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1 Pet 5:8, KJV: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour Eph 6:12, KJV: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 1 Thess 5:17, ...


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The passage you quote is very near the start of a new topic in Paul's letter. 2nd Corinthians 8-9 covers the topic of giving; particularly giving to the church in Jerusalem. The context leading into the passage in question in 2nd Corinthians 10:1-2 (ESV): I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when ...


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The text you sited refers specifically to a spiritual battle in which Christians engage because they are Christians. There are spiritual forces that impact people as spiritual beings. So, you confront such things with spiritual warfare. This has nothing to do with any conflict that a person's nation of birth may engage in and require the services of that ...


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I love Acts 5 (verse 3): Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? ... Peter clearly implies agency of Satan here, and apparently, Ananias and Sapphira, while not necessarily believers, were held in that ...


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The main problem is your friends' world views are fundamentally opposed to yours (or at least to what they understand is yours). Most "harmless" words of encouragement between Christians fall on, at best, deaf ears to someone who doesn't share your set of "givens". Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may ...


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I'm coming from a United Methodist tradition, if that makes a difference The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables. He replied in Matthew 13:11-13 (NRSV) [Jesus] answered, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an ...



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