Showing posts from August, 2014

The Battle: The Enemy

When we talk about God, we use terms like Almighty, Omnipresent, Holy, Loving, All-knowing and Sovereign.  These are what we call attributes of God.  They describe different characteristics that are true of Him. In Isaiah 40:12-18 God says this about Himself: 12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? 13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him? 14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good? Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice? 15 No, for all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales. He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand. 16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests and all Lebanon’s animals woul

The Battle: The Conflict

I get up in the morning and make coffee.  Every morning I get up, let the dog out and make coffee. Actually, I do not make coffee every morning, but letting the dog out is not optional.  I like to have cereal for breakfast.  Another member of the family likes eggs.  Yet another prefers pancakes.  So, we have eggs or cereal or pancakes for breakfast. It does not seem like much of a battle does it. Why talk about a battle? Last week Robin Williams made the headlines by taking his own life. According to the World Health Organization 3,000 people commit suicide each day, and for every 1 that succeeds approximately 20 more attempt it.  Even among those that do not attempt suicide there are many who succumb to drug and substance abuse. Causalities also include marriages that end in divorce, children who run away from home and broken relationships of all sorts. While I was enjoying my breakfast, rockets were being fired from Gaza into Israel, and ISIS was