Past the Point of No Return


     Too many people are stuck in the valley of decision. Indecisive about following Christ, they straddle the fence and leave themselves enough wiggle room to have one foot in the church and one foot in the world. This lack of commitment leads to a life of compromise and mediocrity. Jesus cautioned, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:62, RSV). We are called to sell out for the cause of Christ.

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Avoiding Spiritual Fainting Spells


     My first hospital visit was a fiasco. I was a teenage preacher and had never been in an Intensive Care Unit. The man I visited had open heart surgery and was on a ventilator. As I prayed for him, I was overcome by the sights, sounds and smells and became dizzy. The room started spinning so I stepped into the hall to gather myself. I saw his wife, called her name, tried to shake her hand but blacked out and hit the floor. Moments later, I regained my senses via smelling salts. So much for being God’s man of faith and power.

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The Heel that Crushed the Serpent's Head

   Heel Crushing serpent 
     In the aftermath of the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, God made a profound promise. Theologians use a fancy word for it—the protoevangelium. It simply means “first Gospel.” This is the first Messianic prophecy and the first promise of salvation. God spoke to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15, NKJV). The NIV reads, “He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”

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