“Every step closer to my soul excites the scornful laughter of my devils, those cowardly ear-whisperers and poison-mixers.” -C. G. Jung "We are not unaware of the Devil's schemes" (2 Cor. 2:11). In 1978, spiritual writer Richard Foster wrote: "In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep … Continue reading The Enemy of Our Soul
For centuries, apprentices of Jesus have spoken of the “three enemies of the soul” - the world, the flesh, and the devil. As the sources of temptation, they are viewed as a kind of "unholy trinity" in opposition to the Trinity. They are reflected in the Temptation of Christ in the desert: 1) the world: to tempt … Continue reading Three Enemies of the Soul
Several years back I was raking leaves in the late autumn sun while Keri pruned a rose bush. When I reached down to grab a big pile of leaves to stuff in the bag, my fingers grasped a handful of thorny briers Keri had tossed under the leaves when I wasn’t looking. As the thorns … Continue reading Sermon: Suffering & God’s Providence
Repost from 2018. -JB "Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, TEACHING in the synagogues...and he HEALED every kind of disease and illness" (Matt 9:35). My sermon text for this Sunday is Mark 1:29-39 which displays Jesus' powerful healing ministry, first with Simon's mother-in-law, and then "the whole city was gathered … Continue reading Q&A: Why do prayers go unanswered?
An oldie from the Daily Illumination archives. -JB Gather around little boys and girls. It's time for our annual reading of the Christmas story -- this time with a twist. I've seen many a nativity scenes and Christmas pageants over the years with wooden stables, sheep and goats, ox and ass, and Mary and Joseph … Continue reading The Red Dragon in the Nativity
Here's a question from a former student of mine. Great question for Halloween! Q: What do you believe about spiritual warfare and its affects on people, including believers? I know it is pretty open ended question and topic but I am not quite sure what type of answer I am looking for. Any input would … Continue reading Q&A: What do you believe about Spiritual Warfare?