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“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” – Ephesians 6:11-13

Did you know that you were in a battle?  The daily walk would be difficult enough if it were just our own selves that we struggled against, but as the above verse reminds us, there is far more going on than meets the eye.  So, another reason why it may be so hard to get to church on Sunday or to be loving towards others is that we are part of the battle occurring in the spiritual realm.  This is no excuse to just give into evil desires, but it is part of the reality.  

Graciously, God has more than adequately provided for all our battle needs.  He stands with us always.  Paul in Ephesians 6 describes God’s provisions as armor.  Our protection could not be greater.  David knew this when he approached the gargantuan Goliath with just a sling and a stone.  We know this from the many promises God gives us in His word, and we can witness God’s provisions as he daily provides for all our needs. 

What a wonder it is that we are part of this cosmic battle.  Despite our low position, God has raised us up by covering us with His son.  Remember God’s armor and His promise of love and forgiveness next time you are tempted or in distress.  In those times, remember how powerfully God protects and provides for you so that you may respond in love towards those around you.  

Vicar Dwight Wyeth

What is a Vicar?

You might be asking, “What is a Vicar?”  For the preparation of future pastors, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod seminary training is a four year, post-graduate (after college) program.  The first two years are spent in the classroom (at either Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, or Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana).  The third year is a year-long internship, called a “Vicarage,” with a congregation.  Among the many things a Vicar does:  preaching and teaching; hospital and shut in calls; attending meetings; basically, getting to know the pastoral ministry in as well-rounded a way as possible.  The fourth year of training is back at the seminary before the student is graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.  Please keep our Vicar in your prayers this year as he prepares to serve Christ’s Church as a pastor.

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