The Evil We Face

And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13 NLT) What is your greatest temptation?  A lustful heart and mind were issues for me for years, but in this season of my life my greatest temptation is to dishonor the Lord by not recognizing His hand on everyContinue reading “The Evil We Face”

Why Does God Allow Suffering (Part 2)

“Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.” (Proverbs 19:29 NLT) Why do the questions for which we struggle to find an answer haunt us the most? Why is it so difficult for us to understand why some suffer in extreme and, from our perspective, undeserved ways, whileContinue reading “Why Does God Allow Suffering (Part 2)”

Have You Conquered Yourself?

“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” (Proverbs 16:32 NLT) Conquering ourselves is the hardest battle we face as human beings. It’s ironic that we can easily see problems in others, even including solutions for “their” issues, but when it comes to the person in the mirror,Continue reading “Have You Conquered Yourself?”

The Pain of An Empty House

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and theyContinue reading “The Pain of An Empty House”

The Safe Room

“I have given them Your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.” (John 17:14-15 NLT) On May 20, 2013Continue reading “The Safe Room”

Being a Symphony of Light

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” (Hebrews 11:3 NLT) What is the purpose of light? If we gave that some serious thought, I’m sure we could come up with a lot of answers. ButContinue reading “Being a Symphony of Light”

Pain and Suffering (Part 2)

“The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.” (Matthew 13:38 NLT) In yesterday’s post we looked at pain and suffering from the standpoint of our own responsibility. We considered that much of what we often tend toContinue reading “Pain and Suffering (Part 2)”

What’s the Lie Behind Your Unbelief?

“’Teacher,’ they said, ‘we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully.’” (Mark 12:14a NLT) You can know something is true without following Jesus, but you can’t follow Jesus without knowing Truth. The Pharisee’s had insight into the fact that Jesus taught what wasContinue reading “What’s the Lie Behind Your Unbelief?”

Can Your Life Make a Difference?

“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b NLT) A man was walking on the beach when he saw in the distance someone who seemed to be throwing something into the ocean. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young boy throwing starfishContinue reading “Can Your Life Make a Difference?”

Rescue Us From the Evil One

“Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. May Your Kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation,Continue reading “Rescue Us From the Evil One”