Christ's Empowering Presence: The Pursuit of God Through the Ages

Christ's Empowering Presence: The Pursuit of God Through the Ages

by Gary Tyra


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We all have deep longings and desires that can only be filled by His empowering presence. While many spiritual classics contain repeated references to a particular spiritual exercise: the cultivation of an ongoing awareness of Christ's empowering presence, Gary Tyra makes the claim that this particular activity is at the heart of Christian spirituality and provides the reader with:

  • A clear vision of what the experience of Christ's empowering presence looks like
  • Citations from the spiritual masters that will serve to inspire them over and over again to make it their intention to live the rest of their lives enjoying Christ's empowering presence
  • A thoughtful discussion of the means by which this key spiritual dynamic can be experienced on a daily, moment-by-moment, basis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830856251
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 06/10/2011
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Gary Tyra (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical and practical theology at Vanguard University of Southern California. Formerly the chair for the department of religion at Vanguard, Tyra also has over twenty-five years of pastoral experience including his last position as senior pastor at Yorba Linda Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. Tyra is the author of The Holy Spirit in Mission, Christ's Empowering Presence, A Missional Orthodoxy, Beyond the Bliss and Defeating Pharisaism, as well as numerous published papers and articles. He and his wife Patti have two grown children and reside in California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix


Part 1 Vision: What the Pursuit of Christ's Empowering Presence Looks Like

1 Brother Lawrence: A Most Popular Practitioner of "The Pursuit" 15

2 Some Ancient Spiritual Masters Familiar with "The Pursuit" 29

3 "The Pursuit" in the Contemporary Era 49

Part 2 Intention: Why We Should Commit Ourselves to die Pursuit of Christ's Empowering Presence

4 Support for "The Pursuit" in the Old Testament Scriptures 71

5 Support for "The Pursuit" in die New Testament Scriptures 91

6 Support for "The Pursuit" in die Corpus of Devotional Literature 111

Part 3 Means: How We Might Proceeding die Pursuit of Christ's Empowering Presence

7 Jeremy Taylor's Strategy for Practicing "The Pursuit" 135

8 How Various Spiritual Life Authors Suggest We Engage in "The Pursuit" 149

9 Lifting the Veil: My Own Approach to "The Pursuit" 173

Conclusion 189

Endnotes 197

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