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Coming a Mission-Driven Church
This book is a step-by-step guide for creating churches driven by a compelling mission. Churches with a blurred sense of purpose can drift aimlessly along from year to year. But few forces in life are as powerful as a group of people fueled by a common purpose. Finally, pastors and local church leaders have a practical guide to transforming church. A mission-driven church can “turn the world upside down” (Acts 17:6)!
Burst the Bubble
[The church] was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God’s plan that through His church, shall be reflected to world His fullness and His sufficiency. The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory.”
–Acts of the Apostles, p 9
The purpose of being a disciple is not only to proclaim the good news, the word of salvation, but also to demonstrate the love of God to people who are in need. We cannot come out of the darkness and simply bask in His marvelous light; we need to go back into the darkness and make a difference. We are chosen by God to be “salt” and “light.”
Wherever we are in the world—individually or collectively as the Adventist Church body—the surrounding environs must be different, transformed by our faithful presence amongst them. When we say we are Christians, we are not talking about self-serving Christianity, but other-serving Christianity. A Christianity that reflects Jesus’ heart of servant hood.
We must make the shift from just going to a church to being a church in the world around us. We must pray for God’s intervention in our own lives, listen to people’s struggles and challenges, and look for opportunities in the neighborhoods and communities that surround us to serve and demonstrate God’s love. Only then will we witness real change—changes in lives and changes in our communities.
The Honors Club Series
You probably remember Bible stories by using a sort of “who’s who” process, right? It’s fairly easy to think of stories that feature individuals—multiple stories come to mind when Abraham, Moses, Peter, or Paul are mentioned. But what if you want to recall a story based on something in nature?
You’ve come to the right place! In this book Laurie Chance Smith groups biblical stories that focus on specific aspects of nature and provides background information and spiritual application. From bugs and birds to seeds and flowers, from fire and water to moon and stars, she explores the wonders of God’s creation as revealed in His Word.
Ideal for use in object lessons and illustrations, these snapshots of nature in the Bible encourage curiosity and further study of both the story and the nature subject. Suggestions for prayer focus and ways to make a difference in our world are included in each chapter to bring the spiritual lesson home.
The Sanguma Tree: True Stories from Life of Papua New Guinea Missionary
“That night we could hear the drums in the village beating. They had an urgent message. ‘Come to Kanganaman. Come to Kanganaman. Come to Kanganaman because tomorrow morning there will be two white men’s bodies to smoke and put up the tree.’ And the people from the surrounding villages came--by the hundreds. Everyone wanted to see the burial of two white men in the Sanguma tree.”
What does faith mean? A strong belief in a higher power or all-knowing being? Trust, loyalty, commitment, or love? Or is it miraculous healings, supernatural miracles, and the impossible becoming possible? Is God controlling the universe and everything happening inside of it?
Faith is a personal, intensely powerful experience that runs deeply throughout cultures and families around the world. In The Sanguma Tree, discover the pure and unwavering faith of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea who believe in an all-powerful God. Filled with inspiring, true stories of life on the front lines of mission, uncover your own faith and believe in a wonder-working God—a God that is more powerful than even the Sanguma tree.
A Pause for Peace
What God’s gift of the Sabbath can mean to you!
A recession grips this country—one that has nothing to do with money. It is bankrupting our home lives, depleting our personal energy reserves, and eroding our devotion to God.
This is a recession of time. Time to enjoy our family and friends, Time to recuperate from frenzied lifestyles. And time to renew our too-often neglected relationship with God.
A Pause for Peace, by Clifford Goldstein, identifies the Sabbath—a day of rest—as God’s recovery plan for this devastating recession. This is easily one of the most life-impacting books you’ll ever read. True refreshment awaits as you discover the practical joys and spiritual blessings of the nearly forgotten practice of taking one day out as a pause for peace.
Hook, Line, and Sinker
Have you been struck by lightning yet? Or are lightning-bug relationships still flickering in and out of your life? If you’re still waiting for your lightning bolt—the true love of your life—don’t settle for less than the extraordinary.
The truth is that finding a balance between what society portrays as a picture-perfect relationship and Christian reality is hard—especially when the bait in chick flicks and teen magazines seems so attractive. But there is something better out there, and you deserve it!
That’s why Heather Marie Thompson, taking the role of a big sister, invites you to walk a mile in her high heels so that you can avoid all the left turns that made her stumble. Using biblical concepts and stories from her own life, Heather tackles many of the challenges that you face—dating outside of your religion, jealousy, cheating, and sex before marriage—while emphasizing the importance of being anchored in the love of Christ.
Now, what are you waiting for? Get away from that nasty hook and learn how to listen for thunder!
Total Member Involvement
'It's time for the people of God ... to work. The world is the field of our work, and we must strive to give the last message of mercy to the world. '- Ellen G. White
The initiative of Total Member Involvement follows the commission of Jesus so that each believer 'goes to the whole world ...'
More than simply a call to serve, this book presents simple and practical ways for each member to enlist as a worker for God, whether it is on the other side of the ocean or on the other side of the street.
Join the beloved pastor and evangelist Alejandro Bullón, in urging each member to commit wholeheartedly with their personal participation in this global movement that will lead to the soon return of Christ.
Moving Your Church
When did you last invite someone to attend church?
Research reveals that only 2 percent of members invite an unchurched person to church in a given year. That means 98 percent of churchgoers never invite a seeker to church.
If your church were to disappear, would the members of your community miss it?
Seventy-five percent of the Seventh-day Adventist church members in North America who were asked this question responded, 'They don't even know we are here.' That's what happens when members view evangelism as something only pastors and professional evangelists do. Only when the members believe evangelism to be a way of life does the church begin to flourish.
Moving Your Church was written to encourage and equip members and leaders to successfully carry out the vision and mission of Christ in their local community. Dr. Kidder offers us this encouragement:
'Through the power of the Spirit, ordinary people like you and me can do extraordinary things for God.'
Mud: Off-Road Discoveries
Mud is crammed full of fun, fabulous, and sometimes bizarre facts on edible bugs, barnacles, bears, and a bunch of other fascinating stuff. For instance, did you know:
The catfish has more than 27,000 taste buds—the most of any animal.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
Snails can sleep for three years without eating.
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
Slugs have four noses.
All nature has been wonderfully designed by our loving Creator to help sustain life for us on planet Earth. It’s no wonder that God looked at everything He had made and said, “It is good.”
Nature provides us with food, water, air to breathe, materials for shelter and clothing. But nature possesses so much more! The author of Amazing Nature reveals little-known facts that demonstrate a creationary will.
The beautiful full color illustrations and photographs support the instructional language so that children and adults can understand and appreciate nature to a greater extent.
Features include short morals for children and experiments to carry out at home.
Serious About Love
Dr. Kay Kuzma answers the question 'Is there really a way to know if someone is right for you?'
Whether you're dating someone or just looking for the 'right one,' this book will help you understand the serious side of love and offers plenty of down-to-earth guidance for dating and love.
Letters to Young Lovers
AHHH.... YOUNG LOVE. What a beautiful thing! But anyone who has experienced young love knows it can also be confusing and heartbreaking. How do you know if s/he is the one? What do you do if you've fallen in love with a non-Christian? Is it wrong to lead someone on if you're both having fun? What's the difference between infatuation and true love? Where do you turn for advice?
Throughout her life, Ellen G. White had opportunity to offer advice to young lovers. While some of the advice was to youth in general, much of it was written in personal letters - many of which are reproduced within Letters to Young Lovers.
What would it be like to receive a letter from a prophet? Would you have the courage to open it? Would you take the advice to heart, or would you discard it as irrelevant? The young people who received these letters over a hundred years ago struggled with the same feelings and emotions as you. Open these "envelopes" and receive wisdom and counsel on the choices you're facing today.