Pastor, church planter, and radio personality (more than 100 radio stations and expanding) Ron Jones believes the gravity of this topic deserves the utmost in both biblical accuracy and compassion. In Mysteries of the Afterlife he delivers a clearly written and compelling explanation of heaven, hell, and the afterlife.
Scratch beneath the surface of today’s culture and you’ll find we’re not so different from ancient Israel. True, our sophistication, mobility, and technology eclipse anything the Israelites could have imagined. Our worship is far different, to say nothing of our language and customs. Yet if the prophets Hosea, Amos, and Micah were to visit us today, we might be shocked to see how little their messages would differ from the ones they delivered 2,800 years ago. For human hearts are still the same--and so is God. Injustice, oppression, and political corruption anger him as much as ever. Apostasy still grieves him. His judgment of sin remains as fierce as his love is strong. And the hope God extends to those who turn toward him is as brilliant now as at any time in history. Revealing the links between Israel eight centuries B.C. and our own times, Gary V. Smith shows how the prophetic writings of Hosea, Amos, and Micah speak to us today with relevance and conviction.
This handsome volume celebrates over forty years of the playful and trendsetting English fashion brand and retailer Paul Smith. Always in fashion, Paul Smith is not only a preeminent fashion designer but also an international retail trendsetter who perfected a classic style that exudes a sense of English tradition combined with humor, playfulness, and mischief. This marriage of sophistication and the unexpected has given birth to a style and identity that—forty years and many collections later—remains charming, personable, and effortlessly hip. Published in association with the Design Museum, London, which is hosting a major exhibition on Paul Smith in the fall of 2013, this volume celebrates not only the line’s fashion history, collections, and collaborations but also the inspirations and obsessions that have helped to transform a small bedroom-sized shop into an innovative global forum for culture and style. Paul Smith is a full-on bright and rich visual experience, illustrated throughout with documentation of its diverse creative community and design inspirations, including Martin Parr, David Bowie, and Henry Moore, to name a few. Using hand-drawn designs, archival photographs, gorgeous original photography, and engaging essays, this colorful catalog weaves together a compelling visual tale of Paul Smith’s prestigious projects and creative processes—from behind-the-scenes to on the streets—that built this multifaceted empire of cool.
Amid the clamor and contingencies of this world, the activity of the Holy Spirit is more evident in a believer's life than we realize. We often walk through our days and are not even aware of His presence or the evidence of His provisions. A Walk in Faith slows us down enough to take a look at His activity in our lives.
Nunzio is an idealist at heart. His heart swells with passions. Nunzio’s early years consisted of traveling and developing an appreciation for the people, the nature, and the culture of Italy. His father immersed Nunzio in literature so that even an ordinary day could remind Nunzio of a poem. While serving as the priest of a small parish in the countryside of Italy, Nunzio’s admiration of beauty gets him into trouble. Mariella, a beautiful woman with great strength and an appreciation for all of the things Nunzio cares about, enters his life, and he calls his holy vows into question. Although their love is pure and strong, Nunzio is married to the church, and Mariella is wedded to Paolo, a man with a violent temper who is capable of heinous abuses. Amidst the romantic scandal, a string of children go missing, and when their bodies are discovered, they are horribly maimed. The townspeople begin to suspect that their young priest, from out of town, could be responsible for the grotesque deaths. When a witch-hunt, organized by Paolo, turns the parish against their priest, Mariella discovers that an even greater secret is growing inside of her. In their clandestine hours together, Nunzio and Mariella marvel at nature’s resilience to the harshest of conditions, but The Shadow’s Secrets proves that no creature suffers quite like a man and a woman in love.
This book contains very important information for everyone alive today, especially as the millenium and beyond are looming towards us all. Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ will be very soon in the future, although myself, nor anyone else on earth, can say that they know in which day that will happen. This is because Jesus told us Himself, in the New Testament, that no man knows that day and hour, except my Father in heaven. I can attest, though, that I have had a number of angelic visits and also visions from the Lord, and in these pages, I relate those experiences. I do not ask that you believe all, or any part, of my book. What has happened to me has been nearly unbelievable to myself. I cannot expect you to believe simply by my words. All that I do ask, though, is that you read and listen for your own self and you will receive all proof of my claims in the near future. It is my hope that you will have this information when you most need it -- during Armageddon. Many of you will fare much better by far to have this information now, while you can study and read it, than later, when earthquakes and all sorts of havoc are happening around some of you. Always remember that, even though there will be a time of havoc, afterwards the Lord will return for the Resurrection and life will be very beautiful, in heaven and on earth. God be with each of you during these times and the times yet to come. Amen.