As we mingled and talked with friends and family this Thanksgiving, the conversation frequently turned to the recent election. “What do you think…” was a common question. During one of these conversations, I was asked a simple question, “What’s the difference between a liberal and a conservative?” What an opportunity for a series of jokes! Here is one:
An elderly man went to a store and bought $15.23 in groceries. He handed the young cashier a $20 bill, expecting $4.77 in return. He was surprised when she handed him a single dollar bill. Bewildered, the gentleman complained, “This is the wrong amount!” The cashier – a liberal – replied, “No sir, this is the right amount. You must be using the old math. We’re using the new math now.”
Jokes may be good for a laugh but will not answer the question. Read more…
God is an all-consuming fire 
Jesus is God 
The Church is the body of Christ 
Therefore The Church, the body of Christ, reflects some of the characteristics of God, such as an all consuming fire.
Jesus Christ is getting ready for the final battle. He is preparing The Church to storm the entrenched fortresses of the enemy, evict, judge, and rule as rightful King over all the earth. Read more…
The Church is offensive and offensive. Read more…
As I’ve been working on this series of essays about God as an all consuming fire, my daughter casually remarked, “You know, Dad, most people die of smoke – not the fire.”
“How appropriate,” I responded. Read more…
In the last essay we saw that today’s events are driven in large part by a cosmic spiritual war between God and Satan. If there is indeed such a spiritual war of cosmic proportions raging in our midst, one would expect to see some evidence of that conflict. More precisely, since God’s current offensive is pressed through The Church, evidence of this war should be most evident within The Church itself or through interactions between The Church and the world.
A Consuming Fire
One must understand the nature of something to find evidence about it.
God wages war as a consuming fire:
God is a consuming fire (Deu 4:24, 9:3, Isa 33:10-14, Heb 12:29)
Every war, but especially God’s spiritual war, rages like a forest fire. A forest fire burns furiously until extinguished or all the fuel is spent. Wars burn furiously and uncontrollably until all the fuel is spent. Read more…
In the previous posts we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of that conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. In the last two essays we examined the spiritual conflict in depth.
In this essay we will examine the conflict from the world’s perspective. From the worldly perspective, the Middle East conflict has two fundamental root causes:
o Squatters’ rights
o Family feuds.
Let us examine each briefly. Read more…
In the previous post we examined the importance of accurately understanding ancient history. We have seen the dual nature of the conflict: Spiritual as well as worldly. Lastly we have concluded that The Bible provides a more reliable account of ancient history.
In this post we will examine in more depth the nature and root cause of the spiritual conflict sweeping the Middle East and the world from a Biblical perspective. Let us then start with an examination of the Biblical root cause of our very existence: The Creator God. Read more…