by Thomas Freiling
Perhaps no other American president is as revered as Abraham Lincoln. His strong faith and moral courage inspired a n…more
Perhaps no other American president is as revered as Abraham Lincoln. His strong faith and moral courage inspired a nation, and his timeless words of common sense continue to influence men and women today.
In Abraham Lincoln’s Daily Treasure, you will find insights into the biblical truths that shaped his faith. This unique compilation is built around the Believer’s Daily Treasure, the devotional Lincoln himself read, carried, referred to, and quoted from during his time in office. It also reveals intriguing facts about Lincoln’s life—one that was riddled with failure and calamity—and shows how God persistently pulled him toward greatness. [close]
by Stephen W. Hiemstra (Goodreads Author), Neal D Presa , Reid Satterfield
Spirituality is lived belief. When we pray, worship, or reach out to our neighbors, we live out our beliefs. Our beliefs structure our spiritua…more
Spirituality is lived belief. When we pray, worship, or reach out to our neighbors, we live out our beliefs. Our beliefs structure our spirituality like skin stretched over the bones of our bodies. These beliefs start with faith in God the Father through Jesus Christ as revealed through the Holy Spirit in scripture, the church, and daily life. Our theology orders our beliefs. Without a coherent theology, we lose our identity in space and time having no map or compass to guide us on our way. In the end, we focus on ourselves, not God.
Christian spirituality accordingly starts with God, not with us. Like the woman Jesus cured of a spinal disfiguration, our only response can be to glorify God with songs of praise (Luke 13:13). This is why lasting Christian joy is experienced, not with recognizing Christ as savior, but with recognizing Christ as Lord. Spiritual disciplines and experiences are part of this spirituality, but they are not necessarily the focus (1 Cor 13:8).
This focus on what God has done begins in verse one of Genesis where God is pictured creating the heavens and the earth. What exactly have we done to deserve being created? Nothing. In fact, our first independent act was to sin. What exactly have we done to warrant forgiveness? Nothing. Christ died for our sins. The only meaningful response to these gifts of creation and salvation is praise.
The early church interpreted and summarized God’s revelations in the biblical text and early creeds. The catechisms were developed later to summarize key church doctrines. The Heidelberg Catechism, Luther’s catechism, and the Catholic catechism focus on three key statements of faith: the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (Chan 2006, 108). Not surprisingly, Sunday morning worship has for centuries focused on these three faith statements, often being memorized and put to music. The Heidelberg Catechism, for example, encourages a focus on worship and is itself divided into 52 sermon topics for weekly use.
The key spiritual discipline in the Christian faith naturally is Sunday morning worship. The worship service includes prayer, readings from scripture, the spoken word, the sacraments, music, statements of faith, and other expressions of faithful worship. In worship, music binds our hearts and minds.
This worship experience is strengthened daily through devotions; those personal, as well as with our spouses, families, and other small groups. The original small group is the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—our template for healthy community. And when we take our spirituality into the work world, it too becomes an opportunity for worship.
The pages that follow discuss Christian spirituality in the form of daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion. When appropriate, references are provided for further study. The first four chapters (Introduction, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Ten Commandments) cover 40 days, making them suitable as a Lenten study. The entire study is 50 days, consistent with beginning a study on Easter and running through Pentecost.
My prayer is that this book will encourage readers both to understand Christian spirituality better and to nurture their walk with the Lord. There is no such thing as quality time with the Lord; there is only time. The living God speaks to us in many ways, but especially through scripture, and, having initiated a dialog, expects our response. [close]
by Danail Hristov (Goodreads Author)
The Christian apologist Jo…more
The Christian apologist Josh McDowell, in his book “More Than a Carpenter”, tries to answer issues crucial for our epoch, connected with the person and the deeds of Jesus, called Christ – Who is he? God? A great teacher? Or a liar and a lunatic? Or maybe he is the Devil himself?
McDowell’s research, however, is biased and unsatisfactory.
In “The End of the Jesus Era” the above assumptions regarding “God-man” are thoroughly analyzed, as well as the question whether the Old Testament really prophesies about him.
The topic of God is also of key importance in the investigation: Does He exist? Where is He? What is His name? What does He look like? What is characteristic of Him? What He is not… What has made the biblical image of God so repulsive to a large number of thinking people? …
Autobiographical notes, stories and observations from the time when the author was a zealous Christian are also included in the study.
With passionate commitment to God, the book strongly criticizes Jesus and Religion.
In this respect it is more religious than atheistic, more philosophical than religious and more real-life than philosophical. [close]
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