Saturday, 18 August 2012
It is strange to know that even when we grow old the Enemy will still attack us, when one becomes a senior citizen in faith or in age one does not receive a discount on ‘enemy attacks’. We seem to think that only the youth are at risk because they have so much to lose (and they dress weird). Thus his focus should be on them, but as the number of candles increases on our birthday cakes his attempts at our faith don’t slow down. A young David faced the giant Goliath, while an older David now faces four giants.
The Philistines rise again to challenge Israel, in war David now faces four giants who attack in full force. The giant champion has his eyes on David. Before David was king he was a great captain, leading countless campaigns always in victory. Songs were made about him. His fame only grew from once being the boy who killed Goliath to being one of the mightiest men of war Israel ever saw. Today we find an old David, an old King still going on to the battle field. The giant by the name Ishbi-benob learns of David’s frail state and focuses on slaying him. Abishai comes to David’s aid and the giant is put to death. The men of Israel plead for David not to go into battle anymore, that his light not be erased. Israel goes on to defeat the next tree giants. One of them being Goliath’s brother.
How strong anger is. How deep its roots in the soul. Within my own heart I often feel its irrational desire to strike out at. It is not always directed at anyone, no, it just is, like an inner cauldron of dark red energy. Yet all my life I have been able to contain it. Better at it sometimes than others, but it is not overwhelming, though at times painful.
I call it anger, but in reality it is rage, something deeper than anger and beyond reason. Anger is good; it can lead to constructive action, giving courage and energy for some wrong to be made right, or for someone needing help and protection. Rage is mindless, like a hungry dragon spewing fire and destruction, wanting only revenge and annihilation for those perceived as an enemy. It can be insatiable, always empty, starving and seeking to fill an ever expanding inner hunger. It is its own hell.
Perhaps it is this constant rage that demons feed off of and feel, always seeking release, always hungry, yet never achieving release from the all consuming rage and hatred of God and man. More Here...
Friday, 17 August 2012
This is the same as "Pan-Millennialism". "It will all pan out in the end." It sounds good, but it really isn't.
I used to believe this too, and kept away from the whole topic because those I looked up to as more astute and mature had taught me this (seeming!) circumspection. This holy hesitance often takes this form:All positions have difficulties.I guess it comes down to which difficulties one can live with.
Not being nit-picky, but I no longer believe this. I used to say that all positions have difficulties, but I can't say that about Preterism. The difficulties arose from false assumptions I had, incorrect presuppositions.
By Dean Lusk
I hope you'll enjoy this blast from the past (originally posted in 2008):
An appropriate subtitle for today's post is "Lessons in Stupidity." Some of you will read this post and think, "Oh, no he di'n't," and some will read it and say, "Dude! I wish I'd been there!" Regardless, in light of this story I find it ironic that I've ever posted anything at all about wisdom.
This morning I was string-trimming in some thick weeds behind our storage shed, and I hit one of those tomato vine stabilizing wire thingies. It was pretty rusty, and I leaned down through the weeds and pulled it and one more out of the ground. I threw them down behind me and I started to pray, "Lord, please keep me from stepping on that rusty wire while I work," and then either God or my common sense said, "C’mon… that's dumb, Dean. Move the wire." So I stopped trimming and put it in the trash.
Score one for wisdom! Yeah! More Here...
In our current world we are constantly thrown information. We have TV, Radio, Internet 24/7 sharing with us the news and commentary about any given topic.
This is a luxury we have in our society, to quickly get all this information and to determine what's going on in the world.
The good news is that we are blessed by being able to know what's going on. The flip side is what we do with this information. More Here...