The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy: Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy: Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

A little treasure of aphorisms and advice for living joyously and spiritually today, written 200 years ago, but startlingly fresh in meaning and use. Challenges and helps us to move from stress and sadness to hope and joy.

To some, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810) is best known for stories that possess profound depth and speak to the very soul. To others, his teachings shed light on some of the deepest mysteries. Here, his timeless wisdom, adapted by disciples living in Jerusalem today, reaches out to us all: Never lose hope; find joy and cause for happiness in everything that happens to you. Teacher, guide, and spiritual master Rebbe Nachman provides vital words of inspiration and wisdom for life today for people of any faith, or of no faith.

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Finding Home: Stories of Roman Catholics Entering the Episcopal Church

Finding Home: Stories of Roman Catholics Entering the Episcopal Church

Christopher L. Webber tells the stories of men and women who left the church of their childhood for various reasons: questions of conscience, authority, remarriage after divorce, sexuality, the need to ask questions. We hear from a lawyer, a pilot, a nurse, an executive, a homemaker, two priests and a bishop what it meant for them to make this journey. Their stories raise larger issues of conversion, discernment, inclusion, church membership and belonging.

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First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity

First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity

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Scott Hahn has the rare ability to explain the essential teachings of Catholicism in a totally accessible manner. Rather than burdening the reader with difficult or arcane references and arguments, he writes of familiar feelings and situations and allows the theology to unfold naturally. In First Comes Love, Hahn turns his attention to the search for a sense of belonging, revealing the intimate connection between the families men and women create on earth and the divine family, the Holy Trinity.

Delving into the Gospels, Hahn shows that family terminology–words like brother, sister, mother, father, and home–dominates Jesus’ speech and the writings of His first followers, and that these very words illuminate Christianity’s central ideas. As he explores the fatherhood of God, the marriage of the Church to Christ, and the all-enveloping role of the Holy Spirit, Hahn deepens readers’ understanding of the sacraments, teaches them how to create a family life in the image of the Trinity, and demonstrates the ways in which the analogy of the family applies to every aspect of Catholicism and its practices–from the role of “father” embodied by the ancient patriarchs and contemporary parish priests, to the comfort and guidance offered by the brothers and sisters who comprise the Communion of Saints, to the nurturing embrace of Mary, the mother of all Christians.

Through real-life examples (both humorous and compassionate) and quotations drawn from the Scriptures, Hahn makes it clear that no matter what sort of family readers come from–no matter what sort of “dysfunction” they have experienced–they can find a family in the Church. Reaching out to newcomers and to lifelong Christians alike, First Comes Love is an invitation to discover a true home in the divine.

From the Hardcover edition.Scott Hahn, in First Comes Love, uses the idea of family to explain Catholic thought about the Trinity. Hahn believes that the relations among the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are a model for the relations among every nuclear unit composed of father, mother, and child. And he believes that the family of the Church helps people emulate the Trinitarian family and can heal them when they fall short of such holiness. Hahn moves easily from personal anecdote to Scriptural analysis, making his case that Jesus understood all of humanity as part of one family when he called his followers brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. First Comes Love makes the salutary point that neither romance nor parenthood alone can give us a sufficient sense of belonging. “God built us all to live in a much larger family, to experience a much larger love … a love that extends infinitely.” –Michael Joseph Gross

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Religious events in Southwest Michigan: Finding Hope in the Crisis series, St. Michael Lutheran Church and School, and …

Religious events in Southwest Michigan: Finding Hope in the Crisis series, St. Michael Lutheran Church and School, and …
A look at religious events and activities over the next few days from across Southwest Michigan.
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Fellowship briefs for October 28, 2010
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Hymns Vs Choruses – Finding the Right Balance in Church Worship Music

Hymns Vs Choruses – Finding the Right Balance in Church Worship Music

For three years while I was a worship pastor almost every week someone from the congregation would bring up the issue of Hymn’s vs. Choruses. Some members wanted more hymns, some wanted more choruses, some wanted hymns sung like choruses and some wanted less hymns and less “old” chorus songs so that we could do more “new” stuff. It didn’t seem like it was possible to make anyone happy.

In fact, it was difficult to make anyone happy. I would try to adjust the mix of the music and try tried to educate members of my congregation. It just didn’t seem to matter… That was until I figured out that the issue wasn’t really about hymns or choruses (at least for most people). The debate about these two styles of music was simply a way of voicing other thoughts and issues that were weighing on people’s hearts. I came to realize that in almost every case, when people voiced their dissent about hymns or choruses they had another issue that needed to be addressed. Here were the five most common issues that I found…

1. Congregation members wanted to feel that they were valued and that the things that mattered to them mattered to the leadership of the church. They wanted to be heard and they wanted to feel that their opinion, likes, dislikes and feelings were important to someone else. Many of the older members of the congregation didn’t want to feel forgotten while younger members wanted to feel that they had some say in the way that the church worked too.

2. There is an incredible amount of selfishness in the Church. Many church members are looking for a church that will “meet their needs” above all else. This tends to produce a consumeristic mentality that leads individuals to a place of evaluation instead of participation. Often the framework of the hymns vs. choruses debate needs to be reframed so that members realize that it is not “all about me” but instead it is “all about Him”.

3. The debate over the style of music for a church is often more about change and change process than it is about music. Change is painful and almost nobody likes it. Sometimes as church leadership, we forget that most individuals struggle with change, especially if it is rapid. Congregation members want to feel comfortable when they come to church and change can make things comfortable. Often if the issue of hymns vs. choruses is raised as a tangible example of resistance or feelings of uneasiness with change.

4. Although there will always be a few people that love to complain about everything, it is important to remember to give people the benefit of the doubt when they raise concerns about hymns vs. choruses. Often, when people advocate for more of one or other style of music they are genuinely worried about the worship services being relevant and ministering to a specific audience. Amazingly, two people who sit next to each other in the pews can view the target audience of the church as two completely different groups of individuals. A leadership who casts vision well and has a clearly defined target in mind can really help to alleviate this problem. Many individuals who may have a preference for Hymns or choruses are willing to put aside their personal likes and dislikes in order to better minister to a different generation. This is one of the things that makes the body of Christ strong.

5. Sometimes it is not about the music at all but instead is about the theology. It is tough sometimes to tell if this is the real issue for someone or just a way for them to reinforce their point. Either way, both hymns and choruses should be evaluated carefully to ensure that they reflect sound doctrine and fit with the teachings of God’s word. Churches that choose to do less hymns will often need to work harder to ensure that their music is not only doctrinally sound but is also theologically rich.

Leading worship can be a hard job. However, understanding where people are coming from when they bring up this issue can be even harder. These are five things that I noticed when dealing with the issue of hymns vs. choruses at my Church. Perhaps you will see them at your church as well.

Jeff McRitchie is the director of marketing for and lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. Before joining the team at he was an associate pastor in charge of worship for three years. He writes extensively on topics related to Binding Machines, Binding Supplies, Report Covers, Binders, Index Tabs, Laminators, Laminating Pouches, Roll Film, Shredders, and Paper Handling Equipment.

Spanish-language church finding its flock

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Unclutter: Cleanse Your Spirit and Claim Your Stuff – Soulful Revelations to Finding Your Highest You at

(PRWEB) December 10, 2004

Dozens of books tell readers how to unclutter their shelves and closets; Kevin E. Taylor’s “Unclutter: Cleanse Your Spirit and Claim Your Stuff” applies the same principles to heart, body and soul. Unclutter’s short, easy to read chapters have titles drawn from popular music songs and feature inspirational stories from Taylor’s life. The universal wisdom culled from each of the 100 revelations encourages readers to “Delve, Discover and Design yourself from the soul up”, cleanse the heart of old pains, and let go of self-defeating attitudes.

One example is “One Less Bell To Answer”, the hit by the Fifth Dimension. Learn to trust your intuition about people, both before and after they enter your life, says Reverend Taylor, and you avoid a great deal of energy-sapping conflict, a concept he refers to as “Spiritual Caller ID.” Other revelations include “Keep On Walkin’ (Stagnant Water Stinks). “If you are not able to move forward,” Taylor writes, “then you pollute your present surroundings….You are doing yourself no good being stalled in your past.”

Reverend Taylor’s unique background combines both a love of music and spirituality. At age 10, he was confirmed as a minister in the Carron Baptist Church in Washington D.C., and later became a producer for B.E.T. Network for more than ten years. This combination makes him the ideal author for an inspirational book that speaks directly to young people and those searching to improve their lives, emotionally and spiritually. Taylor overcame his boyhood disadvantages such as asthma and allergies with the help of the Baptist Church and his admiration for the musicians whose songs he loved. “Unclutter” blends wisdom

amassed from years in the church and in the music business.

During his career in the music industry, Kevin worked with such stars as Luther Vandross, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and Natalie Cole. Kevin was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards in 2002, for Aaliyah’s Access Granted and Testimony by Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. In 1999, he was awarded Gold Medals for 24 Hours With Dru Hill and a 1995 award for Special Program Development for Lyrically Speaking.

A graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, Taylor is a preacher and pastor in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he is building a new church for his congregation.    

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Finding Faith in Christ, the Ministry and Miracles of Jesus Christ VHS

Finding Faith in Christ, the Ministry and Miracles of Jesus Christ VHS

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His life was like no other. His divine mission and perfect love bring the blessings of heaven today just as surely as when He walked the earth. Experience the power, majesty, and love of Jesus Christ through the eyes of one who once doubted. Feel the truth as Thomas shares his firm conviction that Jesus is indeed the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, our beloved Redeemer. Ponder these scriptural events, that you too may believe in Him and have everlasting life.

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