Sugar Coated Sin: Part I

Sugar Coated Sin: Part I  Though it may entertain us, play with us, sleep with us, and amuse us, its nature never changes. Inevitably, it will always rise up to bite and devour us.” ~Nancy Leigh Demoss on Sin~ James 4:17 King James Version (KJV) 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it […]

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Part III

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Part III Looking into the falsehoods we tend t gto convince ourselves are true, I uncovered some unpleasantness this week in the going over of two more of Satan’s ploys. If there were ever lies that could be pride damaging when confronted with the truth, these two are the ones […]

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Part II

 The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Part II At our low points, when we find ourselves challenged, especially in our walks of faith we start to believe a number of falsehoods. When we succumb to doubt and fear, we begin to take our first steps towards sin. I’m Not Worth Anything The value we place upon […]

The Lies We Tell Ourselves (Part I)

The Lies We Tell Ourselves (Part I)  What we believe about God affects what we believe about everything else. For if we do not see God as He truly is, we not only will have a distorted perception of Him, we also will have a warped perception of ourselves as His creations. Seeing God as […]

Choosing Bondage: King Theoden

Choosing Bondage: King Theoden  “Now lord,” said Gandalf, “look out upon your land! Breathe the free air again!” – Gandalf to King Theoden, Book Three, The Two Towers, Chapter Six – Rohan’s king, when we first see him, is rather pitiful. Hunched over, hair wild, beard uncombed, pasty skinned, and eyes clouded over King Theoden […]

Eomer: When The Truth Hurts

Choosing Honesty  Given how I sometimes tend to fall behind in my bible study, I took some extra time to commit myself into the journey through Sarah Arthur’s Walking With Frodo Devotional. Now a little more than half way through the study, I examine yet another side character who knows a thing or two about honesty. […]

Choosing Deceit: The Path of Pain

Choosing Deceit: The Path of Pain  And ever Wormtongue’s whispering was in your ears, poisoning your thought, chilling your heart, weakening your limbs, while others watched and could do nothing, for your will was in his keeping.”  ~Gandalf to King Theoden, The Two Towers, Book 3 Chapter 6~ Wormtongue might not seem like much of […]

Choosing Forgiveness

  Choosing Forgiveness “Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”  ~Haldir, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2  Chapter 6 ~  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only […]

Choosing Disunity:Every Orc For Himself

Choosing Disunity: Every Orc For Himself “If this nice friendliness would spread about in Mordor, half our trouble would be over.”  ~Samwise Gamgee, The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 2~  The armies of Sauron are a force not only to be reckoned with, but a power that inspires fear. They had what looked […]

Samwise Gamgee Friend & Servant Part I

Samwise Gamgee Friend & Servant Part I  “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” ~Samwise Gamgee~ Inside The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there is no character quite like this one. There is no character that I adore, admire, or respect quite like Samwise Gamgee. For it is […]