Category Archives: Rose Publishing/Aspire

This category contains Christian products by Rose Publishing/Aspire that I personally review. These products may be PowerPoint presentations, DVD’s, books, videos, or pamphlets.
The review are unbiased and rated on a scale of one to five stars. The rating is as follows: 1 star: very poor; 2 stars: poor; 3 stars: average; 4 stars: good; 5 stars: excellent

Product Review: What the Bible Says About Fasting?

The purpose of practicing spiritual disciplines is to increase the development of our inner being as Christians. When we employ the practice of spiritual disciplines we are engaging in training to produce spiritual patterns of behavior. It allows us to draw closer to God, rely on His provision, and seek His guidance. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that requires abstaining something essential in our daily lives for spiritual purpose.

This pamphlet highlights the four spiritual benefits for fasting. Fasting facilitates deeper intimacy with God. (Matthew 5:6, Hebrews 11:6) Fasting reveals our weaknesses resulting in more reliance on God. (1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:19) Fasting is another form of worship. (Acts 13:2) Fasting is another method we can employ to ask God to move more powerfully in our lives. (Ezra 8:23) It emphasizes the importance of prayer, proper attitude, and behaviors to avoid while fasting.

This publication also explores four different types of fasting. Three of these types involve sustaining from food including the Daniel Fast, total no food or drink fast, or simply no food. The fourth fast is non-food fast explained as withdrawing from other things or activities. There are additional biblical fasting methods that are not mentioned in this publication. For example, marital sex (1 Corinthians 7:1-5) and refraining from sleep (2 Corinthians 11:27).

Overall, I believe that this pamphlet provides a comprehensible outline of fasting and the proper way to do it. I would recommend this pamphlet for small group, Sunday School, or personal study.

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Product Review: What’s So Great about Heaven?

Rose Publishing has produced a pamphlet entitled, “What’s So Great About Heaven?” This pamphlet answers some of the most frequently asked questions about heaven, the afterlife, and clarifies erroneous ideologies relating to heaven.

 

Our knowledge of heaven is provided through only one true source which is the Bible. Our ability to understand heaven, it ambience or atmosphere, culture, and sociology is what we are able to identify within the Scriptures. There are limitations in our ability to understand heaven in part because all is not revealed to us in the Scriptures about heaven. We are also limited in our understanding of eternal concepts. However, publication provides a comprehensible synopsis of what is found in the Bible and provides a snapshot of what we can expect in heaven.

 

The pamphlet is well-written. It is not an exhausted source on heaven, but covers the important biblical truths about heaven. There are “myth busters” that the pamphlet addresses. For example, the belief that all people go to heaven. True salvation is key to eternal life. It addresses the ideology of heaven being the “ultimate great escape.” There are many who practice religion to escape the possibility of going to hell. However, if they never cultivate a true relationship with God their habitual rituals will not save them.

 

I would recommend this for Sunday School, Bible Studies, or small group discussions.

Product Review: The Easter Story

The greatest love story to me is the recount of how Jesus paid the ultimate price and sacrificing His life for all. “The Easter Story” provides a well-written account exploring the week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.   “The Easter Story” provides the well-known events such as the Last Supper, Jesus predictions of Peter’s denial and the disciples’ weakness, and Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

What I would love to see added to “The Easter Story” are the miracles associated with both the death and resurrection of Christ. For example, when Jesus died darkness covered the land, the veil in the temple was torn in two, and the earth shook and the rocks were split. Upon the resurrection of Christ the tombs of the sleep Saints were opened and those Saints were resurrected as well. Often the accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrections fail to highlight the additional miracles that are associate with God’s great love. These additional miracles are significant yet often go unmentioned.

With the exception of not exploring the additional miracles, “The Easter Story” provides a beautiful overview of the greatest love story ever told. This pamphlet can be used in multiple ways. It is great to read for individuals before partaking in a Communion service, New Believers classes, and Sunday School teachings.

Product Review: Why Wait?

Adolescent years can be so confusing. Teenagers are often exposed to so much information. Changes in their body structure and functionality. They are inundated with different and often conflicting ideologies along with peer pressure. It is a critical time in their lives. They are not toddlers but not adults either. While attending educational institutions up them develop the knowledge to be productive on the workforce, it is important that parents or guardians help maintain the moral compass for their teens.

“Why Wait?” is a pamphlet published by Rose Publishing to aid parents in having a healthy discussion about sex and abstinence. While the pamphlet is only ten pages in length of actual content, it provides biblical reasons, medical facts, emotional effects, and exams the matter of safe sex. Additionally, a checklist is provided for suggestion on how to remain abstinent. There is a Quick Medical facts chart that identifies the top 7 STDs and how they are transmitted. It also addresses how to obtain a fresh start if one has giving their virginity away.

After reviewing the pamphlet, I believe this would be great for any parent or guardian looking for a way to discuss sex with their teen. Or it could be utilize as a small group discussion with leader to answer any additional questions or concerns.

Product Review: Following Jesus

Rose Publishing has issued a pamphlet entitled, “Following Jesus.” This pamphlet is a welcome basket to the New Believer. It covers the fundamentals of Christian Conduct after accepting the Gift of Salvation. The pamphlet contains 11 pages of actual content briefly covering topics regarding Spiritual Gifts/Disciplines, Christian Living, and the Reliability of the Christian Faith.

This pamphlet reminds the New Believe to strive for “progress and not perfection” because becoming a true disciple does not occur immediately. Forgiveness, repentance, and the assurance of Salvation with scriptural references are briefly addressed to help reassure New Believers can be forgiven when they sin after repenting from a sincere heart. The four “P”s (Praise, Provide, Pardon, and Protect) structure as it relates to The Lord’s Prayer to aid New Believers to stay connected to God.

Additionally, suggestive scriptural readings are prescribed with a recommended criteria to follow while reading these scriptures to obtain the most out of a biblical study. The importance of fellowship, tithing, and evangelism are emphasized. It also addresses the concerns that most New Believer have regarding the authority/reliability of the Bible, evidence of the Resurrection, and answering the question if Jesus is the only way for salvation.

I believe this pamphlet would work well in New Membership Classes or as a tool to utilize when evangelizing. I believe the pamphlet could explore certain topics deeper for clarity. Overall, I would recommend this to teachers or spiritual leaders who interact with those who seek to learn more about following Jesus.

Product Review: Pursuing Jesus

The “Pursuing Jesus” pamphlet is very similar to the “Following Jesus” pamphlet. “Pursing Jesus” is a revised, more contemporary version of “Following Jesus” geared towards appealing to the youth. The layout, format, and overall design is edgier and more colorful. The length is the same. While still scripturally based, there are less scriptures while maintaining scriptural references and has more of a questions and answers layout.

While I do appreciate that this has been designed with teens in mind, the graphic design and fonts used would not give you the impression of Christian pamphlet at first glance, but something that you would see to advertisement a secular Halloween flyer. The font used for headers appear as scratches in blood red color. The cover display a female face that is pale with wide horizontal stripe of red across the eyes and a wide vertical stripe that comes down the middle.

The same questions used in “Following Jesus” are used and sometimes re-worded in “Pursing Jesus.” As in the previous pamphlet, there are suggested scriptural references provided for memorization. As I have been seeking content for my Teen Sunday School class, I wanted to review both products. Initially, I believed “Pursing Jesus” was a continuous of “Following Jesus.” This is not the case they are virtually the same product. Overall, I prefer “Following Jesus” over the “Pursing Jesus” pamphlet because I like the layout, format, and overall design better for teaching. Both products are good for introducing New Believers to Christ. I would recommend it be used in small group settings to facilitate discussions about what it means to be a Christian.

Product Review: Christian Origins of Halloween

Should Christians celebrate Halloween or allow their children to participate in the tradition of trick or treat? Does Halloween originate from pagan practices? Rose Publishing’s publication of “Christian Origins of Halloween” will dispel the myths and introduce scriptural references that reveal the Christian origins of this holiday. Within this pamphlet, you will learn the original meaning and intent for the celebration of Halloween. The difference between Halloween and All Saint’s Day, the History of Samhain and its impact on Halloween, and how the misunderstanding of the afterlife became associated with Halloween are explored.

The pamphlet is thorough in explaining and dispelling the myths about Halloween. Within the explanations, scriptural references are provided along with the components from pagan traditions that were erroneously associated with Halloween are exposed. There are recommendations for Christians to celebrate Halloween that will exemplify their love for Christ while still participating in pumpkin carving, giving out treats, and Halloween parties.

Website resource is recommended as an additional resources to identify other activities to allow God’s light to shine through you combating the darkness that is usually associated with Halloween. This is an awesome resource for Churches as a handout or Christian parents to educate their children about the truth about this holiday. Additionally, it could be used in Sunday School classes to teach children the proper way to celebrate Halloween.