One of the Devil’s biggest weapons in his bag of dirty tricks is condemnation. To condemn means “to pronounce to be guilty, to sentence to punishment, or to pass judgment against.” Satan is called the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). He is like a prosecutor who finds fault, points the finger of blame, accuses us of guilt, and he wants the death penalty. Notice his sly tactic. First, he entices us to sin. Then, if we do sin, he jumps on our back and condemns us for doing what he suggested all along. What a loser!
One thing all superhero stories have in common is a sinister supervillain. Batman needs criminals to conquer. Superman needs aliens to defeat. Without a villain, the hero has nothing or no one to overcome. Our enemies make us stronger and there is no victory without a battle. While Christians have many spiritual villains to overcome, consider five main ones:Read More
Have you noticed how obsessed our culture is with fictional heroes? Hollywood has pumped out a flood of superhero blockbusters in the last two decades—Iron Man, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Avengers, just to name a few. The movie industry keeps churning out sequels and raking in millions. Movie fans have an insatiable appetite for high-flying heroics on the big screen. As much as we enjoy escaping reality and watching fantasy films, the truth is real heroes don’t wear capes or costumes. Some of the greatest heroes of all time wore robes and sandals.
Moses is so prominent in Scripture he ranks third behind only David and Jesus with 848 mentions. 3,500 years later, Moses’ incredible life and ministry still matter because he made such an indelible impact as:
Samuel played a pivotal role in the transitional period between the Judges and the Kings of Israel. The times of the Judges spanned over 300 years from the death of Joshua to the coronation King Saul. “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Jgs. 21:25, NKJV). While that sounds good on the surface, if everyone does their own thing instead of God’s thing, chaos results. That era was defined by this sad cycle:
1. Apostasy: Israel backslid into idolatry.
2. Oppression: God allowed their enemies to invade, occupy and rule over them.
3. Repentance: Israel cried out to God in desperation.
4. Deliverance: God raised up deliverers (judges) to liberate them and lead revival.