The writings of the Early Church Fathers are an indispensable source of wisdom guiding our walk with Christ. These fathers lived many centuries ago, but their words continue to teach, direct and model the Christian life. In short, these fathers offer us invaluable spiritual guidance through their lives and writings. Continue reading
Some time ago, I was asked to speak at a young adults fellowship meeting on a topic of my choice. For reasons unknown to me, I felt compelled to talk about the qualities of a Godly servant. Perhaps I felt that the attendees really needed to hear this topic. Or maybe, just maybe, it was rather due to selfish intentions, since I needed to heed my own words more than my audience did. Continue reading
I just wanted to thank all the followers and supporters of the Spiritually Grounded blog. I appreciate every one of you for taking the time to read, provide feedback on, and share the content on this blog.
As a small token of my appreciation, I have a small gift for you.
The gift is the 2015 Spiritually Grounded Monthly Calendar. This calendar features a verse-a-month from the New King James Version of the Bible with illuminating full-color photographs. You can download this calendar by clicking here.
The calendar makes it easy for you to learn (or review) and meditate on a passage of Scripture every month in 2015. David the Psalmist knew the value of God’s words and would memorise Scripture in order to meditate on it day and night (Ps 1:2). With this calendar…you can do likewise!
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May God bless your 2015 and allow it to be a fruitful year for you and your loved ones.
‘This is how Scripture depicts to us the Supreme Artist, praising each one of His works. Thus earth, air, sky, water, day, night, all visible things, remind us of our Benefactor. We shall not therefore give occasion to sin, we shall not give any room to the Enemy within us, if by constant recollection we keep God ever dwelling in our hearts.’ – St. Basil the Great, Hexameron, 3.10
Saint Basil’s Hexameron is a brilliant collection of homilies delivered on the Book of Genesis and focusing primarily on the topic of creation. In the above passage St Basil reflects on the splendor and elegance of the Earth, moon, and stars as revealing the greatness of their Creator. One only needs to take a peek at the nature that surrounds us in order to be caught up in admiration of God’s beautiful handiwork. Every creature, every object and every landscape was crafted and formed by the hand of God.
I was lucky enough to share an experience with my wife which I hope to never forget. On a recent vacation to Santorini, in Greece, my wife and I booked a dinner at a restaurant nestled high up in the side of a mountain at the North end of the island. We were lucky to be seated at a table that had unobstructed views of the ocean, and we arrived just in time for sunset. We watched as the endless horizon slowly began to consume the soft sun. It appeared as though the boundless blue and turquoise waters were changing color, becoming pink, salmon and soft shades of red.
My wife and I were not expecting to be greeted with such a sight; we were both equally filled with a sense of awe, peace and wonder. This daily occurrence, like many others in nature, was a powerful display of beauty which can only be attributed to a Supreme Being.
Saint Basil encourages us to train our eyes to see the delightful display of God’s handiwork, even in the ordinary occurrences. Doing so will inevitably change our perception of the world around us, and fill our hearts with a sense of gratitude and praise for our almighty Creator. Such ceaseless contemplation on God leaves no room for evil to dwell within us and will divert our attention from the possible temptations surrounding us.