SPIRITUAL LIFE

SPIRITUAL LIFE IS THE LIFE AND HOPE WE HAVE BASED ON WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.  NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, THERE IS SOMETHING IN WHICH YOU BELIEVE THAT GIVES YOU HOPE, HAPPINESS, AND PURPOSE IN THIS WORLD.  IT ANSWERS THE BASIC LIFE QUESTIONS: HOW DID I GET HERE? WHAT AM I DOING HERE? WHERE AM I GOING AFTER I DIE.  AS WE GO THROUGH LIFE, WE TRY AND FIND THIS ANSWER AND PLACE OUR HOPE AND TRUST IN THINGS THAT BRINGS US THIS MEANING AND PURPOSE.  BUT WE ARE BROKEN PEOPLE AND CANNOT MEND OURSELVES.  THE ANSWERS AND OUR HOPES THAT WE FIND AS A SOLUTION ARE SHORT-LIVED.  THEY ARE SHORT-LIVED UNTIL WE FIND THAT GOD FIRST SEARCHED AND LOVED US NOT ONLY IN MAKING US WHO WE ARE, BUT IN SAVING US FROM OUR REBELLION AGAINST HIM.  HE DID THIS THROUGH BY SENDING HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO TAKE ON THE PUNISHMENT FOR US, HIS CREATION WHO ABANDONED OUR HOPE IN HIM TO FOLLOW OUR OWN DESIRES.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE TRUE GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU, HOW HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GIVE PURPOSE AND MEANING TO YOUR LIFE, AND SHOW YOU THE WONDERFUL THINGS HE HAS FOR YOU NOW AND WHEN YOU ARE WITH HIM IN ETERNITY.

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The Great Deceiver

The battle we wage in this life is not one "against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms," as the apostle Paul tells us in his letter to believers in Asia Minor (Ephesians 6:12b). And what was true in antiquity is evermore so today.

loved and not forgotten

The number of individuals incarcerated in the United States is an enormous figure, with more than two million people behind bars. While those imprisoned are there for a variety of offenses, none are sentenced to a life that excludes the Gospel.

prayers and thoughts for caregivers

If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, this booklet will help. Read the insights, thought, and prayers from someone who has been a caregiver for more than ten years.

so you prayed for a miracle

Do modern day miracles really happen? Have you seen them in other's lives, but never felt they occurred in yours? The miraculous healing done by Jesus was widely described while He was on earth. However, what constitutes a healing miracle now? Why would some people experience a seemingly miraculous healing while others do not? In this booklet you'll discover why Jesus performed miracles of healing. Today, many people wonder why miracles don't happen. While Jesus' miracles were very visible, the most important miracle He performed was providing eternal life for all who believe.

The bible:
what? when? why?

Why do Christians care so much about Bible? They read the Bible and talk about it and study it. They preach and teach about it. Why is this book so important? When was it written? Who is it about? What is it that makes it so different from other books that have come down to us through the centuries? In this booklet you will learn about the individual books within the Bible that form the Scriptures as a whole - the Word of God given to mankind.

what is Christmas?

Christmas isn’t always the bright and cheery affair found in songs or movies. Can it be merry for a family struggling through unemployment, alienation, and terminal illness? For families working through hurt feelings, strained relationships—even the oncoming death of a loved one—Christmas can be a trying time. In this booklet the reader is reminded that God’s gift of love in Jesus Christ can heal every wound and repair every broken relationship.

when in doubt ... read the book!

What is true religion? When in doubt, consult the Bible. It's our manual for living. Just as you would not build a house without studying the blueprint, or embark on a new trip without studying the map, why try to live life without reading 'the book'? Inside this booklet, you will see that God has given us the way to live life in His Word, the Bible. Not by our own strength, but because of His goodness, we can know Him - and His plan for us - intimately.

why did jesus die?

One of the most recognized symbols in the world is the cross. The cross (two simple lines, one vertical, one horizontal) can be recognized the world over. When you stop and think about it, this is an odd sort of fame for an instrument of capital punishment! And yet the cross has obviously caught on.

your place in god's plan

What's your purpose in life? Like spokes without a hub, a life without a purpose--a center--feels futile and empty. This booklet will help you gain a deeper understanding about God's plans for you and with you. Whether in your family, workplace or community, God's plans will make the most of the gifts, talents and abilities He has entrusted to you. Discover how the pieces of your life fit beautifully together in His purpose--His glorious purpose.

heRE:
You are here in God's Plan

The basics of Christianity in a conversational style. Law and Gospel are presented in relational, personal terms as well as through Scripture. Faith stories, a glossary of terms, a prayer for the new believer and much more !

WHO ARE THE MORMONS

The Mormon Church (aka The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is an intriguing--and perplexing--religious movement. From its feel-good, family-oriented TV commercials to its Grammy- and Emmy-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir to its earnest bicycling missionaries, the Mormon Church is high profile all the way. Founded in the early 19th century, this religious group boasts more than 15 million members and 85,000 missionaries, ranking it in the top five of "Christian denominations" in the U.S., according to the National Council of Churches. What makes this group distinctive and how does it differ from other churches? Questions like these and more are addressed in this informative booklet.

reasons to believe

Written to show the reasonableness of the Christian faith, this booklet is ideal as a quick go-to guide on how Christianity makes sense on many levels. In an easy-to-read style, it shows how believing in God, creation, prophecy, man's inner morality, Jesus and salvation is not something far-fetched and out there. On the contrary, based on historical and archaeological evidence, faith in the truthfulness of God's Word is a logical response to the material at our disposal.

speaking of care

This booklet is about the demanding and complicated relationship between care givers and care receivers. Particularly when this connection occurs within the same household.

the truth about angels

Today's media features many stories on angels. The New Age Movement suggests that each of us has a "personal angel" and encourages us to get in contact with it. Do angels really exist? Explore the biblical evidence of angels and their purpose inside this booklet. You'll also discover answers to many of the questions raised in the media and by New Age religious movements. Inside you'll find the special role angels serve in delivering the Gospel message.

what lutherans believe

Christmas isn’t always the bright and cheery affair found in songs or movies. Can it be merry for a family struggling through unemployment, alienation, and terminal illness? For families working through hurt feelings, strained relationships—even the oncoming death of a loved one—Christmas can be a trying time. In this booklet the reader is reminded that God’s gift of love in Jesus Christ can heal every wound and repair every broken relationship.

where is god in all of this?

Suffering happens all around us. Sometimes it comes in the form of a natural disaster; other times it's caused by humans. Sometimes suffering is fueled by economic or medical conditions; at other times it appears randomly. So many different forms, but they all drive us back to that age-old question. But God's Spirit reminds us that even in the midst of seemingly pointless suffering, God has a purpose and it will ultimately work for our good because God has called us as His children.

why do bad things happen?

The author rose to the challenge when asked to revise his writings about commonly asked questions in the face of heartache. In this booklet, he shares in easy-to-understand language why trouble exists in the world, the benefit that can come from suffering and what God has done to deal with the evil and pain of this world. This booklet also provides valuable insights for sharing God's love and reminds readers that His desire is to comfort His people in all situations.

learning to live as an everyday missionary

Though few Christians would say that Gospel outreach and/or missionary efforts are reserved for those intrepid souls who serve in a foreign country, this attitude often seems strangely reflective of many believers' ways of thinking. In this Project Connect booklet by Pastor Dion Garrett, he shares practical, down-to-earth strategies for taking the Gospel to the streets, sharing it with all those exotic people we meet--like our neighbors, our friends, maybe even somebody at our church.

Prayer:
When you don't know what to say

In this booklet are considered the ways God answers prayer, why praying is important, and the words of our prayers. An examination of "The Lord's Prayer" offers valuable insights into this magnificent and simple little prayer, which Jesus gave His disciples. More than just wish lists we put before God, our prayers are an opportunity to share our deepest thoughts and heartfelt concerns with Him, who always has our best interests in mind.

first-class faith sharing

Do modern day miracles really happen? Have you seen them in other's lives, but never felt they occurred in yours? The miraculous healing done by Jesus was widely described while He was on earth. However, what constitutes a healing miracle now? Why would some people experience a seemingly miraculous healing while others do not? In this booklet you'll discover why Jesus performed miracles of healing. Today, many people wonder why miracles don't happen. While Jesus' miracles were very visible, the most important miracle He performed was providing eternal life for all who believe.

talking with god

There are many forms of prayer ranging from the very formal and memorized to the casual and spontaneous. Regardless of the type you choose, remember that each prayer is your special time to converse with God, your loving Father. This booklet explores why we pray, how we pray, and what happens when we pray. Above all, the author encourages us to view prayer as an invitation to speak with absolute candor to the One who loves us beyond measure, without fear or rejection.

what happens when I die?

There's an end that awaits us all: death. In this life, few things are as unnerving as our own demise. We encounter the idea of death and dying probably every day--in the news, on countless television programs, among those we know--but do we ever really think about what becomes of us when we're dead and gone--never to return to our lives, our family and friends and those we love the most? In this booklet human death--and what Scripture says about the end of our lives--is explained to Christians and non-Christians alike. Examining biblical passages dealing with the "body," "soul," "heaven," "hell" and other topics, this booklet answers this difficult question about death.

who is Jesus?


Christians have always been a Jesus-consumed group of people. From the very beginning, their conversations and letters and sermons and songs were saturated with his name. Their communities were preoccupied with the simple stories of his life. They handled and carefully passed on his words as if they were a valuable treasure.

why should I go to church?

When you hear the word "church" or see a church building in your neighborhood, how do you feel? Do you smile at a warm memory? Do you have questions about what the people of that church believe and do? You are not alone. No matter where you are in your spiritual life, we invite you to discover the possibilities through the experiences of people just like you. Read the stories of smiles, frowns and lives transformed.