Anyone who's ever made an earnest, heartfelt commitment to spend more time in Bible study and prayer can tell you that spiritual warfare is real. It's amazing how suddenly exhausted and sleepy we feel the minute we open our Bible. As we start to pray, a million distracting thoughts rush through our heads. We find ourselves reliving the most painful experiences of our past, or going over and over long to-do lists. The phone rings, a family crisis erupts. And yes, some believers have reported experiencing more bizarre and explicitly supernatural distractions. The good news is that "greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). With Jesus to guide us and lead us, defend us and shield us, we're more than a match for anything the enemy throws our way.
Christin Ditchfield is the host of the syndicated radio program Take It To Heart, and the author of A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (Crossway).
Winner of the 2005 Best New Canadian Christian Author Award.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Note how his prayer was answered immediately. Read the rest though. Chilling.
Then, late at night, as he talked to his mother on the phone and the children slept in the master bedroom, the door began to shake. Thinking his sons were playing, he told them to cut it out. Then all the doors in the house started to shake, and again LaChance told his sons to stop.
"It was like the proverbial scary story," LaChance described. "Each time it was louder and louder."
But his daughter called out that her brothers were asleep ... and then the bedroom door slammed shut!
"The only way I can describe this to you is when we talk about the 'boom,'" LaChance told his fellow investigators. "The boom was like an earthquake, 'Boom! Boom!' It was like something coming after you. I can't explain it."
His daughter began screaming, and so did the man from the house.
As LaChance continued his tale of horror, tears filled his eyes and his voice cracked with emotion. He couldn't open the door to reach his kids.
"I'm a big guy, look at me," he said. "I can take any door down. By the end of the evening, the whole right side of my body was bruised. I kept throwing myself at the door, over and over. I heard my daughter screaming behind the door, and I couldn't get to her.
"I remember saying to myself, 'Oh God, please help!' and at that moment, the door gave."
LaChance pushed his sons outside and picked up his daughter, who didn't move because of the shock.
"As I was leaving the bedroom, I heard the door behind me slam open," LaChance continued. "I didn't look behind me."
Friday, March 02, 2007
Check out this one by The Anchoress:
I note that Gore’s suggestion that journalists and editors stick to his version and forego telling any others is exactly what so many on the left have accused the Bush administration of doing on…oh, pick a subject.
Over and over we watch the left project their means and manner onto the opposition, and it seems to be effective.I distrusted the “global warming is going to kill us all unless you do exactly what I say NOW” schtick before…now I’m starting to develop a real animus toward it.
And this one by Colby Cosh , (hat tip Relapsed Catholic.)
There are pretty much two main models of behaviour open to someone who wants to be the leader of a revolutionary social movement. One is the religious model of sainthood or messiahship: setting a personal example by being more straitlaced, holy and visibly committed than one's neighbours. And one is the vanguard model pioneered by Lenin: regarding oneself as part of a professional advocacy clique that cannot afford to be hindered by tight moral strictures, or to be too concerned with hypocrisy, until the New Jerusalem is achieved for everybody.
*emphasis is mine.