- Posted June 22, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Jesus Has a Bride
Growing up, I liked church and at the same time, I didn't like it. I loved the idea of learning about God but the rituals and what seemed to be a lot of rules, did not appeal to me.
As an adult, I have had the opportunity to read the Bible on my own and have learned a lot about what Church should be. It is not just a place of membership or a place of rituals and directives. Church is more about being a people who are intimately connected to God.
I have written a book (Immanuel's Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World) that looks at the Church as the Bride of Christ. This is a special anology that you see in the Bible. My book looks at the special place that the Bride holds in Jesus' heart and how special She is to God.
Here is a brief description of my book:
Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World is a riveting account of the Holy Spirit, which captures the glory of God. This compelling use of the scriptures, portrays God’s dynamic nature through His Holy Spirit. It journeys from Genesis to Revelation and looks at the importance of Christians being in awe of God. It conveys how lowering one’s self before God and others promotes the free flowing of God’s Spirit in every facet of one’s life. Both, novice readers of the Bible, as well as those well versed in it, will learn a new dimension of their connection to the Holy Spirit and how to depend on Him. Also, readers will see God’s plan for the ultimate wedding between Immanuel and His Bride.
Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit is an uplifting and revealing profile about who the Holy Spirit is to God and to Christians, as well as how to allow faith in God to lead your actions, thoughts, emotions and spiritual strength.
Editor, Xulon Press
Mario Depeine, Sr. graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology. He has been an avid student of the Bible for over 27 years. While in the NYC Church of Christ, Mario served as a singles, campus and youth ministry leader for over 10 years. Mario and his wife, Lavern, served as full time ministers in what was known as the Hudson County Sector of the NYC Church of Christ for almost four years. Mario has been a certified Middle School instructor for the last ten years. During that time, he and Lavern have been members of the Central Jersey Church of Christ. They have served as Family Group and Life Group leaders for married couples. They have also facilitated a grief support group.