So much has been introduced into the message of the gospel over the centuries that even the most spiritually mature struggle deeply with dissatisfaction, discontentment, fears of disappointing God, frustration and hopelessness. Salvation has come to be seen much like the business model of a narcotics dealer. You can get it initially for free but to keep it will cost you greatly. As a result, the years following the conversion experience for some look like an addict desperately trying to get enough to buy or earn another fix or another high. When the buzz wears off, the withdrawals symptoms of fear, anger, depression and anxiety appear and take hold.
Earlier this week, we looked at the “armor of God” from Ephesians 6. During the discussion, the armor was characterized as the “weapons of our warfare.” This characterization struck me as interesting and possibly out of place as the passage nowhere uses the terms war or warfare. It does, however, use terms such as schemes, […]
Recently, I had the privilege to share some thoughts regarding King Solomon in the context of the study, The Story: Getting to the Heart of God’s Story. The chapter in the story emphasizes the fall of Solomon into the worship of other gods and its repercussions on the stability of the ancient kingdom. The author […]