“…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11)

There is an old magicians’ trick called misdirection.  With it, a magician distracts his audience and gets them to focus on something unimportant (perhaps with his left hand), while he is setting up the real trick with his right hand.  And then — du-du-duuuuhh!!! — the bunny appears, seemingly from nowhere. (OMGOSH, DID YOU FREAKING SEE THAT??!!)  Wikipedia defines this as a form of deception.

Dude, in the same way, the “old magician” is still up to his old tricks.  And distraction is one of his fave things to do.  Sometimes I call it “the tyranny of the immediate.”  Let’s say that I have decided to spend more time with Jesus.  And then all hell seems to break loose and many things “just have to be dealt with.”  Or maybe I get pulled once again into the vortex of Facebook for an hour or more.  And before I know it, a week has gone by and I have spent little or no time with the Lover of my soul — the One who created me from nothing and redeemed me with His own blood.  And what is my excuse?  Uh…well…stuff happens.

“…the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

What an amazing time to be alive!  What an incredible adventure is unfolding in our cities and across the planet!  Aslan is on the move!  As the Light and darkness intensify, and as we prepare for the Son of Man to return, God is desiring to pour out unparalleled anointing and blessings to those who are paying the price to really know Him.  What a tragic thing it would be to look back on this time and realize that, like Esau, we traded away our amazing inheritance for a bowlful of unsatisfying sludge and distraction.

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!


He didn’t come to improve us.  He came to re-create us and re-define reality.  He didn’t come to tweak our game plan.  He came so that we could die to everything we were, so that we could be like Him.

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.” (Luke 9:24)

What a glorious destiny — to be like Him!


Recycling materials is good, but recycling people is the very best type of recycling!

What a wonderful honor and calling it is for all lovers of God to help people find a new life in Jesus!  May we all start recycling the one thing that makes sense in eternity — the souls of people.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)




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The process by which God develops deep spiritual roots in us is typically unglamorous and often painful. But when the winds begin to blow — and many trees around you are going down — you’ll be really glad you have deep roots.


As cultures and nations evolve, they typically become more shame-based and less truth-based – and accepting cultural “norms” and not being rejected by your perceived peer group generally become more important than standing for truth.  And as this pressure to conform continues, Christians are much more likely to stop sharing the complete Gospel (especially the need to repent and be saved) — and are more and more likely to settle for merely improving people’s worldly situations (economically, politically, etc.), because this is less emotionally and culturally “risky”.  And at the same time, it is the greatest of tragedies.

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)



It is neither unbiblical nor mean to confront people about sin.

“Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” (Proverbs 9:8)

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” (Galatians 6:1)

“Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.” (2 Thessalonians 3:15)

“My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)

Too many of our friends wander from God because we don’t love them enough to come along side of them and help them.