Showing posts with label 2 Chronicles. Show all posts
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Saturday, February 18, 2023

A Word for the Asbury Revival – “Your Work Shall Be Rewarded!” - Purity 970

A Word for the Asbury Revival – “Your Work Shall Be Rewarded!” - Purity 970

Purity 970 02/18/2023 Purity 970 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo a quaint decorative well standing upon a lush green lawn yet shrouded in shadows comes to us from yours truly as I took this shot while surveying the property at 1788 State Route 9J in Stuyvesant NY way back on April 17th 2020, approximately 2 months and 5 days before I would sign the final paperwork to make it “my place down by the River”.  

You can’t tell from this photo that we were in the midst of a global pandemic. The sun still shined, and the grass still grew and life went on.  I didn’t KNOW it at the time that I would make this property my “River House” when I took this photo of what became my well, but man was I praying for it and seeking it.  And now I can tell you that I was rewarded for my faithfulness!

While most people were huddle indoors during winter and spring of 2020, I was out in the “danger zone” working two essential jobs and trusting the Lord to keep me alive while earned enough money to support my family and to get a new home for my children and I after a messy divorce.  In those times, I went to work for 16 hour days but I also grounded myself in my daily spiritual practices of Bible Study and prayer and continually staying in the Lord’s presence.   Those were hard and lonely times but the Lord was with me and He didn’t forsake me because I sought His presence and His will for my life every day.   

So I know that the Lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him as the word says in:

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6  … without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.   

Well, since coming to the Lord in 2010, I have been seeking the Lord and have been rewarded by Him time and time ever since.  One of the prayers that I and many others have made through all those years of following the Lord is for there to be a revival of the body of Christ, for the lost to be found and for the hearts of our nation to be turned to God.  I and many others have prayed that the Lord’s presence would come to our country in a mighty move that would reap of harvest for His kingdom and it appears that our prayers may have been answered through the revival that is happening at Asbury College in Wilmore Kentucky as a chapel service that began on February 8th has turned into a revival as “students and faculty from 22 schools in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee, Indiana and other states have made the trek to Asbury.  Ten days later and the even is still going strong and is expected to continue as “travelers from as far away as Canada and Singapore are expected to arrive there soon”.  (

Yesterday, I texted Arthur Cincotti, my brother in Christ and the author of our weekly Bible study podcast, encouraging him to take a road trip to Asbury to join the revival and he confessed that he was thinking about it as he and his wife Suzanna have been watching it online. Arthur stated that it was a 12 hour drive and I suggested that could be broken up into 2 six hour shifts and could be done all at once or with a overnight stop in between.  I’m not sure if Arthur or I will go but we are both excited by what is happening in Asbury.

I’m on vacation this week and already have plans to go to Williamsburg VA and Myrtle Beach SC. It’s paid for and non-refundable, so I will be headed south come Sunday.

As of this writing, I am toying with the idea of diverting my return trek home from Myrtle Beach SC to go to Wilmore on Friday (9 hours) and then come back to NY on Saturday or Sunday (13 hours), but will have to discern whether or not the Holy Spirit is calling me there.  I have experienced the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit before, more than once, in mighty ways, so it’s not like I have never experienced an out pouring of His Spirit before and I NEED to chase Him and the experience of a revival to know the Lord.  So, we will pray and see what happens.  

But I would like to send my warmest regards to the people gathered at Asbury and would offer the following passages of scripture as a “word” for Asbury if I don’t make the trek there to try to offer it in person.   

This morning’s Bible study brought me to 2 Chronicles 15 and the words of the prophet Azariah.  I know that many a Bible scholar may pile on condemnation for drawing from an very obscure Old Testament prophet of the kingdom of Judah to encourage us for today but I found the words that the Lord spoke through Azariah and all the text of 2 Chronicles 15 to be an appropriate parallel to our present times and a word for the body of Christ, and those outside the body, for all times. 

 I believe that the prophet Azaria’s words can be used to encourage the revival at Asbury and all of us in all seasons because they call us to repentance and warn that we will be forsaken if we don’t seek the Lord. I share the text in it’s entirety but would ask you to consider whether or not the words spoken to the kingdom of Israel and Judah could be applied to the nations of the world today as a challenge to turn to the Lord.  

2 Chronicles 15:1-7 (NKJV)
1  Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.
2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
3  For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law;
4  but when in their trouble they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.
5  And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out, nor to the one who came in, but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands.
6  So nation was destroyed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every adversity.
7  But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!"

The world is never without adversity or turmoil because of sin and the hard hearts of men than refuse to make Jesus the Lord of their lives and to follow Him in spirit, truth, and repentance.  

But I want to echo Azariah’s encouraging words that insist that if we seek the Lord we will indeed find Him and although the work we have to undertake when we decide to seek the Lord’s will for our lives may weary us at times, we can be assured that our work shall be rewarded.  

The prayer warriors of our nation have prayed for revival and that work seems to have been rewarded in Asbury and we should rejoice.     

And while I am not sure if I will be called to make the trip to Asbury to be a part of the rival experience that is happening there, I know that I am already a part of the mighty moves of God on this earth because I have experienced my salvation and freedom in Christ and have been repeatedly revived and rewarded because I have been faithful to continuously seek God and His will for my life.  

So whether you run to the revival experience in Asbury or not, let me encourage you, as I always do, to keep “seeking the Lord” by walking and talking with Him every day and to follow His wisdom and ways with the way you live your life.  As the prophet Azariah has encouraged us, when you decide to surrender to, seek and follow the Lord, “you shall be rewarded”.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verses are:

James 4:6-7 (NLT2)
6  But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”
7  So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Today’s Bible verses encourage us that we can overcome our evil desires when we humble ourselves, submit to God and resist the devil.

The wisdom of today’s verses, particularly verse 7, are repeatedly used in spiritual warfare teachings because they speak of the reality of the spiritual forces of darkness that need to be resisted.  The enemy’s tactics are to deceive and to tempt us and so the word of God teaches us the one-two punch that will give us success over sin.  

We must submit to God, first, and we must resist the devil.

In order to overcome temptation, to receive the power and the authority to tell the enemy to take a hike, we first must become members of God’s royal family by putting our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior


Also decide to submit to God in the ways we live our life.  We are to repent and turn from our former ways and abandon our evil desires. 

SO step 1 – submitting to God – is one thing we must do but there is some false teaching, ignorance, and confusion in the body of Christ that would teach that repentance is optional – that it is enough just to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and that repenting could be done later, if at all, if you want to.  

Some poor “Christians” will actually tell you that they just want to be a “believer” in Jesus and don’t want to be, and  don’t think it is necessary to be, a “disciple” of Jesus.   

So it’s because of attitudes like this, this easy believe-ism” that can explain why the “body of Christ” struggles to have victory over the enemy.  They have difficulty resisting the devil because they haven’t completely submitted to God.    You have to do both to be free.

To fully submit to God and to resist the devil, I recommend going through the Steps to Freedom in Christ, the tool that Dr. Neil Anderson has developed that is based on the truth of the word of God that the Lord has been known to bless as a means to repentance and freedom.  

So be assured that we have the victory over sin and the devil, but we must be sure that we are both submitting to God and resisting the devil with the way we live to experience it.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.





“It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13)

Concerning the nature and the power of fallen man’s will, the greatest confusion prevails today, and the most erroneous views are held, even by many of God’s children. The popular idea now prevailing, and which is taught from the great majority of pulpits, is that man has a “free ill,” and that salvation comes to the sinner through his will co-operating with the Holy Spirit. To deny the “free will” of man, i.e., his power to choose that which is good, his native ability to accept Christ, is to bring one into disfavor at once, even before most of those who profess to be orthodox. And yet Scripture emphatically says, “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy” (Rom. 9:16). Which shall we believe: God, or the preachers?

But some one may reply, Did not Joshua say to Israel, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve”? Yes, he did; but why not complete his sentence?—“whether the god that your fathers served which were on the other side of the flood, or gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell” (Josh. 24:15)! But why attempt to pit scripture against scripture? The Word of God never contradicts itself, and the Word expressly declares, “There is none that seeketh after God” (Rom. 3:11). Did not Christ say to the men of His day “Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life” (John 5:40)? Yes, but some did “come” to Him, some did receive Him. True and who were they? John 1:12, 13 tells us: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”!

But does not Scripture say, “Whosoever will may come”? It does, but does this signify that everybody has the will to come? What of those who won’t come? “Whosoever will may come” no more implies that fallen man has the power (in himself) to come, than “Stretch forth thine hand” implied that the man with the withered arm had ability (in himself) to comply. In and of himself the natural man has power to reject Christ; but in and of himself he has not the power to receive Christ. And why? Because he has a mind that is “enmity against” Him (Rom. 8:7); because he has a heart that hates Him (John 15:18). Man chooses that which is according to his nature, and therefore before he will ever choose or prefer that which is Divine and spiritual a new nature must be imparted to him; in other words, he must be born again.

Should it be asked, But does not the Holy Spirit overcome a man’s enmity and hatred when He convicts the sinner of his sins and his need of Christ; and does not the Spirit of God produce such conviction in many that perish? Such language betrays confusion of thought: were such a man’s enmity really “overcome,” then he would readily turn to Christ; that he does not come to the Saviour demonstrates that his enmity is not overcome. But that many are, through the preaching of the Word, convicted by the Holy Spirit, who nevertheless die in unbelief, is solemnly true. Yet, it is a fact which must not be lost sight of that the Holy Spirit does something more in each of God’s elect than He does in the non-elect: He works in them “both to will and to do of God’s good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

In reply to what we have said above, Arminians would answer, No; the Spirit’s work of conviction is the same both in the converted and in unconverted, that which distinguishes the one class from the other is that the former yielded to His strivings whereas the latter resist them. But if this were the case then the Christian would have ground for boasting and self-glorying over his co-operation with the Spirit; but this would flatly contradict Eph. 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

Let us appeal to the actual experience of the Christian reader. Was there not a time (may the remembrance of it bow each of us into the dust) when you were unwilling to come to Christ? There was. Since then you have come to Him. Are you now prepared to give Him all the glory for that (Psa. 115:1)? Do you not acknowledge you came to Christ because the Holy Spirit brought you from unwillingness to willingness? You do. Then is it not also a patent fact that the Holy Spirit has not done in many others what He has in you! Granting that many others have heard the Gospel, been shown their need of Christ, yet, they are still unwilling to come to Him. Thus He has wrought more in you than in them. Do you answer, Yet I remember well the time when the Great Issue was presented to me, and my consciousness testifies that my will acted and that I yielded to the claims of Christ upon me. Quite true. But before you “yielded” the Holy Spirit overcame the native enmity of your mind against God, and this “enmity” He does not overcome in all. Should it be said, That is because they are unwilling for their enmity to be overcome. Ah! none are thus “willing” till He has put forth His all-mighty power and wrought a miracle of grace in the heart.

But let us now inquire, What is the human Will? Is it a self-determining agent, or is it, in turn, determined by something else? Is it sovereign or servant? Is the will superior to every other faculty of our being so that it governs them, or is it moved by their impulses and subject to their pleasure? Does the will rule the mind, or does the mind control the will? Is the will free to do as it pleases, or is it under the necessity of rendering obedience to something outside of itself? “Does the will stand apart from the other great faculties or powers of the soul, a man within a man, who can reverse the man and fly against the man and split him into segments, as a glass snake breaks in pieces? Or, is the will connected with the other faculties, as the tail of the serpent is with his body, and that again with his head, so that where the head goes, the whole creature goes, and, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he? First thought, then heart (desire or aversion), and then act. Is it this way, the dog wags the tail? Or, is it the will, the tail, wags the dog? Is the will the first and chief thing in man, or is it the last thing—to be kept subordinate, and in its place beneath the other faculties? and, is the true philosophy of moral action and its process that of Gen. 3:6: ‘And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food’ (sense-perception, intelligence), ‘and a tree to be desired’ (affections), ‘she took and ate thereof’ (the will).” (George S. Bishop). These are questions of more than academical interest. They are of practical importance. We believe that we do not go too far when we affirm that the answer returned to these questions is a fundamental test of doctrinal soundness.[1]


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[1] Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 135–138.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween – Satan’s Favorite Tricks and Treats - Purity 876

Happy Halloween – Satan’s Favorite Tricks and Treats - Purity 876

Purity 876 10/31/2022 Purity 876 Podcast

Good morning, 

Today’s photo of the sun peaking through a section of a post-peak autumn forest comes to us from yours truly as I felt moved to capture a few scenes of the Autumn season as it seems to be quickly slip sliding away as I walked along them west side of Wait Rd on Saturday.  

Well, Happy Halloween, although I suspect that some people would have been a lot happier if All Hallows Eve had fallen on a Friday or Saturday. But I know that those who may have wished that undoubtedly didn’t let the actual day of Halloween get in the way of celebrating it enthusiastically over the weekend. 

I myself, volunteered at a “Harvest Festival” that was a Harvest Festival in name only as the event hosted by Operation Adopt a Soldier at Gavin Park in Wilton featured a Haunted Hayride and gave out prizes each night for the best Halloween Costumes. So even though today is the day, for many Halloween is all but over as most of us have celebrated it already and won’t be doing much tonight as Tuesday morning and its work responsibilities will be coming quickly. 

However, today is the day and for some Halloween is their favorite holiday and they will be celebrating with all the gusto they can muster and may even arranged to take All Saints Day off in anticipation of the need to rest and recover from their less than Holy festivities.   

And in light of the great enthusiasm some have for Halloween, I have to ask the rhetorical question:  

If you like Halloween more than Christmas, does that mean you are going to hell?  

I’m just saying, if you take delight in a holiday that celebrates the macabre and dark supernatural things of this world more that the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ, is there any way that you have a place in God’s kingdom?

Or is Satan just driving around today looking at all the homes that are decked out with decorations that display witches, zombies, and ghosts and smiling and maybe singing that 1980 Queen Hit: “Another One Bites the Dust”?   

I don’t mean to take lightly the fact that some will be separated from God and be confined to a realm where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, but when I see people literally proclaiming that what is evil as good in such an outlandish fashion, some will be dressing up as Satan today, as a devil, a demon, it makes me see just how sinister the prince of darkness is and how well he has tricked most of mankind to dismiss his actual existence and subsequently reject the Lord and His word which warns us to have nothing to do with darkness.  

While today could serve as the most stark example of people either intentionally or unwittingly aligning themselves with the forces of darkness,  Satan delights in deceiving us in subtle ways as well.   

Satan disguises himself as an angel of light as well and so it doesn’t matter to him which of the many highways of hell that he diverts you to, He just doesn’t want you to put your faith in Jesus and decide to follow His narrow path that leads to the fruit of the Spirit in this life and ultimately to eternal life with God.   

I was reminded this weekend of how Satan uses the traumas of our human existence to convince us that we can be so broken that even God can’t heal us and that we need something other than God to find peace in this life.  

In my ministry work for Freedom in Christ ministries I have encountered Christians that have believed all kinds of lies about themselves that have kept them bond to sin and feeling defeated.  One man who is on prescription medication for depression and anxiety confessed that he believed that he would always be depressed and that he sort of indicated that his hope lied in the abilities of his physicians to get the medications “just right”.   

While I would never dissuade people from seeking medical treatments for physical ailments, I have trouble advocating medication as the way to peace.  Better life through chemistry is the methodology of addiction and I don’t care if they are street drugs found in a back alley, some herbal treatment found in a zen garden, or distributed by a pharmacist through doctor’s orders when we look for a physical substance to provide peace, we should really question if this was God’s plan for your life, that the only way to find peace was through taking or ingesting something.  

As someone who has worked in the mental health field as a counselor, I have seen the dangers of dependence on medications and becoming “put in the system” of mental health. I have seen people with relatively minor problems who once were somewhat self-sufficient become worse after they were diagnosed and told of their chronic problems. 

Did their conditions worsen on their own or did they become indoctrinated in a system of belief that told them they were a hopeless case, that they should never go off of their meds and that they were basically incapable of taking care of their selves?  

In mental health circles, there is much care but little hope for healing as the narratives surrounding mental maladies are that they incurable and the best we can do is manage the symptoms.  

But Christ said something else.  

John 14:27 (NKJV) HE said:
27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The world offers peace though medication, drugs, money, material possession, and creating the right circumstances or human relationships.   Tonight, Halloween offers sweet treats and wicked thrills from the safety of hiding behind a mask in the shadows of darkness

But Christ offers a different type of peace. He offers us peace with God and He invites us into the light of His truth and righteousness where we need not be ashamed and we need not hide.  And through faith in Him, Christ offers healing for our souls.  

Long before any antidepressants or anxiety medications were developed. Christ offered us peace and through walking in the Spirit we can know it, along with love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience, self-control, and joy.  He offers these things freely through faith and through His invitation to know Him and follow Him in the way we live our lives.   

So don’t celebrate the dark things of this world or take delight in your dark habits that will ultimately fail to satisfy, instead seek the Lord and the peace that found in Christ Alone.  That’s right keep walking and talking with God and you will see the truth and know the peace that comes from Him.




Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 Chronicles 28:9 (NLT2)
9  “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Today’s Bible verse reminds us of the need to seek the Lord, because if we do we will find Him. So although short time this morning I made a point to share this verse because within in it there is the hope of peace and eternal life with the Lord.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5

On theExtraordinaryof Christian Life

The Enemy—the “Extraordinary” continues

In the New Testament, the enemy is always the one who hates me. Jesus does not even consider the possibility that there could be someone whom the disciple hates. Enemies should receive what sisters and brothers receive, namely, love from Jesus’ followers. The actions of the disciples should not be determined by the human actions they encounter, but by Jesus acting in them. The only source of the disciples’ action is the will of Jesus.

Jesus speaks of enemies, that is, of those who will remain our enemies, unmoved by our love; those who do not forgive us anything when we forgive them everything; those who hate us when we love them; those who insult us all the more, the more we serve them. “In return for my love they accuse me, even while I make prayer for them” (Ps. 109:4). But love must not ask if it is being returned. Instead, it seeks those who need it. But who needs love more than they who live in hate without any love? Who, therefore, is more worthy of my love than my foe? Where is love praised more splendidly than amidst love’s enemies?

This love knows no difference among diverse kinds of enemies, except that the more animosity the enemy has, the more my love is required. No matter whether it is a political or religious enemy, they can all expect only undivided love from Jesus’ followers. This love recognizes no inner conflict within myself, even between my being a private person and my being an officeholder. In both cases I can be only one who follows Jesus, or I am no follower of Jesus at all. I am asked, how does this love act? Jesus says: bless them, do good to them, pray for them without condition, without regard for who they are.

“Love your enemies.” While the previous command spoke only of defenseless suffering from evil, Jesus here goes much further. We should not only bear evil and the evil person passively, not only refuse to answer a blow with a blow, but in sincere love we should be fond of our enemies. Unhypocritically and purely we are to serve and help our enemies in all things. No offering which a lover would bring to a beloved can be too great and too valuable for our enemies. If, because of love for our kindred, we are obliged to offer our goods, our honor, and our life, then in the same way we are obliged to offer them for our enemies. Does this, then, make us participants in the evildoing of our enemies? No, for how should that love which is born not of weakness but of strength, which comes not from fear but from the truth,[141] become guilty of the hatred of another? And to whom must such love be given, if not to those whose hearts are suffocating in hate?

“Bless those who curse you.” If our enemies curse us because they cannot bear our presence, then we should lift our hands to bless them: “You, our enemies, be blessed by God; your curse cannot harm us, but may your poverty be filled by the riches of God, by the blessing of God, against whom you rail in vain. We shall willingly bear your curse, if only God’s blessing comes over you.”

“Do good to those who hate you.” Words and thoughts are not enough. Doing good involves all the things of daily life. “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink” (Rom. 12:20). In the same way that brothers and sisters stand by each other in times of need, bind up each other’s wounds, ease each other’s pain, love of the enemy should do good to the enemy. Where in the world is there greater need, where are deeper wounds and pain than those of our enemies? Where is doing good more necessary and more blessed than for our enemies? “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”[143][1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 139–140.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Healing from Loss– Goodbye My Lover - Purity 832

Healing from Loss– Goodbye My Lover - Purity 832

Purity 832 09/09/2022  Purity 832 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a sunset over St. Vincent Gulf from the vantage point of Marino Rocks in Adelaide South Australia comes to us from Dave Baun Photography ( who commented that they captured this scene on a “warmer day” because winter begins on May 31st and goes to August 30th in Australia. Things are different Down Under, so Dave is now enjoying Springtime as we are moving into Fall and are leaving summer behind.  

Well, it’s Friday and as the sunsets on another work week I have mixed emotions because I am excited and rejoicing because I am picking up a new car at the end of the day and will be driving it to my countryside home to see my wife. So, I am very happy about that.  

But I have to admit that there is a little sadness because I will be trading in my old car, a 2010 Honda CRV,  that will be another thing from my former life that will be “lost”.  The CRV was the “family” car from my previous marriage, and it went with me into to my new life and it was used to move 95 percent of my possessions to my new home.  It was also used to complete my children’s education in the fine are of driving in the tight streets of downtown Hudson. That car saw my kids become teenagers and young adults and it saw me changed from broken to whole as it was with me on my journey from addiction to sobriety.  

So there are lots of good memories tied into that car but admittedly there is also some painful memories because of the trauma of the losses that resulted from my divorce and all the changes since then.  But  through that journey of pain, there was lots of praise and worship in that car as we fought the darkness of fear and depression by proclaiming in song the goodness of God even when we were “in the middle of the road and we didn’t know which way to go”.    Great is your faithfulness to me!

That car drove me to recovery ministry. That car drove me to work in blizzards and to my second job that made the dream of a new home become a reality. So I know it is just an object but even though the high milage on it demands its replacement, I feel like I am losing an old friend.

I’m silly and sentimental so forgive me but in sitting down to write this morning I wanted to encourage those who are grieving or suffering loss that the key to healing is saying “goodbye”. 

I recommend Dr. H. Norman Wright’s “The Complete Guide to Crisis & Trauma Counseling”  to those who may need help in understanding grief, trauma, or loss and it may be helpful to those who need help moving on after loss.  

To move on we say goodbye to the people and things we have lost. Saying goodbye in our hearts allows us to move into the “new normal” of the rest of our lives beyond our grief and pain.  So say goodbye and walk and talk with God on your way to the rest of your life.  We don’t have to forget our loved ones or the things we once had but the Lord’s call on our lives is to keep moving forward.

There are a lot of scriptures about moving forward but Christ’s words in Luke 9:62 come to mind.  The context of that scripture is that people are telling Jesus that they want to follow Him but they are putting conditions on their answer to His call to discipleship.   The passage that came to mind, sort of ironically, considering my advice to “say good bye”, says:

Luke 9:61-62 (NLT2)
61  Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”
62  But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

We have to remember that Christ knows the hearts of people and this exchange is with someone who didn’t follow. So it’s okay to say goodbye, but let’s follow Jesus.

Christ loved His friends and wept when Lazarus died. He knows about loss. And He knows about saying goodbye, as in His dying moments He made provisions for His mother’s care. 

John 19:26-27 (NLT2)
26  When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”
27  And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

Jesus was saying “Goodbye Mom”.  Or I guess in Jesus’ case it was more like saying “ see you later”.   And that is the case for us too as we will see our departed brothers and sisters in Christ when we go into eternity.  

But for now, we should love deeply, and we should say goodbye to the people and things we have lost to be healed, and we should thank the Lord for allowing us to know such love, such pain, and such sorrow that came from a life in which we got to experience love and joy in the past and where we can move on to know it again in the future when we are faithful to follow the Lord from here to eternity.  

As I was thinking about loss, I remembered the James Blunt, heart breaking song, “Goodbye my lover". (See a lyric video of it here: ( ) which ends by saying:

“ And I still hold your hand in mine,

In mine when I'm asleep.

And I will bare my soul in time,

When I'm kneeling at your feet.


Goodbye, my lover.

Goodbye, my friend.

You have been the one.

You have been the one for me.


I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.

I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow.

I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.

I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow.”  (

I know that the pain of loss can make us feel hollow. But the Lord gives us the Holy Spirit to fill us and to comfort us and to give us the strength to say “goodbye” and walk out of the shadows of grief into our new life.

So keep walking and talking with God, and He will you see you through.  



Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

2 Chronicles 26:16 (NLT2)
16  But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the LORD his God by entering the sanctuary of the LORD’s Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar.

Today’s verse reminds us that pride leads to our downfall as this section of scripture tells of King Uzziah’s blasphemy by doing what He was not allowed to do by trying to perform the duties of the priests, and he was struck by the Lord with leprosy! Uzziah lived the rest of his life with leprosy in isolation until he died. The end.  

So don’t be proud!

My resource only shared the first part of that verse but I wanted to see the context and little did I know that it would be a lesson on God’s holiness and wrath. So don’t ever think that God can not or does not chastise people with disease as a punishment for unfaithfulness or wickedness.    Sometimes disease is a judgment.  And if God is sovereign which He is, he either commands or allows disease and healing according to His ultimate will.  

As disturbing as this can be, I think it is a good lesson to learn. God “don’t play that”. We don’t live in a vacuum. We live in the universe God created and He determined the “days of our lives” and will be in eternity to either welcome us into His kingdom because we put our faith in Christ, or He will be there to judge and send us to a place of eternal torment as His wrath is poured out upon us for our inequities.  

So as much as I encourage people to “walk and talk with God”,  make sure you put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and be sure to walk humbly before the Lord because He calls the shots and He can even chastise those who He has called to follow Him when they walk in pride.  


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we conclude sharing from Clinton E. Arnold’s “Powers of Darkness”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Clinton Arnold’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

References to the Powers of Darkness in Paul’s Letters

Word RSV (NIV)


Greek Term














Rom 16:20; 1 Cor 5:5; 7:5; 2 Cor 2:11; 11:14; 12:7; 1 Thess 2:18; 2 Thess 2:9; 1 Tim 1:20; 5:15






Eph 4:27; 6:11; 1 Tim 3:6, 7; 2 Tim 2:26


evil one




Eph 6:16; 2 Thess 3:3


prince (ruler)




Eph 2:2






Eph 2:2






2 Cor 6:15


the enemy




1 Tim 5:14


the serpent




2 Cor 11:3


the tempter




1 Thess 3:5


the god of this world (the god of this age)


ho theos tou aiōnou toutou


2 Cor 4:4






2 Cor 11:14


Principalities and Powers






principalities (rulers)




Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10; 2:15


powers (authorities)




1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 2:2; 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10; 2:15






Rom 8:38; Eph 1:21


dominions (powers)




Eph 1:21; Col 1:16






Col 1:16






Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 4:9; 6:3; 11:10 (?); 2 Cor 12:7; Gal 1:8 (?); Col 2:18


world rulers (powers)




Eph 6:12


spiritual hosts (spiritual forces)




Eph 6:12






1 Cor 2:6, 8


elemental spirits (basic principles)




Gal 4:3, 8; Col 2:8, 20






1 Cor 10:20–21; 1 Tim 4:1


Select Bibliography

Historical Background Works

Aune, David E. “Magic in Early Christianity.” In Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt. II.23.2, pp. 1507–57. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1980.

———. “Magic.” In International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 3:213–19. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986.

Betz, Hans Dieter, ed. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation. Vol. 1: Text. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986. This represents a fairly comprehensive collection of Greek and Demotic magical papyri that have been translated into English. It also contains an excellent introduction to the magical papyri by Professor Betz.

Charlesworth, James H., ed. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. 2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1983, 1985.

Cramer, Frederick H. Astrology in Roman Law and Politics. Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society 37. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1954.

Cumont, Franz. Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans. 1912. Reprint. New York: Dover, 1960.

———. The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism. New York: Dover, 1956.

Goodenough, E. R. Jewish Symbols in the Greco-Roman Period. 12 vols. New York: Pantheon, 1953.

Grant, Robert M. Gods and the One God. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1986.

Johnston, Sarah Iles. Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate’s Roles in the Chaldean Oracles and Related Literature. American Philological Association. American Classical Studies 21. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990.

Langton, Edward. Essentials of Demonology. London: Epworth, 1949.

Luck, Georg. Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.

Martin, Luther H. Hellenistic Religions, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Russell, D. S. The Message and Method of Jewish Apocalyptic. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1964. See especially chapter nine: “Angels and Demons.”

Schürer, Emil. The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ. Revised and edited by Geza Vermes, Fergus Millar and Martin Goodman. Vol. 3, Part 1. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1986. See especially chapter seven: “Incantations and Books of Magic.”

Smith, Jonathan Z. “Hellenistic Religion.” In Encyclopaedia Britannica. 8:749–51. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1979.

Works Treating the Theme of Principalities and Powers

Anderson, Neil T. Victory over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ. Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 1990.

———. The Bondage Breaker. Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House, 1990.

Arnold, Clinton E. Ephesians: Power and Magic. The Concept of Power in Ephesians in Light of Its Historical Setting. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph 63. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

———. “Principalities and Powers.” Anchor Bible Dictionary. New York: Doubleday, forthcoming.

———. “ ‘Principalities and Powers’ in Recent Interpretation.” Catalyst 17.2 (1991):4–5.

Berkhof, Hendrik. Christ and the Powers. Tr. J. H. Yoder. Scottdale: Herald Press, 1977.

Bubeck, Mark. The Adversary. Chicago: Moody, 1975.

———. Overcoming the Adversary. Chicago: Moody, 1984.

Bufford, Rodger K. Counseling and the Demonic. Resources for Christian Counseling 17. Dallas: Word, 1988.

Caird, G. B. Principalities and Powers. Oxford: Clarendon, 1956.

Dickason, C. Fred. Demon Possession and the Christian: A New Perspective. Westchester, Ill.: Crossway, 1987.

Garrett, Susan R. The Demise of the Devil: Magic and the Demonic in Luke’s Writings. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989.

Green, Michael. I Believe in Satan’s Downfall. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1981.

Hiebert, Paul. “Power Encounter and Folk Islam.” In Muslims and Christians on the Emmaus Road, pp. 45–61. Edited by J. Dudley Woodberry. Monrovia, Calif.: Missions Advanced Research & Communications Center, 1989.

Kraft, Charles H. Christianity with Power: Your Worldview and Your Experience of the Supernatural. Ann Arbor: Vine Books, 1989.

Leivestad, Ragnar. Christ the Conqueror: Ideas of Conflict and Victory in the New Testament. London: SPCK, 1954.

Mott, Stephen C. Biblical Ethics and Social Change. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.

O’Brien, Peter T. “Principalities and Powers: Opponents of the Church.” In Biblical Interpretation and the Church, 110–50. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1984.

Russell, Jeffrey Burton. Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1986.

Schlier, Heinrich. Principalities and Powers in the New Testament. Freiburg: Herder, 1961.

Stauffer, Ethelbert. New Testament Theology. 5th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1955.

Stewart, J. S. “On a Neglected Emphasis in New Testament Theology.” Scottish Journal of Theology 4 (1951):292–301.

Twelftree, Graham. Christ Triumphant: Exorcism Then and Now. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1985.

Webber, Robert. The Church in the World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986.

Williams, Don. Signs, Wonders, and the Kingdom of God. Ann Arbor: Vine, 1989.

Wimber, John, and Kevin Springer. Power Evangelism. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986.

———. Power Healing. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.

Wink, Walter. Naming the Powers. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.

———. Unmasking the Powers. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986.

———. Engaging the Powers. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, forthcoming.[1]

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[1] Clinton E. Arnold, Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 1992), 218–238.