Imagine That

Author: Manuel Luz
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 9781575673486
Size: 50.50 MB
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Why are we artists? How does God experience art? What is the artist’s calling in relation to God, the church, and the world? Drawing from his experiences performing Mozart, playing “dive bars", and leading worship and the arts in the church, author Manuel Luz seeks to answer the questions that artists often ask. Laced with humorous and sometimes poignant anecdotes, Imagine That is a thought-provoking journey through the convergence of art and faith. Luz has been a working musician, writer, pastor, and even amateur cartoonist for more than 40 years, and in Imagine That he lays out his case for a uniquely Christian approach to the vocation of artist, using theologically rich and artist-friendly language. In the end, Imagine That affirms and equips Christian artists for the special kind of ministry that only they can do.

Creative Church Handbook

Author: J. Scott McElroy
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830897593
Size: 41.83 MB
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If the future is creative, is it any wonder that sometimes the church seems stuck in the past? Now is the time for the church to reclaim its role as a center of creativity. Among your members are artists, musicians and other creatives whose gifts can enhance your worship, inform your theology and impact your community. Christian arts advocate J. Scott McElroy gives a comprehensive vision and manual for unleashing creativity in your congregation so you can connect with the more visual, aural, participatory and expressive generation that is rising up within the church today. In this handbook you'll find clear direction for: Mobilizing and managing artists and other creatives in your congregation Establishing structures and parameters for arts ministry Leading and supporting staff and church members in creative changes Enhancing the worship service Adding creative elements to your sermons Engaging the broader community Activate your church in every avenue of worship with this practical guide for arts ministry.

Futureville

Author: Skye Jethani
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1595554629
Size: 24.64 MB
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Want to see the future? It is brighter than you think. What we believe about tomorrow determines how we live today. As Christians debate how to faithfully engage with our rapidly changing world, our vision of the future has never been more important. But rather than providing a clear sense of purpose for our lives, popular Christian ideas about the future steal it from us by saying our work in the world, apart from ministry, has no eternal value. Is it any wonder why young adults are less interested in church, or why a culture desperate for meaning and hope dismisses our message? In Futureville, Skye Jethani offers us a vision-shifting glimpse of the world of tomorrow described in Scripture. He reveals how a biblical vision of the future can transform every person’s work with a sense of purpose and dignity today. Futureville is a smart, inspiring call to cultivate the order, beauty, and abundance that reflects the heart and vision of God for our world.

Congratulations You Re Gifted

Author: Doug Fields
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 0310569257
Size: 70.84 MB
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Are you confused about who you are or where you?re headed? Does your life seem cluttered and chaotic? Do you wish you understood God?s plan and purpose for your life? Do you want to uncover your God-given strengths? If you said yes to any of these questions, you?ve come to the right book.The first step is to know who you are. Remember, you?re a child of God?created by him with your own unique heart, abilities, personality, and spiritual gifts. God brought all those elements together in you so that you could serve him and the world in your own unique way.Inside the pages of this book, you?ll discover the place where your God-given passions and strengths intersect, and you?ll find the way you?re designed to serve. With interactive exercises and questions for you to answer, you?ll learn more about your:? Spiritual Gifts? Heart? Abilities? Personality? ExperiencesUnderstanding each of these areas of your life, you?ll begin to see who you are and how you?re designed to serve. You?ll stop serving because that?s what you?re ?supposed? to do, and start serving from the depths of your heart and soul because it?s what you were created to do.

Imagine That

Author: Mike Nappa
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub
ISBN: 9780806636184
Size: 61.66 MB
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Imagine That! is packed with hundreds of fun and easy activities such as: -- choose a family mascot-- list 50 words that describe God-- host a Christmas party in July-- teach an old dog a new trick-- go one full day without using electricity

Joy That Lasts

Author: Gary Smalley
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310831881
Size: 58.25 MB
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Discover what it means to truly trust God, and how a deep relationship with him can bring life and joy into marriage.Renowned family counselor, seminar speaker, and author Gary Smalley gives insight into five truths that can transform marriage. Sharing openly from his own relationship with his wife, Norma, Gary shows why both husbands and wives need* An independent energy source to recharge their spiritual batteries* Someone each can talk to about anything and at any time* An understanding of their emotions and what they mean* Reassurance that their trials have meaning* A shared mission they can strive for together

The Artist S Rule

Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 1933495472
Size: 38.53 MB
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Christine Valters Paintner, author of Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire, invites readers to discover and develop their creative gifts in a spirit of prayer and reflection. This twelve-week course draws on the insights and practices of Benedictine spirituality to explore the interplay between contemplation and creativity. Summarized in the phrase "pray and work," The Rule of St. Benedict provides the inspiration for Christine Valters Paintner's newest exploration of the mutually nourishing relationship between contemplative practices and creative expression. Artists of all stripes and stations in life--poets or painters, potters or photographers--will discover how traditions of Benedictine, Celtic, and desert spirituality can offer new sources of inspiration for their work. Through this twelve-week course, themes like "Sacred Tools and Sacred Space," "Creative Solitude and Community," and "Nature as a Source of Revelation and Inspiration" are enriched by Paintner's perceptive discussion and enhanced by insightful quotations from well-known artists and writers. Each week offers suggestions for grounding both the creative and the spiritual life through three basic practices: walking, lectio divina, and journaling. In sync with Paintner's vibrant Internet presence, The Artist's Rule is supplemented with online resources, including guided meditation podcasts, video lessons, and discussions.

I Can Only Imagine

Author: Bart Millard
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0785216758
Size: 38.89 MB
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The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history. Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life—and the movie based on it—to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever. I Can Only Imagine is a front-row seat to witnessing God’s presence throughout Bart’s life. Whether falling in love with his childhood sweetheart or mourning his father’s death, founding MercyMe or flailing in the midst of its success, Bart continues to place his trust in God’s plans—plans that continue to surprise and surpass what Bart could have ever imagined.

Dream Big

Author: Heather Boersma
Publisher: Word Alive Press
ISBN: 1770696172
Size: 63.73 MB
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Are you living the life you always dreamed of? This 30-day devotional is your tool to discover God's big dream for your life. Be inspired by scripture, stories, and practical advice about how to live the abundant life God has for you. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine. But how? Dream Big will guide you through what God's word says about: - God's dream for the world. - Jesus' dream for the church. - God's unique dream for you. - Practical steps to live out your big dream. By the end of this 30-day journey, you will have a clear picture of God's good plan for your life, and tools to live your big dreams! "Heather is an anointed Truth teller and her writing draws me into deeper relationship with God every time... May this book cause you to be still, hear the greatness of His love for you, and dare to 'dream big' with Him." Amanda Falk, Christian Recording Artist "Why settle for a small life? In Dream Big, Heather Boersma challenges us to catch hold of God's dreams for our lives -and to really live! Rooted in Scripture, by the end of the 30 days you'll know more about God, about yourself, and about your calling, and you'll be ready to fly!" Sheila Wray Gregoire, author and speaker About the Author: Heather Boersma is a Canadian Christian speaker, writer, and teacher. Her writing has been published in SUSIE magazine and she posts daily insights on her blog, Dreaming Big (www.heatherboersma.com/blog). Heather lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband Alex, their son Cohen and their crazy dog Bailey.