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The devotional life of Christians over the two millennia since Christ has been one of motion, changing and growing in response to the challenges presented to the Church, the temperaments of newly baptized nations, and controversies about how we can and should relate to God. And yet the core of authentic Christian devotion has not changed--- it remains today, as it was in the time of the Church Fathers, the trusting and personal encounter with Christ that is both open and foundational to the life of all Christian believers. In this book the well-known spiritual writer and teacher, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F. R., surveys the development and trials of Christian devotion from the days of the martyrs until the twentieth century. Tracking them through the centuries and among "sadly divided branches of Christianity", he finds a commonality of experience and even of language that is constantly ignored among Christians themselves. By observing what "image of Christ" the canvas of common devotion portrays, he hopes we will move "not to discredit this image, but to sharpen it and make it more consistent with the New Testament and the ancient Church". Though the devotional life is sometimes brushed offas unimportant in comparison to a theological understanding of Christ, Groeschel warns that such dismissal threatens to make distant, unknown, and obscure the Savior who said "I am with you always." Instead the answer is to draw near to Jesus in devotion and with authentic expressions of that devotion, which themselves help paint the image of Christ found concretely in revelation onto the minds and into the daily life of the devout. Begun on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and the result of years of preparation and the author's whole life of guiding people as priest, public preacher, psychologist, and spiritual director, this book will help Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant believers gain, not only a comprehensive view of how pious Christians over the centuries have lived out their devotion to God, but also the examples and perspective they need to live more devoutly today.
For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith. Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination. When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have wronged them, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again. Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.
Now in its 14th printing, I Am With You has been the best-selling devotional in the UK since then. These words of divine encouragement were given to John Wooley in his work as a hospital chaplain, and have since inspired and uplifted tens of thousands, even changed their lives.
These poems are God's gift to me in my morning quiet time and I make of them a gift to you. I am so often amazed at the words that appear on the page as I write. I know these thoughts are not the ones I am used to living with day to day, and I worship God for His words revealed through me, a simple seeker who loves Him. In these pages you will hear God speaking to you. You will also hear me whining at God (seems like when my writing is all about me and my shortcomings, I must be whining). and there follows a section that is perhaps rhetorical, perhaps not. We can all gain from the words written here. May these simple and sometimes inconsistent thoughts bless you and draw you closer to Him.
God Is Greater than You Think Many people feel both drawn to God and afraid of Him at the same time. Is it really possible to be close to a perfect God when it seems like we are always messing up? Fortunately, God wants us to know him better. In this daily devotional, Ann Spangler paints a thrilling vision of a God who is not only all powerful but also deeply compassionate and rich in mercy. As you learn more about this amazing God who is holy, just, always present, and filled with unending love, you will quickly realize that God is far bigger and far better than anything you could ever hope or imagine.

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