Like a Tree- Lesson 5: Pruning

By Rev. Dr. J. Patrick Bowman There are reasons why pruning is very beneficial to a tree’s health, fruitfulness, andlongevity. These reasons all have spiritual meaning for us as well. Let’s go through these considerations and make an application in our own lives. But before we look at trees, let’s look at what Jesus saysContinue reading “Like a Tree- Lesson 5: Pruning”

Like a Tree- Lesson 4: The Root System

By Rev. J. Patrick Bowman Most of us don’t consciously consider that when we look at a tree, we only see that which is visible above the ground. We are impressed with the great height of the tree. We are impressed with the mighty canopy that spreads out before us. We are impressed with theContinue reading “Like a Tree- Lesson 4: The Root System”

Like a Tree- Lesson 3: Soil

By Rev. Dr. J. Patrick Bowman Along with light and water, healthy trees need good soil. Soil contains micronutrientsvital to tree health and helps to retain moisture so the roots can utilize it. A good tree planted in poor soil will struggle. In nature, the soil is called a planting medium. Soil, in our spiritualContinue reading “Like a Tree- Lesson 3: Soil”

Like a Tree- Lesson 2: Water

By Rev. Dr. J. Patrick Bowman Light is only one component of the photosynthesis process used by trees to produce food. The other piece is water. Water is essential in transporting nutrients from the soil through the roots, by the tree’s capillary system, to the leaves. Without water, the tree’s tissues become dehydrated, and theContinue reading “Like a Tree- Lesson 2: Water”

Like a Tree- Lesson 1: Light

By Rev. Dr. J. Patrick Bowman In horticulture, trees are classified as to the amount of light they need to grow properly. If you go to your local nursery you will see trees designated as needing full sun, partial sun, or shade. In nature, certain trees need shade to flourish. Some trees grow in allContinue reading “Like a Tree- Lesson 1: Light”

Essays on Revival

Essay 4- Sacrificial Prayer, Worship, and Giving By Rev. Dr. J. Patrick Bowman The church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer. —John R. MottContinue reading “Essays on Revival”

Essays on Revival

Essay 2- Order in the House “Good order is the foundation of all good things.” –Edmund Burke (1729-1797), English statesman             If vision is the first piece in a revival pattern, order comes in at a close second. Remember, in our working definition of vision, we said, “It can harness, cover, and perpetuate that whichContinue reading “Essays on Revival”

Essays on Revival

Essay 1- Clear Vision Communicated Clearly “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” – Helen Keller             I believe that revival, whether personal or corporate, must be fueled by vision. But what exactly is vision? If we look to a dictionary[i], the broad scope includes aspectsContinue reading “Essays on Revival”

Wrestling with Warnock Round 113

From “Feast of Tabernacles,” Chapter 14- Tabernacles – The Feast of His Appearing, continued OURS IS A LEAPING FOUNTAIN “A well of water leaping up into everlasting life (Jn. 4:14). This is Christ’s promise to His people. We do not write for the purpose of settling any doctrinal disputes: but simply for those whose soulsContinue reading “Wrestling with Warnock Round 113”