The Eternal Gifts of Judaism is David Heller's contribution to capturing the spirit of this great religion and its most important values. With the Bible's wisdom literature as a prominent resource, Dr. Heller addresses a vast array of religious subjects, including: Judaism's most essential offerings, the distinctiveness and impact of Judaism, aspects of faith that it espouses, its guidance on living a righteous and fulfilling life, ways of thinking about God and human relationships, and Judaic notions of a life beyond. Here are a few selections from the many thought-provoking perspectives on Judaism: "A signature gift of Judaism: the radical idea that the presence of God can and does exist within a human being." "Nobility is not derived from a crown on one's head but by the spirit in one's heart." "In Judaism, the deepest form of suffering is to place one's self at a distance from God." "God provides us with the gifts of authenticity and generosity but it's incumbent upon us to embrace those gifts."
Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as an emotion brought on by well-being, success, or a good future. It is a state of happiness or bliss; a source or cause of delight. The Bible further identifies joy through a wide range of experiences and emotions, such as gladness, calm delight, and rejoicing. In a world that often demands more than it gives, experiencing joy can seem elusive. Relationships end. Your loved ones become sick or injured. Money problems. Car troubles. Work issues. Sometimes you just want one thing to go your way for once. You want your moment to dance and shout. You want joy. Jesus came to the earth so that you can have an abundant life. He came so that you might experience joy—a joy no one can take from you. I wrote Joy: The Eternal Gift of God as a short dialogue on how you can experience the fullness of joy. This book will address several obstacles to having joy and how you can find and keep your joy as you await the reward of eternal life.
Guido Stucco holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Sait Louis University. He is currently working on a book documenting the developments in the doctrine of predestination, from the Council of Trent to the Jansenist controversy.
In far too much of current religious fiction the characters are bland, two dimensional people. They seldom struggle and always do the right thing. In the dozen or so works about Mary and Joseph produced over the past sixty years, the authors consistently present her as a gee-whiz girlthe sweetest in the village, tending lambs that nuzzle her ankles. Marys mother never worries. Her daughter always obeys and blushes when she thinks of Joseph. Eternal Gift takes a vastly different approach. The story shows how God opened the mind and soul of a vivacious Jewish girl to prepare her for the staggering role of mother to His Son. In order to gain the spiritual depth needed for the arduous life before her, God leads Mary to understand His purpose in sending a Messiah. She learns to read, travels in her fathers caravan, makes difficult choices, suffers great loss, and moves through a magic pool to the edge of eternity. There are spies, vengeful relatives, a jealous rival, and an enigmatic mentor adding spice to the narrative. The tale also reveals how God changed Josephs life from unflagging trust in Hebrew theology to grasping the rudiments of grace and atonement. The son of a wealthy builder in Jerusalem, Joseph causes the death of a friend because of his own resolute obedience to the Law. Later, his father disinherits him for failing to accept an arranged marriage to the High Priests daughter. Blinded by his ultrapious character, Joseph must learn out of personal degradation how God deals with men in ways unbounded by human perception. These are real people, dealing with doubt, fear, pain, and rebellion. The story views each players strengths and weaknesses but never departs from Biblical accuracy, church traditions, or the realities of Jewish culture. It speaks to anyone who desires to see this outstanding pair in the same context God used to prepare a murderer to lead His people out of Egypt, to restore a whoremonger to crush the Philistines in the temple of Dagon, and redeem an adulterer to write the most beautiful songs the world knows. Mary remains the most revered woman of all time. Eternal Gift only sharpens and brightens her image. This work addresses not just the interest of Evangelicals, but millions of Catholics as well. The manuscript was explained to Father Paul Coury, an editor at Ligourian Press. Two questions were asked: would the story offend? and would it appeal? He found nothing offensive and speculated especially young Catholics might enjoy the innovative approach to how Mary came to be the godly woman she was. Eternal Gift far surpasses a simple romance. It sounds the depths of human experience with God, vibrates with the bright tapestry of Jewish culture, and sparkles with adventure.
"Our Heavenly Father's Manufacturer's Handbook : Disclosure of the Eternal Gift" is a long awaited "book of biblical explanations" for many things written in the Holy Scriptures that were previously undisclosed or misunderstood. "Scripture", "commentary", "prose" and "verse" is eloquently used to magnify and illuminate the thoughts of God that are present in "His Word". The goal of this book is to reacquaint the common man with his or her "appointed purpose of pleasing God"!
The Writer's Testimony It was New Year's Eve of 2008, when I prayed for wisdom on how to use my newly upgraded computer for His glory. I kept on praying in front of my computer until 12:00 midnight. I went to bed, but still kept on praying until I heard the voice saying: "Write a children's book." I ask the Lord, "How will I do it?" A message came into my mind: "Write the things you were taught when you were a child." I still remember them. When I looked at the clock it was 1:00 AM. While it was still in my mind I got up and turn my computer on. I kept asking the LORD to teach me how to operate my computer since I did not know much about it. It took me four hours to figure out my first page. I was with my computer until 5:00 AM. Since then I have had fun working on my books. I thank the LORD always for eveything, and I have joy unspeakable. When we pray according to HIS will, HE will answer us, in HIS own time. Pray without ceasing, because GOD always hears HIS children, if we remain faithful to HIM. In 1975, I got saved reading tracts. I had decided to follow JESUS and no turning back. A year later, I got married to a born again Christian. He took me to a Baptist Church. I grew spiritually. Knowing HIS love for you and me, it prompted me to serve HIM, till HE comes again on that great Blessed Day. I love the Lord and I love people especially children. Sharing God's free gift of salvation is the greatest joy in my heart. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21 kjv Jesus Christ is the Author of this book. I am just the writer.
Salvation, what is it? Who needs it? Who all can have it? How do you get it? What is my assurance of it and that I truly have it? What is your assurance of your salvation? To put it simply, God’s Word is our assurance! His infallible Word, his unchanging Word. It’s not a feeling. I have ministered to and have heard so many people say this. “I don’t feel saved.” I am talking about those that say that they are Christian and have accepted Christ. And that is another reason for this book, to help these people to understand salvation. And to help those to understand salvation and to receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Let me share this experience with you. To help you understand your assurance of your salvation. And let no one or nothing shake or doubt your salvation, including yourself. Pray and walk through these chapters with me and find the answers to all these questions and more. *What Is Salvation? *No Other Name *Without Faith *Believe or Not! *The Seal, the Promise, and Your Guarantee *The Gift
Language Arts & Disciplines by Alexander García Düttman
The book starts with the assumption that proper names are not just conventional linguistic marks but rather mark the singularity of language within language. Adorno, Benjamin, Heidegger and Rosenweig all explored the question of how to conceive of a name if it entails an experience of the singularity of language. Their thoughts revolve around the language, forming a constellation that can be read as a configuration of the name. This book is composed of four texts which each follow a different thread in order to develop a conception of language as gift, as a memory and promise of the other, as a memory and promised offered to the other.
Starting from both our originary experience of being given to ourselves and Jesus Christ's archetypal self-donation, Gift and the Unity of Being elucidates the sense in which gift is the form of being's unity, while unity itself constitutes the permanence of the gift of being. In dialogue with ancient and modern philosophers and theologians, L--pez offers a synthetic, rather than systematic, account of the unity proper to being, the human person, God, and the relations among them. The book shows how contemplation of the triune God of Love through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit allows us to discover the eternal communion that being is and to which finite being is called. It also illustrates the sense in which God's gratuitousness unexpectedly offers the human person the possibility to recognize and embrace his origin and destiny, and thus he is given to see and taste in God's light the ever-fruitful, dramatic, and mysterious positivity of being.
Gerald Moore shows how the problematic of the gift drives and illuminates the last century of French philosophy. By tracing the creation of the gift as a concept, from its origins in philosophy and the social sciences, right up to the present, Moore shows
Conditional immortality by John Hancock Pettingell
This volume deploys theology in a reconstructive approach to contemporary literary criticism, to validate and exemplify theological readings of literary texts as a creative exercise. It engages in a dialogue with interdisciplinary approaches to literature in which theology is alert and responsive to the challenges following postmodernism and postmodern literary criticism. It demonstrates the scope and explanatory power of theological readings across various texts and literary genres. Theology and Literature after Postmodernity explores a reconstructive approach to reading and literary study in the university setting, with contributions from interdisciplinary scholars worldwide.
Starting from the assumption that "time is the horizon of the meaning of Being" (Heidegger), Eternal God / Saving Time attempts to discover what the central religious idea of eternity or of God as "the Eternal" might mean today. Negotiating ideas of divine timelessness and sempiternity (everlastingness) as well as the attempts of some philosophers to develop the idea of a temporal God, Professor George Pattison surveys a range of positions from analytic philosophy and from the continental tradition from Spinoza through Hegel to the present. Intellectual and cultural forces have tended to separate time and eternity, and both philosophical and theological examples of this tendency are examined. Nevertheless, starting from the experience of life in time, some modern thinkers have developed a new approach to the Eternal as what grounds or gives time. This leads through ideas of novelty, utopia, hope, promise, and call to the projection of a creative and transformative memory--remembering the future--that affirms human solidarity and mutual responsibility. Even if this cannot be made good in terms of knowledge, it offers a basis for hope, prayer, and commitment and these options are explored through a range of Christian, Jewish, Greek, and secular thinkers. This development re-envisages the idea of redemption, away from the Augustinian view that time is what we need to be rescued from and towards the idea that time itself might save us from all that is destructive and tyrannical in time's rule over human life.
It is 1655, and King Dahon of the South African Hiandi tribe is a powerful leader with one fl aw: an insatiable lust for power. Obsessed with his hunger for control, Dahon has been wiping out entire civilizations for years. Now, as he begins sacrifi cing his own people in order to appease his animal gods, the curse of an old woman changes his family's destiny for generations to come. As Dahon is cursed, his mind and body both transformed into a creature called a Vandara, he pays a million times for the lives he has destroyed. Worse, his sons are cursed as well, guided by an instinct to kill the king and carry on the curse. The Vandara kings would rule for centuries. In present-day Atlantic City, Eddrin Mather is the new king who has reigned since defeating his father and brothers. With his aging process slowed by the curse, Eddrin, who once used his demonic form to battle the mob, now uses his gifts to assist the police as a detective and bounty hunter who works in the shadows to capture criminals. But as the curse becomes stronger and shredded bodies begin showing up around town, Eddrin fears the worst: another Vandara king may be ready to reign. In this fantasy tale, a modern-day ruler must use all of his powers to fight for what he believes should be his-to be the only Vandara king forever.
It will be seen that the following Manual of Devotion consists of a series of chapters or instructions upon important points of Christian teaching, which are called "Considerations."These Considerations are written for the purpose of pricking or of wounding the conscience, it may be in many points, that so it may be thoroughly aroused and awakened; of exciting, that is, compunction of the soul, real remorse of conscience for past as well as for present coldness and dryness. It must be a very hard heart, indeed, which is not moved by these "Considerations"so touchingly simple are they, so plain, and so wholly true. They deal with such doctrines and facts as have an universal application, which admit of no dispute, and which are always confirmed by some passage from Holy Scripture. It must be allowed, on all hands, that it is necessary for the soul to be aroused to feel its own needs, to regard its own wounds, that so it may be directed to a source where these needs can be supplied, and these wounds be healed. One great aim of this Treatise, is to arouse, as well as to direct the mind, to lead it to consider its own wants, and to seek by prayer to have those wants supplied. The book is essentially a guide to prayer. It represents, from its beginning to its end, the continual outpouring of heart before God; an outpouring that is of times expressed in the very same words which imply, at the same time, a new phase of thought. Regarded as a Manual of Mental Prayer, each of these "Considerations" has a technical and special signification. They treat of life and death, of the value of time, of the mercy of God, of the habit of sin, of the general and particular judgments, of the love of God, of the Holy Communion, and of kindred subjects equally important. The "Consideration,"as here used, implies far more than a mere inquiry. Its equivalents, the Italian Consideration, and the Latin Consideration, do not fully express its particular meaning in this Treatise, where it stands for a reflectional meditation. It calls into play the exercise of the memory, which puts together all the circumstances of the subject under notice; it excites the imagination, which represents, as in a picture, all such circumstances, bringing them vividly before the mind's eye; and, lastly, it urges the will so to fix and detain these things in the soul, that, by its own effort, it may unite itself with the will of God, so that God's will and the will of man may become one.
The book aims at showing the most important topics and paradigms in modern Trinitarian theology. It is supposed to be a comprehensive guide to the many traces of development of Trinitarian faith. As such it is thought to systematize the variety of contemporary approaches to the field of Trinitarian theology in the present philosophical-cultural context. The main goal of the publication is not only a description of what happened to Trinitarian theology in the modern age. It is rather to indicate the typically modern specificity of the Trinitarian debate and - first of all - to encourage development in the main areas and issues of this subject.