Friday, August 22, 2014

Book: The Life you crave by Mike Newman

A new book by Mike Newman - the life you crave

Do you ever wonder what your next step should be? If there is more to life? Do you crave something better?
More than security or wealth success or popularity, what we really need is to be loved, to matter. But with all our inner strength and the world s create-your-own destiny attitude, with all our technology and know-how and savvy, we are helpless to truly satisfy that craving on our own.
God's intention was never for us to have a dissatisfied, self-critical spirit.
In His eyes, each of us is irreplaceable, carefully crafted, designed for a unique and noble purpose. And He is determined to reach us. Throughout the ages, amid all of the world s selfish rebellion, unthinkable corruption, ugly swirl of violence, and abject godlessness, the Lord God has shown that He works in a consistent and beautiful way. He draws close to us. He enters our existence. God reaches into our lives, turns us around, and fulfills every desperate, yearning, miserable need.

God offers us grace. Pure, lavish, unending grace. Discover the life you crave.

Contents
1:  Your greatest fan
2:  You amazing purpose
3:  Your unexpected
4:  Your answer to prayer
5:  Your help in trouble
6:  Your new beginning
7:  Your provision for the journey
8:  Your bold mission

Plus
Discussion questions for each chapter
Accessible to all people of all faiths
Anecdotes from contemporary everyday life, history, and the Bible
Directs reader to apply Scripture to his or her life

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Video: Nadia Bolz-Weber testimony of a graceful God

Nadia Bolz-Weber  is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado. She’s a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics blog. She is author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the Sarcastic Lutheran blog.
In 2012 she shared her testimony of a graceful God at the ELCA Youth Convention


For more information about Nadia visit http://www.nadiabolzweber.com/

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book: Driven to Despair by Alan Craddock

Driven To Despair: Perfectionism and Ministry by Alan E Craddock - A New Resource for a Common Problem

Driven To Despair, written by psychologist Alan Craddock, is a new book that considers the nature of perfectionism from Psychological and Theological viewpoints, examining functional and dysfunctional aspects of perfectionism, how they are shaped, and how they function in Christian ministry. These complementary viewpoints are used to provide an understanding of perfectionism and how to cope with unhealthy forms of perfectionism in lay and professional ministry. Additional strategies are explored for working with issues involving resistance and obstacles to change when coping strategies are difficult to implement. The book also describes how dysfunctional perfectionism can be sustained by unexpected ‘rewards’ and may be sometimes associated with bullying.

Of particular relevance to Prepare-Enrich Facilitators is the application of the family of origin closeness and flexibility dimensions that feature in the Family Map used in the Customized Version of Prepare-Enrich. The book discusses whether strong parental control may combine with family enmeshment and authoritarianism to produce a striving for perfection in which unhelpful self-defeating thinking and activity may predominate.

This book has been written to help men and women working in all forms of Christian ministry and will also be of assistance to professionals working with clients who are struggling with unhelpful perfectionism in their ministry.

This book is available from the author by visiting Alan E Craddock web site

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hymn and Song videos for traditional worship

I have prepared of a youtube playlist of hymns and songs sung in our Contemporary Worship Services at the Portland=Heywood Lutheran Church...

Please note:
Most of the videos are not from our congregation, in fact most of them originate from the original artist
The list is not complete and will continue to add to the list
If you have suggestions of youtube clips that are better quality or a hymn you think should be on the list please email me richardschwedes@gmail.com

To listen to the Traidtional hymns and songs that are being sung at the Portland-Heywood Lutheran Church visit  here

Song videos for Contemporary Worship

I have prepared of a youtube playlist of songs sung in our Contemporary Worship Services at the Portland-Heywood Lutheran Church

Please note:
Most of the videos are not from our congregation, in fact most of them originate from the original artist
The list is not complete and will continue to add to the list

To listen to the Contemporary Worship songs that are being sung at the Portland-Heywood Lutheran Church go here