Is This Spiritual Warfare or Am I Just Having a Bad Hair Day? (1 of 10) by Rick White

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Is This Spiritual Warfare or Am I Just Having a Bad Hair Day? (1 of 10)
Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
Rick White
1 Peter 5:6-10
9-19-99

Ephesians 6:10-16 (The Message)
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Introduction: Once again this week the soul of this nation has been saddened by the actions of a Texas man who gunned down hymn- sinning teenagers at the Wedgwood Baptist Church on Wednesday evening. Larry Ashbrook, 47, opened fire on a youth rally attended by about 150 young people, killing seven of them before taking his own life.

Ashbrook emptied three magazines of bullets from a 9 mm semi- automatic handgun into the church hall and had six full magazines left when he put the gun to his own head, police said.

The massacre was the latest in a series of recent shooting rampages in the United States that have shocked the American public and put the spotlight on the issue of gun control. President Clinton said he hoped the shock of the church shootings would spur the nation to act so that such tragedies do not happen as often as they have in recent months.

"We know there is nothing we can do to ensure this will never happen," Clinton said. "But there is a lot more we can do to ensure it will happen more rarely."

"This has the appearance of being a very troubled man who for whatever reason in is own mind sought to quiet whatever demons were bothering him," FBI agent Bob Garrity told reporters Thursday after agents searched Ashbrook's house.

Throughout the past year we have witnessed this same repeated ...


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