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Gather : Loving Your Church As You Celebrate Christ Together$16.99Add to cart
Why do we meet on Sundays?
Now that technology allows us to access services remotely, many see little need to meet face to face every week. Others think that because we have a personal relationship with Jesus as Christians, church is an optional add-on. For some, they know deep down that there is a reason why gathering on Sundays is important, but they are weary and don’t feel excited about it. So what is the purpose of corporate worship, and what is our role in it?
In this book, Tony Merida highlights how in-person Sunday gatherings are central to God’s plans and to our faith and joy. He reminds believers of their privileges as citizens of heaven, members of God’s family and stones in God’s temple.
Readers will see how each part of a church service (preaching, praying, singing, baptism, Lord’s Supper and building each other up in conversations) are ways to enjoy and share God’s grace, and are therefore essential for spiritual endurance. You’ll also be reminded that your presence in corporate worship matters because you have a part to play in encouraging your brothers and sisters and spurring them to love and good deeds:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Read this book to renew your understanding and enjoyment of going to church and to be excited by the ways in which your presence can encourage others.
Love Your Church$15.99Add to cart
God calls us to be devoted to one another in love (Romans 12:10). What does this look like for us today? How can we be the kind of church member who makes a real difference?
This engaging book by Tony Merida explores what church is, why being part of it is exciting, and why it’s worthy of our love and commitment. He sets out eight privileges and responsibilities of a church member: to belong, to welcome, to gather, to care, to serve, to honor, to witness and to send.
As we see how wonderful it is to belong to God’s family and be a part of his amazing witness to both the earthly and the heavenly realms, we’ll grow in our love for and commitment to our local church.
This is a great book for every churchgoer to read, whether they’re new or have been attending for some time but need re-energizing with God’s vision for the local church.
With a discussion guide at the end of the book, Love Your Church is also a great resource for small groups.
Christ Centered Conflict Resolution$12.99Add to cart
As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, one thing is obvious: it always brings conflict with it. Stress, fear, exhaustion, anger, and sorrow are at an all-time high, sparking all sorts of relational fires in our marriages, households, churches, families, and friendships. Though we all want peace and harmony with others in this turbulent time, even Christians find themselves fighting, arguing, yelling, insulting, escaping, avoiding, or shutting down.
In this short, biblical, and practical book, pastor and author Tony Merida shows us that it doesn’t have to be this way-even in a pandemic! Merida not only paints a stunning picture of Christ our Peacemaker, he also shows us how to stop wishing for peace and go make it.
In these pages, Tony will help you:
*Discover where conflicts come from
*Realize conflicts don’t have to define you, scare you, or undo you
*Understand the pattern and power of Christ as the ultimate Peacemaker
*Tap into the Spirit’s supernatural ability to change you in the midst of your conflicts
*Learn how to overcome evil with good
*Anticipate conflicts and resolve them in biblical, Christ-centered ways
*Stop letting your relationships simmer in a place of division or anger or strife
Stop waiting for peace to “hopefully” come to your doorstep once the Coronavirus finally passes. Instead, in the power and strength God provides, become a person who can make the peace you so deeply desire, and watch your relationships transform right in the middle of the chaos.
Ruth For You$16.99Add to cart
Applied expository guide on the book of Ruth: a story of redemption that points us to Jesus.
The book of Ruth is a love story. Like all love stories it has twists and turns, tension and resolution, and a happy ending.
But it’s far more than that because it reveals to us a God who is deeply committed to caring for his people. In Boaz, God provides Ruth with a loving husband to free and provide for her, pointing us to the Bible’s grand story of redemption and David’s greatest son, Jesus.
Tony Merida’s compelling story-telling and Christ-centered insights make this both an accessible and absorbing expository guide to the book of Ruth. It can be used for personal devotions, or for leading small-group studies, or for sermon preparation.