Seeing It How It Is

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end,... Continue Reading →


How Do I Worship From the Sodom and Gomorrah Story?

What do I do with passages in the Bible like this? The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.  Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.  And He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds On Justice and Truth

Without God, morals are just preferences. If you deny that there is a God, you have no philosophical grounding to be outraged by anything, from murder to racial hatred to poverty.  Without God, it's all just opinion.  And you have no solid basis for indignance over an opinion.  Without God, racial hatred being evil is an... Continue Reading →

His Good Authority

   It's surprisingly easy to fall in to what Proverbs calls "folly."  Foolishness.  A lack of wisdom.  Incorrect thinking and feeling and behavior.  The heart and the flesh love folly, and I know from experience that my own flesh is no different from anyone else's in that respect.   One of the marks of folly... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds On the Heart

   It isn't enough to merely do what is right.  Or say what is right.  A healthy heart loves what is right.  The religious teachers Jesus rebuked often had the externals right.  And he said to them, 'Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips,... Continue Reading →

Text Messages on Uncomfortable Things

Last week, a friend of mine was challenged by an unbelieving buddy about killing that God allows or commands in the Bible, most particularly in some verses in Isaiah 13. "And like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with none to gather them, each will turn to his own people, and each will flee to... Continue Reading →

3 Lessons From the Major Prophets

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel 1) God is in control. God decided how long His people would be exiled (Jeremiah declared it to them, from God, to be 70 years). God put it into the mind of the new Persian king Cyrus to send the Jews back. Isaiah and Jeremiah say that God sends disaster... Continue Reading →

3 Lies Our Culture Tells Us

1) You're not bad. 2) Old is bad, new is good. 3) What you do with your body is your business. 1) You're not sinful/wicked/wrong/rebelling against God. Okay, so we all, apart from Christ, absolutely are wicked. This is pretty much a given in the Bible. If you read through the prophets, Moses' rebuking of... Continue Reading →

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