"Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin]." (1 Corinthians 10:12 - Amplified) From the Washington Post, September 1998: In the 1980s, when flashy, money-loving TV evangelists were giving men of the Lord a bad name, … Continue reading “I Would Never Do That.” (Oh, yes you would.)
"....in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:11 Phoebe Palmer, raised in New York City, was one of the first women of the 19th century to become a celebrated public figure and speaker. In her classic work, "The Way of Holiness," she writes, "But … Continue reading Your Enemy is Always Ready. Are you?
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left [Jesus] until an opportune time.… (Luke 4:13, NIV) The account of Jesus' wilderness temptation is recorded both in Matthew & Luke. However, there is a phrase unique to Luke's account that should make all Christians take notice: "[Satan] left Jesus until an opportune time." The … Continue reading The Relentless Pursuit of Evil
Make no mistake, Satan is brilliant. Billy Graham, in his classic, “Peace With God,” describes the devil this way: “God’s mighty adversary is no bungling creature with horns and a tail. He is a prince of lofty stature, of unlimited craft and cunning, able to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, able to … Continue reading The Adversary
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Always keep the following in mind when reading someone's (including my) review/commentary/opinion about a movie/a book/the Bible/anything: what you're reading is simply some guy's/gal's opinion - an opinion that is based on the writer's own world-views, convictions, & subjectivity. My son, Jordan, & I heard historian, Dr. Mike Licona (Ph.D) speak at TTU … Continue reading “NOAH” (The Movie) – My take…..
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, Amplified) It was a gorgeous day at Busch Gardens on May 12, 2002. The Tampa, … Continue reading You’ll Never See It Coming
A recent guest speaker in our church approached me between worship services. He told me he'd heard about my son taking his life, and conveyed love and encouragement to me. Then he reminded me of this axiom of spiritual warfare: "We're familiar with the statement, 'God has a plan for your life.' But what we … Continue reading Satan Has a Plan for Your Life
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his … Continue reading Possessed
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Timothy 1:17) Worship, in part, begins with "noticing." Noticing God. Becoming aware of His awesome, terrifying presence. (There’s a reason the Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”) I’ve always … Continue reading What Satan Is Working to Prevent