Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits

Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits

by Christopher Maricle


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Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits by Christopher Maricle

A focused, simple handbook for those who undertake the challenges of living an authentically Christ-centered life.

“What would Jesus do?” is a great guiding question for living the Christian life, but it presupposes that we know the Bible well enough to come up with the answer. Maricle helps by mapping out the main priorities Jesus modeled in his life and ministry. He begins by asking a simple question: “What did Jesus most frequently and consistently say and do during his public ministry that would be instructive for us?” A formal analysis of the Gospels yields 8 priorities to emulate: healing, love, prayer, confidence in the treasures in heaven, oneness with God, spreading the word, innocence, and humility.

Maricle shapes these principles into a handbook for discerning right living in relation to God and others according to the ministry of Christ. It’s a warm-hearted, straightforward read, with discussion grounded in down-to-earth examples from preschoolers, Mother Teresa, Brother Lawrence, and baseball. His rock-solid essentials help one recognize oneself and find energy for the challenges of the authentic Christian life.

This book can be used as a personal spiritual survival guide, a small group study, or a church-wide challenge. Succinct summaries, questions, prayers, and scripture charts help readers internalize and articulate these faith essentials.

- New Christians who need a basic handbook on how to live in accordance with the life and teachings of Jesus

- small group leaders and pastors who need a 9-10 week study

- Christians who tend to over-think and over-read at the expense of making grounded faith-based decisions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835899147
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 143
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Christopher Maricle has taught Catholic middle and junior high school, has served a Catholic school principal in Nevada and Northern California, and as the Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the central valley of California.

He researches, writes, and teaches on matters related to school governance in grades K–12. He is the author of The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits.

His home town is Lodi, California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     9
Preface: How Did I Start This Journey?     11
The Jesus Priorities: How They Add Up     13
Heal     23
Heal through Compassion
Say Yes to Strangers
Do What Is within Your Power to Do
See with the Heart
Love     35
Show Mercy First
Forgive without Limit
Love Others as God Loves
Pray     49
Pray Alone
Pray Persistently
Pray in the Presence of Others
Pray Simply
Spread the Word     61
Share the Mission
Invite Everyone
Challenge with Love
Build Up Treasure in Heaven     73
Detach from Earthly Possessions
Maintain an Abundance Mentality
Act Justly
Seek God's Will     27
Know God through Jesus
Maintain a Sense of Urgency
Focus Daily on God's Will
See Everything as a Task of Love
Accept Sacrifice as Gain
Accept Children as Precious     97
Protect Children
Welcome Children
Be Like Children
Live with Humility     109
Rely on God's Mercy
Presume the Lowest Place
Sacrifice Your Ego
Making the Jesus Priorities Our Essential Habits     117
Our Personal Habits
Habits of the Faith Community
Gospel Citations for the Jesus Priorities     133
Notes     142
About the Author     143

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