The Spirit And The Saints: Our Move

When we say “the Spirit of God is our strength,” it is true, and we are moved by this truth in reality. When all heaven and hell breaks loose, we find strength in God.

Yet, the Scriptures do not stop there, and neither should we. The Spirit does not only act through our own hearts, isolated from others.

The Spirit acts through Community. When our own hearts fail us, and we cannot hear God, feel God, nor find ourselves strengthened by means of prayer or worship, then something else happens.

If we’ve built Community, Community then turns and builds us. The Spirit and the Saints are necessary to complete this journey well, whole, and in the image of Christ.

Our friends here in St. Stephen have carried us through what wins as the single most stressful time of our lives. On every level, friends have come out of the woodwork to celebrate us, restore us, re-story us, call the city for moving truck permissions to drive over curbs, quicken a full half-house renovation for sale of our home, bring us food, dismantle beds, give us a bed to sleep in, give us perspective, give us vision and encouragement, and care for our children.

While I didn’t name four-hundred and sixty-two other things, this is the way we have discovered our great need for the Spirit and the Saints.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.