the outrageous cost-and incomparable value-of forgiving. He also knows this is a believer's only option. Any other course of action will not only be destructive, it will violate the will of God. In The New Freedom of Forgiveness, Dr. Augsburger expands upon his classic writing to provide a more comprehensive, expanded, and stronger message. Combining personal testimonies with Scripture, Dr. Augsburger provides readers with practical guidance on applying forgiveness in our everyday lives. With an excellent new study guide, readers will be challenged on an even deeper level. We are commanded to forgive everything. Not just the little stuff, the minor irritations and thoughtless behavior of others, but everything. When we forgive, we are set free from bondage. The New Freedom of Forgiveness is an essential resource not only for understanding what God requires, but also learning how to apply it every day. Read this life-changing book and discover the freedom of forgiveness.

Accepting the Gifts of Forgiveness

Author : Donna Ing
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This book is about revealing to yourself your own power through forgiving the idea that anyone else in your life is stronger than you are. What does acceptance of the gifts of forgiveness mean? From love flows forgiveness. In love forgiveness is received. Who can this book help? This book is for all who are seeking peace in times of crises. Key points: 1. Forgiveness means giving over, not giving up. 2. Forgiveness flows from the awareness of love. 3. Find the love within self so that forgiveness comes naturally. What are the gifts of forgiveness? You will receive a sense of freedom, a sense of personal awareness, a sense of peace and personal power. The power of peace is a part of the revelation that comes from forgiving all the limits that have kept you so occupied in the world that you couldn't understand who you are. The gift is recognizing that you have a right to something better, the right to be free, and the right to live comfortably without asking anyone else's permission. Forgiveness brings about inner illumination - enlightenment. What's the process of forgiveness? First, recognize what is required to be forgiven and understand that you are required to forgive yourself as you forgive others. Thinking, "I have nothing to forgive myself about," is delusional and a denial of your greatest capabilities. Second, be willing to allow yourself to be all right (even if you are wrong). Forgiveness doesn't make you wrong, but the ego makes you believe that if you forgive, it is an admission of giving up. Third, feel the willingness to let the situation go. Finally, realize that you are a container for greater things than you have allowed. Let yourself be filled up with a whole new viewpoint, feeling about the person or situation, and a whole new perspective of how it can work.

Speak Your Healing from the Homosexual Deception

Author : Bonnie M. Egglehand
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The lies of homosexuality dissipate because a life of purity in Christ Jesus decidedly removes the homosexual deception. Each step toward Jesus brings us closer to His image, and we are changed. We emerge free to be exactly whom Father God created us to be. Leaving all secrets with honesty and transparency before God and man, forgiving ourselves and all abusers, we emerge in our true identity with a heterosexual desire. This desire for the opposite sex is as natural as apple pie. Leaving the judgments, the facades, the sins, and all idols, the stark truth remains. Our true identity is found in Jesus Christ alone.

Love by Design Forgiveness by Choice

Author : Anca Ivanenko
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Why do we suffer, when we love? Does the other person cause us pain, or is it the disconnect between reality and the ideal we try to match it against? Could suffering be optional? Author Anca Ivanenko believes that every emotion and every thought is the result of a choice. She shares her poetic musings on the turmoil of love, acceptance, forgiveness and empowerment, in Love by Design, Forgiveness by Choice. In this moving poetry collection, Ivanenkos words flow in rhyme as emotions fill each poem. Readers will fall in love as Two Worlds collide. They will discover why love is A Blessing and a Curse and experience regret when The One comes Too Late. They will learn To Love, to Stop suffering, to forgive A Good Heart and honor its Sweetest Memory. A touching piece, Until We Meet Again, is dedicated to the authors father who passed away. Complemented by an arresting collection of abstract images, Love by Design, Forgiveness by Choice is a memorable anthology that will resonate with everyone who has ever fallen in love or dreams of finding The One.

Accepting God s Forgiveness

Author : C. John Miller
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Do past failures still trouble you? Perhaps regret over a mistake, the betrayal of someone close to you, an undone task, an angry outburst has left you feeling uneasy. You wonder if God really does forgive you. Sometimes he seems like a dark cloud instead of a loving Father. Jack Miller explains that these are symptoms of a troubled conscience. Don't try to ignore your conscience. Instead, shift your focus to what Christ has done for you. Depending on Jesus will free you to accept God's forgiveness and fill you with his peace.

The Prayer of Love

Author : Mark Hanby
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The Prayer of Love is about a little-known prayer that has the power to bring forth life transformation. Written in the pages of this book is an astounding little prayer that can dramatically change your life. Its words do not merely offer knowledge but, more important, are expressions of truths that have the ability to bring complete and lasting spiritual transformation. Many people today will never reach their full potential or become the person they sense is hidden inside, good people who desire to grow in love beyond their frustrations and weaknesses. They long for purpose, meaning, and fulfillment—to live a life of love—but have difficulty in finding it. I know how they feel. Through much adversity and with the help of God, this is what I’ve found. For all my struggle and disappointment, the answers to life’s most difficult situations are usually simple. In fact, God is a God of simplicity. We are often the ones who make life difficult for ourselves. In fact, the answers to life’s most difficult problems are usually simple. Jesus summed up the secret to life in a very uncomplicated, profound statement: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said that doing this fulfills all of God’s requirements of us. That’s where “The Prayer of Love” comes in. Whether you know how to love or you feel that love has eluded you, this prayer will change your life. This is because love is not meant to be an occasional feeling but a daily experience that continually brings peace and joy. “The Prayer of Love” is a little-known yet powerful prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed over the church he founded in Philippi in what is now Greece. The Prayer of Love follows the outline of this fifty-nine-word prayer and is broken down into seven parts that form benchmarks for understanding and maturing in love. The Prayer of Love is a small book with a simple prayer and a memorable, easy-to-follow method for developing the capacity to allow peace and love to rule in our lives every day.

Teach Only Love

Author : Gerald G. Jampolsky
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Dr. Jampolsky believes there is another way of looking at life that makes it possible for us to walk through this world in love, at peace and without fear. This other way requires no external battles, but only that we heal ourselves. It is a process he calls “attitudinal healing,” because it is an internal and primarily mental process. Jampolsky believes that attitudinal healing, when properly practiced, will allow anyone, regardless of her circumstances, to begin experiencing the joy and harmony that each moment holds, and to start her journey on a path of love and hope. The mind can be retrained. Within this fact lies our freedom. Our attitudes determine whether we experience peace or fear, whether we are well or sick, free or imprisoned. Love, in its true meaning, is the attitude that this book is about. Love is total acceptance and total giving—with no boundaries and no exceptions. Love, being the only reality, cannot be transformed. It can only extend and expand. It unfolds endlessly and beautifully upon itself. Love sees everyone as blameless, for it recognizes the light within each one of us is. Love is the total absence of fear and the basis for all attitudinal healing. The principles of attitudinal healing have been expanded since Teach Only Love was first published in 1983. There are now twelve principles, which are used in the 150 Centers for Attitudinal Healing around the world. Dr. Jampolsky believes that these principles have a universal appeal that crosses cultural and religious barriers. He has repeatedly seen how people’s lives have transformed when these principles became their heartbeat and their way of communicating with others.

Mainlining Christianity

Author : Reverend Thomas F O'Donnell
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Moderate and liberal Christians, Unite! Reclaim Jesus from the evangelical Christian right. Imagine a faith tradition divided up into literally thousands of denominations based on such silly things as organizational structure (how many bishops can you fit on the head of a needle?), or theological differences such as whether baptism is to be done by "dunking" or by ""sprinkling" or whether or not the bread and the cup are actually transformed into the "body and blood of Christ" during the Lords Supper (the "doctrine of transubstantiation"). Imagine that, even within a single denomination of this faith tradition, those who profess to share the same faith have diametrically opposed views on the nature of God, the source of salvation, the nature of sin, the meaning of scripture, the relationship of Science and Religion, of Reason and Faith, of Truth, Certainty, and Doubt. Imagine further that they cannot even agree on the nature and/or message of the man upon whom their religion is founded. Finally, imagine that a vocal minority of these diametrically opposed views is dominating the public airwaves, while the "silent majority" remains hunkered down in the hallowed halls of their sanctuaries. While the message of this vocal minority is embraced by a few in search of simple answers, imagine that the masses of un-churched, de-churched, under-churched, never-been-churched, fed-up-with-church are turned off and are walking away in droves. Unfortunately, there is no need to imagine any of this. It is happening right here, right now in the United States of America. The faith tradition is called Christianity. The vocal minority that is dominating the bully pulpit of public opinion is the "evangelical Christian right," and the "silent majority" are moderate and liberal Christians everywhere. Mainlining Christianity is a call to Christianitys "silent majority" to stand up and speak out and to join in a New Reformation. Through the vehicle of "95 Theses for the 21st Century," the book is divided into eight separate sections: Religion, Christianity, and Worldviews Truth/Certainty/Doubt/Fear/Faith Physical Truths: In Search of a Theory of Everything (T.O.E.) Spiritual, Scriptural, Literal, and Mythical Truths In Search of the Logos: From Jesus the Man to Jesus the Christ In Search of the Logos: Jesus and the Love Ethic Interfaith Interconnectedness and the Logos The Logos Intersects with the T.O.E.: God Is LOVE Within each section is a series of messages designed to offer a practical/theological roadmap to just such a Reformation. Moderate and Liberal Christians, Unite! Reclaim Jesus from the evangelical Christian right. http://www.reclaimjesus.net

Leading Churches

Author : Floyd D. Carey
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Paul Tillich s Philosophical Theology

Author : George Pattison
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Paul Tillich's Philosophical Theology takes up the challenge as to whether his thought remains relevant fifty years after his death. In opposition to those who believe that his writings have little to say to us today, this book argues that his thought is largely exemplary of open theological engagement with the contemporary intellectual situation.

Reaching Single Adults

Author : Dennis Franck
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Although 44 percent of all adults are unmarried, most churches are focused on marriage and families--and so miss many opportunities to reach out as well as to benefit from all that singles can offer to the church. Here at last is an up-to-date, comprehensive handbook to single adult ministry. Based on his over twenty-five years of experience, Dennis Franck offers church leaders guidance on all aspects of this often-overlooked ministry, including: -understanding singles' diverse life situations and needs -developing a biblical philosophy of ministry -the practical aspects of building a ministry Pastors and lay leaders will gratefully welcome this new in-depth resource to guide their ministry to, for, and through single adults.

Love

Author : Donna M. Hall
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Have you ever felt unloved, unlovable, or questioned the sincerity of someone's love for you? Unsure how to love? If you answered yes, this book will help you understand the true meaning of love. It is imperative to know what love means before we can give or receive it. The world is in a crisis and needs a miraculous change. The gift of love is the only thing that can save it. Do you believe you can make a difference? Yes you can, if we all come together in love. As you read this book, think of different ways you can love others. Are you willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes to make this world a better place? We all need some form of reference that reminds us on a daily basis how to live with joy, compassion and truth, because Love is truly The Ultimate Gift. Donna M Hall grew up with an abusive father, only to grow up and marry an abusive man. She was raised in the rural town of Wadesboro NC where the movie "Color Purple" was filmed. In fact she lived in walking distance of the filming of that unforgettable movie. She chose to break the cycle of violence in her family. That was the inspiration for this book. She is a proud mother of two. They experienced lots of trials when she chose to leave her husband to start their new life without violence. A portion of the proceeds of this book will be used as monetary support for families experiencing abuse.

Love Me with Tenderness

Author : Ewart F. Brown
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Forgiveness and Love

Author : Glen Pettigrove
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What is forgiveness? When is it appropriate? Is it to be earned or can it be freely given? Is it a passion we cannot control, or something we choose to do? Glen Pettigrove explores the relationship between forgiving, understanding, and loving. He examines the significance of character for the debate, and revives the long-neglected virtue of grace.

The Divine Magician

Author : Peter Rollins
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In this mind-bending exploration of traditional Christianity, firebrand Peter Rollins turns the tables on conventional wisdom, offering a fresh perspective focused on a life filled with love. Peter Rollins knows one magic trick—now, make sure you watch closely. It has three parts: the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige. In Divine Magician, each part comes into play as he explores a radical view of interacting with the world in love. Rollins argues that the Christian event, reenacted in the Eucharist, is indeed a type of magic trick, one that is echoed in the great vanishing acts performed by magicians throughout the ages. In this trick, a divine object is presented to us (the Pledge), disappears (the Turn), and then returns (the Prestige). But just as the returned object in a classic vanishing act is not really the same object—but another that looks the same—so this book argues that the return of God is not simply the return of what was initially presented, but rather a radical way of interacting with the world. In an effort to unearth the power of Christianity, Rollins uses this framework to explain the mystery of faith that has been lost on the church. In the same vein as Rob Bell’s bestseller Love Wins, this book pushes the boundaries of theology, presenting a stirring vision at the forefront of re-imagined modern Christianity. As a dynamic speaker as he is in writing, Rollins examines traditional religious notions from a revolutionary and refreshingly original perspective. At the heart of his message is a life lived through profound love. Just perhaps, says Rollins, the radical message found in Christianity might be one that the church can show allegiance to.

A MOUNTAINTOP VIEW OF FAITH

Author : Charles E. Maldon Sr.
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A Mountaintop View of Faith is an anointed, truthful and empowering book on God’s promise, your faith, and victory over everyday adversity. It is a hard hitting, provocative, and exhilarating work written to empower, especially believers, to deepen their faith and be encouraged even facing seemingly impossible adversities. Maldon states that adversities will always be a part of life and he contends that Satan desires to ultimately crush our resolve, hinder our promises from God, and weaken our faith in the sufficiency of God. He points out that adversities may be two-fold: trials appointed by God, or those self inflicted, resulting from our rebellion against God’s spiritual instructions. He skillfully teases out how self imposed cripplers such as anger, un-forgiveness, selfishness, disobedience, pride, immorality, worry and others can rob you of peace and promises from God. Maldon encourages us to deepen our faith to reach a pinnacle mountaintop perspective of God.

Love Forgiveness

Author : Roger Turner Chaplain (Ret ).
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Love & Forgiveness is a book about walking with God. It follows the all-too-typical believer's path of initially ignoring God, to searching for Him, and finally to serving Him. In its pages are a generous sharing of stories of faith, of how God reaches out to us regardless of our circumstances, and of how He can change our lives both now and in the hereafter."Chuck Colson and I got to know Roger Turner in 1993 on our trip to India and South East Asian capitals, where we visited a number of prisons. It was evident then that Chaplain Turner was far more interested in the inmates than merely in inspecting the prisons or their environment. He was focused on them as sons and daughters of our loving, Heavenly Father. The insights in his book reflect the journey of a man who was called to reach out to prisoners..."This is a book worth reading for it is as relevant to the man and woman on the street as it is to the prison inmate."-Ron Nikkel, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship InternationalChaplain Roger Turner may have retired vocationally, but his faith in Christ remains strong and active in the pages of this book. He shares stories from his own life, and those gleaned from years of work with prison ministries both before and after his retirement from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity

Author : Shann Ray Ferch
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Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life speaks to categorical human transgressions in the hope that readers will be compelled to examine their own prejudices and engage the moral responsibility to evoke in their own personal life, work life, and larger national communities a more humane and life-giving coexistence. In Forgiveness and Power, leaders are not coercive but persuasive, and recognized as those who love, serve, and heal others.