Description : The ancient prophets were a different breed. Though embedded in the midst of the people, administering and serving in much the same capacity as their counterparts, an inner longing to know set them apart. It was not enough to be a minister of the Lord; they wanted to know the intent of the one for whom they ministered. For them the morning sunrise was the beginning of another days inquiry, an inner desire to belie life on a rock eternal. It is through them the Creator finds voice, as the prophet scans the worlds panorama with spiritual eyes, ever longing that all people would see what they see and understand what is heard. It is the cry Moses had for Israel, that all would be prophets. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophets own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:2021 NIV). The Bible is both history and a prelude of history with an impeccable purpose. It does not deviate in dealing with three objectives: the fall of humanity, its redemption, and final liberation. As a worlds best seller, it is faulted for removing the mystique, updating and critiquing future events only as those events occur. Until the Bible deliberates, the archives of world history are mere fillers of rampant human instinct. But its final resolution is here, with immense biblical documentation, with the promise to be understood by all people. Keeping in mind that Gods intent remains to redeem and liberate, even to the very door of human extinction.
Description : A Proverb a Day Keeps the Devil Away applies the principles of God found in the Book of Proverbs to daily living. Illustrations are used to trigger the memories of its readers to past and present experiences in life; hopefully, causing the lesson of each devotion to profoundly impact the reader. These illustrations stem from relationships, home, work, play, decisions, reactions, thoughts, injustice and justice. Some are humorous and some very serious. Each one demonstrates the theme of that verse. The Book of Proverbs is as timely as time itself. Times have changed but people have not. They still face the hard issues of life: the same fears and hurts, the same temptations and sin, the same struggle with what is right and wrong, and the same questions about what role God really plays in their life. This devotional study aids its readers in getting a grip on these challenges. Philip Ayers was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on March 2nd, 1948. He is the second born of a family of five. Very early in his life, his family moved to Salem, Virginia, where he resided until he joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. He served in the Viet Nam conflict. He was wounded three times, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Metal with Combat V for heroic action in the face of the enemy. Philip played quarterback for the Marine Corps national football team, the Quantico Marines. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Philip was saved on March 30th, 1980. Jesus Christ called him to ministry in 1981. He is the pastor of a local church in Roanoke, Virginia. He brings a large pool of experience and Bible knowledge to his readers.
Description : Every day in life is a new day, every day we have been graciously given the opportunity to start over and make the day before, our yesterday. So many times we hold on to our past not realizing that yesterday is over and we can move forward in a new day, and that yesterday can't bind us, unless we allow it. You, me, we, are not our yesterday. We are not the past things that we have done and sometimes it is hard for us to understand that because we have people in our life that constantly remind us of the things that we have done, we have a mirror that holds the reflection of our past hurts and pains, and it holds us to our yesterday.
Description : This classic book allows its readers for the first time to comprehend the size, organization, staffing and operation of a national system of hospitals and residential services for the subnormal. It also allows for the first time, reliable estimates to be given of the scale and severity of certain problems. The basis has been laid for an evaluation of the effectiveness of hospitals for the subnormal. All this has been made possible by a generous grant from the National Society for Mentally Handicapped Children to the Department of Sociology in the University of Essex upon the foundation of the University. Of course, a great deal of further research remains to be done but a preliminary network of information is now available to all those deeply concerned about the handicapped. This is a study of the range and quality of institutional provisions made in England and Wales for that group of handicapped individuals who are known as mentally deficient. Dr. Morris reports on an investigation, which covered nearly half the hospitals for the sub-normal in the country: many of its findings can only shock and dismay. The investigation was concerned to discover what facilities-physical, occupational and educational-there was for patients, and to learn more about their social environment. It was also concerned to determine the extent to which both staff and patients are affected by their social environment, and by administrative action, and to learn something of the relationship between the hospital as an institution and the outside community, as well as between the patients and the outside world. In addition, it examined the extent to which the provisions and facilities available met the needs of the patients in relation to their physical and mental handicaps. Pauline Morris was Principal Lecturer in Sociology at the Borough Polytechnic, London. She worked in the field of social research. After a period in California looking at the services for the mentally retarded, Dr. Morris went to the University of Essex. Peter Townsend is professor of International Social Policy, at The Social Policy Department at the University of Essex. He is a senior fellow and emeritus professor of social policy at the School of Policy Studies at Bristol University. In 1999 he was elected founder Academician to the new Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. He has written much in the areas of old age, poverty, health, and social policy.
Description : Building strong, responsive, teams is one of the key factors in putting your organisation ahead of its competitors. So why do many teams fail to deliver to their true potential? The answer is that even when the commitment and the will to succeed exist, hidden pitfalls lay in wait to foil the best intentions of managers and team leaders. This book will enable you to avoid tripping up and so produce teams able to take effective action before problems arise. Legendary Away Days is a complete and invaluable guide to planning and delivering team events suited to a wide range of circumstances including problem-solving, teambuilding, boosting morale and making decisions. Concise and practical, it covers choosing an appropriate event, organising and running the day, keeping control, using external experts and evaluating your event afterwards. Focused on best practice throughout, the book also provides help on ensuring your event is legally protected. If you want your teams to look back on their Away Days as legendary then this is the book you need.
Description : On a beautiful September day Jude hurries to be with her best friend, Lexy, who is dying of cancer and has very little time left. That last week of her friend's life will be highly emotional, but also quite surprising. Jude is not prepared for the life review she will experience, as she writes letters to her friend's young children. It has been five years since her own tragic loss, and she has worked hard to put it behind her. She now dreads losing Lexy. Yet, the unexpected courage, acceptance, and peace that Lexy shows facing death will be her final gift to her friend. Sail Away My Friend is a poignant story of two friends supporting each other through life and death. It's a "must read" for anyone who has ever lost someone they love. My friend, You helped me stand when I thought I could not. You helped me see when I was blinded. You made me laugh when I would have cried. You showed me life when All I could see was death. You gave me hope when I could find none. You made me proud to call you friend.
Description : This first volume of our Great Falling Away Series biblically explicates both the beginning and the end of the biblical age, while also revealing mankinds great falling away from a biblically-defined faith in God and His mortal, immortal, and eternal Messiah - Jesus the Christ of Bethlehem/Nazareth/Judea. The full title for this first book of our series is: "The Great Falling Away Volume I: The Biblical Age". This book is now available directly from Xlibris, as well as from on-line booksellers and retail bookstores everywhere. The second book of our Great Falling Away Series is entitled: "The Great Falling Away Volume II: Anti-Christ, Babylon, and the Bride of the Lamb". This second and final book in our Great Falling Away series is now completed, and is now also available directly from Xlibris, as well as from booksellers everywhere.
Description : At the age of thirty-three, Bill Mason is a popular fishing guide in Key West. Though successful, his journey had not been easy. He was orphaned at the age of eight; at fourteen he was a runaway, making his own way in the world. In Key West he found his calling on the fishing boats. He also found a love—his wife, Beth. Edgar Stanky has just retired. Reflecting on his forty-year career in business, he wonders if he has always lived the right life for him. Intent on making the most of retirement, Edgar and his wife Ariel, move to Key West where they find an exciting new life—and, where they form a friendship with Bill and Beth Mason. Suddenly, Bill is stricken with lymphoma. Confronted by his mortality he searches for something to believe in as he battles the disease. His struggle takes a bizarre turn when he experiences otherworldly visions—perhaps indicators of a higher level of consciousness. He becomes almost manic in his compulsion to share the mystical nature of his passing with Edgar.
Description : Steven Church grew up in the 1970s and ’80s in Lawrence, Kansas, a town whose predictable daily rhythms give way easily to anxiety—and a place that, since Civil War times, has been a canvas for sporadic scenes of havoc and violence in the popular imagination. Childhood was quiet on the surface, but Steven grew up scared—scared of killer tornadoes, winged monkeys, violent movies, authority figures, the dissolution of his parents’ marriage, and most of all in Reagan’s America, nuclear war. His fantasies of nuclear meltdown, genetic mutation, and post-apocalyptic survival find a focal point in 1982 when filming begins in Lawrence for The Day After, a film which would go on to become the second-highest Nielsen-rated TV movie. Despite cheesy special effects, melodramatic plotlines, and the presence of Steve Guttenberg, the movie had an instant and lasting impact on Church, and an entire generation. Combining interview, personal essay, film criticism, fact, and flights of imagination, Church’s richly layered and darkly comic memoir explores the meaning of Cold War fears for his generation and their resonance today.