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The liar and the lover

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   One of my favorite books is The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis.  As you probably know, it’s a fanciful collection of letters sent by an “arch-demon” to an “apprentice demon”.  The whole book deals with how Satan’s demons tempt us to doubt…or put aside our prayer time…or question the truth of the Bible, and so forth. It’s a must read for any believer, in my opinion, because it gives real insight into how real the battle within us for the opinions we form in our minds.   Last night I had one of those moments when the demons seemed to be trying to “reason” with me and to create panic within me.  They suggested to...

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Love in the highest......

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   A friend once asked me how God could be a “loving” God and yet permit all the heartaches he had experienced in life.   I could add to that line of reasoning, “how could God really love us and be so slow in responding to our prayers”.  Another friend commented recently that it seemed to him as if God enjoyed watching us wait and suffer.   And all of this is true if our definition of “God’s love”, or “real love”, is based upon a human, sentimental variety of love. That is, if love means that we protect those we love from pain and that build a hedge around them to guard them from unkindness...

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Milktoast prayers versus mighty prayers

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   I don’t believe that I have ever asked God to do too much, nor do I think that my longest and most earnest prayers have had the least drag, whatsoever, on God’s capacity to hear me and at the same time tend to all the matters of the universe.  Quite the opposite, I believe that I have asked (and anticipated) too little and then complain about getting just what I prayed for. There is a  real danger of praying and expecting too little and thereby limiting what God is able and prepared to do.  Men like Elijah prayed for incredible things and were spectacularly answered!  Paul and the other apostles not only healed and cast out...

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Am I plumb........

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   We were getting one of the boys showers ready this past weekend with a piece of glass that was to shield the shower from the rest of the bathroom. I called the glass company and asked them about installing it and they assured me that anyone (i.e. me) could install it.   It was simply a piece of glass and two pieces of channeling. You glued the bottom channel piece onto the floor and long piece onto the wall and then slipped the glass in. Simple!  Or so they said.   After an hour of fiddling with the silicon caulk and a level I was finally ready to let it dry and then install the...

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Look at the stars in the sky........

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   “Against all hope, Abraham believed, and so became the father of many nations..”   What a great example!  Abraham is promised a family, but he is old in age and has a hard time grasping that it could be possible!  He asked God, “How?”  And God took him outside the tent and told him to look at the stars. “Your offspring will be like the stars in the sky!”  What an incredible visible illustration of God’s ability to do the improbable and inconceivable!  No one would imagine that a man in his 90s would soon be the father of the greatest nation on earth—-one from which God’s own Son would be born!   Why did...

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