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Book Review:Weapons of Spiritual Warfare

Weapons of Spiritual Warfare by Coni Eavenson is formatted to be an 8 week Bible Study that is divided into 5 days of topical study each week. spiritual warfareThe Bible Study offers an in depth discussion and exploration of Ephesians 6:10-18.  In these verses Paul talks about spiritual warfare and putting on “the whole armor of God”.  The book delves into  the background story and agenda of Satan as well as the purposes of God and how the two opposing forces of good and evil impact each other.  The book then discusses each article of weaponry: The Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation,and  the Sword of the Spirit.  The author also includes discussion on Prayer as a Weapon, referring to it as “the Lance of Prayer.”
When reading this book, I found that I liked the way the 8 week study was organized. Each day of each week of the study had great topic exploration, Biblical reference and applications to implement.  I liked the focus on every Christian being impacted and important to the dynamic of spiritual warfare. Christians were encouraged to understand topics of salvation, grace, spiritual maturing/growth and having a personal, growing relationship with Christ. This book serves as a great reference for those who want to be effective spiritual warriors, positively impacting the world and the lives of those around them.  I rate this book:4/5 stars.

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Surrounded by Buzzards

Wisdom is: Knowing How To Run off the Spiritual Buzzards Who Take Up Residence In Your Life
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.” Psalm 27:1

This is a strange post, I admit.  But what faced my husband and I early this morning, was strange as well.  When we arose and the early morning fog was still lingering, we looked out of our windows to find ourselves surrounded by an intimidating gathering of buzzards.  Every where we looked, we saw a mix of turkey buzzards and black buzzards perched in our yard (front, back, and yes even a few on the roof of our home).
1426155_217534451760479_565200121_nWe counted at least 50 of these ominous birds, and it definitely placed our home place in the “eerie” category.  Even though the birds were no immediate threat to us or our pets, what they represented still made us eager to be rid of their presence.  As I looked up information on the internet about legal ways to deter these birds from making our yard their favorite new hangout, I couldn’t help but think about the spiritual comparisons: Read the rest of this entry

The Christian Zombie Killer’s Handbook

BY: Jeff Kinley

I finished this interesting book today, and coincidentally today is the launch date for its release to the public at large.  What a great read!  This book is presented in both a fictional and nonfictional format.  First, you read an Episode of the fictional (complete with blood and terror) zombie survival story.  Next, you read a Chapter of nonfictional biblical commentary from the author about how the zombie parallels our spiritual state apart from God…how our fallen nature makes us spiritually ” the living dead.”  It further explores the spiritual battle we face daily to deal with the zombie that wants to reanimate inside of us.  How hard it is for some of us to see our sinful state as a really detestable, horrible, and revolting condition.  It is in this context, that the biblical concepts about our struggle with sin are explained uniquely and logically through the zombie analogy.

In all honesty, I am NOT a fan of zombie stories, movies, etc. I was very skeptical when I decided to review this book because I thought it might be a shallow presentation geared toward teenagers as just a fictional entertainment novel.  Well, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the content had an intriguing fictional story line as well as an in-depth explanation of important biblical concepts and practical application to understanding and living the Christian life successfully.  I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would, and I would highly recommend it to those who need to understand the spiritual battle we face daily as a Christian.  The Zombie theme is a perfect analogy of our spiritual condition, and sadly, the Christian who would not even consider reading this book because it is about zombies, is probably the Christian who would most benefit from the concepts explored in this unconventional  analogy.

 I was provided this book for free by in exchange for providing an unbiased and honest review of the content.

We Each Have A Castle To Gaurd.

This is Dunrobin Castle in Scotland.  It is a majestic thing of beauty and yet it represents all the strength and fortitude a castle should.  Many of us will never get to travel to an authentic ancient castle, but we each have our own castle to gaurd…it is whatever God has entrusted to us on this earth.

He loves us enough to give us the resources that we need to defend our castles.  Castles have high walls and many are built on high hills or mountaintops so that the view upon the enemy is an advantage.  If we are his child, our  castle is built high upon a rock, the ROCK WHICH IS CHRIST.  He is an unmoveable, unchangeable, solid Rock.

Castles have many windows and vantage points.  These serve the dual purpose of letting in the light of the sun (they didn’t have electricity back then) and providing a view of the surrounding grounds and terrain.  From such a vantage point, an approaching foe or friend could be identified from miles away.  Our castles have windows to let in the LIGHT of God’s direction.  If we keep a vigilant watch, He will show us any approaching enemy and he will allow us His perspective and view on the surrounding world.

Castles often have protective features of  a controlled approach and entrance.  Many even have drawbridges and moats.  A moat is the water that prevents the enemy from being able to get ladders against the walls of the castle or otherwise provides a barrier to challenge the enemy’s ability to get close enough for a full fledged assault.  This forces the enemy to keep a distance in attack and makes it easier to defend the castle.  In biblical terms, WATER represents the LIVING WORD.  By staying in the Word of God, we add a protective defence to help us gaurd and defend our treasures and to keep the enemy at a distance.  The Word teaches us the battle plan and strategies for living a safe, protected and honorable life.  The Word keeps us holy, pure, and seperated from the world around us that is full of ungodly living, and wrong choices.  We need to monitor carefully what we allow to enter our castle for the enemy can often sneak in through something we allow, and then have the advantage of launching an ambush from within.

Did you also know that the castles of Medieval times had dungeons.  I think our castles should have a dungeon as well.  What goes in the dungeon?  The wrong thoughts, the wrong influences, the wrong associations, anything that is contrary to God’s will for our life, that would hinder our relationship with him and dishonor Him.

casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ  2 CORINTHIANS 10:5

What are  my treasures?  My home, my family, the Earthly blessings I have been given to be a trusted steward over, and most importantly…

My relationship with my Heavenly Father, the most high King and gaurdian of my life…for I am his castle to gaurd.

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