A Prisoner of God

maxresdefaultThe following passage from the Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas really spoke to me. Hitler had just came to power (by popular election no less) but had not as yet gained complete power and had to use persuasion to accomplish what he later accomplished by decree.  He was attempting to get the Church to come into league with the State and throw off any doctrine that contradicted Nazi doctrine including throwing out the whole Old Testament as too Jewish.  Part of the Church immediately begin to fall in line with Hitler and most of the rest eventually did as the church leadership and lay persons very much wanted to be part of the fashionable Nazi opinions of the day which were…

Feelings vs Mental Assent

baptism_holy-spiritThese  are two aspects of faith and they offer much to debate and divide those who favor a particular view.  In revival we see each in operation, but mental assent is much more difficult to observe than the emotions and associated feelings which flood out in all sorts of expression.  Is a particular revival event truly a work of God or simply a show of men? Always and necessary is the Bible’s admonition to test the spirits (1 Thess. 5:19). That test is based on the fruit that is produced.

A relevant scripture…

God’s Timing

waiting-on-the-lordEverything of God is perfect, so when we look at His timing it is amazing.  In His timing He can be severe, as well as gracious.  When Abraham was asked to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice, immediately after God stopped Abraham, he supplied a ram that was caught in a thicket for the sacrifice (Gen. 22:13).  When God sent the prophet Nathan to confront King David with his sin, Nathan told him that there was a rich man with thousands of sheep, who took a poor man’s only lamb instead of his own sheep.  David became outraged, and demanded the life of the man who did this.  Nathan replied, “You are the man” (2 Sam. 12:7).  God uncovered David…

Praying Without Ceasing

pray-without-ceasingI Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us that we are to “pray without ceasing”.  But how is this to be accomplished as we go along in our daily lives? The great confederate general and devout christian Stonewall Jackson once explained how he implemented this in his life after a friend complained about the difficulty of obeying this scriptural command.  Jackson insisted that one could so accustom themselves to prayer, that it could easily be obeyed in a christian’s daily life as follows:

“When we take our meals…

Recognizing the Holy Spirit

what-is-the-holy-spirit-dove-1The critical issue in our Christian walk is will we be led by the Spirit or by self, human will, skill, thought, ego, imagination or other motivations. How is the distinction made – even when it is acknowledged to be wholly critical?  Here is a list (in no particular order) based on scripture and illustrated by personal experience.

  • Cover decisions in prayer – Prayer is for every occasion, every person and every purpose.[i] The Holy Spirit leads and inspires prayer,[ii] therefore, in prayer the Holy Spirit was be very active.
  • Note the constancy of peace within – We are called…

A Vision in Worship on Easter Sunday

Fallen AtheleteI saw an athletic event at an outdoor stadium.  The athletes were highly skilled and the competition fierce.  There were many spectators cheering for the champions.  As the event neared its conclusion, a weaker participant faltered and fell.  Falling to the field he was broken and defeated.  The crowd was silent and seated bearing with humiliation for the loser.  Then from the stands a solitary figure stood and walked onto the field, helped the fallen athlete to his feet, embraced him in friendship and exited, not shying from the crowd’s contempt for defeat.

I marveled at the sight…