Come to the Tree. Pray to Die.

Who can forget Elijah’s famous showdown with the prophets of Baal?  This was probably the OK Corral of the Old Testament.  Elijah went toe to toe with hundreds of false prophets and publicly humiliated them.  They spent all day crying out and cutting themselves without so much as a peep from their god.  One short…

Perfected in Weakness

“He believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. […]  He considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and also considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb, without weakening in the faith” (Rom. 4:18, 19). God promised Abraham…

The Idols of Christ and the Cross (Part 1)

The following is an excerpt from my booklet about Micah.  A link to the full booklet can be found under the heading, “Booklets: The Spirit of Prophecy Series.”             Micah addresses at least two types of false religion: fertility cults and Molech worship.  Fertility cults involved worship of various deities…

The Idols of Christ and the Cross (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a series.  Read part 1 here: https://thevoiceofone.org/2013/01/11/the-idols-of-christ-and-the-cross-part-1/             The exacting spirit of Molech also insinuates itself into the life of the church.  Molech, it was pointed out, demanded that his worshipers give up their children to appease him.  God gave up His own Son for us…

A Dragon in Lamb’s Clothing

The Pharisees….  What was eating those guys?  Rewind to the period between the Old and New Testaments—Alexander the Great brings many nations, including Israel, under Greek rule.  His vision was to make all peoples culturally Greek.  He was so successful that Greek culture persisted even after the rise of the Roman empire.  In the time…

He Cannot Disown Himself

“After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body” (Ephesians 5:29, 30).             It is a privileged position to be Jesus’s body.  But what do we mean by saying we are…

Nothing Less than Him

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).             Jesus is God’s complete self-expression or Word.  The Word is God, just as my word is me and not something other than me.  Jesus said it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth…