Let me begin by quoting an old saying from the 2nd world war. “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition”. This was apparently attributed to a chaplain during the attack on Pearl Harbor which occurred on Dec. 7th, 1941, 5 months after my birth in Manitoba. It ultimately was turned into a secular song. I was thinking about the folks in Ukraine who have suffered a similar fate. An unprovoked attach from another nation. A nation led by one man with ultimate rule and appears to have no conscience, no morals and certainly as opposite to a Christian as one could be. So I asked myself what is our role in this conflict in Europe. Our primary role is Prayer just as it is for other matters pertaining to all our lives.
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- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
- Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
- Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you’ve done everything, to stand.
From verse 14 on, this chapter talks about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
Finally verse 18 gives plain instructions for us to follow
- And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
As it’s the first Sunday of the Month there will be a 2nd offering. You may recall that last Sunday it was suggested the 2nd offering be directed to aid Ukraine. I have done some research and it appears that “Samaritans Purse” would be the best avenue to funnel the money where needed to help Ukrainians. So, 2nd offering March 6th for the situation in Ukraine.