All posts tagged: Spirituality

Book Review ~ Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us By Matthew Sleeth, MD

About the Book What Do Trees Reveal About God, Faith, and the Future of Everything? More Than You Ever Imagined. Join Dr. Matthew Sleeth as he explores the Bible’s trail of trees and reveals the wonders of life, death, and rebirth. You’ll be amazed at how science is just beginning to catch up to the truths described in Scripture thousands of years ago. Once you discover the hidden language of trees, your walk through the woods—and through Scripture—will never be same. Fifteen years ago, Matthew Sleeth was an atheist who believed that science and logic held the answers to everything. But when tragedy struck, he opened the Bible for the first time and was surprised to find that God chose to tell the story of creation, sin, and redemption through a trail of trees. In this groundbreaking walk through Scripture, Dr. Sleeth convincingly makes the case for why trees are essential to every Christian’s understanding of God. There’s a tree on the first page of Genesis and on the last page of Revelation. The Bible …

Book Review ~ Cross Of A Different Kind By Anthony Maranise

About The Book CANCER: with often abrupt and unwelcome entry into human lives as well as profound multi-dimensional impact, such an illness is, for many, considered to be a ruthless thief, intent on stealing not only joy, but life itself. Of course, even as cancer attempts to steal life and captivate those under its hold, lest we forget that as powerful an adversary as it may seem, it is no contestant against the power of the One who “has come to set the captives free” (Luke 4:18) and who is Life itself (John 14:6) and its Source. Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality draws upon the richness of Christian spiritual theology with the aim of rejuvenating hope within and imparting eternal Truth to all persons who have been “touched” by cancer in any of its wicked forms. Divided into three parts addressing those who have lost loved ones to cancer; those currently confronting their diagnoses; and survivors, this book serves as both a “spiritual field-guide” as well as an informative, yet practical helpmate …

Article ~ It’s Not About You

18 Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. 19 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus saying, “Are You the Coming One or do we look for another?”  20 When the men had come to Him [Jesus], they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you saying, “Are You the Coming One or do we look for another?”  21 And that very hour, He [Jesus] cured many of infirmities, afflictions and evil spirits; and to many blind, He gave sight. 22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have received the gospel preached to them. 23 Blessed is he who is not offended because of me.” — Luke 7:18-23 (NKJV)  When we question God’s love, His power or even the truth of His Word or that He’s real, it’s not often because we …

Article ~ The Danger Of Ingratitude & Not Honoring God (The Power & Protection of Thanksgiving & Glorifying God)

“The fool says in his heart, there is no God…” – Psalm 14:1 The Christian’s grateful heart does two things—glorifies God in His majesty and splendor, and thanks Him for His goodness, faithfulness and manifold provision, no matter the circumstance. A person new in faith may think the command to thank God in ALL circumstances to be extreme, or that God is insensitive to people’s pain and is likely narcissistic; but the truth is that beneath every law/command is the foundation of love and all the attributes that come with it; one of those attributes is, love protects (1 Corinthians 13:7). And this flows over, particularly, into the command to glorify and thank God. Am I saying that God will angrily refuse to protect you if you don’t honor Him in these specific ways? No. And that’s not the focus. The essential message here rests on the danger that comes from neglecting to do so. The act of thanksgiving and glorifying God from a genuinely grateful heart protects you from four great evils that most …

~ The Facebook Side Of Life

Life will always hand you lemons. There’s no way around that. The good thing is, God is aware of this, and, He lets them come your way because He knows He has equipped you enough to make lemonades out of them. The process, though, is not always easy. But it’s in the process that we grow. Nothing new there. But there’s something we tend to hide from—being honest about the tough times in our lives when in all honesty, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. I recently read a post from a blogger friend who admitted that her boyfriend of four years had ended their relationship and she was heartbroken. She also shared a bit of good news, too. The point is, she was awesomely honest. And the flood of comments/likes? So gracious! I’m sure in the end her day was brighter for it. What am I trying to say? No one is immune to days where it seems like lightening has zapped EVERY SINGLE thing in your life, and nothing makes sense anymore. You’re …

Learning Something New & Beautiful …

There are those times in your Christian walk when it seems you’re so sure of all the answers, you know where you’re going, and you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be—life couldn’t be better, you believe. In fact, how do non-Christians exist outside this awesome faith in God that has gifted you with such a blessed life, you ask. Then, there are those days when the more you think about the questions of life, the more the answers elude you. You realize you don’t know as much as you thought you did. The very principles that stood as the foundation of your faith and protected the world you live in are falling apart right before your eyes and, you’re more confused and frustrated than ever before. Besides, where’s that breakthrough you were so darn sure was just around the corner anyway? Could it be that those things you believed aren’t true after all? And that the promises you heard God whisper to your spirit—the very ones that no one knows about, but you and God—were …