Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
“The next day I was one of fourteen children who brought the black book, a Bible, to class. We were awarded bright red scarves, and the other students clapped as the teacher paraded us around the room. “I ran home that afternoon because I was so excited to tell my mother how I had won the red scarf. She wasn’t in the house or the barn. I waited, but neither she nor my father came home, and I began to get scared. I was hungry and it was becoming dark. I began to feel sick inside, and I fell asleep in a chair. “The next day police officers came and informed me that I was now in the care of the government. I never saw my parents again.” An elderly woman from North Korea relayed this story. She never heard from her parents and is still struggling to find forgiveness. She is only one of many who have gone through such trials.
Contrary to a popular caricature, the devil does not appear in a red suit, poised with a pitchfork. We would easily recognize such an obvious overture to evil. However, like the child in this story, we often come across him in a different light. The enemy representatives are often impressive people in high places. Consider the influence of a smooth-talking business partner. Or imagine the power a university professor wields in the name of academia. As the child in this story discovered, the enemy plays dirty. We must put away naiveté and be on guard against the enemy wherever we come across him and his representatives. Are you easy prey for the enemy? Or will he find you alert and on guard?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The pages of my Bible are dirty and grey, And honestly I love to have them that way, Every dark stain has a story to share, Of sorrows and hopes, conviction and prayer. The man whose Bible is crisp and clean, Has not beheld anything worth being seen, A life that's well lived is measured in use, By the way God's used him and his Bibles abuse. Do you treasure the Word of your Father? Martyrs blood, prophets bond, Spirits labor, Jesus life, our song and salvation, The seed and growth in tribulation. This is the fire which burns in the night, This is the comfort in times of fright, This is the only book that's really alive, You can read it through but never arrive. This is the Word of God, Never stop reading....