Seven principles of building personal resilience.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )

We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Published in Living Faith

Years ago when we were on a family vacation in Yosemite National Park, we were fascinated and awed by the magnificent redwoods. As we walked among the forest giants, we came to what appeared to be a huge redwood tree about 40 feet in diameter.

We were puzzled, however, by the sign at the base of the tree, which read, "The Faithful Couple." This looked like it was a single tree, not two. 

A ranger explained that some 1500 years ago, two trees had sprouted as seedlings on the forest floor about 15 feet apart. For several hundred years, the two trees had grown individually, but as they got larger, their trunks grew closer and closer together. Sometime around the age of 800 years, the trunks literally touched, and they began fusing together as one tree. There they stood throughout the centuries—the Faithful Couple.

Growth of religion is the spread of religions and the increase of religious adherents around the world. The statistics are commonly measured by the absolute number of adherents, the percentage of the absolute growth per year, and the growth of the number of converts in the world. Projections of future religious adherence are based on assumptions that trends, total fertility rates, life expectancy, political climate, conversion rates, secularization, etc will continue. Such forecasts cannot be validated empirically and are contentious, but are useful for comparison. [1] [2]

Studies in the 21st century show that, in terms of percentage and worldwide spread, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] A religious forecast for 2050 by Pew Research Center concludes that global Muslim population is expected to grow at a faster rate than the non-Muslim population due primarily to the young age and high fertility rate of Muslims. [12] [13] Religious conversion has little impact on Muslim population, since the number of people who convert to or leave Islam are roughly equal. [6] [14] [14] [15] [16]

A Bahá'í published survey reported 4.74 million Bahá'ís in 1987. [48] Bahá'í sources since 1991 usually estimate the worldwide Bahá'í population at "above 5 million". [49] [50]

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )

We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Published in Living Faith

Years ago when we were on a family vacation in Yosemite National Park, we were fascinated and awed by the magnificent redwoods. As we walked among the forest giants, we came to what appeared to be a huge redwood tree about 40 feet in diameter.

We were puzzled, however, by the sign at the base of the tree, which read, "The Faithful Couple." This looked like it was a single tree, not two. 

A ranger explained that some 1500 years ago, two trees had sprouted as seedlings on the forest floor about 15 feet apart. For several hundred years, the two trees had grown individually, but as they got larger, their trunks grew closer and closer together. Sometime around the age of 800 years, the trunks literally touched, and they began fusing together as one tree. There they stood throughout the centuries—the Faithful Couple.

Growth of religion is the spread of religions and the increase of religious adherents around the world. The statistics are commonly measured by the absolute number of adherents, the percentage of the absolute growth per year, and the growth of the number of converts in the world. Projections of future religious adherence are based on assumptions that trends, total fertility rates, life expectancy, political climate, conversion rates, secularization, etc will continue. Such forecasts cannot be validated empirically and are contentious, but are useful for comparison. [1] [2]

Studies in the 21st century show that, in terms of percentage and worldwide spread, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] A religious forecast for 2050 by Pew Research Center concludes that global Muslim population is expected to grow at a faster rate than the non-Muslim population due primarily to the young age and high fertility rate of Muslims. [12] [13] Religious conversion has little impact on Muslim population, since the number of people who convert to or leave Islam are roughly equal. [6] [14] [14] [15] [16]

A Bahá'í published survey reported 4.74 million Bahá'ís in 1987. [48] Bahá'í sources since 1991 usually estimate the worldwide Bahá'í population at "above 5 million". [49] [50]

Union is all about mission – mission fuelled and strengthened by robust theology .

To see the worldwide church grow, we need to raise godly, wise and well-equipped leaders. We recruit, raise and help deploy these leaders, providing them with rigorous, biblical and accessible education, training and resources.

Union operates in four interrelating departments:

Welcome to the Union Publishing site. This website provides quality theological material for the whole church, for free. Whether you’re looking for a podcast to enjoy on your commute, or an academic paper for your studies, there’s something here for you.

These resources are free for everyone. Whether you’re looking to begin or go deeper, there’s something here to help you grow in faith and the truth.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )

We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Published in Living Faith

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )

We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Published in Living Faith

Years ago when we were on a family vacation in Yosemite National Park, we were fascinated and awed by the magnificent redwoods. As we walked among the forest giants, we came to what appeared to be a huge redwood tree about 40 feet in diameter.

We were puzzled, however, by the sign at the base of the tree, which read, "The Faithful Couple." This looked like it was a single tree, not two. 

A ranger explained that some 1500 years ago, two trees had sprouted as seedlings on the forest floor about 15 feet apart. For several hundred years, the two trees had grown individually, but as they got larger, their trunks grew closer and closer together. Sometime around the age of 800 years, the trunks literally touched, and they began fusing together as one tree. There they stood throughout the centuries—the Faithful Couple.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )

We all face extraordinary circumstances from time to time. We have been advised to handle these times by seeking God in prayer and fasting, to be especially attentive to his words, and the working of the Holy Spirit. If we are receptive to his will, God will provide for our needs and see us though anything.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online ( www.catholic.org )
5/2/2017 (8 months ago)
Published in Living Faith

Years ago when we were on a family vacation in Yosemite National Park, we were fascinated and awed by the magnificent redwoods. As we walked among the forest giants, we came to what appeared to be a huge redwood tree about 40 feet in diameter.

We were puzzled, however, by the sign at the base of the tree, which read, "The Faithful Couple." This looked like it was a single tree, not two. 

A ranger explained that some 1500 years ago, two trees had sprouted as seedlings on the forest floor about 15 feet apart. For several hundred years, the two trees had grown individually, but as they got larger, their trunks grew closer and closer together. Sometime around the age of 800 years, the trunks literally touched, and they began fusing together as one tree. There they stood throughout the centuries—the Faithful Couple.

Growth of religion is the spread of religions and the increase of religious adherents around the world. The statistics are commonly measured by the absolute number of adherents, the percentage of the absolute growth per year, and the growth of the number of converts in the world. Projections of future religious adherence are based on assumptions that trends, total fertility rates, life expectancy, political climate, conversion rates, secularization, etc will continue. Such forecasts cannot be validated empirically and are contentious, but are useful for comparison. [1] [2]

Studies in the 21st century show that, in terms of percentage and worldwide spread, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] A religious forecast for 2050 by Pew Research Center concludes that global Muslim population is expected to grow at a faster rate than the non-Muslim population due primarily to the young age and high fertility rate of Muslims. [12] [13] Religious conversion has little impact on Muslim population, since the number of people who convert to or leave Islam are roughly equal. [6] [14] [14] [15] [16]

A Bahá'í published survey reported 4.74 million Bahá'ís in 1987. [48] Bahá'í sources since 1991 usually estimate the worldwide Bahá'í population at "above 5 million". [49] [50]

Union is all about mission – mission fuelled and strengthened by robust theology .

To see the worldwide church grow, we need to raise godly, wise and well-equipped leaders. We recruit, raise and help deploy these leaders, providing them with rigorous, biblical and accessible education, training and resources.

Union operates in four interrelating departments:

Welcome to the Union Publishing site. This website provides quality theological material for the whole church, for free. Whether you’re looking for a podcast to enjoy on your commute, or an academic paper for your studies, there’s something here for you.

These resources are free for everyone. Whether you’re looking to begin or go deeper, there’s something here to help you grow in faith and the truth.

Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serious internal condition.

The same is true with our spiritual lives. As creatures of habit, we tend to go through life on autopilot. We often miss clues that indicate that our spirit is not enjoying the good health that God created it for.

In the same way that the doctor puts us through a battery of tests to diagnose potential physical problems, God has given us a process of evaluating spiritual problems in our lives:

 
 
 
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