Preparing for Worship: A Soldier's Faith

Preparing for Worship: A Soldier's Faith

John Haralson   •   October 20, 2017

Copperhead Snake Camouflage, from the Get Outdoors, Durham website


Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that, poof. He's gone. 

The Usual Suspects


Dear Friends,

There is a poisonous snake lurking in the picture above. Can you see it? (Hint: It’s near the center of the image).

Snakes are masters at the art of camouflage. They blend into their surroundings so that by the time we see them, it is often too late.

The Bible likens Satan―God’s great enemy and ours as well―to a snake. One of the reasons why is that Satan is a master at hiding in plain sight. Even though we may believe at some level that he exists and is powerful, we often cannot see him until we have felt his venomous bite.

What do you do when that happens? What do you do when you viscerally, experience the cruel tyranny of death or the power of sin in the world? Or, where can you turn when you finally feel, at a gut level, the power of sin in your own heart?

As we continue our time in Luke’s gospel, we turn our attention to the story of a Roman Centurion who, like us, one day tastes Satan’s power in a new and profound way. As we see him turn to Christ with a faith that Jesus commends, my prayer is that we will be challenged and encouraged to walk in his footsteps.

This week: Luke 7:1-10, A Soldier’s Faith.

Liturgy is here.

I hope to worship with you.

John