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When Wars End

War is a terrible business. All of the curses of this life—death, destruction, disease, famine, suffering, betrayal, injustice—are bound up in the waging of battle. During the darkest points of human conflict, we throw up our hands in despair, crying, “How long, O Lord? How long can we endure this pain?” If only we could stop fighting, stop ravaging our lands and souls, stop spending trillions on our war machines, and instead invest in education, focus on rebuilding infrastructure, and concentrate our efforts on a “prosperous future.” But lasting peace eludes us, and cessation of hostilities brings its own Pandora’s box of disappointments, degrading compromise, and tolerated tyranny. Will there ever be an end? Is there any hope?

Salvation Offered Freely to All

Originally published here by FAI Mission. Meditations on Isaiah 55 So often in scripture, the LORD reminds the Israelites to be kind to the strangers and foreigners amongst them, for those same Israelites were once sojourners in the land of Egypt. In his sovereignty, God disperses people for their ultimate good, for their salvation. In Isaiah 55, the LORD addresses his displaced people with an invitation of radical hospitality, and these same words have echoed through the ages, extending this same warm welcome to those far from home. Israel was a people scattered, exiled, displaced—weeping in refugee camps in Babylon. Amidst the hunger, ...

The Cross is Big Enough For Everything But Your Ego

Originally published here by FAI Mission.   When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of Glory died, My richest gain I count but loss And pour contempt on all my pride.[1] There is perhaps no greater cosmic controversy—no two things more diametrically opposed—than pride and humility. Even before the cornerstones of the earth were laid,[2] an anointed cherub named Lucifer[3] said in his heart, “I will make myself like the Most High,”[4] and when the seed of that secret pride took root in open rebellion against El Elyon,[5] it became the origin of every evil thing, a curse on all creation. Fortunately, God is not ...

Why the Middle East?

The Middle East is a region in the midst of a massive storm—one of the “greatest humanitarian crises of our era."