Two Major Obstacles to Prayer (Lovelace)

In chapter five of Dynamics of Spiritual Life Richard Lovelace spent some time discussing prayer. This section is a pretty helpful resource on Christian prayer. In these pages Lovelace mentioned two hindrances or obstacles to prayer. The first obstacle to prayer in the Christian life is the fact that we are still sinful. "The Puritan… Continue reading Two Major Obstacles to Prayer (Lovelace)

“Satan Blocked Our Way” (1 Thess. 2:18b)

 In 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Paul wrote that Satan hindered the missionary team from going back to visit the new church plant in Thessalonica: For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way (NIV).  There are a few things we could discuss and note about this verse, but it… Continue reading “Satan Blocked Our Way” (1 Thess. 2:18b)

The Defeat of the “Strong Man” (Arnold)

 When Jesus was answering the Pharisees' diabolical accusation that he cast out demons "by the ruler of demons" (ἐν τῷ ἄρχοντι τῶν δαιμονίων) he gave an illustration:  "...No one is able to enter a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his… Continue reading The Defeat of the “Strong Man” (Arnold)

Make Him Church (S)hop (Screwtape)

I love this section of Screwtape Letters where Screwtape, the older demon, gives his young demon-nephew Wormwood some tips on duping “churchgoing” Christians.  Screwtape says that if Wormwood can’t get a certain Christian to skip church altogether, the next best thing is to get him to church shop/hop, in a cynical and critical way, never… Continue reading Make Him Church (S)hop (Screwtape)

Don’t Forget about Satan! (Kuyper)

Abraham Kuyper, "To Be Near Unto God" For various reasons, sometimes Christians forget that Satan and his demonic horde really exist.  We know the stories in the Gospels where Jesus sent the demons running, but we sometimes forget the fact that Satan really prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour us (1 Pet 5:8).  We… Continue reading Don’t Forget about Satan! (Kuyper)