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Pastoral Authority and Spiritual Warfare James Keeting calls upon priests to remember the authority vested in them during their ordinations, and to use that authority in the resistance of evil, particularly in calling the people to hope and to holy silence. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: James Keeting Freedom Ministry An article by Robert Morris about the ministry of recognizing and preparing Christians for arenas of spiritual warfare in their lives. Morris identifies various scriptures and principles for effective and balanced responses to the devil's assaults. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Robert Morris Work Is a Battlefield Ed Cyzewski shares an example of encountering spiritual warfare at work and describes how he combated it. This article would make a good sermon illustration for spiritual warfare, prayer, or work. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The High Calling | Author: Ed Cyzewski When God Breaks In, Conflict Breaks Out This service plan for Christmas is the last in a series on anticipation, and brings a strong touch of realism into the celebration. Spiritual warfare goes along with Christmas. Evil is determined to destroy the work... Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Moses and Amalek In Exodus 17:8-16 the Israelites battle the people of Amalek, a battle that symbolizes the spiritual warfare that each of us, as members of the church, personally undergoes. Our battle can only be won with God. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Word on Fire | Author: Bishop Robert Barron Spiritual Friendships with Prisoners: Study Guide Adult Sunday School lesson / study guide about incarceration and justice. Includes liturgical elements and reflection questions. Resource type: Study Guide | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz ‘This Little Babe So Few Days Old’ A recording of Benjamn Britten's "This Little Babe" from Ceremony of Carols. This text, by Robert Southwell, explores the connections between Jesus' birth and the end of warfare. Also includes images of Mary by Lucinda Naylor. Resource type: Image | Source: Global Worship Abortion: Unmasking the Demon This Catholic article on abortion outlines the pro-life situation, wanting to give a more hopeful view by acknowledging the profound spiritual dimension. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Fr. Stanley Smolenski, SPMA Angels and Wild Beasts In this homily on Mark 1:12-15, Robert Barron reflects on the temptation of Jesus. As Jesus stood "between the animal and the angelic," we humans at our best harmonize the physical and the spiritual. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Word on Fire | Author: Robert Barron Don’t Turn and Run Describing the difficulty of daily spiritual warfare, this devotional on Ephesians 6:10-20 conveys the importance of trusting in God by standing firm against "temptation, fear, anger, shame, failure, and woundedness. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling Full Text Hymns on Spiritual Warfare O God, Our Help in Ages PastPD
Lead On, O King EternalPD
Assistance and Victory in the spiritual WarfarePD
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A Lesson About Spiritual Warfare from Alexander the Great Hugh Poland uses the psychological operations tactics of Alexander the Great to illustrate "Satan's strategies in spiritual warfare," as in Deuteronomy 3:24, Psalm 19:1-6, Ephesians 6:10-18, and other similar passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Hugh Poland Calling on Jesus' Name Dispels Evil Presence This sermon illustration appropriate for 1 John 5:4, 1 John 4:4, or 1 Peter 5:8-9 focuses on spiritual warfare, demonstrating through a personal testimony how the name of Christ drives away demons. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Lee Eclov God’s Armor versus the Devil’s Stratagems Struggles and warfare do affect our everyday life. Andreas Hoeck discusses the spiritual and earthly forces that attach and leave us wondering what God is doing to combat them in the context of Ephesians 6. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Andreas Hoeck Sexuality and Spirituality Patrick Cioni discusses the possibility of "profound, mystical experiences" as an additional dimension of sexual relations within marriage - oneness with God as well as with each other. Lust is a barrier to such spiritual union. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Patrick F. Cioni Playing with Spiritual Warfare An illustration appropriate for Ephesians 6:12, 2 Timothy 2:4, 2 Corinthians 10:3, and other similar passages that takes a humorous look at a serious topic. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Chris Johnson Big Journeys, Big Choices Carolyn Brown compiles children's lesson and activities for passages near the beginning of school. Subjects include the Temple, Jesus and the bread of life, and courage in facing challenges. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Worshiping With Children | Author: Carolyn Brown True Revelations? This video clip from the film "The Messenger" portrays Joan of Arc's imprisonment, during which a devil-like apparition challenges whether or not her revelations were actually from God, highlighting themes of spiritual warfare and doubt. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: WingClips | Author: Luc Besson
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