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Hearing God S Call

Author: Ben Campbell Johnson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802839619
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"God is still calling believers today, just as He did in earlier times, and God's empowering call extends to clergy and laity alike. ... this book will help anyone seeking to hear God's call with greater clarity and act on it with greater conviction" -- BACK JACKET.

The God Who Speaks

Author: Ben Campbell Johnson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802827548
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As Christians we believe that God speaks -- that God has spoken to people down through the centuries and still speaks to us today. But just how does God speak to us? Has his speech changed over time? And how do we bhearb the voice of God? In this insightful book Ben Campbell Johnson explores the subject of divine speech, highlighting its importance to faith and leading Christian believers into the practice of listening for Godbs voice in daily life. Johnson first explores the biblical foundations of divine communication, tracing the ways that God has spoken to humankind from the calling of Abraham, to the appearance of Jesus, to the continuing work of the Spirit in the early church. He then gleans important lessons about Godbs language from a wide range of Christian figures throughout history -- Polycarp, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Cvila, Henri Nouwen, and others. As this historical record shows, God communicates with us in a variety of ways. In exploring these different modes of bGodSpeech, b Johnson deftly guides readers into the practice of bintensive listening, b a way of posing issues to God and discerning his response. Numerous anecdotes illuminate Johnsonbs discussion, and each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion as well as suggestions for journaling. Johnson concludes the book by recounting a number of personal experiences that vividly illustrate the value of learning to listen to Godbs voice. At a time when many Christians hunger for a more personal, meaningful connection with God, this book shows readers how to discern divine language and forge a closer, richer relationship with bthe God who speaks.b

Courage And Calling

Author: Gordon T. Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830874811
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God has called you--first to himself, to know and follow him but also to a specific life purpose, a particular reason for being. This second call, to a defining purpose or mission in life, is often termed a vocation, from the Latin root meaning "calling." And while it has implications for your work or occupation, it also reaches wider. It includes your giftedness, your weakness, your life in community, what you do day to day. In this book, Gordon Smith invites you to discover your vocation by listening to God and becoming a coworker with him. What is my calling? How do I live it out in the midst of difficult relationships or moral challenges? Will my vocation change as I enter a new stage of life? As I cope with competing needs and demands, how can I craft a balanced, ordered way of living? Where do I find the courage to follow God's call? Smith addresses these questions and many more, pointing the way in this book toward freedom--and toward emotional and spiritual maturity. If you long to hear and follow God's call to you, here is the book that can get you started.

Calling Clergy

Author: Elizabeth Rankin Geitz
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9780898695434
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The author has extensive experience as deployment officer in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. This book includes guidelines for preparation of parish profile and the work of the calling committee. The web-based appendix includes sample letters, questionnaire templates, a calendar wizard for meeting and itinerary planning, interviewing tips, and prayers and brief liturgies for use by committee members.

How To Discern If God Calls You To Monastery Life

Author: Juanita de Guzman Gutierrez
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1546201866
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The author thought that she would become a nun, spending many times in prayers in front of the Blessed Sacrament and asking spiritual directors and professed nuns and ordained priests what God had in store for her. She went to medical, dental, and eye exams to prepare herself. She lived inside the monastery for three years and three months. After which, she had to leave the enclosure of the monastery walls to take care of a beloved mother in her illness. She went to hibernation for several months, asking God what to do in her life. She had been a teacher for more than thirty-three years and had retired early to discern if God was calling her to the religious life. A priest said, If God is calling you to become a nun, go and enter the monastery, and if it did not work, at least you tried. A confessor said, Pack up and go if they let you go.

Spiritual Awakening

Author: John Ackerman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1566996341
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Ackerman, parish pastor, spiritual director, and consultant on spiritual formation, provides an excellent guide for clergy desiring a congregation-wide approach to developing spirituality rooted in the life of the congregation. A six-week program focuses on developing individuals' spirituality in small groups and includes leader training and course plans. Practical suggestions assist in developing the "corporate spirituality" of congregations.