Then Jesus said ... “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:31-32
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Glad Easter Day (J232.9)
Even for small children, Easter is a happy day. It is a day of flowers and song and sometimes gifts. But often it is a puzzling day as well. Many things they see and hear are confusing to them.
Although these young children cannot completely grasp the real meaning of Easter, they can sense a little more closely its real source of joy. This story of how children who knew and loved Jesus, when He walked the earth, rejoiced on the first glad Easter day will help children of today rejoice, too, that “He lives.”
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship (231.7 Wil)
"God spoke to me." "The Spirit spoke to my heart." "God revealed the idea to me." Being close to God means communicating with Him--telling Him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what He is saying to us. It is this second half of our conversation with God that is so important but that can also be so difficult. How do we hear His voice? How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious? What role does the Bible play? What if what God says to us is not clear? The key, says best-selling author Dallas Willard, is to focus not so much on individual actions and decisions as on building our personal relationship with our Creator. In this updated and expanded edition of Willard's beloved book, you'll gain rich spiritual insight into how we can hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with Him in the work of His kingdom.
Finding God in the Questions (230 Jon)
Do you wonder whether or not God is real? Do you doubt that religion can be relevant? Do you wish that faith were possible for you? Don't shy away from your questions, says Dr. Timothy Johnson, medical editor for ABC News. He believes that's where God meets you--in the midst of honest grappling with heartfelt issues. In this remarkable book, Dr. Johnson discloses his deeply personal journey of faith. With the same keen mind accustomed to medical and scientific examination, he investigates the plausibility of God's existence and explores the significance of the person of Jesus. Despite all the difficulties of faith, he explains what he believes and why. He writes, "As a physician, I have committed my professional life to healing and wellness. But my public work is only a small part of who I really am--or rather, who I want to be. This book is, in a sense, 'the rest of the story.'” Further he says, "Doubt doesn't have to tear down belief, however; it can purify it. When it does, the beliefs on the other side become more certain. This is why I would like to affirm that it is possible to find God even while you are still asking the big questions."
Come join a fellow pilgrim on the journey. Ask your questions--and perhaps find God behind them. This new paperback edition includes a new afterword and a study guide with questions for personal reflection or group discussion.
The Legend of the Easter Egg (E Wal)
One April morning when the air was soft and sweet, a boy and his sister went outside to gather eggs. “Easter's coming,” the sister said. “Let's pretend we're hunting Easter eggs.” “What are Easter eggs?” the boy asked. When Thomas's older sister Lucy falls ill, Thomas goes to live with the Sonnemans in their candy shop. He gets to eat peppermint sticks, fill candy jars, and weigh chocolate on the tippy scales, but he misses Lucy. When Easter comes, Mrs. Sonneman gives Thomas his first chocolate egg and Thomas learns the true meaning behind Easter eggs, the empty tomb, and the hope found in Jesus. Lori Walburg’s The Legend of the Easter Egg is a classic story of faith, love, and wonder that is sure to be a treasured reminder of the miracle of Easter.
A Child's Life of Jesus (J232.95)
A Child’s Life of Jesus tells the events in Jesus’ life from birth through resurrection. Fulton Oursler writes in terms that young readers can understand. Each event is beautifully illustrated to help bring the stories alive.
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus (Cur 232.95)
Travel with Adam Hamilton as he retraces the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Fascinating video from his personal travels to the Holy Land give you a “first-person” experience while his biblical wisdom and historical knowledge provide thoughtful and insightful commentary. Use for personal or small-group study. It is especially fitting as part of a 40-day church wide emphasis during Lent and Easter. Resources include Leader Guide and DVD.