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December 21st, 2010

The Alabaster Jar : Deep Calls Unto Deep

The Alabaster Jar

A Book of Devotions for Women

The Alabaster Jar: Deep Calls Unto Deep is a book of one-page devotions compiled by Anna Alden-Tirrill to help women more fully experience an overcoming, abundant and joy-filled life. Unlike other devotional books, Anna chose to consider only the words of women in the writing of this book. She believes that women can best understand the feelings and life challenges of other women. With this in mind, she selected the wise words of many prominent women of faith throughout the centuries up to the present day, with the hope that these words would encourage women in our modern times.

The Unique Ministry of Women

Women have always played a unique role in ministering to, about and in the name of Jesus. Twice in the gospels, we read of how two women (who may have been the same woman), one unnamed and the other named Mary, approached Jesus with expensive spikenard (perfume) oil, anointing His head and pouring it on His feet. In one instance, the woman anointed His head for His eventual burial. The other time, a woman named Mary poured her oil on His feet, and dried them with her hair.

Judas Iscariot and the other disciples complained that what these women had done was a total waste of money, and that the valuable spikenard oil should have been sold and the proceeds given to the “poor.” Each time, Jesus told the disciples to leave the woman alone, explaining that she was preparing Him for burial and what she had done would be told wherever the gospel is preached. These two acts showed the true faith and devotion of these two women who were following Jesus, while the male disciples were not quite ready to believe everything Jesus was telling them (Matthew 26:8-13, Mark 14:4-7, John 12:4-8).

In each instance, the Alabaster Jar represented self-sacrifice, devotion and the faith to believe everything Jesus was teaching. The women knew what was going to happen to Him in a few days, and they did what they could do to minister to Him. Since that time, the Alabaster Jar has become a symbol of faith for all women seeking to follow Jesus–who desire to pour out their hearts and lives in gratitude and devotion to Him.

There are times in each of our spiritual journeys when we can benefit from the wisdom of others—whether for encouragement, enlightenment, exhortation, or by example. Who better to look to but other women—those who have gone before us and those who are now among us—who have walked faithfully with the Lord?

Now, through their own words, they are able to walk alongside of us and share their hearts and God’s wisdom. As “deep calls unto deep” (Psalm 42:7), their level of intimacy with the Lord as expressed in their words can be an example to us today. Clearly, God’s truths are universal and timeless.

This book is a collection of quotes from women of faith throughout the centuries up to the present day. It was written to help the women of today deal with the stresses and challenges of our modern world. The milestones along the pathway of women’s spiritual journeys both then and now have not changed. It is hoped that the legacy and the words of these sisters in the faith will affirm, encourage, edify, and inspire the reader in her own spiritual journey.

December 15th, 2010

Beauty For Ashes by Joyce Meyer

Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer

Book : Beauty for Ashes by Joyce Meyer

Receiving Emotional Healing……

Many people seem to have it all together outwardly, but inside they are wrecks. Their pasts have broken, crushed and wounded them inwardly. Bible teacher Joyce Meyer says they can be healed. Isaiah 61 reveals that the Lord came to heal the brokenhearted. He wants to heal victims of abuse!

Joyce Meyer is a victim of the physical and sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Yet today she has a nationwide ministry of emotional healing to others like herself. In Beauty for Ashes she outlines major truths that brought healing in her life and describes how other victims of abuse can also experience God’s healing in their lives.

You will learn:

How to deal with the emotional pain of abuse; How to understand your responsibility to God for overcoming abuse; Why victims of abuse often suffer from other addictive behaviors; How to grab hold of God’s unconditional love; The importance of God’s timing in working through painful memories; Joyce Meyer suffered for thirty-three years the devastating effects of abuse. Now, God has exchanged her ashes for beauty and called her to help others allow Him to do the same for them.

Excerpt from Beauty For Ashes:

I believe that most people are abused in one way or another during their lifetime. Some common forms of abuse are: physical, verbal, emotional and sexual. Whatever form it may take, abuse causes a root of rejection, which is a major problem in our day. God created people for love and acceptance, but the devil works hard to keep us feeling rejected because he knows how rejection injures us emotionally and otherwise.

The above-mentioned types of abuse – whether they take the form of broken relationships, abandonment, divorce, false accusations, exclusion from groups, dislike by teachers and other authority figures, ridicule by peers or any one of hundreds of other such hurtful actions – can and do cause emotional wounds which can hinder people in their efforts to maintain healthy, lasting relationships.

Have you been abused? Misused? Treated wrongly or improperly? Rejected? Has it affected your emotional state? Do you really want to be healed? Do you want to get well?

One of my favorite Scriptures (but a startling one) is John 5:5,6. In this passage Jesus is described as seeing a man lying by the pool of Bethesda who had been sick with a deep-seated and lingering disease for thirty-eight years. Knowing how long this poor man had been in that terrible condition, Jesus asked him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?]

What kind of a question is that to ask someone who has been hurting for that long? It is a proper question because not everyone wants to get well badly enough to do what is required. Wounded emotions can become a prison that locks self in and others out. Jesus came to open prison doors and to set the captives free! (Luke 4:18.)

About author Joyce Meyer:

Joyce Meyer has been teaching the Word of God since 1976 and in full-time ministry since 1980. She is the bestselling author of more than fifty inspirational books, including How to Hear from God, Knowing God Intimately, and Battlefield of the Mind. She has also released thousands of teaching cassettes and a complete video library. Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life radio and television programs are broadcast around the world, and she travels extensively conducting conferences.

November 9th, 2010

Book : Pause For Power

Pause for Power

Pause for Power by Dr. Warren Wiersbe

A 365 Day Journey in the Scriptures – A daily devotional that will allow readers to explore fifteen different books of the Bible with wisdom and insight gleaned from Wiersbe’s best-selling BE commentaries.

Offering insight and encouragement, this devotional touches on real-life themes that include contentment, integrity, patience, joy, hope, ministry, love, and peace. Each day’s devotional includes a brief Bible passage, an excerpt about that particular passage from Wiersbe’s BE commentaries, and questions for personal reflection. A brief prayer ends each day’s Scripture meditation and purposefully commits the reader’s heart and mind to God’s direction.

Pause for Power is a comprehensive update of Wiersbe’s original devotional and includes three additional books of the Bible as well as updated reflections and prayers. This year-long study includes thoughtful examination of the Old Testament books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah, as well as the New Testament books of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, and 1 John. Wiersbe’s trademark voice remains the same throughout the book, and he continues to encourage readers to make personal application of God’s Word to every situation of their lives.

Developing an intimate relationship with Christ is a life-long process, and the study of His Word is one of the primary avenues through which we learn and draw closer to Him. Wiersbe’s ability to explore and explain the Bible serves as a foundational resource for this year-long devotional that offers bite-sized pieces of wisdom that will carry readers through a great deal of Scripture in a single year.

Pause for Power will make the perfect gift for friends and family who look forward to a new devotional to strengthen their daily walks during 2011.

About the Author:

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of The Moody Church and general director of Back to the Bible, has traveled widely as a Bible teacher and conference speaker. Often referred to as the Pastor’s Pastor, Wiersbe has offered great encouragement to those with whom he has shared ministry. His published work includes the popular BE series of commentaries on every book of the Bible which has sold more than four million copies. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

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