A friend of mine posted an article Go and do the same regarding how we assist others in the church going through tough times. She’s polite and tactful in her article; I’m more direct and aren’t…
Discouraged about what you see around you? It takes far fewer people to change the situation than you might think.
Many strange issues in the church are caused by failing to recognize the military structure of the church. It’s why some groups express outrage when “their” person doesn’t perform a certain role.
One piece doesn't get much mention, but it's your weapon to impact battles far away, like long range artillery.
Doublethink as defined by Orwell is defined as the ability to hold conflicting ideas and accept both of them. As absurd as that sounds, it frequently occurs, and is something to be avoided.
Most of your armor serves a defensive purpose. Yet God equipped you with one offensive weapon.
The Helmet protected the head from cavalry attacks, as riders on horseback used a wide, blunt sword to split skulls of those walking beneath them. Obviously, if you take such a blow to the head you’re in big trouble, so how is the condition of your helmet?
The words heretic and apostate get tossed around a bit. Since we discuss various heresies it’s important to know what the words mean, as well as what they don’t. Christians tend to use them as an insult — when someone gets mad and they want to say something nasty, they throw out the h-word.
The integrity of the shield was critical — as with other weapons, when you need it it’s too late to find out it doesn’t work.
Any slip while engaged in hand-to-hand combat is probably your last. Thus having proper footgear is vital.