A Good Word from John Calvin on Spiritual Warfare

“We have been forewarned that an enemy relentlessly threatens us, an enemy who is the very embodiment of rash boldness, of military prowess, of crafty wiles, of untiring zeal and haste, of every conceivable weapon and of skill in the science of warfare. We must, then, bend our every effort to this goal: That we … Continue reading A Good Word from John Calvin on Spiritual Warfare

How to face temptation – Sage Counsel from Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks, a Puritan pastor, counsels believers to confront all temptations (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the boastful pride of life) with the words of the Psalmist: “The LORD is my portion” (16:5; 73:26; 119:57; 142:5). He exhorts: Luther counsels every Christian to answer all temptations with the short … Continue reading How to face temptation – Sage Counsel from Thomas Brooks

Screwtape and “The Christ and …” Syndrome

You might have heard of the book the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. In it, a senior demon equips a junior demon on the wiles of tempting Christ-followers. Screwtape writes Wormwood in the attempt to persuade Wormwood to undermine the faith by turning Jesus into a great hero and moralist:  We thus distract men's minds … Continue reading Screwtape and “The Christ and …” Syndrome

When Your Church Frustrates You… Remember

Ray Ortlund Jr. writes in his commentary on Isaiah that "every faithful church is a gateway into the future of the world." If we are honest, it doesn’t seem that way at times. We are quickly annoyed, frustrated, and challenged by living, worshiping and serving Jesus together as vital participants in the body of Christ. … Continue reading When Your Church Frustrates You… Remember