Category Archives: Musings

Satan And The Temptation Of Sexual Sin In 1 Corinthians 7

We find an unusual reference to Satan, if not so unusual given the concerns against sexual immorality that are so common among contemporary believers, in 1 Corinthians 7:1-9.  While it is not my intent here to discuss the context and … Continue reading

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Who Made You A Judge Over Israel?

For a period of some years, from my childhood until my father died, my father and I had a long argument about the nature and structure of authority.  My father was a firm believer in the legitimacy of top-down one-man … Continue reading

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Delivering Unto Satan:  Disfellowshipment In 1 Corinthians 5 and 1 Timothy 1

Normally we would not think it to be a good thing to be delivered to Satan.  It is hard enough for most of us to cope with the spiritual challenges of our lives without losing the protection that comes from … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Soundgarden

When I think of Soundgarden, a few thoughts come to mind.  For one, there is Chris Cornell’s fantastic singing voice along with some driving guitars.  For another, I think of their songs, especially “Black Hole Sun,” their classic alternative hit … Continue reading

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The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan Under Your Feet: Satan In Romans 16

There are times where a passage that may seem ordinary inspiration actually has a great deal of insight and complexity hidden with it, and that is the case with Paul’s brief mention of Satan being crushed under the feet of … Continue reading

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Satan Has Asked For You:  Satan’s Actions In Luke 22 and John 13

We have previously examined several occasions (such as the book of Job) where Satan’s hostility to mankind made him an unwilling agent of God’s divine providence in the lives of believers.  In few cases has Satan’s desire to do harm … Continue reading

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Satan’s Seed In John 8

What does it mean to be Satan’s seed?  Obviously, few people would want to be such, and most people at least think that they are righteous in their own eyes.  Even those who have sympathy for the devil want to … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness As Satanic Binding:  An Exploration Of Luke 13:16

One of the more obvious ways that Satan makes his presence known in our lives is the situation of chronic illnesses.  Like many people, I have plenty of experience in suffering from chronic illness in my own life and in … Continue reading

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Get Behind Me Satan:  An Exploration Of Matthew 16:23 and Mark 8:33

“Get behind Me, Satan” is a memorable enough phrase from the Gospels that it actually became the title of a popular album by the alternative band The White Stripes around a decade ago or so.  Yet while this phrase is … Continue reading

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I Saw Satan Fall Like Lighting From Heaven:  Satan In Luke 10

One of the more intriguing references to Satan takes place in a short passage in Luke 10 that deals with the return of 70 disciples to Jesus Christ after having conducted a census of faith in Judea and Galilee.  Luke … Continue reading

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