The Beauty of Staying Together
Calvina, the young battered wife of Duane, is in desperate need of a new start in life. Will her jealous husband, the mad man with whom she had been unequally yoked, prove too much to ever hope for a chance of staying together--a chance to fix her troubled marriage? Read chapter one now!
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Las experiencias cercanas a la muerte: ¿Qué dice la Biblia cristiana?
Profundizamos la cuestión de las experiencias cercanas a la muerte desde una perspectiva cristiana que se basa en las escrituras de la palabra de Dios, la Biblia cristiana. No hacemos especulaciones sino que estudiamos las experiencias reales que han vivido mucha gente que compartieron sus historias--algunas de ellas son felices mientras que otras son aterradoras. ¡Véase un extracto!
¿Pueden los cristianos ser maldecidos?
¿Se ha preguntado alguna vez si los cristianos pueden ser maldecidos por la brujería? Si usted es una de las muchas personas que sí tiene esa duda, no está solo. Muchos creyentes, sobre todo los líderes cristianos, enseñan que la historia de Balac y Balaam en el Antiguo Testamento nos demuestra que Dios no permite que los cristianos sean maldecidos por brujería. Pero, estudiar esa historia de cerca revela que las cosas no son así de sencillas. Obtenga respuestas.
¿Qué Tiene que Ver Conmigo? por Teófila Gottfried
¿Qué tiene que ver conmigo lo que dice la Biblia? ¿Sirve en estos días lo que se cuenta allí? ¿No son anticuadas sus enseñanzas? ¿Qué tengo que ver yo con gente que vivió hace dos, cuatro o seis mil años? ¿Es posible aplicar a mi vida algo de lo que dice la Biblia? ¿O los Diez Mandamientos es todo lo que enseña? En tal caso ¿puedo considerarme "buena persona" si los cumplo?
Lo que leemos en la Biblia tiene que ver con todos los seres humanos, sean cristianos o judíos, ateos o agnósticos, budistas, musulmanes o adherentes a alguna de las filosofías o nuevas religiones que surgen en el mundo. ¿Por qué? Ver mayor información sobre este libro dinámico.
¿Qué Tiene que Ver Conmigo? por Teófila Gottfried
Christian Ministry to the Elderly: Usefulness of Activities
In the classic movie, It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey leans on a railing over the river contemplating suicide when he hears a splash and a cry for help. George, forgetting his own troubles, jumps in the river to save what he thinks is a drowning man.
In real life, especially in the twenty-first century, there are so many things besides death from which one might save another person. One for which there seems to be few answers is what to do with the elderly among us who are languishing away in nursing homes. In fact, what do we do with elderly Christians who are languishing away in the church? So many of these once productive elderly Christians are citizens who lived their lives as parents, teachers, nurses, doctors, production and office workers, are a reservoir of wisdom.
The American Century Dictionary defines wisdom as: experience and knowledge together with the power of applying them. Our elderly Christians have the experience and knowledge--we can give them the power to apply these assets via Christian ministry to the elderly.
The Wisdom of a Mother
When I was younger, I attended a church service one evening in which our most senior member, Mother Gayle Resbie, was called on to speak. As soon as the announcement was made I began to squirm and look around to see how others were taking the news. Boring, is all I could think.
Well, to my surprise, Mother Resbie jumped right in with the story of a farmer and his horse. The horse fell into a hole and there was no one around to help the farmer get him out. Being a person who cares about animals, she now had my attention. I'm sure in my mind I was thinking the same as the others around me. How was the farmer, all by himself, going to get the horse out?
Mother Resbie told how the farmer began to carry bale after bale of hay to the hole where he untied them and dropped the straw into the hole. That ole' horse, realizing what the farmer was doing, began to prance around grounding the straw into the ground. That straw rose higher and higher until it was level with the ground and the horse walked out.
Fortunately, Mother Resbie was in good health so she snorted and pranced around while telling the story. She then mimicked the farmer speaking encouragement to the horse. "It's alright boy, you're comin' out of that hole. Don't give up. Just keep on dancin'." I found myself cheering for the horse.
The story was one that as a child I enjoyed hearing. It held no real significance for me at that time. As I grew older, and learned that life had holes that people fall into and rivers that people jump into, I came to realize why "It's A Wonderful Life" became a classic. Clarence, an angel disguised as a drowning man for whom suicidal George jumped into the water, explained to his rescuer that he was the one who was saved. It doesn't really make sense, yet it does. Clarence knew the heart of George. Except for the problem he was facing which seemed, at least to George, that there was no answer, George was a kind and generous man. It would have been a pity for him to end it all that day leaving behind so many people who would benefit from all that he had to offer.
It is a pity that people sit in nursing homes and even in their own homes full of stories of encouragement and of overcoming problems in life with whom they have no one to share. However, this can change if believers do not forget the need for Christian ministry to the elderly.
Few of us will have the opportunity to save a drowning or suicidal person or even a trapped horse. But these situations call for solutions for which many times there seems there aren't any. We now know that's not true. There are no problems for which there are no answers. When and if we don't find the answers, it may be that we've not been looking in the right places. Perhaps one of these places is in Christian ministry to the elderly--a ministry that also reaches back to the young.
That reservoir of wisdom mentioned earlier in our elderly Christians is one of those untapped places. Who, more than the young need to tap into that supply? The question might be, how do we bring the immature and the mature together? The answer is found in Council of Elders
, a new and proven effective series of activities for Christian ministry to the elderly.
Double Portion of Elijahs Spirit: Soul Transfer in the Bible?
The second chapter of the book of II Kings is the part of the story of Elijah and Elisha with which we are dealing. Probably the most interesting thing we learn is that Elisha received a double portion of Elijah's spirit, who was taken up to heaven. This is one of the main, if not the main, biblical passage that is used to support the belief that soul transfer, also known as spirit transfer, or walk-ins, is actually a Christian concept with biblical support. Don't be deceived! Get the definitive biblical answer now.
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