“Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ And he said ‘Here I am, Lord.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘Rise and go to the street called Straight, and … look for a man of Tarsus named Saul … But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem.’ … But the Lord said to him, ‘Go’” (Acts 9:10-15 ESV).
I have often read how young soldiers struggle with fear, thinking that they are cowards because they are afraid. Often older veterans will advise them that it is all right to be afraid, so long as fear does not prevent them from fulfilling their duty. Continue reading “Go anyway”
On a bookshelf, I spied a book with the title on the spine: “House to House.” At first I thought it was a book about personal evangelism. Then I saw the author was designated as “Sgt.” I pulled the book out enough to see the subtitle, “An Epic Memoir of War.” Continue reading “Training hands for battle”
Among the many purposes God has given his people, one of them involves preventing the further spread of infectious evil. How God’s people are to achieve this spiritual offensive might be surprising.
Whenever people suffer injustice, wherever slander has destroyed, however sin has hurt, evil’s impact entices retaliation. To succumb to the temptation only enables darkness to penetrate one’s own heart, further promulgating the spread of evil. The Christian life, however, involves being called to stop that infectious spread of sin. Continue reading “Sin stops here”