Maggie Brock has everything under control. Even her divorce, though painful at the time, only registers as a minor blip in her carefully constructed universe. Her life in Prairie Oaks has once again returned to a smooth, predictable pace...until an angel shows up in her bedroom. The angel is just as bewildered as Maggie about why he's been sent to her, but their unsuccessful efforts to gain understanding of the mystery fade to the background as their relationship grows. Soon, Maggie's biggest problem becomes the angel himself, as her feelings for him develop into something less than saintly. While Maggie struggles to keep her desires pure, a nefarious being lurks in the shadows of Prairie Oaks, watching and waiting for the opportunity to fulfill his ambiguous purpose. Preying on her conflicted emotions, the demon manipulates her at every opportunity, but the one to deliver Maggie directly into his hands is the last person she'd expect.

Author ,
Isbn 1623420091
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-03-26
Pages 226
Language English
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This book constitutes the second volume of a three-volume study of Christian testimonies to divine suffering: God's Wounds: Hermeneutic of the Christian Symbol of Divine Suffering, vol. 2, Evil and Divine Suffering. The larger study focuses its inquiry into the testimonies to divine suffering themselves, seeking to allow the voices that attest to divine suffering to speak freely, then to discover and elucidate the internal logic or rationality of this family of testimonies, rather than defending these attestations against the dominant claims of classical Christian theism that have historically sought to eliminate such language altogether from Christian discourse about the nature and life of God. This second volume of studies proceeds on the basis of the presuppositions of this symbol, those implicit attestations that provide the conditions of possibility for divine suffering-that which constitutes divine vulnerability with respect to creation-as identified and examined in the first volume of this project: an understanding of God through the primary metaphor of love (God is love); and an understanding of the human as created in the image of God, with a life (though finite) analogous to the divine life-the imago Dei as love. The second volume then investigates the first two divine wounds or modes of divine suffering to which the larger family of testimonies to divine suffering normally attest: (1) divine grief, suffering because of betrayal by the beloved human or human sin; and (2) divine self-sacrifice, suffering for the beloved human in its bondage to sin or misery, to establish the possibility of redemption and reconciliation. Each divine wound, thus, constitutes a response to a creaturely occasion. The suffering in each divine wound also occurs in two stages: a passive stage and an active stage. In divine grief, God suffers because of human sin, betrayal of the divine lover by the beloved human: divine sorrow as the passive stage of divine grief; and divine anguish as the active stage of divine grief. In divine self-sacrifice, God suffers in response to the misery or bondage of the beloved human's infidelity: divine travail (focused on the divine incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth) as the active stage of divine self-sacrifice; and divine agony (focused on divine suffering in the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth) as the passive stage of divine self-sacrifice.

Author Jeff B. Pool
Isbn 1556354657
Genre Religion
Year 2010-01-01
Pages 544
Language English
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If any apology be needed for adding another to the various lives of Christ already before the public, it may be well to state how far this little book occupies any independent ground of its own. The object of the writer has been to make some small contribution to the moral and spiritual history of the Life of lives, and this in some especial relation to missionary work and the contact of Christianity with non-Christian religions... From the Preface

Author J. F. Vallings
Isbn 172529771X
Genre Religion
Year 2021-02-12
Pages 226
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God's Wounds: Hermeneutic of the Christian Symbol of Divine Suffering, Volume II: Evil and Divine Suffering is the second of a three-volume study of Christian testimonies to divine suffering. The larger study focuses its inquiry on the testimonies to divine suffering themselves, seeking to allow the voices that attest to divine suffering to speak freely. The goal is then to discover and elucidate the internal logic or rationality of this family of testimonies, rather than defending these attestations against the dominant claims of classical Christian theism that have historically sought to eliminate such language altogether from Christian discourse about the nature and life of God. This second volume proceeds on the basis of the presuppositions of the symbol, those implicit attestations that permit the possibility of divine suffering - that which constitutes divine vulnerability with respect to creation. The author investigates two divine wounds or modes of divine suffering to which the larger family of testimonies normally attest: (1) divine grief, or suffering due to human sin or betrayal by the beloved human; and (2) divine self-sacrifice, or suffering for the beloved human in its bondage to sin or misery, so as to establish the possibility of redemption and reconciliation.

Author Jeff B Pool
Isbn 0227903153
Genre Religion
Year 2011-07-28
Pages 542
Language English
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No matter what's leading you astray, choose to trust God and pray! You believe there is hope for successfully combating temptation and the choices and habits that leave you feeling ashamed and fearful of the consequences. But you are unsure how to begin fighting back. Victory is indeed within reach when you rely on God's grace and strength. The principles and prayers in this book, inspired and guided by powerful Scripture verses, will help you effectively war against temptation and walk in the freedom God offers every day and in every situation. You will learn the reasons we so easily succumb to temptation, and how God stands ready to intervene so you can succeed and overcome. When you find yourself in a bad place—or even when you think you'll be fine—seek the Lord and pray. This book will get you started with biblical tools and reminders that show how God can guide you safely through your daily battles. This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

Author Bruce Wilkinson
Isbn 073697184X
Genre Religion
Year 2018-10-02
Pages 160
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From the mid-90s to the present, television drama with religious content has come to reflect the growing cultural divide between white middle-America and concentrated urban elites. As author Charlotte E. Howell argues in this book, by 2016, television narratives of white Christianity had become entirely disconnected from the religion they were meant to represent. Programming labeled 'family-friendly' became a euphemism for white, middlebrow America, and developing audience niches became increasingly significant to serial dramatic television. Utilizing original case studies and interviews, Divine Programming investigates the development, writing, producing, marketing, and positioning of key series including 7th Heaven, Friday Night Lights, Rectify, Supernatural, Jane the Virgin, Daredevil, and Preacher. As this book shows, there has historically been a deep ambivalence among television production cultures regarding religion and Christianity more specifically. It illustrates how middle-American television audiences lost significance within the Hollywood television industry and how this in turn has informed and continues to inform television programming on a larger scale. In recent years, upscale audience niches have aligned with the perceived tastes of affluent, educated, multicultural, and-importantly-secular elites. As a result, the televised representation of white Christianity had to be othered, and shifted into the unreality of fantastic genres to appeal to niche audiences. To examine this effect, Howell looks at religious representation through four approaches - establishment, distancing, displacement, and use - and looks at series across a variety of genres and outlets in order to provied varied analyses of each theme.

Author Charlotte E. Howell
Isbn 0190054409
Genre Performing Arts
Year 2020-03-02
Pages 288
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Invoking the biblical motif of Jacob's struggle with the Face of God (Genesis 32), Simon D. Podmore undertakes a constructive theological account of 'spiritual trial' (tentatio; known in German mystical and Lutheran tradition as Anfechtung) in relation to enduring questions of the otherness and hiddenness of God and the self, the problem of suffering and evil, the freedom of Spirit, and the anxious relationship between temptation and ordeal, fear and desire. This book traces a genealogy of spiritual trial from medieval German mystical theology, through Lutheran and Pietistic thought (Tauler; Luther; Arndt; Boehme), and reconstructs Kierkegaard's innovative yet under-examined recovery of the category (AnfAegtelse: a Danish cognate for Anfechtung) within the modern context of the 'spiritless' decline of Christendom. Developing the relationship between struggle (Anfechtung) and release (Gelassenheit), Podmore proposes a Kierkegaardian theology of spiritual trial which elaborates the kenosis of the self before God in terms of Spirit's restless longing to rest transparently in God. Offering an original rehabilitation of the temptation of spiritual trial, this book strives for a renewed theological hermeneutic which speaks to the enduring human struggle to realise the unchanging love of God in the face of spiritual darkness.

Author Simon D Podmore
Isbn 0227902106
Genre Religion
Year 2013-10-31
Pages 294
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The Urkommunismus (the ideal place, the common place, the utopia, the pure place of origin) presides over every mysterious, therefore political, penal, social, financial, institutional, corporate doctrine, and dictates its canons, formulas, algorithms. It is the reference of every bureaucracy in its sacrificial, penal ceremonial. On the principle of nothingness, every regime unravels the fear of the word, to confiscate life. Ideally and really. Both “to the East” and “to the West”. In this book the analysis and reading are performed of the writings called “founding”, which mark our age, weighing down, in its models and its offices. The result is the text of the word, as well as the absolute novelty. And here we also discuss the letters of Aldo Moro, the letters of the Red Brigades, the writings of Paul VI, of “Clean Hands”, the European and Italian legislation, the writings of Cardinal Carlo Borromeo, of Giordano Bruno, of Eckhart, of Dante Alighieri, the Rigveda, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishad, the Avesta, the I Ching, Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching, Lie Zi, Chuang-Tzu, the Bible, Buddha, the Qur’an, Antigone, Medea, the classics of tragedy, the classics of epics, of lyrics, of philosophy, of science, of mathematical logic, Confucius, Mencius, Ma gcig, the Sixth Dalai Lama, Mao, Khomeini, Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping.

Author Armando Verdiglione
Isbn 8885806082
Genre Philosophy
Year 2019-03-22
Pages 976
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The troubles and ills of the church today can only be understood and healed when Christians begin to face up to their hidden alliances with the Corinthians of the first century and embrace both the Apostle’s diagnosis and therapy offered in the epistle. This is the challenge of The Malady and Therapy of the Christian Body, a two-volume commentary by two leading theologians that presents the fruits of a reading strategy that deliberately reflects ecclesial commitment by “reading the Apostle over against ourselves.” Sharing their discoveries about the way Paul deals with questions of factionalism, sexuality, legal conflict, idolatry, dress codes, and eating habits, Brock and Wannenwetsch demonstrate how neither the malady nor the therapy that Paul describes conforms to dominant analyses of the malaise of the contemporary church, which tend to be as “organ centered” as modern medicine. The authors describe the way the Apostle engages in “feeling-into” the organic whole of the body in order to detect blockages to the healthy flow of powers by redirecting their vision to how God is working among them toward the “building up” of the Christian body. The book breaks new ground in crossing the traditional disciplinary boundaries between biblical studies, systematic theology, and theological ethics.

Author Brian Brock,Bernd Wannenwetsch
Isbn 149823352X
Genre Religion
Year 2018-09-27
Pages 296
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This three-in-one volume by Oswald Chambers, recognized as an intimate companion of God, substantiates the very basis of the Christian faith. He upholds the moral and spiritual standing of Christians, despite challenges from today's secular, skeptical, and lawless rationalists. Here Chambers addresses the human needs to recognize the ethical demands of Scripture, and he challenges readers to act as Jesus did, in the power of His Spirit. Throughout these pages he upholds the ethical principles of the Christian life by promoting Christian thinking that leads to godly behavior.

Author Oswald Chambers
Isbn 1627073167
Genre Religion
Year 2015-03-23
Pages 368
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During the past forty years, there has been extraordinary growth in the impact of religion on nations all over the world. The number of religious adherents has spiked, their zeal has intensified, and their political influence has expanded dramatically. Religious zeal has become the single most significant cause of conflicts between nations and of power struggles within nations. In Theocracy: Can Democracy Survive Fundamentalism, author P. J. Tierney examines political efforts by fundamentalists, particularly in the United States. Drawing upon current events, history, psychology, ethics, and the Bible, Tierney delves into some of the excesses of contemporary Christian fundamentalism in its efforts to advance the vision of a form of American theocracy. This study defines fundamentalism, particularly Christian fundamentalism; differentiates fundamentalism from traditional Christian renditions; explains fundamentalisms root causes, goals, and express strategies; describes its political evolution; identifies fundamentalisms departures from previous Christian efforts to influence society and government; examines its efforts and their underlying motivations through several lenses, including history, psychology, political theory, ethics, logic, current events, and the Bible; seeks to identify some of the excesses of the contemporary Christian fundamentalist approach; and offers other options for people of faith. Tierney offers practical suggestions for coping with the inroads of fundamentalism in order to strengthen democracy within pluralistic American society. He presents a powerful argument for the separation of religion and politics.

Author P. J. Tierney
Isbn 9781475929287
Genre Political Science
Year 2012-07-24
Pages 326
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Richard Sibbes’s complete 7-volume works contain the following books: Volume 1 The Description of Christ The Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax The Sword of the Wicked The Soul’s Conflict With Itself, and Victory Over Itself By Faith The Saint’s Safety in Evil Times The Saint’s Safety in Evil Times: Manifested by St Paul, From His Experience of God’s Goodness in Greatest Distresses Christ is Best (or, St. Paul’s Strait) Christ’s Sufferings for Man’s Sin The Church’s Visitation Volume 2 Bowels Opened The Spouse, Her Earnest Desire After Christ A Breathing After God The Returning Backslider The Marriage Feast Between Christ and His Church Volume 3 A Commentary on the First Chapter of the Second Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians Volume 4 A Christian’s Portion (or, The Christian’s Charter) The Spiritual Man’s Aim The Right Receiving Judgement’s Reason Yea and Amen (or, Precious Promises Laid Open Out of 2 Cor. I. 10-23) A Glance of Heaven (or, A Precious Taste of a Glorious Feast) The Excellency of the Gospel Above the Law Exposition of 2 Corinthians Chapter IV The Church’s Riches Volume 5 The Christian Work Of the Providence of God An Exposition of the Third Chapter of the Epistle of St Paul to the Philippians The Redemption of Bodies The Art of Contentment The Power of Christ’s Resurrection The Hidden Life The Spiritual Jubilee The Privileges of the Faithful The Christian’s End Christ’s Exaltation Purchased by Humiliation The Life of Faith Salvation Applied A Fountain Sealed The Fountain Opened; Or, the Mystery of Godliness Revealed Volume 6 The Faithful Covenanter Josiah’s Reformation The Spiritual Favourite at the Throne of Grace The Successful Seeker A Rescue From Death, With a Return of Praise The Saint’s Comforts: An Exposition Upon Psalm CXXX The Church’s Complaint and Confidence God’s Inquisition The Rich Poverty; or, the Poor Man’s Riches Spiritual Mourning Violence Victorious Angels’ Acclamations The Fruitful Labour for Eternal Food The Matchless Love and Inbeing A Heavenly Conference King David’s Epitaph Lydia’s Conversion The Bridegroom’s Promises, and the Bride’s Prayer Volume 7 Balaam’s Wish The Unprosperous Builder The Vanity of the Creature Discouragement’s Recovery The Saint’s Happiness David’s Conclusion; or the Saint’s Resolution The Church’s Blackness Miracle of Miracles The Touchstone of Regeneration The Discreet Ploughman The Matchless Mercy The Sun of Righteousness Divine Meditations and Holy Contemplations The Knot of Prayer Loosed The Rich Pearl Sin’s Antidote The Success of the Gospel Mary’s Choice The Christian’s Watch The Coming of Christ The General Resurrection Sibbes’s Last Two Sermons; From Christ’s Last Sermon The Saint’s Privilege The Witness of Salvation Saint Paul’s Challenge The Dead Man The Danger of Backsliding Faith Triumphant The Ruin of Mystical Jericho The Demand of a Good Conscience A Glimpse of Glory The Pattern of Purity The Beast’s Dominion Over Earthly Kings The Church’s Echo

Author Richard Sibbes
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Year 2015-03-20
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Jay P. Green, Sr., translator Verse-paragraph format Gold page edging Rounded corners Ribbon Marker 1,065 pp.

Author Richard Sibbes
Isbn 1878442732
Genre Religion
Year 1995-01-01
Pages 372
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Richard Sibbes (1577–1635) was an English pastor and theologian. A leading Puritan, he influenced George Herbert, John Wesley and Charles Spurgeon. In his book Preachers and Preaching, Martyn Lloyd-Jones noted, "I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes, who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil.... I found at that time that Richard Sibbes... was an unfailing remedy. His books The Bruised Reed and The Soul's Conflict quietened, soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed me." In this book, Sibbes reflects on Psalm 42:11 — "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

Author Richard Sibbes
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Year 2013-05-09
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In taking Sibbes slowly the reader will find some of the most sweetly written paragraphs in puritan literature and theological preaching. It is a treatise on Psalm 42:5 and 11, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance…and my God." Sibbes is an able master exegete who, many times, is thinking far faster than he is writing. His desire to see his thoughts explode upon the page occur frequently, but in a few spots, most angelically. This is not a work to read once. It is one to study, reread and then soak in. This is not a scan or facsimile, and contains an active table of contents for electronic versions.

Author Richard Sibbes
Isbn 1937466329
Genre Religion
Year 2009-10-06
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In Christian theology, the teaching that Christ possessed both a human and divine will is central to the doctrine of two natures, but it also represents a logical paradox, raising questions about how a person can be both impeccable and subject to temptation. This volume explores these questions through an analytic theology approach, bringing together 15 original papers that explore the implications of a strong libertarian concept of free will for Christology. With perspectives from systematic theologians, philosophers, and biblical scholars, several chapters also offer a comparative theology approach, examining the concept of impeccability in the Muslim tradition. Therefore, this volume will be of interest to scholars and graduate students working in analytic theology, biblical scholarship, systematic theology, and Christian-Islamic dialogue.

Author Johannes Grössl,Klaus von Stosch
Isbn 1000376656
Genre Religion
Year 2021-04-13
Pages 316
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This is the first modern biography to place Henry More’s (1614-1687) religious and philosophical preoccupations centre-stage, and to provide a coherent interpretation of his work from a consideration of his own writings, their contexts and aims. It is also the first study of More to exploit the full range of his prolific writings and a number of unknown manuscripts relating to his life. It contains an annotated handlist of his extant correspondence.

Author R. Crocker
Isbn 9401702179
Genre Philosophy
Year 2013-03-09
Pages 278
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This eighth volume includes five treatises meant to promote a good conscience before God. A Discourse of Conscience establishes a framework for understanding the importance of conscience and how it functions. The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience is an extensive treatment of casuistry that treats man in his three principle conditions (by himself, in relation to God, and in relation to others). A Treatise Tending unto a Declaration whether a Man Is in the Estate of Damnation or in the Estate of Grace distinguishes between true and false professors, demonstrates how Roman Catholicism falls short of assurance, and highlights the devil’s attempts to sully the consciences of God’s people. A Case of Conscience gives full attention to the importance of personal assurance of salvation. A Grain of Mustard Seed provides consolation to weak Christians by encouraging them to recognize and grow in gratitude for the grace they have. There is much in the present volume to commend to the reader, but what clearly stands out is Perkins’s skill as a spiritual adviser.

Author William Perkins
Isbn 160178757X
Genre Religion
Year 2019-07-31
Pages 744
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Would you like it if one of the greatest preachers could help you prepare your sermons? How about 20+ ministers to assist you with your sermon? Joseph Exell included content from some of the most famous preachers such as Dwight L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon, J. C. Ryle, Charles Hodge, Alexander MacLaren, Adam Clark, Matthew Henry and many more. He compiled this 56 volume Biblical Illustrator Commentary and Delmarva Publications, Inc. is publishing it in a 6 volume digital set with a linked table of contents for ease of studying. This set includes the analysis on entire Bible, Old and New Testament. Complete your resources with this Biblical Illustrator by Joseph Exell.

Author Exell, Joseph S.
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Year 2015-10-21
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