Part 1: All Heavens Declare

Advent: Who is He in Yonder Stall? Psalm 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God;And the firmament shows His handiwork.2 Day unto day utters speech,And night unto night reveals knowledge.3 There is no speech nor languageWhere their voice is not heard. David opens this wonderful psalm with a powerful declaration, expressing his awe and wonder at the beauty of creation, and…

Who is He in Yonder Stall?

Advent: Who is He in Yonder Stall? We are here again, at the threshold of yet another season of Advent. And yet, this may be a season way different from earlier years. The year past has been one of many challenges for all of us, a time of great personal loss of loved ones for…

Part 10 – First Response

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:18-20 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints We have looked closely at the different parts of the armor of God, its purpose and application, and the fact that they are an absolutely essential part…

Part 9 – Fight, in Him-Confidence

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:17b – The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. In all of the armor of God, we are provided with but one weapon of offense: the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, the Bible. The sword, the Bible, is the inherent word of…

Part 8 – Essential Protection

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:17a – And take the helmet of salvation,  In the ancient world, the helmet usually was a leather cap studded with metal for extra strength. Often some kind of plume or decoration was added, perhaps to identify the solider to his regiment. A soldier would be foolish to go into battle without…

Part 7 – Take Up, Hold Up

Ephesians 6:16 – above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  The fourth piece of armor Paul discusses in Ephesians 6 is the shield of faith. In ancient warfare, arrows on fire were launched in great numbers as a battle tactic, causing…

Part 6 – Marching Orders

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:15 – and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Shoes, like the belt, may initially seem superfluous in a discussion about spiritual armor, but shoes are essential part of a soldier’s preparation for battle. The Roman battle shoes otherwise known as caligae or calcei “often…

Part 5 – Through Christ Alone

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:14b – Having put on the breastplate of righteousness:  Paul recognizes the important need to have our spiritual vitals covered in righteousness.  The Roman soldier’s breastplate could be metal, adhering to the shape of the body or like a chain mail and leather. A soldier could not fight effectively fight without…

Part 4 – Battle Ready

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:14a – Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth Strictly, the belt is not part of the armor.  And yet, the belt was no mere adornment of the Roman soldier, but an essential part of his equipment. The belt played a crucial role in the effectiveness of soldier’s armor. It…