His story changed the world: Jesus -- born to Mary and Joseph, worshiped as Savior by the Magi and the shepherds who had found him through divine guidance. We do not dispute the significance of their part in Jesus' story. We marvel at their obedience. We sing songs recounting their trust and their faith. But if we dare allow ourselves to peer just a bit deeper into the pages of scripture, extending just beyond the edges of the nativity story, we find the embodiment of patience and faithfulness -- Simeon and Anna, a prophet and a prophetess, who waited for the arrival of the Messiah with an unwavering expectation. It is a story that reminds us that a hope placed in God does not disappoint. In seven scenes, "The Promise Fulfilled" presents a simple drama, intertwining the familiar details of the Christmas story with the steadfast hope of Simeon and Anna. Drawing upon the gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke and using extended scripture readings, "The Promise Fulfilled" invites cast and audience members to marvel at the events surrounding Christ's birth, taking us into the expected while challenging us to look beyond the well-told storyline found within the walls of the nativity. Simple to learn and powerful to present, this short drama will allow youth groups and adult drama teams to develop a rich understanding of the events leading up to Christ's birth. Easily adaptable for Bible studies and children's lessons, "The Promise Fulfilled" offers a fresh perspective to a story that has been changing hearts for over 2,000 years, ushering us into the Advent season with a subtle and powerful proclamation: a transformed world requires an enduring faithfulness anchored in Christian love. Twelve copies of this play are needed for production and copy privileges are included. This is David Allison's first book with CSS Publishing. Pastor Allison received his master of ministry degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Currently Allison is head pastor at Havens Corners Church. He has also been bi-vocational and youth pastor at Havens Corners Church. Allison is married to Karla and they have one grown son. Some of David's interests are golf, chess, and landscaping.
Marcus Atkinson is a golf pro (not!). But his dad is convinced that Marcus has magic in his swing.
What makes a quality burger chain? A quality sushi chef? A quality golfer? What makes a quality life for each of us? THE IMPROVEMENT AXIOM is a simple, practical and powerfully universal framework that cuts through the noise of modern life. With brevity and precision, it clarifies the deeply personal and yet widely misunderstood concepts of success, excellence and quality. By drawing upon real-world insights from the worlds of sports, business and fine cuisine, the four key principles within this book can help to answer the most elusive of questions, no matter what your chosen craft.
Golf has come a long way from the Highlands of Scotland. It has grown to become a multibillion dollar a year industry and has captivated the interest of people of all ages, all over the world. Also, the concept of using common activities to teach valuable principles for living isn't new. The many parables Jesus Christ taught used metaphors that were common to life. This isn't the first book written to draw analogies between the game of golf and the game of life, but it is unique in that the author has included some of his own stories and experiences. During the time he worked on a beautiful golf course as it was being built, he felt prompted to write down some of the insights and comparisons to life, from a Christian perspective, that God was showing him. This little book is simply meant to be a vehicle to direct heart and mind from earthly things to things above. Jesus is still speaking to the hearts of people today. Read on and see what He is saying to you! About the Author: C. D. Wood has also written the first two volumes of The Jasharian Chronicles (Jashar and Eshek). He has also illustrated a children's book called The Quiggely Quee. This is his first non-fiction book. He and his wife currently live in Shelburne, Ontario.
This book examines the puzzle of why some states acquire nuclear weapons, whereas others refrain from trying to do so - or even renounce them.
Many IR scholars assume that nuclear proliferation is inevitable given the anarchic nature of the international system. Accordingly, nuclear proliferation is often explained by references to the 'security dilemma' or the threat environment that a state faces. The acquisition of nuclear weapons is thereby depicted as a quasi-natural step chosen by a state in order to protect itself in an uncertain or outright dangerous security situation. Yet, not only are many of these security references at least debatable; the underlying reasoning also obscures the fact that the large number of nuclear-capable states is pitted against the still relatively small number of de facto nuclear powers. Even more striking: several dozen countries have in fact - and largely in contrast to our theoretical expectations - abandoned their military nuclear research programs. Running counter to traditional explanations of state behavior under the security dilemma, this phenomenon of nuclear reversal has received scarce attention by scholars.
Against this background, the book argues that we need to devise a new analytic approach that helps us to gain additional insights into the empirical puzzle of nuclear proliferation and nuclear reversal in particular. Drawing on the sociological and social-psychological writings of American pragmatism, this approach takes neither prevalent (threat-) perceptions nor preferences as a given. Rather, it pays attention to the interpretative processes that construe actors and their threat perceptions, interests and preferences and that make certain actions or practices possible in the very first place. It thereby argues that we should abandon our search for given material or systemic causes of proliferation and nuclear armament. For a state's proliferation policy does not simply depend on purportedly given, objective threats or on the pre-defined condition of the international system, but on intersubjectively shared beliefs regarding the state's identity, its position in the international system or its role-conception. In other words: the present study aims at uncovering how threat perceptions, interests or preferences - which later lead to the acquisition or non-acquisition of nuclear weapons - emerge. In a first step, the author provides a theoretical framework based on the sociological assumptions of American Pragmatism. This framework is then be applied to two (hitherto largely ignored) cases of nuclear reversal: Switzerland (Cold War) and Libya (post-Cold War). By applying the pragmatist-interactionist lens of analysis to the cases of nuclear reversal in Switzerland and Libya, it seeks to deepen both our abstract and case-specific understanding of the "causes" of nuclear (non-) proliferation.
This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, international security and IR theory.
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