The word “battle” comes after the word “baptism” in the dictionary and this also happens to be true in life as well. The gospel of Mark opens with Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist, immediately followed by forty days of testing by Satan in the wilderness. Satan’s name means adversary or enemy and when you … More Battle follows Baptism
I have heard many different whispers from Satan and his coworkers over my lifetime. One of his most persistent whispers has been Mike, you keep on sinning. God is tired of forgiving you—he can’t use you in ministry any longer. Another one I have heard often is Mike, you don’t know what you are doing. … More Battlefield of the mind
What do you believe about the Devil? Perhaps you have fallen into his subtle trap and do not even believe that he exists—or perhaps you think that he exists, but you don’t give his existence much thought. If so, then you are in real danger, for Satan is real, and you are underestimating a powerful … More We need more hate!
Every day of life on Earth is a day of spiritual warfare. Life is too short not to realize that we are daily in battle with a real enemy. Our enemy Satan has one main objective: our destruction. We would be foolish to enter each day unaware of Satan’s schemes directed against us. Someday, Satan … More Every day is a battle!
I have found protective power by confiding in others and asking them to hold me accountable, especially when I am away from home. This protective power can come from a one-on-one relationship or from a small group of men. Several years ago before traveling to a city on the east coast to teach an intensive … More Protection away from home
We are not meant to “do” life by ourselves. Life is too short not to have deep friendships that can keep us accountable and on the right track. My first experience with an accountability partner was on the mission field. A missionary friend whom I’ll call Paul was having some problems in his marriage. Paul … More Doing life together!
The key to loving others is believing that we are loved deeply by God. We aren’t capable of becoming other-focused people until we love ourselves first. Doing so is not selfishness or pride: It is simply believing the truth of God’s love for us. Other-focused people are humble, not proud. One of the foundational secrets … More Self-conscious
We are all incredibly self-focused, self-centered people. It is only through great intentional effort that we can become other-focused people. The key is becoming so overwhelmed by the truth of God’s love for us that we look for our basic validation only from Him. Accepting and believing in God’s great love for us will free … More Are you other-focused?
My wife and I learned to speak Swahili in the DR Congo using a self-directed language learning method which helped us learn a second language the same way we learned our mother tongue when we were babies. The method is simple: Learn a little, and use it a lot. This approach is the exact opposite … More Tablet of the Heart
Many people go to church each week and snack on the Word of God by listening to a sermon—then go home and put their Bible on a shelf until the next Sunday rolls around. This behavior is why there are so many weak, malnourished Christians walking around today. If you eat once a week, you … More Spiritual Food