Ephesians 6:12 (Waging War)

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 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Relate: Today Barak Obama addressed the United Nations. According to NBC News

He warned that “dangerous currents” threaten to create a “darker world” in a wide-ranging address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Obama slammed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as a “tyrant” and urged the international community to work together to defeat ISIS. “There is no room for accommodating an apocalyptic cult like ISIL,” the president said.

The headline in a far less scrupulous news media outlet used this headline to to reinforce once again to their readers who the “bad guys” are: “ISIS shuts PLAYGROUNDS in Syria because they were being used as a meeting place for single men and women”

I love how they had playgrounds all in caps. ISIS won’t even let little kids play on PLAYGROUNDS! Young parents everywhere are cringing in horror. How can they be so CRUEL? I guess burning people alive and chopping other’s heads off isn’t enough. Now they won’t even let little kids play on PLAYGROUNDS!

I feel like some people might think I am making light of a horrible geopolitical situation. Please don’t think that. I am talking to and passing by people on a daily basis who are victims of the horrible evil that is happening in Syria. I have people on my prayer list who have horror stories far, far more tragic than anything I could ever be able to put into words. I understand, I KNOW, how serious this situation in a way I could never have been able to have imagined a year ago from the comfort of my suburban apartment back in New York.

Read more at: http://tworiversblog.com/2015/09/28/ephesians-612/

It Is Grace

It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end.  So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds,  the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning.  Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.  The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace.  Grace wondrous grace.  By the grace of God I am what I am.  Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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