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Overview Mercy-the mercy of Christ to and for us-and our demonstration of that mercy to those within and outside the Body of Christ is the key to the future of the Church, to mission and stewardship, to living our Christian lives together in love and forgiveness, to moving boldly and confidently into the future with courage in the Gospel.-from the Preface For two millennia Christians have echoed the pleas of blind men and beggars, "Christ, have mercy!" These words are part of the historic liturgy (the Kyrie) and have been sighed on deathbeds and in sick rooms and after natural and man-made disasters. But what does it mean to ask our Lord and Savior for mercy? and what about Christ's command to be merciful, even as God has been merciful to us? Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercy-to fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
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Studio: Concordia College
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Concordia Publishing House
ISBN 0758615019 ISBN13 9780758615015
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More About Matthew C. Harrison
Matthew C. Harrison is Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care.
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Great book on Christian Living Dec 31, 2008
This book is really all about what God does and had done for us in Jesus Christ. It always begins at the cross with what Christ has done for us and then shows how that should and does impact how we live and how we show mercy to others as it has been shown to us. I have truly enjoyed this and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book that helps them to understand Christian living without giving them a whole list of rules to follow. This is Gospel living.
What it Means to Live Mericfully in Christ's Mercy Oct 30, 2008
God has truly blessed the church with believers such as Harrison who live what they write about. Harrison shares his experiences with the Canadian native Indians to a chaotic inner city neighborhood in Indiana to tsunami ravaged Indonesia, each of them God's mercy in theology of the cross was made clearly known to Harrison and the community around.
He shares his growing passion for mercy outreach through Christ's church, which is somewhat fresh and new for Lutherans, but shouldn't be. It just was that this had diminshed among us, and is now being resurrected and taking off thanks to the blessings of Harrison and others.
The motivation for mercy ministry is hereby not admonished via programs or inspiration stories or guilt trips or promised growth, but on solid basis of the Gospel of Christ. The author is well versed in both the Scripture and church history he offers, seasoned well with his own experiences which makes for great reading.
Adding to all of this are some great B&W photos and a nice Bible Study attached. A truly fine resource for this historically neglected work of Christ among us which is making a needed resurrgence.
Mercy and the Means of Grace Aug 17, 2008
From its earliest pages, this book commends itself to be a uniquely inspiring work. In the opening sentence of the Foreward, Rev. Ray S. Wilke writes: "I have waited thirty-eight years for this book to be published" -- not because Harrison is such a slow writer but because Wilke had not seen such an unfolding of the Gospel even during his pastoral training at the seminary in the 1960's, the decade of Harrison's birth.
As far as Harrison is concerned, this book couldn't have been written any sooner. First he had to cut his teeth piloting with missionaries in northern Canada, initiating neighborhood renewal in center-city Fort Wayne and traveling around the world as the Executive Director of Human Care for The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), bringing relief to people in diverse cultures and desperate situations. He had to learn that the theology he studied in his early years truly addressed the human condition, seeing how mercy meets misery.
Harrison leads readers in short order from rural Iowa to urban Kenya, from recent anecdotes to ancient history -- and from the visceral to the cerebral. He serves as an expert tour guide who has personal knowledge of the cares and concerns weighing heavily on people in the places he has served and visited. One can easily tell that these pages were not composed by some half-baked wannabe media preacher, but by a well-seasoned pastor who has learned in the theology of the cross what it means to "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep," (Rom. 12:15).
The subtitle of the book, "How to Put Your Faith Into Action," is a bit misleading. Readers will be delighted to find out that Harrison's work is not another "how to" do-it-yourself manual. He neither attempts to manipulate readers with guilt nor challenge them to rely upon their own gumption to aspire to a religious life. Time and again, Harrison demonstrates how people are enlivened by the grace, mercy and peace of God in Christ -- through the means which Christ instituted.
Indirectly, readers will also be introduced to what it is about the Lutheran confession of faith which is unique -- not just another denomination to be blended into a generic religious melting pot. Harrison unabashedly lays out the specific details about how Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, Holy Communion, and the Holy Scriptures provide mercy far beyond what bread and medicine could ever hope to provide, but also subsequently provisioning bread and medicine under the shadow of Christ's wings.
This book doesn't just deserve to be read. It deserves to be read more than once -- and to serve as a salutary reference for life in the mercy of Christ.