A soft spot for those who would wreck the faith of others

 

Sorry, but I have just got to say something to my fellow “Christians” who have blogs wherein they seem to enjoy ripping the Christian faith.Capital: Second Temptation of Christ by Sacred Destinations

“Why?”

Why give atheists a forum to spew their evil slander against the faith of Christ and the Living God?

Is there not enough of this vitriol coming from the world?  Are you like some little kid that enjoys ripping the wings off of butterflies?

Do us all a big favor and leave. That’s right…get out of the church and go on your merry way. Try and do something constructive for a change.

You are of another spirit.

 

 

 

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How do we stay in Christ?

Once a Christian,  always a Christian?

 

Why the spiritual battle? 

 

In addition to the Word of God, there are a great many other words in our world, all vying for our affection. Are these other words sufficiently strong enough and in great enough number to rip us away from the Living God?

 

What can we do to keep this from happening?  Do we need to do anything at all?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are You ‘up to it’?

     Is anyone really “up to it”?First place winner in FUNNY KIDS by Johnny Bravo richard by JJ & Special K

 Personally, if I was honest about it (which I am on my better days), I’d have to say that I am not quite up to it.

The task of going out into the world (or just here on the net) and bringing the name of the Lord to a world that is starving for it…I’m not up to it.

I am not always “on fire for the Lord”. I am not always in the mood to talk to others. I am not always eager to serve. I often just want to laze around. I often do not want to serve. I often want to be served.

I don’t read and study the scriptures as I ought. I don’t read and study the Church Fathers, or the Lutheran Confessions like I ought.  I don’t pray like I ought.

I do not seek out those on the margins of life in order to make their lives better and to give to them the good news of Jesus Christ. Not all the time I don’t. Not even 10% of the time. I’d hate to tell you the percentage of my time and treasure that I put into that area of need. 

I’m not up to making time for those in my own congregation. Those in need of help, those that are sick, those that are hurting from the day to day pitfalls in their lives. I often don’t even take the time to pick up the phone.

I’m not really up to the task of fighting off the world, my own sinful flesh, or the devil…I’m just not.

When it comes down to exhibiting the bold,  exhuberant, life of one who has been given new life,  the forgiveness of his sins, and salvation…I’d have to say that most of the time…I’m just not up to it there, either.

But I do know someone who is!

I do know someone who fits the bill exactly…all of time, in every circumstance of life, who is never too busy or self absorbed. He is smart enough, stong enough, wise enough, powerful enough, loving enough, forgiving enough to get the job done….and perfectly…every time.

He is the One who hung on the cross for me and told me that He will never leave me nor forsake me.

He is up to it.  He is up to it for me,  and He is up to it for you. 

And He will fill our poor words and our poor efforts with His love,  His power, and with His purpose and will.

I don’t know about you, but He gives me strength to persevere when I know that I am not really up to any of this.

What do you say? 

Are you up to the task at hand?

Martin Luther on the ‘will’…

“The will is a beast of burden.  If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills;  if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills;  Nor can it choose its rider… the riders contend for its possession.” Kaká!

                                                      – Martin Luther

 

 

Is this what ‘spiritual warfare’ is all about, contending for the human will by God and the devil?