Category Archives: Goodness

Crushing Satan

As an addendum to When Satan Attacks or, “How to Train Your Dragon”, a few months ago I was reading in the greatest theological treatise of all time (you should know immediately that must be either Romans or Hebrews), and I noticed something I’d never noticed before. See if you catch it: “For the report of your obedience has reached to all, therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20)

Did you notice that shift in the last sentence? It’s not us crushing Satan under our feet, and it’s not God crushing Satan under His feet. It’s *God* crushing Satan under *our* feet. We can’t do this on our own, and yet He lets us participate in it. It happens not on our own power, but on our “watch” and in our presence, when we are obedient to God, wise, good, and innocent!

When Satan Attacks or, “How to Train Your Dragon”

Gandalf and the BalrogWhen we are working on serving God and developing an effective ministry for Him, Satan often attacks – that much is common knowledge for Christians in ministry. But when Satan attacks us like this, sometimes he only attacks us as long as we are going to be less productive with the attack than without it – or when our faith in God will be harmed by the attack. Continue reading

The homestead in the snow

Washes Whiter Than Snow

[Note: I originally wrote this in December of 2009, but with the recent Christmas snows, it seemed appropriate to publish today!] We now have somewhere a little over a foot of snow I’m guessing, and it shows no signs of stopping soon. All over Facebook I am seeing people commenting on the snow one way or another. Some hate it because it means being cold, difficult driving conditions, shoveling snow, or being cut off from friends; some love it because they get out of having to go in to work, school or other responsibilities, and some just like the chance to curl up in front of a fire with a good book and listen to Christmas music while sipping hot chocolate. Continue reading

The tell (city mound) at Samaria

God of Hills and Valleys

The tell (city mound) at SamariaHave you ever noticed that some things are easier to trust God with than others? It’s natural that we each have our own strong and weak points in our faith. What is a point of natural trust for some people is a point of natural doubt for others. As an example, some people more naturally trust God with their relationships than with their finances. Others are the exact opposite. Continue reading