One

Author: Deidra Riggs
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781493406524
Size: 11.74 MB
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Jesus didn't say that the world would know we are his followers by our biting rhetoric, our political leanings, our charity work, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls. Deidra Riggs wants us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation. In One, Riggs shows readers that when Jesus offered himself up in our place, he was not only purchasing our salvation but also setting an example for us to follow. She helps readers understand that they are secure in God's inexhaustible love, making them free to love others lavishly--not just in what they do but in what they say, what they don't say, what they will endure, and what they will forgive. Anyone who longs for unity in the church, in their family, and in their community will find in this book both inspiring examples of loving done well and encouragement to begin the often unnoticed hard work of building bridges with those around them.

One

Author: Deidra Riggs
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 0801018439
Size: 10.84 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Jesus didn't say that the world would know we are his followers by our biting rhetoric, our political leanings, our charity work, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls. Deidra Riggs wants us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation. In One, Riggs shows readers that when Jesus offered himself up in our place, he was not only purchasing our salvation but also setting an example for us to follow. She helps readers understand that they are secure in God's inexhaustible love, making them free to love others lavishly--not just in what they do but in what they say, what they don't say, what they will endure, and what they will forgive. Anyone who longs for unity in the church, in their family, and in their community will find in this book both inspiring examples of loving done well and encouragement to begin the often unnoticed hard work of building bridges with those around them.

Disunity In Christ

Author: Christena Cleveland
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830864959
Size: 10.71 MB
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Winner of a 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award ("Our Very Short List" in "The Leader's Outer Life" category) 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one," divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. We criticize freely those who disagree with us, don't look like us, don't act like us and don't even like what we like. Though we may think we know why this happens, Christena Cleveland says we probably don't. In this eye-opening book, learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions. Learn: Why I think all my friends are unique but those in other groups are all the same Why little differences often become big sources of conflict Why categorizing others is often automatic and helpful but can also have sinister side effects Why we are so often victims of groupthink and how we can avoid it Why women think men are judging them more negatively than men actually are, and vice versa Why choices of language can actually affect unity With a personal touch and the trained eye of a social psychologist, Cleveland brings to bear the latest studies and research on the unseen dynamics at work that tend to separate us from others. Learn why Christians who have a heart for unity have such a hard time actually uniting. The author provides real insight for ministry leaders who have attempted to build bridges across boundaries. Here are the tools we need to understand how we can overcome the hidden forces that divide us.

Count To One

Author: Bishop Robert Gosselin
Publisher: CertaPublishing.com
ISBN: 9780997698251
Size: 11.83 MB
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The prayer of Jesus in John 17 was that His Church would be one, and that together we would display the glory of God to a lost and dying world. Our unity would prove our message. Sadly, we’ve badly missed the mark. Bishop Robert lifts the veil on what the Holy Spirit has been doing across the globe, enflaming hearts of believers everywhere to fulfill Christ’s prayer. Today, God is moving His Church to the place of unity we see in John 17! Count to One lays a simple and compelling foundation every believer can stand upon, examining the issues and answering the questions everyone asks about overcoming the barriers to genuine Christian unity. God gave Bishop Robert an interesting task one day in prayer, telling him “I am teaching you to count to one!” The lesson was to be found in a simple truth revealed in the pages of the Scriptures. The Lord’s determination to see the unity of His Body restored and His desire to see the power of His glory displayed to a lost and dying world will strike you with deliberate force as you take in the message of Count to One. Christ desires to see His Body as one—a powerful and life-changing reflection of His own ministry on Earth, and Bishop Robert lays out the principles that every believer in Jesus can use to begin breaking down the barriers, which have held them back and building bridges of unity within the Body of Christ. Using a combination of fascinating historical insights and refreshingly simple applications of Scripture, Bishop Robert leads you down the path to real freedom to love your brothers and sisters in Christ in a new and effective way. Read the book and meet the family you never believed you had. Welcome home! For more information, please visit www.BishopRobert.com

Roadmap To Reconciliation

Author: Brenda Salter McNeil
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830844425
Size: 16.84 MB
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We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? Based on her extensive consulting experiences with colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil shows us how to take the next step into unity, wholeness and justice.

A Sense Of Belonging

Author: Gregory R. Meredith
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:951432657
Size: 10.98 MB
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This thesis project researches causes of suffering and disconnection in western culture and searches for solutions and paths to healing through spiritual practices found in both mystical and prophetic traditions. It identifies, at least in Western culture, that there is a need to shift the current worldview of separateness to one of awareness of connection to all life that proceeds from the One Source, God and is all inclusive. A sense of belonging comes out of an awareness of this connection, yet, connection is not enough. All life is dynamic and exists on many levels and to find wholeness, and to heal from a state of disharmony and estrangement, the drive toward full actualization must also be acknowledged and developed. At the same time the drive toward unity and love must be strengthened through spiritual practices that promote compassion and acceptance of human nature and the state of man’s existence. Thus, a greater balance and wholeness can be expressed individually and in community. Healing and wholeness cannot be achieved in a divided world. To nurture the drive toward unity, awareness of one’s interdependence and a deeper spiritual understanding of one’s being is needed. This is developed through spiritual practices of prayer, meditation, and contemplation found in mystical traditions. The prophetic tradition helps to create a safe place of nurturing and compassion where each person can express their frustration and anguish and move beyond to a greater empowered state. Community provides the space for one’s gifts to be developed while offering direction and support to co-creating alternative possibilities. This thesis will focus on the elder population, its challenges and its potentials, as the ideas of this thesis are developed and processes of healing are explored. Our senior population has been effected deeply by the isolation caused in the current Western worldview and many suffer due to disconnection, disempowerment, and lack of community. As the elder population increases, reclaiming elder-wisdom and building community through spiritual and social means becomes more urgent. A sense of belonging within community offers hope and healing to the many who are struggling alone.

Divided By Faith

Author: Michael O. Emerson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195147073
Size: 17.15 MB
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Based on a telephone survey of 2,000 people and 200 interviews, the authors study the grassroots of white evangelical America and learn that evangelicals themselves seem to hang on to the nation's racial divide and at this point in time real racial reconciliation remains unsolved by conservative Christians.