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Maria Durso is living proof that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Having come from a childhood devastated by loss and abuse she grew up to thinking she could mask her pain with drugs. Her lifestyle could have left her hopeless and alone—yet God kept and preserved Maria’s life.
Understanding firsthand the effects of abandonment, loneliness and rejection are, she ministers to those whose hurt lies deep in the heart and works to minister to those who need hope. Armed with discernment, insight into the true character of God, honest about her own experience, and down to earth, Maria is an intercessor, teacher, and powerful speaker.
In 1975, immediately following the first most important walk Maria would ever take down a church aisle—Maria took her second most important walk down the aisle and married her life-long love, Michael Durso. Together she has pastored along side of her husband, Senior Pastor Michael Durso at Christ Tabernacle, the first church to be birthed from The Brooklyn Tabernacle, since 1985. They have witnessed, firsthand, the faithfulness and grace of God who supplies the needs of a continually growing urban church.
Believing that our greatest ministry is prayer, she oversees the Prayer Band, a group that intercedes daily for the needs of the congregation, various ministries, the Pastoral staff and requests that are phoned in to the church. Maria also oversees the Women’s Ministry at Christ Tabernacle, a ministry that encourages women through fellowship, worship, and the Word of God.
Maria recently published her first book, From Your Head to Your Heart. With powerful examples from the Bible and redeeming stories from her testimony involving abandonment, loneliness, rejection, and drug use—this book will give you the keys to access the power in God’s Word. Begin the renewing journey from your head to your heart today.
Blessed with a wonderful husband and three sons in ministry, their wives and grandmother to eight, Maria considers herself wholly blessed. The Durso’s look forward to the great plans God has for their ministry, their lives, and their family.
God continues to open doors for her to minister in conferences, seminars, and retreats. Connect with Maria Durso at MariaDurso.com.
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This question has always had a negative connotation, but within this Bible Study Guide you will learn the importance of having your brain washed! Life is full of experiences that are stored in our brains that are a filter for how we see ourselves, the world we live in, our relationship with others, and most importantly how we see God!
Scientists have discovered that we actually have two brains: the brain in our heads (the cranial brain—learn and remember), and the brain in our hearts (sense and feel). According to research, the brain in the head is connected to the brain in the heart. The two brains send messages to each other through thousands of neurons and tiny filaments, but the messages don’t necessarily coincide.
The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7 that as a man “thinks in his heart,” so is he. So, the truth in God’s Word needs to work its way down (18 inches) from the brain in our head to the brain in our heart so that we can experience its life changing power.
Included with the Bible Study Guide is an online DVD series! This study has been designed for individual use as well as applying it to a Small Group. You can find this series for free by going to MariaDurso.com.
Maria Durso is living proof that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Having come from a childhood devastated by loss and abuse she grew up to thinking she could mask her pain with drugs. Her lifestyle could have left her hopeless and alone—yet God kept and preserved Maria's life. Understanding firsthand the effects of abandonment, loneliness and rejection, she ministers to those whose hurt lies deep in the heart and works to minister to those who need hope. Armed with discernment, insight into the true character of God, honest about her own experience, and down to earth, Maria is an intercessor, teacher and powerful speaker. In 1975, immediately following the first most important walk Maria would ever take down a church aisle Maria took her second most important walk down the aisle and married her life-long love, Michael Durso. God continues to open doors for her to minister in conferences, seminars and retreats. Connect with Maria Durso at www.mariadurso.com.
This study has been designed for individual use as well as applying it to a Small Group. To assist you in your study, the Bible Study Guide includes questions entitled Thoughts from the Heart at the end of each lesson. These exercises will hopefully challenge you to study further and apply God’s Word to your personal life. In addition, there are Questions for Small Group Discussion, which are formulated to get your Small Group talking about the key issues in each lesson.
Let’s start to take the eighteen-inch journey from your head down into the deep valley of your heart, so you can slay the giants that are defying God’s promises and blocking your blessings!
The change you long for is just 18 inches away!
Have you ever declared in frustration that your head knows what to do but your heart won’t agree? The truth is, although the head and heart are only eighteen inches from each other, most of us spend our entire lives trying to make a genuine connection between what we profess to believe in our heads and what we actually believe in our hearts. We believe that God loves us, but our hearts still cling to lies from our past—lies from society, our families and friends, and the enemy of our souls.
Don’t allow these voices to keep you trapped any longer. “From Your Head to Your Heart” exposes how your negative thought patterns can keep you from the future God wants for you and reveals the secrets to achieve the long-term transformation desired by many, yet missed by most.
With powerful examples from the Bible and redeeming stories from the author’s own testimony involving abandonment, loneliness, rejection, and drug use, this book will give you the keys to access the power in God’s Word. Begin the renewing journey from your head to your heart today.
Forward written by Jim Cymbala with Endorsements from Bill Hybels, Chris Hodges, Nancy Alcorn and many more.
“The heart and soul of the Christian life is learning to hear God’s voice and then developing the courage to do what he asks us to do. “From Your Head to Your Heart” must be added to your life and library. If leaders aren’t leading with their heads and hearts, the local church will never reach its full redemptive potential. Well done Maria Durso! This book will be a lifeline for so many people.” —Bill Hybels, Founding and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church
“With honesty, wisdom, and encouragement, Maria Durso helps readers draw closer to God as they seek to know him and not simple knot about Him. From Your Head to Your Heart offers biblical wisdom and practical suggestions for connecting your mind and your heart with your faith. I recommend it for anyone wanting to experience more of God’s power in their lives.” —Chris Hodges, Pastor of Church of the Highlands
“In my travels over the years in ministry I have seen many people who have a “head relationship” “with the Lord, but not a close personal “heart relationship” with Him. From Your Head to Your Heart explores the depths of having an intimate walk with Jesus that will transform every part of your life and bring about a whole new level of victory and freedom!” —Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries
“El corazón y el alma de la vida del Cristiano es aprendiendo a escuchar la voz de Dios y luego desarrollar el valor para hacer lo que El pide de ti. Desde Tu Cabeza Hasta Tu Corazón tiene que ser añadido a tu vida y tu biblioteca personal. Si los líderes no están dirigiendo con sus cabezas y corazones, la iglesia local nunca alcanzara completamente su potencial redentora.
¡Bien hecho María! Este libro será un sustento para muchas gente.”
Fundador y Pastor Principal
de Willow Creek Community Church
“Con toda honestidad, sabiduría y apoyo, María Durso ayuda a los lectores anhelar una mayor cercanía a Dios mientras buscan conocerlo mas a Él y no simplemente conocer de Él. Desde Tu Cabeza Hasta Tu Corazón ofrece sabiduría bíblica y sugerencia practicas para conectar tu mente y tu corazón con tu fe. Yo lo recomiendo para todo aquel que anhela
experimentar mas del poder de Dios en sus vidas.”
Church of the Highlands
“En mis viajes atraves de los años en el ministerio yo he visto a muchas personas que tienen una “relación de cabeza” con el Señor, pero no una “relación de corazón” cercana y personal con El. ¡Desde Tu Cabeza Hasta Tu Corazón explora las profundidades de tener un caminar íntimo con Jesús que transformara todas las partes de tu vida y en cambio
llevarle a un nuevo nivel, completamente de victoria y libertad!
Fundadora y Presidenta
del Mercy Ministries
María Durso es prueba viviente que si alguno esta en Cristo, es una nueva creación (2 Corintios 5:17). El haber venido de una niñez devastada por pérdida y abuso, creció pensando que podía ocultar su dolor con drogas. En el año 1975, María camino por el pasillo de la iglesia y le entrego su vida a Cristo tomando el primer paso más importante en su vida. Luego, María tomo el segundo paso más importante por el pasillo de la iglesia y se caso con su eterno amor, Michael Durso. Dios continúa abriendo puertas para que ministre en conferencias, seminarios y retiros. Comunícate con María Durso al www.mariadurso.com.