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NO OTHER NAME
The album’s standout songs include the title track, No Other Name, which captures Hillsong Church’s current season of building on the foundations of the past three decades and ‘pioneering again’ while continuing to lift up the one it all began with, Jesus. This I Believe is a modern day expression of the statements of belief outlined in the ancient Apostles’ Creed. These are foundational truths that have unified Christians across the globe for centuries and continue to do so today.
In April Hillsong Church took over Times Square’s digital billboards proudly declaring the name of Jesus before thousands of tourists and onlookers. Instead of flashing the usual ads, news reports or the day’s market results, 21 digital screens played for an hour a looped video comprised of just a few frames flashing repeatedly: Jesus and No Other Name. More than just songs, the songs on No Other Name give voice to individuals and churches across the earth, unifying them in a declaration of worship that is lifted to and for no other name but Jesus.
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, Louis Zamperini the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, he would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit and has been hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine. See also this month’s The Buzz category re this great man’s passing.
PRAYING WITH POWER
Praying the scriptures is often one of the least understood and most overlooked expressions of prayer. To delve into the word of God and allow it to delve into us requires immersing ourselves in scripture until scriptures permeate our prayers. This intentional integration with God’s word leads us from the shallows of superficial prayer to the deeps of intimately discovering God in fresh and profound ways.
Praying With Power from World Outreach International’s Leadership Development Director will inspire and empower readers to reach unhindered dimensions of effective prayer. See also this month’s Opinion category.
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HOW TO PICK UP A STRIPPER AN OTHER ACTS OF KINDNESS
Todd and Erin Stevens
The starting and ending points for all outreach have to be love. The most effective way to reach people for Jesus is through servant evangelism—showing God’s love in practical ways. This type of outreach is what Jesus modeled, is culturally relevant, and values people. The goal should be to invite people to take the next step from where they are.
Friendship Community Church, led by Pastor Todd Stevens, has experienced tremendous growth through acts of kindness. The church’s most radical servant evangelism project is Nashville Strip Church, founded by Erin Stevens. Erin’s life changed when God told her to ‘go feed the strippers.’ With home-cooked meals and gift bags, Erin shows dancers that God loves them. How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness includes the story of a dancer who has come to know Christ, left the strip club industry through Erin’s ministry, and is now serving with Erin to reach other strippers.
From feeding the homeless, to Easter egg hunts for special needs children, to ministering in a strip club, this inspiring book provides exciting ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways. See this month’s Inspirational category.
RAISED WITH CHRIST
Jesus truly is alive today. But compared to his atoning death, Jesus’ resurrection sparks relatively little discussion in the church. Inadvertently, we can become so focused on the good news that Christ died for our sins, that we almost forget he was ‘raised for our justification’ (Romans 4:25).
In Raised with Christ, author Dr Adrian Warnock exhorts Christians not to neglect the resurrection in their teaching and experience. Dr Warnock takes his cue from Acts, where every recorded sermon focuses on Jesus’ resurrection. He stresses that Christians who faithfully proclaim both the death and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and live out the implications of that message in vibrant, grace-filled churches, will be enabled to reach a world that lives in death’s dark shadow.
The power of the risen Christ is active in every true Christian, transforming our lives. Raised with Christ will help you discover afresh the massive implications of the empty tomb. Jesus’ resurrection really has changed everything. See this month’s Ask the Doctors – Mind category.
Theologian Dr Jim McClure cuts through the jargon so beloved by theologians enabling readers to rediscover the profound significance of the unavoidability of grace in salvation and in living the Christian life. Grace Revisited takes us on a journey back to ancient Greece to unearth the origins of the word and concept of the Greek word charis. With scholarly precision, this easy-to-read book shows that the commonly accepted definition of grace as ‘The unmerited favour of God’ falls short when applied to the New Testament.
Well researched book by an insightful author, Grace Revisited reveals grace as having a strong active meaning, not something that is passively received but rather as something that has a dynamic effect on those who receive it. Jim McClure shows that grace is like a many faceted diamond out of which shines a greater understanding of the great God we worship. Normally $35 but obtainable from the author for $25 (plus postage). Link: email@example.com
SPOTTEA & DOTTEA TRAVELS
Children’s Ministry Series
This new dynamic brand that is designed to hook readers into the mysteries of God, reveals a truth behind each biblical story and has already received an welcomed opening to 155,000 children in Ireland as well as interest worldwide.
Produced by Maurice Wylie Media, Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, the series has been designed for those years of understanding and, according to the feedback that is receiving children and adults alike love it. Each book has 48 full colour pages and carries mystery, intrigue, humour, real life issues, Bible based story, different personalities, follow-up questions, seek and find, life lessons and a prayer.
Maurice Wylie links: firstname.lastname@example.org, or for more information, www.mauricewyliemedia.com . Recommended for children’s ministries and parents alike. See also The Buzz.
A great resource for lead pastors – The 30 Navigational Decisions Leading Pastors Make In Growing the Church.
The Hardy Group’s Dick Hardy challenges ‘Ever wonder why some churches are declining and others are not? What characteristics do pastors of larger, growing churches possess? At The Hardy Group we believe that church doesn’t have to be what it always has been. And we believe you can lead at an entirely new level. Right Turns serves as a guide to get you there.’
Sale price: US $12.95 (normally $14.95) plus postage…link:http://www.thehardygroup.org
A SHELTERED LIFE
In this amazing story of ‘Taking it to the streets’ Dr Jeremy Reynalds, who founded and runs Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter and was once homeless himself, shares how he rose from the despair of homelessness to the pinnacle of academia, earning a doctorate in intercultural education at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.
In addition, the book contains stories of a number of people who have fallen on hard times and have got back on their feet again with the help of the Lord at Joy Junction.
Dan Wooding, ASSIST Ministries, comments: ‘Jeremy’s story has challenged me to pay more attention to the homeless among us. I pray that his life will likewise encourage you.’ Link: http://bookstore.westpress.com/Products/SKU000633175/A-Sheltered-Life.aspx