...Know, Grow, Go, Show, Sow
This month’s sermon series will help us understand and follow biblical requirements of faith. Again this will take you, as you use the Church Library, into the 248’s as explained in last month’s article. Here are the newest items in this classification:
248.6/Cro Six steps to a generous life: living your commitment to Christ by Robert Owe Crossman. This pocket-sized book presents giving as a lifelong journey in Christian discipleship with emphasis on Prayer, Bible Reading, Worship, Witness, Financial Giving, and Service. It's designed to help readers cultivate a thankful heart that leads to giving in all areas of their lives. c2012
248.8/Plu Faith and you, volume II: more essays on faith in everyday life by Terry Pluto. This book is a second helping of Terry's plain and personal musings on topics we all face in everyday life. These essays don't claim to have all the answers, but the questions they raise give readers something to think about. c2012
248.8/Rut God has an app for that: discover God's solutions for the major issues of life by Dudley Rutherford. Inviting you to explore the Letter of James, Rutherford reveals user-friendly, biblical solutions for the most common conundrums and difficult challenges Christians from all walks of life face. c2012
248.8421/Pay 52 things daughters need from their dads by Jay K. Payleitner. It isn't easy being a dad, especially to daughters. Guiding you into "girl land," Payleitner offers a year's worth of ideas to help you build a positive relationship with your child. Discover how to do things with your daughters, and not just for them; lecture less and listen often; take advantage of "hero moments"; and more. c2013
248.843/Ter Unglued: making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions by Lysa TerKeurst. Offers words of hope and healing for women struggling in the midst of their raw emotions, showing how to positively process reactive emotions that come from situations all women face daily. c2012
C248.32/Luc God listens when I pray by Max Lucado. Hermie the caterpillar and his garden friends are reminded that God always listens and always helps His children. c2012
J248.4/Cha A perfect pet for Peyton by Gary Chapman. Twins Peyton and Penny spend their birthday with friends at Mr. Chapman's Perfect Pet Pals Emporium, where each is to be matched with a special pet based on their own personal love language, but Peyton fears there is no perfect pet for him. Includes a "Five Love Languages Quiz for Kids." c2012
J248.82/Rue The beauty book by Nancy N. Rue. This unique and creative book for tween girls answers the common questions girls ask during this confusing and overwhelming stage in their lives in an inviting and conversational manner. c2012
T248.32/Bat The circle maker: dream big, pray hard, think long by Mark Batterson. Enter the circle of prayer and raise your petitions to God with holy confidence. Batterson and his son share real-life stories to help teens achieve their desires through audacious prayer. c2012
T248.83/Bla Seven steps to knowing, doing and experiencing the will of God: for teens by Tom Blackaby and others. The authors utilize cartoon illustrations, true-life stories, and fresh graphics as they take an earnest, yet humorous, look at what it means for teenagers to have a vibrant personal relationship with God in their often random and challenging settings. c2013
T248.83/Luc Wild grace: what happens when grace happens by Max Lucado. Inviting teens on an exciting adventure of self-discovery, Lucado shows them that even though their lives may be messed up or off track, God can transform them from the inside out and inspire them to share his amazing love with others. C2012
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In the Dewey Decimal Classification, used in our Church Library, the 248’s is one of the largest areas. As we learn more about “The Fruit of the Spirit” through Pastor David’s sermon series, you can enrich your life with some reading from this area. It is further broken down into specific topics, such as the following reading suggestions:
248 Christian experience, practice, life
248/Pip Thinking, loving, doing: a call to glorify God with heart and mind by John Piper, editor. Here is a resounding call to Christianity. A challenge to be thinkers, engaged and serious about knowing God. And to be feelers, pulsing with passion for Jesus and his gospel. And to be doers, endeavoring great acts of love for others.
248.2/Lar You decide: five beliefs that changed my life by Knute Larson. Walk beside Larson through five major change points in his life. Listen as he examines his relationship with God. Understand his thankfulness and how yours can abound, too.
248.32/Bat The circle maker: praying circles around your biggest dreams and greatest fears by Mark Batterson. When his land was in the grip of drought in ancient times, Honi ha-M'agel drew a circle in the sand, stepped inside it, and declared that he wouldn't budge until God sent rain. What impossible dream is God calling you to pray about? Sharing personal stories, Batterson will help you achieve your desires through audacious prayer.
248.4Christian life and practice
248.4/Wit Heaven is a place on earth: why everything you do matters to God by Michael Eugene Wittmer. Discover the freedom and impact God created for you. It starts with a truly Christian worldview. And its fruit is the undiluted gospel, powerful not only to save souls, but to restore them to a life that is truly worth living.
248.5 Witness bearing
248.5/Hor The Gospel-driven life: being good news people in a bad news world by Michael Scott Horton. Seeking to lead a reformation in the faith, practice, and witness of contemporary Christianity, Horton explores the surprising ways God is at work in the world and how to reorient our faith toward the good news of the gospel.
248.6 Alc The treasure principle: discovering the secret of joyful giving by Randy Alcorn. Alcorn discusses a radical teaching of Jesus, the secret of joyful giving.
248.8 Guides to Christian life for specific classes of persons
248.834 College students
248.844 Married couples
248.846 Separated and divorced persons
248.85Persons in late adulthood
248.86Persons experiencing illness, trouble, bereavement
C248.32/Luc God listens when I pray by Max Lucado. Hermie the caterpillar and his garden friends are reminded that God always listens and always helps His children.
C248.82/Ber The Berenstain Bears: let the Bible be your guide by Jan Berenstain. When Papa Bear takes the Bear Scouts on a canoe trip to earn their white water badges, he learns that he should ignore neither the scouts' guidebook nor the Bible.
T248.32/Bat The circle maker: dream big, pray hard, think long by Mark Batterson. Enter the circle of prayer and raise your petitions to God with holy confidence. Batterson and his son share real-life stories to help teens achieve their desires through audacious prayer.
T248.83/Bla Seven steps to knowing, doing and experiencing the will of God: for teens by Tom Blackaby and others. The authors utilize cartoon illustrations, true-life stories, and fresh graphics as they take an earnest, yet humorous, look at what it means for teenagers to have a vibrant personal relationship with God in their often random and challenging settings.
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By Joyce Kight, Director of Christian Resources
As we learn more about “The Fruit of the Spirit” through Pastor David’s sermon series, you can enrich your life with some reading from the Church Library. With the Holy Spirit’s power we can live lives that transform every relationship we have.
Main Library: Living beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit [227.4076/ Moo] by Beth Moore. Through this study you'll come to appreciate the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn, or produce on your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God.
Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit [231.3/Cym] by Jim Cymbala. Through a blend of solid Biblical teaching and by sharing the testimonies of those who have been transformed by the Spirit's presence in their lives, Cymbala shows how embracing the move of the Spirit is vital to living a life of spiritual power and victory.
Experiencing God: How to Live the full Adventure of Knowing and Doing the Will of God [231.5/Bla] by Henry T. Blackaby. This book encourages each of us to seek God's guiding hand as He reveals His loving relationship to us.
God's Promise for You [231.5/Sta] by Charles Stanley. Sometimes life can be tough. There is no such thing as luck in the life of a believer, just the divine moments when God moves to answer your prayers and accomplish His purposes.
Glorious Intruder: God's Presence in Life's Chaos [231.7/Tad] by Joni Eareckson Tada. God is not tucked away in some far corner of the universe, uncaring, unfeeling, unthinking, uninvolved. You can count on it, He is intimately involved with the tiniest details of your existence. Learn how His constant presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling and chaotic circumstances of your life.
Abundance of the Heart: Rejoicing in the Fruit of the Spirit [234.13 Bar] by Bob and Emilie Barnes. Celebrate the nine virtues that add a touch of sunshine and a spirit of caring to our daily lives. Poems, prayers, and inspiring thoughts gently guide you to a place where the fruit of the Spirit is apparent in all you do and say.
Joy: How to Rejoice in any Situation [248.8076/LeP] by Phyllis J. Le Peau. Although some situations are seldom "fun", they can be surprising occasions of joy. This study helps us discover how to rejoice in any situation.
[NOTE on locating materials: Dewey Decimal numbers ending with ‘076’ indicates a workbook which are shelved separately on the shelves marked “workbooks.”]
Children’s Library: First Virtues for Toddlers [C241.4/ Sim] by Mary Manz Simon. A menagerie of adorable animals demonstrates 12 important virtues. Each story gives simple, concrete examples to help little ones.
What Did Jesus Do?: Stories about Honesty & Forgiveness [C241.4/ Sim] by Mary Manz Simon. Relates two stories dealing with contemporary problems, then presents flashbacks to Biblical times to see what Jesus did in similar situations.
Paw Paw Chuck's big Ideas in the Bible [C241.4/Swi] by Charles R. Swindoll. Stories telling how people in the Bible dealt with real-life troubles are followed by stories using bear characters and showing how young people today can find answers to their everyday struggles.
Sammy's gadget Galaxy: a Book about Patience [C241.4/Wai] by Michael Waite. A young inventor's lack of patience costs him the chance to compete in the science show.
The Mystery of the Magi's Treasure [JF/Mur/Thr/6] by Elspeth Campbell Murphy. While celebrating "Christmas in July", the three cousins come into some stolen art works and discover that even bad boys can be good. Theme: goodness.
Teen Library: Seven Steps to Knowing, Doing and Experiencing the Will of God: for Teens [T248.83/Bla] by Tom, Mike, and Daniel Blackaby. The authors utilize cartoon illustrations, true-life stories, and fresh graphics as they take an earnest, yet humorous, look at what it means for teenagers to have a vibrant personal relationship with God in their often random and challenging settings.
God's Story, your Story: When His becomes Yours [T248.83/Luc] by Max Lucado. Divine narrative and contemporary examples show how your everyday life is part of God's bigger redemption story, and that God is there, no matter what you face as a teenager.
You Were Made to Make a Difference [T248.83\Luc] by Max Lucado. Interactive practical tips and real-life stories will help your youth groups learn that God can use them right now to make a difference for his kingdom.
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By Joyce Kight, Director of Christian Resources
Chrismons are being used in the greens in the main area of the Church Library. The ones we have were made and donated to the Church by former member, Joy Spencer. I do not know if Joy is related to Frances Spencer who originated the concept and brought it to fruition in her church in 1957, then gave the copyright on the word “Chrismons” to Ascension Lutheran Church, Danville, VA. Here is some history to help us more fully understand about Chrismons.
Frances Kipps Spencer
In 1957, Frances Kipps Spencer began thinking of a way to decorate the Christmas tree in her church that would be more suitable for a sanctuary. She thought that the usual brightly colored Christmas ornaments were just not appropriate for a setting of worship, so she began researching and looking for something that would reflect the Christian faith.
Mrs. Spencer began by trying to imagine herself in the shoes of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She asked, "How would Mary celebrate Jesus' birthday?" The answer from our culture and time period would have a cake and candles and his name on it. Mrs. Spencer then looked upon the traditional Christmas tree as a cake and placed on the tree the name Jesus and his title Christ. Instead of using the name and title in English, however, she used Greek monograms. Thus the letters in Greek, "Chi Rho," became one of the earliest Chrismons because they are monograms for Christos , the Greek word for Christ. The word chrismons itself is a combination of the words Christ and Monogram.
Simple monograms of Jesus Christ, as well as a few crosses, decorated the first Chrismons tree. As the beauty and meaning of Chrismons attracted people, Frances Spencer
added other designs, which were copies in present day material, of signs and symbols used by the earliest Christians. These later ornaments grew more sophisticated in meaning and complex in execution. She began to create original designs that depicted Biblical teachings and events. For example, in 1960, a large figure 8 that delineated the Christian year, which follows the life of Christ, was added to the tree. In another case, at her husband's suggestion, Mrs. Spencer created a series of Chrismons based on the Beatitudes and added to the tree in 1968.
According to the dictionary, a chrismon is a monogram of Christ. But the chrismons as ornaments are more than monograms; they may also tell about Jesus Christ. As the designs grew in number, they included references to the life, ministry, activities, nature and teaching of Jesus. Thus the Chrismons as symbols always point beyond themselves to God. Indeed, the vital feature of the concept is that each design must proclaim some truth about God as seen in Jesus. As the years passed, the Chrismons idea spread beyond Christmas. The ornaments have become meaningful decorations in homes and public places throughout the entire year. People employ them in table settings, in shadow boxes, on bookmarks, and on banners. Some are even styled for use as Christian wedding cake toppers.
Mrs. Spencer also wrote an illustrated five books about the Chrismons: Chrismons; Basic Series (1959); Chrismons: Christian Year Series (1961); Chrismons: Advanced Series (1965); Chrismons for Every Day (1971); and Chrismons (1970) [246.55/Spe]. Through these books, the Chrismons idea reached countries all over the world. Churches of every Christian denomination used the idea to communicate that Christmas is indeed the celebration of the birth of Christ, as well as to help
their members learn more about Jesus. Some follow the patterns in the books to the last detail, while others use the instructions as a starting point and as the books encourage them to do, translate the ideas into native media. Because members of different churches often join to make Chrismons, the program has had a marked ecumenical impact. Through the Chrismons, many Christians have discovered the similarities rather than the differences in denominations. What began by Frances Kipps Spencer at Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia, has been called the most significant contribution to Christian symbolism in the twentieth century.
Throughout the creation and development of Chrismons, Mrs. Spencer has never personally profited monetarily. Certainly the acceptance and sharing of the idea was a source of great gratitude to her. There is no question that the ornaments were a help and inspiration to Christians all over the world, and that was the only compensation that Mrs. Spencer ever desired.
May these symbols continually remind you of God’s greatest gift to us all, Jesus Christ.
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Begins the Sunday before Thanksgiving
By Joyce Kight, Director of Christian Resources
A week devoted to encouraging people to read the Bible, in the belief that it will arouse a positive spiritual force in a world plagued with problems. National Bible Week is promoted by the National Bible Association (originally the Laymen's National Committee), a non-denominational group of businessmen founded in 1940 and devoted to the application of the Golden Rule in daily life. A huge audience listened to the NBC radio program that was broadcast to kick off the first National Bible Week scheduled for December 8-14, 1941.
The Church Library materials are Bible based with the goal of helping you in your walk of faith.
• Hadassah [F/Ten/Had/1] by Tommy Tenney. Both a palace thriller and a Jewish woman's memoir, this book brings the age-old story of Esther to life in this pivotal time in religious history.
• Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews / Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles [220.77/Cal] by John Calvin.
• Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament [225.61 Hou] by H. Wayne House. Covers issues of canon, gospel studies, textual criticism, biblical theology, ancient history, and numerous others.
• The World before the Flood and the History of the Patriarchs [220.67/Ede/His/1] by Alfred Edersheim.
• The Gospel According to Jesus: what is authentic faith? [230/ McA] by John MacArthur. Offers clear Biblical explanations of Christ's own ministry and to what saving faith in Him actually amounts.
• Alive in Christ [T248.2/Hi] by Monty Hipp. A discipleship series for new believers in Jesus Christ designed to help gain a practical understanding of who Jesus is and how to apply your faith in Him to your everyday life.
◊ Part 1: Guess What Happened to Me!
◊ Part 2: Alive to Win!
◊ Part 3: Alive to Follow
◊ Part 4: Alive in the Word!
◊ Part 5: Alive to Pray!
◊ Part 6: Alive to Worship!
◊ Part 7: Alive to Share!
◊ Part 8: Alive as Part of the Body!
• My favorite Bible Storybook for Toddlers [BB/C220.9505/Lar] by Carolyn Larsen. These stories of the Bible come alive with colorful pictures, memorable lessons, and fun flaps that add moments of learning for toddlers.
• Bunny Loves Others [C241.4/ Sim] by Mary Manz Simon. The book ends in one Bible verse. What a great way to talk to your children about God. This book helps you show children how God is part of your everyday life in everything you do.
• God Made the World [C222.11/ Dan] by Dandi Daley Mackall. Questions are asked and answered with a fresh new approach. For increased reader retention, be sure to encourage your child to point out the main object or person.
• I'd Like to Ask God [J220.9/Spi] by Nancy Spiegelberg. Includes whimsical questions a child might ask of Bible characters from the past about God's wonderful care and provisions.
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Our expanded church library is open when the church is open and anyone can check out materials. Here's how:
Select materials you wish to borrow. Remove the circulation card and write in your name (and phone number if not a church member).Then place card in the check out box.
Books may be checked out up to 3 weeks; all other materials 1 week. When returning materials, place them in the top drawer of the lateral file cabinet marked "Returned materials."
Parents, here are some tips for helping your child select books appropriate to his/her reading level:
Have your child read the first page or two of the book. Ask them to hold up 1 finger for every word they don't know. If they hold up 5 fingers while reading, consider this a "read it to me" book, rather than a book to read on their own. If they hold up only 2-3 fingers, you've found a "just right" book.
Joyce Kight, our director of Christian resources, manages one of the largest Christian lending libraries in the area. She has spent over 30 years in library ministry (nearly 20 of them with us!), sharing her love of God and books and supporting congregational libraries. Read Joyce's story.
The Passion of Jesus Christ
By John Piper
Tues., April 29 @10:00 a.m.
The book discussion groups are open to all adult readers. Copies of the books are available in the church library.