When Darkness Overcomes


Have you ever opened a dark closet and had the shadow (darkness) totally black out the room? No, probably not. Darkness isn’t like that. It cannot “take over” light no matter how meager is the light.

Light, on the other hand, is peculiar in that unlike darkness, light needs a power source. The sun isn’t running on nothing, neither does the light in your home, or the display on your smart phone. It has to have a source of power or fuel. The sun’s primary source is helium in the form of a nuclear reaction, light in our homes generated by resources at the power plant, and our smart phone from chemical reactions in the battery.

So what, you might ask? Why are you telling me this?

The Bible uses the analogy of light and darkness frequently, and we can clarify our own spiritual understanding by exploring this concept. As with everything I write about spiritual topics, test what I say by the Bible because it is the final standard, not I.

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Confession: Why We Need It


This is perhaps one of the most important teachings for a Christian. Hopefully, you will see this by the end of the post.

 A holy and righteous God, cannot abide with any sin. Sin cannot stand in His presence. When we sin, our relationship with Him is blocked or broken, though, our salvation is not lost. Because He loves us, He gave us a device to resolve the problem of sin in our lives after we are believers in Jesus: confession of sin. It is employed to restore our fellowship with Him.

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Choosing for or Against God: My Will Be Done or Thy Will Be Done?


“What does it mean to be logical? If logic indeed means “correct reasoning,” then who gets to decide if a given line of reasoning is correct? Since God is the truth, it is His reasoning that is ultimately the standard for correct reasoning. Hence, to be logical is to think in a way that is consistent with the character of God as revealed in the Bible” (Understanding Genesis, Dr. Jason Lisle, pg. 141).

Let those sentences sink in, they really are profound and helpful when making important decisions.

Why do I start this post with a quote about logic? Because we need to use logic when electing a presidential candidate. This will become clear in a moment.

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Book Review: A Nefarious Plot


A demon lord of hell laying out the game plan for America’s destruction? Yes.

Is Nefarious, the aforementioned demon lord, prideful and arrogant? Yes.

Does he insult his reader? You bet. (What demon who hates your guts wouldn’t?)

Does he believe he cannot fail, and blatantly wags this “fact” in your face every time he gets a chance? Of course.

Is this a must read book? Definitely. It is a playbook from hell after all.

Nefarious lays everything out. I do mean everything. He is so arrogant and believes his plan is so successful, he holds nothing back. (You’ll even chuckle a few times as he laughs in your face.)

America’s founding and history was particularly challenging for Nefarious to unravel. Why do you think this is? Well, if you can believe him he explains what this special challenge was and why corruption was mandatory. He also relates the theology of his Master’s fall from heaven and why demons rebel, and how he entices our human nature to do evil.

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The Journey of 58 Books


As the new year progresses, my hope is to inspire you to read more and love learning.

Why is learning important? In Fredrick Douglass’s first autobiography, he describes the process he went through when he realized how important reading and learning were. His master triggered this desire after he was told: “Learning will spoil the best nigger. Now… if you teach that nigger [speaking of Douglass] how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave” (pg. 56). Douglass said, of this new revelation, “I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty—to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom” (pg. 56-7). This concept applies to people in general. If you don’t want to be a slave of any kind, learn. By learning you will see deception and lies which can enslave the mind. The best way to do this is to read.

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Fruit for Musing: How Does God Love?


I just came to a well known passage in Galatians I’ve been studying for class:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law (HCSB Ga 5:22–23).

Many commentaries have generally observed that the first three fruits are God centered, the second three are other centered, and the last three are internal. All are produced by the Spirit, they are not a person’s work (which is a major theme of this book). Love (Greek word agape) is the first fruit and may well be the one from which the others spring.

Please keep in mind the definition of this word agape: Desiring the highest and best for another person, even at the expense of oneself (as in Jn 3:16). This kind of love contemplates the attributes or character of the object. It is divine love (Yes, I know, a heady concept!). So this is not brotherly love (phileō) or erotic love (eros), two other Greek words for love.

Love is a primary fruit because “God is love [agape]” (1 Jn 4:8) So, our love isn’t necessarily our own when we show it to someone. To put this another way, when we love other people we show them God (my head just about exploded the first time I thought about this idea). We can do this because God first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).

As I was studying the fruit of the Spirit I had this thought come to me: As we live in Christ and depend on Him, love, joy, and peace fill us and continue to increase. This continuous filling and increase causes a change in our hearts and patience, kindness, and goodness towards others grow. As we grow, then we can show Christ to others through the faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (along with the all the previously listed fruit) He gives us. This, in turn, plants more seeds which sprout trust in Jesus. Thus the cycle of producing fruit is perpetuated.

With the way this verse is structured you can see the flow from God, through Christians, to others. Christians are like a conduit God uses to love people.

Do you have any thoughts to share? Please post below or email me.



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