Listening to God

The devil waits for an “opportune time,” but God’s people act in God’s time

The devil and those working against God wait for an “opportune time”:  “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left [Jesus] until an opportune time.” (Luke 4:13 NIV)   “From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand [Jesus] over.”  (Also see Mark 6:21, Romans 7:8,11, Mark 14:11/Luke 22:6, Jeremiah 46:17 and many others.) But God’s … Continue reading »

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Bible Detox for Preachers

One of my sabbatical goals was to read through the New Testament this summer – the church leadership called it “scriptural immersion.”  I was surprised by my resistance to doing it.  My significant burnout was one factor, but that wasn’t the whole story. When I started seminary, I read an article that talked about the danger … Continue reading »

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Why would God confuse us?

In his well-known daily devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers writes “Ye know not what ye ask.” Matthew 20:22 There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right and wrong, … Continue reading »

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