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Satan Is A Fallen Angel

2 Corinthians 11:14

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Life ChangeIn High School there were several High School teams we got up for above all the rest. They were our rivals so to speak. Severna Park and Arundel were those teams (I attended Annapolis High School). There was no South River and no Broadneck High Schools in those days and Southern rarely gave us a scare in football (basketball yes – but not football).

In High School – whole schools get up for that week’s opponent – that week’s enemy. School colors were/are all over the stadium – pep rallies and other events often precede contests with the number one foe. You don’t need to tell a High School student which schools are the arch rivals! They know it. They’ve heard about the rivalry well before they arrived at High School.

Unfortunately – many Christians aren’t aware that our number one enemy is Satan. This might be because some preachers – even some denominations – don’t believe in or articulate enough about the presence of this chief demon. Because we don’t acknowledge something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Today’s passage gives us some insight into the chief demon – Satan. Here it is in partial context.  2 Corinthians 11:12-15 – 12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. Continue reading

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January 16, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Number One Enemy

2 Corinthians 11:14

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

profileIn High School there were several High School teams we got up for above all the rest.  They were our rivals so to speak.  Severna Park and Arundel were those teams.  There was no South River and no Broadneck High Schools in those days and Southern rarely gave us a scare in football (basketball yes but not football).

In High School whole schools get up for that week’s opponent – enemy.  School colors are all over the stadium – pep rallies and other events often precede contests with the number one foe.  You don’t need to tell a High School student which schools are the arch rivals!

Unfortunately – many Christians aren’t aware that our number one enemy is Satan.  This might be because some preachers – even some denominations – don’t believe in or articulate enough about the presence of this chief demon.  Because we don’t acknowledge something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Today’s passage gives us some insight into the chief demon – Satan.  Here it is in partial context.  2 Corinthians 11:12-15 – 12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. Continue reading

September 18, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

God Has Our Backs

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

RevRayOne of the rules growing up – at least one that I found to be true – was to make friends with the biggest and/or toughest kid or kids in school.  If you were friends with them they might just have your back in a time of need.  I remember in elementary school – a tough school mind you in District Heights in Prince Georges County – Maryland – I made friends with the head hood!  We were in the same grade (he should have been in Junior High School – not sure he made it out of elementary school) and I felt a measure of protection.

This rule continued into Junior High School and High School.  Being a member of the High School football team kept me in the company of the biggest and toughest guys in school.  I remember on numerous occasions having big and tough friends saved me from troubled situations.  They had my back.  It felt good to know that someone had your back – whether it was racial trouble (which we had a lot in junior and senior high school) or trouble from some lower ranked big and tough guy(s).  It sure was who you knew for sure. Continue reading

April 26, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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