Warring Through Worship

Do you think of worship as a hushed, reverent time when your heart turns to God and His love while soothing music plays? That’s one aspect, and a lovely and important one it is. But do you ever think of worship in terms of warfare? One of the best phrases I’ve heard to differentiate

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Worship IS Warfare

Have you ever come home from a worship service and felt more relaxed? Maybe even stronger? Sometimes maybe you’ve felt as though you now can do what God has been asking even though you had doubts before. I think we’ve all experienced things like this. Entering into corporate worship – worship with others of the…

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Swing that Sword!

I love those old swashbuckling movies, especially the black and white ones. Old movie heroes fighting for the honor of the fair maiden, or for “king and country” – what fun! In more recent years, Braveheart and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are favorites. The skill of the swordsmen is amazing! How did they…

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Charge!

Before we get into the offensive weapons, let’s expand on the shield of faith. A small shield was also called a buckler. This weapon actually can be used both defensively and offensively. Ever seen a battle scene where the soldier slams his buckler into the opponent, knocking him away and giving the soldier more room…

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The Big “D” of Warfare

Defense! Defense! We all know what that rallying cry means – protect your position. How do we accomplish that? Let’s start with a basic warrior wardrobe. Ephesians 6:10-16 talks about the armor of God and lists each piece. Top to bottom, they are the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth,…

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This Means War! (Bring Heaven to Earth)

What does a warrior do? Fight . . . right? Sounds like a “duh” question, doesn’t it? But I’m discovering it’s a lot more complicated than that. I’ll bet a lot of you have been questioning who and what God created you to be – if not now, then at some time. Even if you…

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A Caveat for Readers

For the first three posts in this series, we’ve concentrated only on the basics of dissociation. Soon we will go further into the phenomenon. First, however, I feel as though I should be talking about some basic spiritual self-defense. That way, when the time comes for us to march deeper into the enemy’s territory and…

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How Could This Happen?

Trauma doesn’t have to be severe from an adult perspective for it to cause dissociation in a child. To a very young child, getting separated from Mom in a grocery store can be extremely traumatic. With a few months or years added to his age, it becomes a matter of him going to the manager’s…

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Go to Your Happy Place

We just began to scratch the surface of dissociation last time. Now let’s continue our discussion by assigning some imaginary numbers to clarify things. Consider a continuum from one to one hundred. So, if the shortest “mind vacation” is a number 1 on our scale, let’s go to somewhere around number 40. Of course, there…

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

 What if you heard voices in your head? Would you be willing to talk about it? I’ll bet you’d think you were losing your mind. How about if you were seeing flashes of pictures that have no meaning? Does that mean you are schizophrenic? Maybe you’re flat-out crazy, or maybe even demonized. In any case,…

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