A Demon’s Advice on Prayer

The following is something I posted in 2015.  I was reminded of it when talking with a friend about how we both felt overwhelmed by people’s needs.  This is a particular problem in our age when mass media and social media can make us aware of needs and problems half a world away, things we…

I Never Knew You

A few times in the last couple weeks, I have found myself wondering, “How well do I know the Lord? How well do I know Him *really*?” I can go black and white pretty easily so my first reaction was to doubt whether I knew the Lord at all. But after more reflection I decided…

Weakness: Escape it or embrace it?

Two weeks ago, my friend, James Acree, preached at his church on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. This has been a precious passage to me the last 10 years or so. Among others, the Lord has used it to completely reorient my faith. (For my thoughts on these verses, click here and here). I really appreciated what…

Bart Simpson Christianity

This week I am unexpectedly busy with projects, some of which have deadlines. As I prioritized things, I thought I should take a break from blogging this week, which is important to do from time to time. But when I asked the Lord about it, He said, “Who is your source?” As usual, the Lord’s…

God Is…Cuddly?

This week, I saw “God is love” posted on a church’s reader board.  Enough said, right?  Not quite.  Let’s just say this denomination (at least in America) has christened things that the Bible says are sin.  When they say “God is love,” it means something closer to, “God is cuddly, and permissive.”  Given that they…

Sluggish in Hearing

“We have have much to say that is difficult to interpret since you have become sluggish in hearing” (Heb. 5:11). At the cusp of Hebrews five and six is a warning that seems to come out of nowhere.  Since the writer has been talking about Melchizedek and resumes this subject in chapter seven, the warning seems to erupt mid-thought….

Hope for Narcissus

Narcissus is a character from Greek mythology.  He was a stud, a real looker, who fell in love with his own reflection when he saw it in the water.  A couple fun facts: the English word “narcissist“ is a variation of Narcissus’s name.  We use it to describe people whose self-love is over-the-top.  For some,…

Out of Weakness

“…who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:33-34, ESV). On Easter Sunday, before church, I was thinking about how weak I feel…

Time for a Break!

No, I haven’t broken any bones. I’m just taking a short rest from blogging 😉 Feel free to browse past posts or booklets available on The Voice of One. At the bottom of the page, there is a list of blogs I follow. I consider every blog I follow worth reading. You might find some…

Happy

Much of Hebrews chapter 3 centers on a quote from Psalm 95, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness….”   Psalm 95 is referring to an incident in Exodus 17.  Israel’s wilderness journey brings them to Rephidim where there…