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WE ARE INVOLVED IN A WAR
We have a sermon series at present on the book of Revelation. There is much in this book about spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare is a very important topic. We are involved in a war. But what does this war entail and how do we fight it?
Right from the start of the book we are told that we are partners in “tribulation”
(Revelation 1:9). Tribulation is another word for suffering. Christians will suffer in this world. Like John we will be persecuted for our witness to Jesus. Thus the churches of Smyrna, Pergamum and Philadelphia all experienced persecution. Christians are killed because of the word of God and their witness to Jesus
(Revelation 6:9). So right from the start it is clear that as we hold on to the truth and proclaim it, we will suffer.
Of course we can avoid the fight. Continue reading
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After dinner, I decided to drive up to our local digital photo developer to have a batch of vacation pictures printed. I looked forward to seeing the over 150 pictures that I had selected. They were reminders of a great vacation with old friends as we toured the New England States. My spirits were high as I recalled this happy time together.
But as I came over the rise in the road I was confronted with a ghastly scene.
There on the road ahead of me, in the oncoming lane, was the body of a motorcyclist lying on the road. The ambulance attendants and police officers were covering his body with a white sheet, but underneath I could still see the outline of a young man whose life had suddenly come to an end. The road was completely blocked off. In the darkness of the night, emergency lights from at least six vehicles were flashing out their unsynchronized mournful message, “Stay away – someone has died here!”