Theology

28 Nov

Getting God’s Perspective

GETTING GOD’S PERSPECTIVE Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. [Isa 40:27-28] “The Lord made mountains to climb, not to look at, and up there one understands why- seeing...

28 Aug

Siritual Warfare #13 Unsung Heroes

 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” [Neh 6:11-12] “We are neither to give in, nor opt out. Instead we are to stay in and stand firm, like a rock in a mountain stream, like a rose blooming in mid winter, like a lily growing...

03 Aug

Spiritual Warfare #12 Biblical Certainties

“We are 100 percent certain to suffer, and Christ is 100 percent certain to meet us, to come for us, and restore love’s purest joys.” David Powlison What would we do without Romans 8:28 and Genesis 50:20? In the hands of pressured believers, they become divine weapons to meet and defeat life’s greatest assaults on our faith and joy in Jesus Christ. In the...

01 Jul

Spiritual Warfare #11 Confessions From a Cave

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. [Ps 139:23-24]‘He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into light.’ Because I cannot see, nor even assuredly feel, His satisfaction with me, I cannot doubt the leading simply because of the dark. The leading is nonetheless real, the pathway has simply been into a place...

02 May

Spiritual Warfare #9 It is Right to Risk

On the far side of every risk- even if it results in death- the love of God triumphs. This is the faith that frees us to risk for the cause of God. It is not heroism, or lust for adventure, or courage or self-reliance, or efforts to earn God’s favor. It is childlike faith in the triumph of God’s love- that on the other side of all our risks, for the sake of righteousness, God will still be holding us....

11 Mar

Spiritual Warfare # 8 Truth for the Trenches

“Sanctify them by your truth. Your Word is truth.” John 17:17 Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather Truth spelled with a capital “T.” Truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality- and the intellectual holding of that total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth.  Francis Schaeffer Troubled times cry out for tested truth. When faith in our foundations falter and the wisdom of the...

09 Feb

Spiritual Warfare #7 Locked and Loaded

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, Sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine!” Abraham Kuyper We have been trying to show that the walk of faith is in fact a fight for joy. This is crucial to know so that we can prepare for battle, and when we find ourselves in the midst of a fire fight, we can know that it is not something unusual that is happening to...

12 Jan

Spiritual Warfare #6 God’s Sovereignty and the Coming Catastrophe

The coddled Western world will sooner or later give way to great affliction. And when it does, whose God will hold? Where are Christians being prepared for great global sorrows? Where is the Christian mind and soul being prepared for horrors to come? Christians in the West are weakened by wimpy worldviews. And wimpy worldviews make wimpy Christians. God is weightless in our lives. He is not terrifying magnificent. His sovereignty is secondary [at best] to his sensitivity.   John Piper: ...

05 Dec

Spiritual Warfare #5 The Objective of Spiritual Warfare

“How can I obtain or recover a joy in Christ that is so deep and so strong that it will free me from bondage to Western comforts and security, and will impel me into sacrifices of mercy and missions, and will sustain me in the face of martyrdom?” John Piper: When I Don’t Desire God, p20 Last week as we were driving to our mid-week prayer service, my wife...

05 Dec

Spiritual Warfare #4 Chocolate Soldiers?

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:10-12 “Difficulties, dangers, disease, death, or divisions don’t deter any but Chocolate Soldiers from executing God’s Will....