Every effect has a cause, and every thought or action has a root. Nothing comes from nothing. The old computer programmers had a term, GIGO – garbage in, garbage out. But what is also true is … goodness in, goodness out. Good roots produce goot fruit. They can’t help it.
Read on as Sandra helps us trace the roots of who we are and why do what we do, in our continuing series, The Cosmic Battle. Enjoy! – Arthur
There is nothing more satisfying than to bite into a juicy red apple. It is so delicious, so nourishing. In the core of the apple are tiny brown seeds. Each seed has the capability and coding to produce a tree that could grow over 30 feet in height and live and produce fruit for over 100 years. All you need to do is plant the tiny seed in soil and give it plenty of water and sunshine. Amazing.
The Bible has a lot to say about seeds. In Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus says that there will be seeds of wheat and seeds of tare planted in the same field. The planting of the single seeds is almost done mindlessly, just tossing the seeds onto the soil. Continue reading
Who are you truly and ultimately living your life before? Objectively, on a factual, that answer is God, the final Arbiter of the universe. Yet, it is the subjective answer to that question that ultimately determines the direction, quality, and power of your life. Kathy addresses this key question in the fourth essay of the Cosmic Battle series! Enjoy and be edified! – Arthur
“Lies take us captive, but the truth shall set us free.”
“Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.” ~ Col 2:18-19
When it comes to watching a sports team like baseball, basketball, or football, I usually can’t keep up. I may not be able to track the players on the court nor understand their playing positions and roles in the game, but I know this much—every game has an umpire and/or referees charged with making judgment calls on plays. They have incredible power to call fair balls or foul balls, and their word goes, even when infuriated players cry foul! Given, umpires and referees do have faults, but they are needed and they have the crucial job of impartially declaring what really happened. In the cosmic battle of truth versus lie, we find a totally different kind of umpire. Continue reading
“Character is who you are when no one but God is watching.” That saying sits in my office to remind me of Who it is that I ultimately live before. That’s not always easy to remember nor to live out. That’s the struggle that Jenny addresses in this next essay in our Cosmic Battle series. Enjoy! – Arthur
As I continue to think about this cosmic battle that takes place every moment of everyday, the more I realize that this battle is not so much a battle where the church is battling against the world, defending the truth at the frontlines of apologetics and evangelism. Del Tackett said this profound statement – “Every sin that besets us can be traced back to a belief in a lie.” And the more I examine my heart, with this statement in mind, the more I realize the scary truth that the real battlefield is inside of me, in my heart. This cosmic battle between truth and lie, between belief and unbelief is a battle in the human heart. And a belief in a lie is not just that, but in essence, unbelief in the truth.
If the root of sin is unbelief in the truth, and belief in lies, it’s no wonder that the writer of Hebrews warns the church – “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief ” (Heb. 3:12). An evil heart is an unbelieving heart, a heart that rejects the truth of God and embraces lies instead. I guess it all comes down to this – the most basic battle of our life is the battle to believe in the living God and what He has said to us in Scripture.
And these aren’t just words that I’m saying, but I do see this battle taking place in my heart, every moment of my every day. Continue reading
Enjoy and be challenged by the second essay of the Cosmic Battle series!
Amidst the confusion and babble of our day, the testimony of a Nazarene man echoes through history. Claiming to be the Son of God, Jesus Christ, born and raised in the city of Bethlehem, went around the Galilean land to heal the sick, seek the lost, and grant the forgiveness of sins. The religious authorities despised him and, after a betrayal and a series of faulty court trials, Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate. As these two men, God incarnate and a revered Roman governor, came face to face, they shared the most remarkable dialogue.
“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
“Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?
Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
“Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” ” (John 18:36-38, emphasis mine) Continue reading
Hey TD’ers! Welcome to the first in a series of essays that will provoke your thinking, challenge your way of living, and encourage you to see life the way God sees it. The series will be broken up in “chapters,” with each “chapter” consisting of several essays. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and let us know what you think!
Enjoy the first essay of “The Cosmic Battle.” Soli Deo Gloria!
If only they knew what eternity really means. How shortsighted! Those filthy, foolish humans strut around with an air of invincibility. They think they’re smart, cute, even powerful. What a perfect set up! Ensure that they live like there’s no tomorrow and soon they’ll forget that they’re on the edge of eternity. Obsess them with hot clothes and hot cars and the quicker those idiots will drive into the hot fire of the abyss. It is mind-boggling even for me. How could those worms, made in the Enemy’s image, be so hopelessly blinded by such a sheer veil? But who really cares about the particulars. All I know is that it is priceless to see that veil being lifted for the first time. On our side. They see the truth about earth. They see the hellish truth of what surrounds them and they wish it was a passing lie. Well they had their fair share of those on earth, each one nudging them closer to the Master, the Father of lies. I can hear it even now as I write: the piercing cry of one more captive echoing down through the bottomless chasm. The Enemy’s son said that the truth would set them free. Well all their reality will do for the now is make them wish they could die. But they can’t! No turning back, no turning back! It is all too easy! Distract them for a lifetime and they’ll have the rest of eternity to focus on what they could’ve or should’ve done. Continue reading