by James Merritt

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What To Wear To The "War" (2 of 3)
Dr. James Merritt
Ephesians 6:13-17

1. Just a few years ago I had the privilege of taking my youngest son, Joshua, to Boston, Massachusetts to spend a couple of days there to see the Boston Red Sox play and to tour the city. It was a beautiful time with my son as we saw the USS Constitution, nicknamed "Old Ironsides," we walked the campus of Harvard University. But then we went on an historical walk through the city and came to the old North Church.

2. It was there my imagination took me back to the year 1775, when a man by the name of Paul Revere made an eternal mark in history by a single horse ride. He knew that war was on the horizon, and he did not want his nation to be caught unaware. He knew the enemy was coming, he just didn't know whether it would be by land or by sea. But very late on a moonlit night, when he saw those lanterns in the tower of the old North Church, and knew that the enemy was coming by land, he strode his horse and went from village to village sounding an alarm that would not only wake up the nation, but would wake up the world as he cried out, "To arms! To arms! The British are coming."

3. Well, I am sounding another alarm to you today to awaken you to the fact that there is a war going on; your enemy is on the march, and I'm calling you to arms; not because the British are coming, but because the devil is here.

4. It's interesting that the devil is referred to in the book of Genesis as a serpent. In 1999 the New England Journal of Medicine published a study concerning people bitten by dead snakes. Toxicologists at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, began studying the effect of dead snakes after admitting a patient who had been bitten by a snake while gardening. The man had cut off a rattlesnake's head with a shovel, and when he bent down to pick up the snake's head it bit him.

5. For almost a year these doctors focused their research on ...

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