5 Bible Verses That Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

The Bible has a lot of amazing things hidden deep within its pages. If you look hard enough, you can find giants, epic battles, talking animals, dead people walking, fire raining from the sky, and plagues of epic proportions. As I was reading my Bible last week, I came across a verse that stopped me dead in my tracks. It was the kind of verse that gives you chills just from the sheer power and authority emanating from the words. Given that, I decided to look at some other verses that I’ve always found fascinating. The criteria for choosing these was simply to find the verses that really seemed to ooze with unbridled power and authority; the kind of verses that make you stop and marvel at our God of power, and for guys, the ones that you want to quote before rushing into battle! Without further ado, here we have 5 Bible Verse That Will Send Chills Down Your Spine.

#5. When His Wrath Is Great

Psalm 18: 6-11

In my distress I called upon the LordAnd cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.  He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies.

This passage is absolutely mind blowing. Here we see the Psalmist crying out to God in his distress, and the reaction is like a mama bear reacting to her cub crying out in pain: pure rage directed at some unfortunate someone (except with God, it’s a righteous rage). God is a powerful Father and this passage really speaks to His love for us. It is so relate-able because we’ve all been in situations where someone we love is in danger and we rush to their side, ready to tear apart anyone who comes close. This is like that; except when God talks about it, it sounds a whole lot more impressive. It’s like a mouse crying out for fear of the cat, and Optimus Prime shows up to help.

Optimus

Step away from the mouse.

That’s what it’s like. We are so weak and He is so powerful. Seriously, just read that. He puts darkness under his feet. Take heart, Christian. The earth will tremble and darkness will be crushed under His feet when you call on the Lord. So call on him!

#4. When He Commands You Not to Be Afraid

Josh 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

The context here is God speaking to Joshua when he took over for Moses. God instructed him to enter the promised land and to take it for an inheritance of Israel. As Joshua apparently realized, there were still people living in the promised land and God was essentially telling him to march into battle. This takes guts, and in verse 8, God tells Joshua to meditate on His word day and night, and immediately follows it up with the epic proclamation in verse 9. These words completely silence any doubt one could have about how to feel about this expedition. God preempts any doubts by asking, “Have I not commanded you?” If Joshua thought about asking questions, those thoughts were gone, as God commands Joshua to have courage; for God is with him. I imagine a general saying this to his army, someone like Maximus from Gladiator:

Have I not commanded you?!?

Have I not commanded you?!?

I imagine this is something that is said by a general of an army, specifically, Maximus from Gladiator. Just imagine him yelling that line in his powerfully masculine voice, like he did when he asked, “Are you not entertained?!?” God is with you, Christian. Have courage.

#3. When He Knows What Is in The Darkness

Daniel 2:22

He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.

This is the verse I read the other day that sent chills down my spine. As children, we’ve all feared what is in the dark, and sometimes, the darkness can still be a scary place.

Scary creatures lurk in the darkness

Scary creatures lurk in the darkness

And when it’s a spiritual darkness, the fear is a whole lot more intense! But we do not need to fear, because God knows what is in the darkness. We fear what we can’t see because we don’t know what is there, but God crushes that notion because He does know what is there. And the next line delivers the final blow: He is light. He has the only weapon that can destroy the darkness and it doesn’t stand a chance against him. And He is on our side. Incredible. Don’t be afraid of the dark; it’s power has been dissolved. This verse has a companion verse in Job 12:22, “He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.”

#2. When He Tells You to Be Immoveable

1st Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

This was my anthem verse when I was a senior in high school. It just felt like such a good capstone to my education. After all God had taught me, now was the time to get down to work and put your nose to the grindstone. It’s one of those, “Man up, man” verses that always gets to me. In Christ, we are complete. In Christ, we have everything we need. And in Christ, nothing can move us. In Christ, we are like this to the enemy:

Your move, Satan.

Your move, Satan.

We are to be immovable, unshakable, completely solid in our faith. Jesus never wavered, and neither should we. Go Hulk on Satan and be immovable. Because who is on your side? The One who commands you not to be afraid, and who knows what is in the darkness, and the who crushes His enemies. Be immovable.

#1. When He Kills Death

1st Corinthians 15:55-57

“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Also in 1 Corinthians 15, this is perhaps the most powerful verse in Scripture. The cross is in vain without the resurrection, and here, Paul mocks death because it has been vanquished. This is the greatest hope we have. Jesus freed us from the fear of death; and because of this we can do anything.

Like vanquish hell.

Hades, where is your victory?

We have victory over death; how much more spine-chilling does it get? It’s too big for us to comprehend that as Christians, we will never truly die. Because death has already been defeated and its sting is no more. Take heart, Christian. Christ has won the day, a devouring fire pours forth from His mouth, He has commanded you not to be afraid, He knows what is in the darkness and light dwells with him, He tells you to be immovable, and He has defeated death. What greater King could we serve? ——————————-   I hope you enjoyed that! It certainly gave me the chills a few times! If you liked it, please like our Facebook page at Two Snows and A Blog for more stuff like this, as well as content from my wife’s blog.

Why “Marriage Isn’t For You” Is Wrong

(c) xElectricHigh on DeviantArt

(c) xElectricHigh on DeviantArt

Yesterday, I reposted the viral article, “Marriage Isn’t For You” by Seth Adam Smith. While I normally write my own stuff, I reposted this particular article because, on first glance, it looked good and I was rushed with some wedding plans and didn’t have time to write. However, a friend (who is married and has more credibility on this issue than I) commented on my repost and brought some really good insights forward.

Namely, that the author is actually wrong.

The whole premise of his article is that marriage isn’t about a selfish quest to make yourself happy, and to a certain extent, he’s right. Marriage isn’t about you. But a lot of Christians, myself included, read through that and thought, “Oh yeah, that sounds Christian. And after all, the only young people to get married are Christians, so this must be from a Christian guy writing about Christian marriage!”

Wrong.

Here’s the thing. Marriage is a beautiful relationship that God created. It should not be about you because marriage shouldn’t be selfish. But it should not be about your spouse. Why? Because you’re marrying a flawed, sinful human being that cannot possibly bear the weight of your worship. Because at that point, that’s what it is. Your spouse becomes an idol when the entire marriage is all about them. If your entire reasoning for getting married is solely to make another person happy, you’ve missed something along the way. Of course, this makes sense considering the author’s viewpoint (a Mormon who subscribes to the “Anasazi Way”, a New Age spiritual philosophy about communal living).

But in some ways, he’s right. Marriage isn’t about you. But it’s not about your spouse. It’s about Jesus. I don’t expect Sean to write about that because he doesn’t believe in the Jesus that I believe in. But Christ has to be the center of a marriage. He brings balance to the whole thing and He is the one we worship. When two people are worshiping Christ within their marriage, then everything else really falls into place.

So is marriage about you? No. Is it about your spouse? No. Is it about Christ? Yes. It has to be about Christ because marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with the Church. Apart from him, the institution doesn’t make sense. It’s in the picture of Christ giving himself for the Church that we can understand marriage and the love that binds it together.

As my friend said, “Love is centered in Jesus, and true love may not always make your spouse “happy”– sometimes love is shown from one spouse to another through loving rebuke when the other is in sin.”

That’s what marriage is about.

The 6 Most Jawdropping Feats of Strength in the Bible

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The Marvel Studio’s film, The Avengers, depicts superheroes capable of lifting tanks, destroying cities, and generally disobeying every law of physics known to man. But little does the world know that these superheroes have archetypes that have precedence in Ancient Israel, during the days of King David and the like. Think the Bible is all about love and rainbows and hugs? Think again! Get ready to discover the 6 most jaw-dropping feats of strength in the Bible!

#6. Eleazar just can’t let go of how many Philistines he killed.

And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.- 2nd Samuel 23:9-10

Eleazar was considered one of David’s top three guys when something had to be killed, annihilated or pulverized. Along with Adino and Shammah, Eleazar was a ferocious warrior who earned a reputation as a killing-machine. His claim to fame is that during a battle with the Philistines, Eleazar slew so many of the enemy that by the end of the day he couldn’t let go of his sword.

Probably this sword.

Probably this sword.

Literally. Like, he had been gripping his weapon so tightly as he rained a death storm of Biblical justice on God’s enemies that his fingers had to be pried from the handle. Apparently, he was rather terrifying in his maelstrom of destruction because the rest of the army left him there. They took one look at Eleazer in all his battle-rage and said, “Um, no,” thereby demonstrating the first labor strike in history. They only returned after the battle, presumably once Eleazar had killed pretty much everyone.

#5. Benaiah kills two lionlike men of Moab, a lion with his bare hands, and an Egyptian.

 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. -2nd Samuel 23:20

Benaniah actually did several seriously manly things including killing two “lionlike men of Moab”, slaying a lion with his bare hands and killing a massive Egyptian man with his own spear. The lionlike men of Moab, we can only assume, were terrifying.

Lionlike man of Moab shortly before Benaniah happened.

Just an average Moabite. Nothing to see here.

Given the undeniable fact that these guys were 10 feet of pure feral rage, it’s only fitting that we salute Benaniah for his hands down manliness in destroying these ferocious creatures. But hey! Wrestling a lion in a snowy pit is no walk in the park either! Benaniah had some real guts to do the things he did, and considering that he’s placed along side the guy who shishkabobbed 800 guys in a day (see #3), we can infer that his feats of strength were nothing less than super-manly.

#4. David’s Three Mighty Men fight their way through an army for a drink of water.

And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.  -2nd Samuel 23:16

Imagine you’re sitting in camp, playing poker with the boys, knocking back a cold one…suddenly, the boss comes outside and happens to mention that he’d REALLY like a fresh drink of water from the good ol’ Bethlehem Well. Hearing that, the three mighty men decided that they needed to get the boss that drink of water!

Water.

Water.

So, casual as can be, they stroll into the Philistine camp, killing every soldier that stands in the way of their mission. When they got back, David just about fell out of his chair.

“You did WHAT?”

“We got you some water…you know from the well inside the enemy camp, surrounded by a thousand heavily armed men. No big deal.”

Instead of drinking the water, David poured it out as an offering to the Lord as such an act of love and devotion could only be responded to with worship to God. Which actually is incredibly manly in of itself.

#3. Adino the Tachmonite vanquishes 800 men in a single day.

The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.- 2nd Samuel 23:8

Adino was the head honcho of David’s band of three mighty men. Clearly, he fought hard to earn that title because no less than 800 men fell by his hand. One day in battle, he decided to open a massive can of good ol’ fashioned rage and killed 800 Philistines with his spear.

Artist's depiction of Adino and his spear.

Artist’s depiction of Adino and his spear.

That would probably be the scariest thing you could witness on the battlefield. One man slaughtering your fellow soldiers by the hundreds with a stick. Scary. That isn’t a cumulative number, either. He didn’t rack up bonus death points on his MasterKill credit card. No, sir! He did all that work all at once. There’s not much that’s scarier except when you learn about how…

#2. Samson kills 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey, after being escorted by a prison guard of 3,000 men.

And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men. -Judges 15:15

Meet Samson. What the Hulk is to the Avengers, Samson is to the Bible. He’s the subject of some of the craziest stories in the Bible.

Pictured: Samson.

Pictured: Samson

So Samson saw a pretty girl among the Philistines…and that’s how every story starts with Samson, unfortunately. Long story short, he embarrasses the Philistines, who then bug his wife to bug him and then he gets mad and leaves, and while he’s gone his father-in-law remarries Samson’s wife to his former best man. Seriously. 

Naturally, Samson’s reaction was to irritate the Philistines so he caught 300 foxes, tied their tails in pairs and then lit them on fire and set them into the fields.

Thus creating the first version of the Firefox Browser.

The original Firefox.

In response, the Philistines set fire to Samson’s former new wife and father-in-law. After that, it sounds like there was a boxing match and Samson went and hid somewhere. The Philistines started raiding the Israelites, which prompted them to go to Samson to figure out just what the heck was going on.

Apparently, everyone knew about Samson’s temper problem because they sent 3,000 men to escort Samson. Three thousand men! If each man stretched out his arms and stood next to the other, the line of men would stretch for more than 3 miles! That’s crazy! Anyway, Samson was taken to the Philistines and when he is presented to them, the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, literally melting the ropes that bound him. He picked up the jawbone of a donkey and all hell broke loose as Samson proceeded to kill 1,000 of the soldiers. Naturally, this didn’t make him a huge star with the donkey population.

This guy is not a fan. Not a fan at all.

This guy is not a fan. Not a fan at all.

But seriously, he killed 1,000 people with the jawbone of a donkey. Which we are told was “fresh”. So who knows if the donkey was even dead. We wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. And how long did that take anyway? Even with an average kill time of 1 minute, it would still take him 16 hours to kill 1000 people. Props to him for all that endurance (which came from God, of course). We figured that was the end of Samson’s exploit until we learned that….

#1. Samson wrestles a stone temple and wins, killing 3,000 Philistines.

And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life. -Judges 16:29-30

So after his ridiculous encounter in Judges 15 with the killing of 1,000 Philistines, Samson judges Israel for 20 years and when we meet up with him again in Chapter 16, the ol’ Hulk hasn’t really walked with God. We find out that he visits a prostitute, causes lots of property damage and then makes the biggest mistake of his love career by falling for Delilah (another Philistine). Amazingly enough, he doesn’t see how bad of an idea this is.

This is a bad idea.

This is a bad idea.

The Philistines pressure Delilah to figuring out what the secret of Samson’s strength is (the Insanity program he recommended failed to produce results for them). So Delilah starts pestering Samson. And not just pestering, but all out super-nagging. Delilah would whine and ask Samson for the secret to his strength and he would give her some nonsense about bowstrings or using new ropes, then the Philistines would try it and Samson would kill them all. But then Delilah pulled the “You don’t love me” card.

How can you resist a face like this?

How can you not love a face like this, Samson?

Samson broke down and told her that if she cut his hair, his strength would leave him. (Samson was a Nazirite, who were not supposed to cut their hair as part of their oath to God. By allowing Delilah to cut his hair, Samson was turning his back on God.) So that night, the Philistines came, cut his hair, and when he tried to fight back, his strength was gone because God had left him. His enemies gouged out his eyes, and put him in prison to work the mill as a slave.

Here’s where it gets cool: The Philistines were celebrating Samson’s capture and attributing their success to their god, Dagon. They were so pleased with themselves that they had Samson brought into the auditorium to entertain them.  Big mistake.

Samson found himself between the two central pillars that held up the house, and thinking quickly, he challenged the pillars to a wrestling match. Having never lost a wrestling match, the pillars foolishly agreed.

Bring it.

Bring it.

As Samson waged war against the pillars, they began to sway, and before you knew it, the whole roof was coming down. Inside the house were gathered 3,000 Philistines, jeering at Samson in his humiliation. The roof fell…

Presumably, it looked something like this.

Presumably, it looked something like this.

And as it did, Samson asked God that he might die there as well. The stones fell and crushed every single one of the 3,000 Philistines and Samson finally came to rest.

That’s it, folks! Which one is your favorite feat of strength in the Bible?


 

I’m in Love with my iPhone

It’s true. I’m sorry for all those who don’t like the iPhone, but I seriously love this thing. I thought I’d do a fun post and just list some of the coolest apps I’ve found, as well as the most useful.

Fun and/or Cool Apps

1. AppsGoneFree – This is app is super fun, super cool, and super useful. It lists all the free apps on the App Store for that day and you can find all kinds of delicious apps that normally cost money. Most of the apps I list here were found through AppsGoneFree.

2. NodeBeat – This fun little app is a visually based music maker. You are able to drag nodes onto the screen and add beat generators that draw musical wonderment from the little circles of harmonious color. I got it for free but it’s normally $.99, I believe. I’ve spent a lot of time basking in my simple musical creations, as well as annoying many of my close friends who don’t find my musical creations all that musical.

3. TrailMix – I literally just found this app yesterday and it’s absolutely brilliant. Have you ever found a song that matched your running pace perfectly? I have and it was awesome! Well, this app takes any song and adjusts the tempo to your running pace. It’s such a brilliant concept! If you are a runner who listens to music on the trail, this app is literally a must have. Go get it. Right now. It needs you just as much as you need it.

4. CarTunes – This is a pretty simple app that makes it easier to manage your music while driving. It’s gesture based so it clears up some of the clutter found in the original music app that you may not want to deal with while driving.

Productive/Necessary Apps

1. PocketSword – This is by far the best Bible app that you can get for free. It has most translations of the Bible as well as commentaries, dictionaries, daily devotionals, and the ability to bookmark verses. You can look up the Greek or Hebrew definitions for certain words if you have the right dictionaries installed and you can get some of the most popular commentaries (such as the Matthew Henry Commentary on the whole Bible). It is so incredibly useful and I’m amazed more people don’t have it. The one feature I wish it had (that it’s competitor, YouVersion has) is reading plans available in the app. In every other way, however, it is a far superior app to YouVersion.

2. FighterVerse – This is a Bible verse memorization app and it is well work the $2 or $3 that you must spend to download it. I’ve memorized many passages with the aid of this app and I recommend it to anyone who has a goal of Scripture memory. It’s amazing and it has proved very useful to me. It categorizes the memory verses as well, which make it convenient when you want to find verses that match a certain struggle you’re going through.

3. 3D Classic Literature – I have three reading apps (including iBooks and Google Play Books) but this is my favorite. The format is unique and different and there’s a pretty good selection of books. It’s $.99 and since I got the app (I had another iDevice for about a year that I used this app with), I’ve read The Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Around the World in 80 Days, and Heart of Darkness. I’m currently working on Treasure Island. I like having a reading app on my mobile device because I can read when I’m waiting for something and only have a couple minutes to spare. I recommend a good reading app for your mobile device.

4. PocketLists – Another find from AppsGoneFree, this productivity app is a task manager that syncs with the stock Reminders app on your iPhone. It lets you assign priority levels, due dates, and location based reminders. It’s quite useful and even though I have only had it for a day, I’ve already found it very useful.

 

That’s all I’ve got. What’s your favorite app for your iPhone/Android device?

 

SDG.

The Bible Makes You a Liberal?

Yes, that’s right! Reading the Bible steers you towards the left of the political spectrum! Christianity isn’t just in sync with liberalism, it totally encourages it!

Um…wait…what?

According to this article from Alternet entitled, “The Wild Hypocrisy of America’s Conservative Christians,” if you claim to be a Christian, you are a hypocrite if you’re not a liberal Democrat. What’s the reasoning behind this? The author bases this assertion on the ‘goodwill’ principles that Jesus espouses in the Sermon on the Mount. The idea is that liberal Democrats are the ones who want to help the less fortunate in society by voting for government assistance for them, therefore, we should vote for as much government assistance as we can in order to fulfill what Jesus commanded us. While Jesus certainly does tell us to care for the poor and needy (James 1:27; Isaiah 1:17), this conclusion comes from a flawed mindset that fits Jesus into government instead of the other way around.

Government Is Not God

Setting aside for a moment the fact that the article referenced above is basically a giant equivocation fallacy (in which the author equates “religious people” with Christians and then makes an unfounded blanket statement that the Bible is “filled with liberal economic sentiment”), it’s worthwhile to look at this idea of government-sponsored compassion as a justification for voting liberally. I ran into an article on RelevantMagazine.com that also espoused this idea (see here), that we should vote for government programs that help people because Jesus commanded us to help people.

Since we’re talking about government, we have to ask, “What is the role of proper government?” The Founding Fathers understood that government can quickly become your worst enemy. When they drafted the Constitution, they had just finished fighting a war against a government that had become tyrannical and overpowering (“Big Government”). That is why the Constitution is essentially a manifesto of limited government. They purposely made it impossible to Constitutionally justify massive governmental welfare programs because they understood that the more power you give a government, the more threatening that government is to your liberties.

Getting back to the Bible, while Jesus does tell us to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-39), it does not follow that the best and most Biblical way to do that is through the government. In fact, I would argue that it is contrary to Biblical principles because by granting government the authority to do that which God commanded the Church to do, we are essentially outsourcing our responsibility as God’s people. God is God. Not government. And as such, it is not the government’s job to provide welfare for society. It’s the Church’s. And when we let the mentality seep in that government is the answer to our problems, we find ourselves in a dangerous spot. God did not tell government to care for the widows and fatherless; He told that to His people and to His church.

What’s the harm in letting government do it? Well, we need limited government because men are sinful and the more power they have, the more damage they do. Giving sinful men a powerful institution (government) and then giving that institution implicit authority to “care for society” is like giving a shaky adrenaline junkie a machete and telling him to keep the hedges trimmed. Not only will your hedges be destroyed, you may have to run screaming down the street from your gardener-turned-madman.

The point is this: men are sinful and they abuse government. Historically, government has been slow, inefficient, and notorious for corruption, which is why our Founding Father’s did their best to give us a basis for limited government. Outsourcing our God-given responsibility to care for society’s needy to the government is a basic betrayal of what God has commanded us to do. (And it’s horrible governance…it just doesn’t work.) Reading the Bible should make you realize how sinful men are, what they will do to get control, and how dangerous giving them that control will be. God is God. And government? As Ronald Reagan famously decreed, “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

What are your thoughts?

SDG. Knowledge Ignites.