Why did God create Satan?

Why did God create Satan?

Psalm 148:1-2, 5 - “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts…Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created.”

This past week a Christian in India reached out to me online because he is studying with a Hindu friend who has a couple of questions about the origin of Satan and evil. I asked our brother if he would let me organize my thoughts in the blog because others might benefit from thinking through those questions also. His friend asked two questions...

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Where does your joy come from?

Where does your joy come from?

(Originally posted 1/3/13. Just three months before our son Whitaker went to be with the Lord.)

Ps. 4:7 - "You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound."

Where does your joy come from? Does it come from the superficial circumstances of life or from something more substantial? This week as you read Psalm 4 consider David's declaration in the closing verses valuing the joy of a growing relationship with God. As David sought to be close to God during a difficult time in his life...

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When All the Props are Removed

When All the Props are Removed

Ps. 107:26-27 - "They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wit's end" (ESV).

I went to bed and set my alarm clock for 7:00 AM. I had a to-do list ready to be marked off with a mechanical pencil, with a calculated amount of time for each task. I thought I knew what the day would hold, but I was wrong...

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Right Where God Wants Me

Right Where God Wants Me

Ps. 148:5-6 - "Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away (transgress)."

In Psalm 148 the psalmist repeatedly calls for people to praise God, giving them multiple reasons why He is worthy of such praise. In the first half of the Psalm the heavenly creation is called on to praise God because He spoke them into existence, put them right where...

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