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Conquering life’s enemies

“The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20 (Amplified Bible)

Why does God allow people to do evil?

The Bible shows that God allows humans to have freedom of choice. He didn’t stop Adam and Eve from eating the forbidden fruit or Cain from murdering his brother (Genesis 3:6; 4:8). God didn’t prevent his own nation, ancient Israel, from sinning. The people were told to choose the way of love and life (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). But God didn’t prevent them from choosing the way of evil, which they did.

A tragic Wednesday in Charleston

Disbelief, shock, denial, heaviness, confusion, mourning - those were some of the words I felt deeply as I first heard of the tragic murders of nine innocent Christians who worshipped at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night.

Grace be unto you

When I was young my grandparents would gather our family together in Nags Head, North Carolina. They would rent a cabin on the beach for two weeks - grandparents, parents, cousins, uncles, aunts, it constituted quite a household - but we loved it.

What is salvation?

Salvation is a rescue operation. When God made humans, he made them “in his own image,” which includes intelligence, creativity and power over creation.

Amen

The word “Amen” is translated the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English. In fact, it is the same in every language. The literal meaning of it is not “so be it.” This may be the popular definition but the literal meaning is “truth.” When you say “Amen” you are saying “that is the truth.”

I am not there yet

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye [Matthew 7:1-5].” Similarly in Luke 6:37, we read: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”

Choices

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-31.