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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 26, 2010 - Training in Prayer

By Scott McChrystal

“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 saints” (Ephesians 6:18, NIV).

According to Army doctrine, “battle focus” is a concept used to derive peacetime training requirements from wartime missions.

Given the growing resource constraints being imposed on the military community, leaders must focus on training those tasks that are critical for the unit’s mission in wartime. There just isn’t the time and money for everything.

Battle focus is essential in the Christian life as well. With the fast pace that most of us keep, it is critical that we train on those tasks essential for our spiritual wartime mission.

Our Heavenly Commander has identified prayer as a cornerstone of spiritual warfare doctrine. Every soldier in the Lord’s army must train in prayer. It is a spiritual weapon so powerful that the enemy goes all out to stop it. Prayer demolishes enemy strongholds.

Life is hard. Stay battle-focused. Pray hard and pray often.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from “Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 1.”



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