Binding Earth And Heaven

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Binding Earth and Heaven

Binding Earth and Heaven Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Penn State Press
ISBN: 027106949X
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In Binding Earth and Heaven, Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd use early nineteenth-century Mormonism as a case study to examine questions about how new religious movements may, as rare exceptions, survive and even eventually become successful in spite of intense opposition. Initial scorn and contempt for Mormonism—the fledgling creation of the young Joseph Smith—quickly elevated to mob violence as both Smith’s innovative teachings and converted followers proliferated, resulting in the widely held perception that the Mormons constituted a social menace. This book examines how Mormonism attracted and maintained the loyalty of increasing numbers of people despite mounting hostilities and severe hardships. The book focuses on the unique Mormon ritual (and accompanying doctrinal underpinnings) of “patriarchal blessings.” Patriarchal blessings were an innovative adaptation of the Old Testament practice of fathers making quasi-legal pronouncements over the heads of their sons—a way of verbally conferring rights, promises, admonition, and guidance to heirs. Binding Earth and Heaven shows how the organizational complexities of this practice contributed to strengthening and sustaining member faith and fealty, thereby bolstering the continuity and development of Mormonism.

The Sermon on the Mount in the Light of the Temple

The Sermon on the Mount in the Light of the Temple Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John W. Welch
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317016270
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The Sermon on the Mount in the Light of the Temple by John W. Welch Summary

No religious text has influenced the world more than has the New Testament's Sermon on the Mount, and yet this crucial text still begs to be more clearly understood. Why was it written? What unifying theme or purpose holds it all together? Should it be called a sermon? Or is it some other kind of composition? How would its earliest listeners have heard its encoded allusions and systematic program? This book offers new insights into the Sermon on the Mount by seeing it in the shadow of the all-pervasive Temple in Jerusalem, which dominated the religious landscape of the world of Jesus and his earliest disciples. Analyzing Matthew 5-7 in light of biblical and Jewish backgrounds, ritual studies, and oral performances in early Christian worship, this reading coherently integrates every line in the Sermon. It positions the Sermon as the premier Christian mystery.

Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil

Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Beatriz Caiuby Labate,Edward MacRae
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 113496126X
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Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil by Beatriz Caiuby Labate,Edward MacRae Summary

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive drink used for healing and divination among religious groups in the Brazilian Amazon. 'Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil' is the first scholarly volume in English to examine the religious rituals and practices surrounding ayahuasca. The use of ayahuasca among religious groups is analysed, alongside Brazilian public policies regarding ayahuasca and the handling of substance dependence. 'Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil' will be of interest to scholars of anthropology and religion and all those interested in the role of stimulants in religious practice.

International Lesson Commentary KJV with NRSV Comparison

International Lesson Commentary KJV with NRSV Comparison Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cook Communications,Daniel (NA) Lioy
Editor: David C Cook
ISBN: 0781445027
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International Lesson Commentary KJV with NRSV Comparison by Cook Communications,Daniel (NA) Lioy Summary

The choice of thousands of pastors, Sunday school teachers, Christian education directors and superintendents worldwide for over ninety years! True to the Bible, and based on the international Sunday School Lessons (ISSL), the KJV International Lesson Commentary enhances teaching materials provided by many Christian publishers and helps in sermon preparation. Make the Word of God come alive for you and your students. The easy-to-use format includes: 52 lessons that follow the ISSL Scripture sequence, Complete texts reprinted from the KJV with NRSV for comparison, Insightful explanatory notes on Bible text, Historical suggestions for each lesson, Vivid illustrations, Stimulating discussion topics and questions for youth and adults, Daily home Bible readings. Book jacket.

Family History and Temples Including Grigg and Related Family Genealogies

Family History and Temples Including Grigg and Related Family Genealogies Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dick Grigg
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465382887
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Family History and Temples Including Grigg and Related Family Genealogies by Dick Grigg Summary

This is a compilation of references to Family History and temple work from the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and Modern Church Leaders. Also there is a chapter on faith promoting stories from family history experiences and a chapter on family stories and descendant charts of the Grigg family. There is information on how modern research techniques using computers, digitizing of records and the internet facilitates the researching and finding of your ancestors. The last chapter is an update and republishing of the the book titled Parley M. Grigg, Jr. and Thankful Halsey Gardners Descendants and History published in 1992. This correlated publication shows that in all ages of the world since the creation of Adam, God has desired His Holy Ordinances to be done in a House built to His name, namely a Temple of God. This compilation is also designed to show that Jesus plan of redemption for all mankind includes vicarious ordinance work for the dead to be done in Gods Holy Temples by those living in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. This was all in Gods plan for the redemption of all mankind before the foundation of this world.

Standing Strong

Standing Strong Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John MacArthur
Editor: David C Cook
ISBN: 078144361X
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Standing Strong by John MacArthur Summary

What exactly is spiritual warfare and what should be the Christian's response? John MacArthur teaches you how to fight the good fight of faith.


Symbolism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Steven Olderr
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786490675
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Symbolism by Steven Olderr Summary

The use of symbolism is an art, not a science. Different people use symbols in a variety of ways and each symbol can have diverse meanings, even within the same culture. Not surprisingly, determining the meaning of symbols can be difficult. This valuable reference defines the general symbolism of more than 15,000 terms, from ancient to modern, as well as specialized meanings in mythology, religion, art, literature, folklore, flower language, astrology, heraldry, numerology, and cultures the world over. From “0” to “Zu,” each entry catalogs all possible connotations, listed by culture when appropriate, creating the most comprehensive symbolism dictionary available.

“Truly, I Tell You”

“Truly, I Tell You” Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cindy Rowe
Editor: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1973656752
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“Truly, I Tell You” by Cindy Rowe Summary

Jesus said, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life...” The fact that the person who actually is “The Truth” is speaking to us is a very compelling reason to stop and take note of His words but, the fact that when He speaks these words and adds the word “truly” to His statement is particularly noteworthy. When I started this examination of Jesus’ words I found approximately eighty times this phrase was recorded in the Bible. That’s eighty pieces of advice spoken by Truth Himself. I have combined the details of each statement from the four gospels and summarized them in forty “Truly” lessons. Join me as we consider this advice and allow it to “sink into our ears” - for use today and days yet to come.


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ISBN: 1468524763
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Salvation--Authority-Healing-- These three major components of a three part foundation will up-hold a strong understanding of how God has put in order our access to HIS COVENANT PROVISIONS for those who choose to enter into them. This book will give you a clear picture of what must be learned if you want to master the journey to your own salvation, authority and healing.

The Assembly Life & The Prayer Ministry of the Church

The Assembly Life & The Prayer Ministry of the Church Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Watchman Nee
Editor: Living Stream Ministry
ISBN: 0736357858
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The Assembly Life & The Prayer Ministry of the Church by Watchman Nee Summary

Watchman Nee's writings have become well known for their deep spiritual insight among Christians in many nations for many years. Through these volumes a full understanding of his balanced and proper view concerning the Bible and the spiritual life can be accurately appreciated. This new compilation and retranslation of Watchman Nee's writings present the reader a fresh and unedited version of his ministry and promises to shed new light on the reader's understanding of Watchman Nee's ministry.

A Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths (Routledge Revivals)

A Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths (Routledge Revivals) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: G Gaskell
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317589424
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A Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths (Routledge Revivals) by G Gaskell Summary

G. A. Gaskell’s Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths, first published in 1923, examines several different aspects of religion, including examples from Ancient Egyptian religion and mythology to modern-day Christianity, providing explanations of gods, events, and symbols in alphabetical order. This is a perfect reference book for students of theology or the history of religion.

From Godless Dark To Godly Light

From Godless Dark To Godly Light Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Lendway
Editor: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1644584026
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From Godless Dark To Godly Light by David Lendway Summary

This is the biography and journey of a father leading his family out of the world's relative darkness, confusion, and misunderstanding caused by false teaching and into the realm of absolute daylight, certainty, hopefulness, and understanding by way of the undeniable truth. You will be guided through this father's life from early childhood, through adolescence, adulthood, and old age. You will learn of his extensive religious background, which will hopefully provide him with a certain amount of credibility because of what he decided to do with his life, the life of his family, and many of those who he came in contact with. You will be presented with four letters he has written to each of his three children informing them of the way they each need to change their lives in order to come out of the darkness of confusion and unbelief and into the light of certainty and true belief. You will see how each of these letters were accepted by them and the impact they had on his wife and each of his three children. Finally you will see what each member of his family is now doing with their lives and how each has changed from what they were then, before the letters, and what they are now, after the letters.

Backwoods Witchcraft

Backwoods Witchcraft Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jake Richards
Editor: Weiser Books
ISBN: 1633411117
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Backwoods Witchcraft by Jake Richards Summary

In Backwoods Witchcraft, Jake Richards offers up a folksy stew of family stories, lore, omens, rituals, and conjure crafts that he learned from his great-grandmother, his grandmother, and his grandfather, a Baptist minister who Jake remembers could "rid someone of a fever with an egg or stop up the blood in a wound." The witchcraft practiced in Appalachia is very much a folk magic of place, a tradition that honors the seen and unseen beings that inhabit the land as well as the soil, roots, and plant life. The materials and tools used in Appalachia witchcraft are readily available from the land. This "grounded approach" will be of keen interest to witches and conjure folk regardless of where they live. Readers will be guided in how to build relationships with the spirits and other beings that dwell around them and how to use the materials and tools that are readily available on the land where one lives. This book also provides instructions on how to create a working space and altar and make conjure oils and powders. A wide array of tried-and-true formulas are also offered for creating wealth, protecting one from gossip, spiritual cleansing, and more.

Walking in Your Blessing

Walking in Your Blessing Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brenda Oglesby
Editor: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1973664070
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Walking in Your Blessing by Brenda Oglesby Summary

Do you really think there is no hope for you? Ezekiel did not say “No, Lord. I don’t think you can do it.” He just said “I don’t know, but you know, God. You know, God, what you will and can do.” Therefore, Ezekiel had hope; he did not have hope in his ability, but in God’s ability to restore. Do you have that kind of hope in God? God can deliver and restore all to you. Having that kind of faith in God will change your circumstance.

Foundational Texts of Mormonism

Foundational Texts of Mormonism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mark Ashurst-McGee,Robin Jensen,Sharalyn D. Howcroft
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190274395
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Foundational Texts of Mormonism by Mark Ashurst-McGee,Robin Jensen,Sharalyn D. Howcroft Summary

Joseph Smith, founding prophet and martyr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personally wrote, dictated, or commissioned thousands of documents. Among these are several highly significant sources that scholars have used over and over again in their attempts to reconstruct the founding era of Mormonism, usually by focusing solely on content, without a deep appreciation for how and why a document was produced. This book offers case studies of the sources most often used by historians of the early Mormon experience. Each chapter takes a particular document as its primary subject, considering the production of a document as an historical event in itself, with its own background, purpose, circumstances, and consequences. The documents are examined not merely as sources of information but as artifacts that reflect aspects of the general culture and particular circumstances in which they were created. This book will help historians working in the founding era of Mormonism gain a more solid grounding in the period's documentary record by supplying important information on major primary sources.

His Marvellous Favour

His Marvellous Favour Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Louisa Ciarallo
Editor: FriesenPress
ISBN: 1525507842
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His Marvellous Favour by Louisa Ciarallo Summary

His Marvellous Favour takes the reader on an odyssey deep into messages of forgiveness and freedom, protection and blessing, wisdom and worship. Discovered while walking in faith and obedience, these messages will inspire readers to either renew their relationship with their Creator or meet Him for the first time. Simple yet thought-provoking excerpts from the Word of God buttress each theme and immerse the reader in a unique blend of theology and verse. We are reminded, time and again, that what each of us believes within our hidden self is what controls us, whether true and good, or not. Building on that idea, this inspirational book challenges us to bring that hidden self to the surface where we can nurture it and nourish it with the Word of God. Feeding our souls at the feast of His Word will enrich our journey of faith, particularly as we seek to understand who God is and why we should praise His sacrifice to the universe, His magnificent gift, His Marvellous Favour.

The Angel Came

The Angel Came Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ophelia Griggs
Editor: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1098005708
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The Angel Came by Ophelia Griggs Summary

The revealing events in the book are compelling and intriguing. They are powerful, intense, and realistically experienced. The author shares her personal experiences about two beloved family members who cannot tell their story about surrendering to dying. It is no secret that losing loved ones to death can be agonizing and challenging, but the death described in the book made an entrance in a beautiful manner. Death revealed moments of no defeat yet demanded attention from the author to grasp different perspectives about each beloved one. The captivating occurrences of how each beloved one expired are unique revelations that will ignite discussions. The author shares how she came to forgive the young man who murdered her brother and how the spiritual insight from God opened that door to forgiveness. The shared supernatural encounters that started during the author's childhood are regarded as hidden treasures beyond human knowledge. Some of those encounters were not of the Great Divine, but because of curiosity, the author got on a path leading to demonic practices unaware. The dreams in the book are phenomenal and another discussion piece for those who desires the interpretation of dreams. The hereafter is described dramatically and in the book points evidently to there being a life afar from the earthly realm. The childhood memories are remarkably described with love and no regrets. Those memories echo experiences and an environment that shaped the author's world. The strong belief system and faith in God is the pillar that gets the author through those life challenges and devastating situations pertaining to her beloved ones and the medical issues leaving her non-childbearing. The experiences with fibroids and how they formed in the uterus from a natural and spiritual side leave pondering thoughts. The fact of never having children is accepted by the author.

Desiring Divinity

Desiring Divinity Pdf/ePub eBook Author: M. David Litwa
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190627433
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Desiring Divinity by M. David Litwa Summary

Perhaps no declaration incites more theological and moral outrage than a human's claim to be divine. Those who make this claim in ancient Jewish and Christian mythology are typically represented as the most hubristic and dangerous tyrants. Their horrible punishments are predictable and still serve as morality tales in religious communities today. But not all self-deifiers are saddled with pride and fated to fall. Some who claimed divinity stated a simple and direct truth. Though reviled on earth, misunderstood, and even killed, they received vindication and rose to the stars. This book tells the stories of six self-deifiers in their historical, social, and ideological contexts. In the history of interpretation, the initial three figures have been demonized as cosmic rebels: the first human Adam, Lucifer (later identified with Satan), and Yaldabaoth in gnostic mythology. By contrast, the final three have served as positive models for deification and divine favor: Jesus in the gospel of John, Simon of Samaria, and Allogenes in the Nag Hammadi library. In the end, the line separating demonization from deification is dangerously thin, drawn as it is by the unsteady hand of human valuation.

When Faith Is Shattered

When Faith Is Shattered Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dr. Gloria J. Lewis
Editor: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781468559361
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When Faith Is Shattered by Dr. Gloria J. Lewis Summary

Prayers are worthless unless they are accompanied by faith. Faith ignores all of our senses when it comes to believing what God says. It is necessary to believe before we see, hear, taste or smell. When we believe first, it brings the miraculous into our reach. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. But what happens when all of the things you have heard and embraced through the Word of God to increase your faith, seems to come crumbling down around you? What happens when your prayers are not answered in the manner you desired? How do you deal with the pain caused by the death of a loved one after you have trusted God wholeheartedly to heal them? Has God forsaken you during the time you need him most? How do you deal with your anger towards God? How do you believe again when you feel that God has failed you? In “When Faith is Shattered” you will find how to deal with even the most difficult times of your life; when you feel that the Lord has forsaken you and there is no place else to turn.

That His Spirit May Be Saved

That His Spirit May Be Saved Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jeremy M. Kimble
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1625642105
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That His Spirit May Be Saved by Jeremy M. Kimble Summary

In an age of tolerance and moral laxity, the implementation of church discipline is often looked upon with disdain, fear, or incredulousness. However, there is clear biblical precedent for the practice of discipline within a local church context. While many are aware of several passages in Scripture that speak to this reality, in this work, Jeremy Kimble calls readers to observe clear biblical mandates, historic precedent, as well as theological and practical implications for the practice of church discipline. Seeking to venture past the pragmatic discussions surrounding church discipline, Kimble articulates for his readers a lucid theological presentation of this topic. He argues that discipline serves as a warning of potential end-time judgment. As such, discipline also serves as a means to the sinner's repentance and the perseverance of the saints within that local church. This theological understanding of discipline calls pastors and congregations to faithfulness. There is a seriousness to church discipline that cannot be ignored, and likewise discipline must also be viewed as a mercy, knowing it is a means to repentance and enduring in one's faith.