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Count the cost 2

I do know now, after these past 7 years.  Some of it was for others, based on feedback I’ve received.  Some of it was certainly for me.  The cost has been high.  And yet, looking at the image at the top, I realize that when we’re talking about this particular cost, it’s really not necessary to blow up the budget – because the budget is way bigger than we can even begin to realize.  


Satan – beginning, end, and more

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Satan - The Beginning, The End, and Before The Beginning

Somewhere between those two extremes is realizing that Satan and his fallen angels do exist, and knowing enough about them that we won’t be one of those who get tricked or caught up in one of Satan’s traps – and losing our soul, as Jesus told us in this explanation of the Parable of The Sower –


The problem of “a Better Place”

This entry is part 15 of 21 in the series The problem of ...

What are we really doing when we say someone’s in “a better place”?
Being nice? We think so.
Lying? Probably.
Is being honest better?


Revelation: Introduction – part 1

It seems that what is probably the most common use of the word apocalypse – meaning the end of the world – isn’t even biblical in origin. It’s one instance where the book of Revelation write about the end of the world, as we know it – and that one instance is turned into the new “definition” of the word.


Pondering the consequences of our choices.

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series TNT - Blowing up misconceptions from The Bible

I read the quote below, and wondered if it’s true for all of us, at the end of our lives. Not that we’ve all literally killed someone. But all of us have done something – something we wish we hadn’t done.


What’s most important to you?

This is a great quote. It reminds us that Heaven, Hell and earth are three different things. While Christians recognize that Hell is worse than, and therefore different from, earth – too many seem to think that the same isn’t quite so true for earth and Heaven. They think things from earth will be in Heaven – or that Heaven will come to earth. Or some variation of that.


Protected from the Bible – Who’s in Hell

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Protected from the Bible

It’s easy to get mad at God because of Hell. But we have to remember – no, we have to know that Hell wasn’t made for us. We also have to realize that we don’t go their without plenty of warnings from God – and from our own choice. Some go so far as to “condemn” God – without realizing what’s even going on.


Be careful what you ask for

What some of us may have a hard time realizing is that people with attitudes like this can actually reach a point where they’re quite “happy and content” with life as they know it. Notice – I put quotes around “Happy and content” – because it’s happiness and contentment as they know it. Never having allowed themselves to experience anything else – they assume that whatever they now have in life is as good as it’s going to get.


But I was certain that evil existed

Evil is a relative word. Yes – it really is. Evil cannot exist without good. The classic case of good versus evil can only exist if good and evil are both relative words. If they weren’t, then one of two things must be true …


Our story will end well. (If we really want it to.)

I feel like the quote above is a bit “dangerous”.
There’s a condition built into the quote. But the conditional word is absent. It’s implied. And it’s too easy to think that it’s not even there.


Screwtape Letter #31 – Discussion Guide   Recently updated !

This entry is part 65 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

How mistakenly now that all is lost you come whimpering to ask me whether the terms of affection in which I address you meant nothing from the beginning. … Love you? Why, yes. As dainty a morsel as ever I grew fat on.


Screwtape Letter #31 – Questions   Recently updated !

This entry is part 64 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Letter #31 Uh oh – Wormwood is in really big trouble My dear, my very dear, Wormwood, my poppet, my pigsnie, How mistakenly now that all is lost you come whimpering to ask me whether the terms of affection in which I address you meant nothing from the beginning. … Love you? Why, yes. As dainty a morsel as ever I grew fat on. 31.1) We always knew that Screwtape didn’t get the concept of love. Those in Satan’s lowerarchy never got the concept of who is food for who right either. Talk about this view of “life” for those who think they are tough in this world – and what they’ll encounter in the next.         You have let a soul slip through your fingers. … What, then, of this final stripping, this complete cleansing? The more one thinks about it, the worse it becomes. He got through so easily! … The extraction hurt more and more and then the tooth was out. The dream became a nightmare and then you woke. You die and die and then you are beyond death. How could I ever have doubted it? 31.2) Reality sets in – but for who? […]


Screwtape Letter #29 – Discussion Guide   Recently updated !

This entry is part 61 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Now this is a ticklish business. We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. … There is here a cruel dilemma before us. If we promoted justice and charity among men, we should be playing directly into the Enemy’s hands; but if we guide them to the opposite behaviour, this sooner or later produces (for He permits it to produce) a war or a revolution, and the undisguisable issue of cowardice or courage awakes thousands of men from moral stupor.


Screwtape Letter #29 – Questions   Recently updated !

This entry is part 60 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Now this is a ticklish business. We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. … There is here a cruel dilemma before us. If we promoted justice and charity among men, we should be playing directly into the Enemy’s hands; but if we guide them to the opposite behaviour, this sooner or later produces (for He permits it to produce) a war or a revolution, and the undisguisable issue of cowardice or courage awakes thousands of men from moral stupor.