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Summer 2013

Current Theme

Spiritual Warfare: Proclaiming Christ's Victory Over the World, the Flesh, and the Devil in Word and Deed

The summer 2013 issue of Enrichment examines the topic of spiritual warfare. Articles outline the nature of the Christian's struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil, and the victory over them that Jesus Christ won through His death and resurrection. Special attention is given to spiritual warfare in pastoral ministry and to worldview considerations. Read compelling essays by Paul Alexander, James Bradford, Terry Hanna, A. Elizabeth Grant, Stephen Lim, Doug Lowenberg, Greg Mundis, Gary J. Tyra, George O. Wood, and others.

 

 

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Theme Articles

INTRODUCTION

George P. Wood

Keep on Praying for All the Saints: Intercession and Spiritual Warfare

James T. Bradford

Spiritual warfare is not won through conflict resolution or strategic planning. It is won by the foundational activity common to every victory in the unseen realm — prayer.

Proclaiming Christ’s Victory Over Unjust Social Structures & Practices

A. Elizabeth Grant

Believers attempting to set the captive free can find themselves blindsided and forced to fight systemic spiritual battles they are ill equipped to fight. We must reckon with communities and systems corrupted and controlled by sinful forces. Here is how.

The Battle of Ideas, Concepts, and Thoughts

Paul Alexander

Spiritual warfare often takes place in the realm of ideas, concepts, and thoughts. So how do pastors and Christians in general meet this battle with confidence? Here are three ways to engage this battle.

Proclaiming Christ’s Victory Over Sinful, Personal Desires

Gary J. Tyra

Here are four spiritual warfare habits that are essential to keeping in step with the Spirit and proclaiming Christ’s victory over sin.

Beware Satan’s Thorns: Seven Ways the Enemy Weakens Pastors

Stephen Lim

Here are seven strategies Satan uses to distract, harass, weaken, and destroy pastors, and how to avoid them.

Demonization and the Christian Life: How the Devil Influences Believers

Doug Lowenberg

Scripture authenticates the reality of the spirit world, including angelic friends and demonic foes. But Western Christians, including evangelicals and Pentecostals, struggle to explain and address this transempirical dimension of reality. A misdiagnosis could prevent finding the cure for one who is struggling.

Worldviews and the Unseen World

Terry Hanna

A misshaped worldview is dangerous and susceptible to demonic deception.

However, a well-formed worldview, grounded on biblical truth, enables believers to recognize demonic activity and influence reactions to the unseen world.

Interview - Discerning Best Practices in Spiritual Warfare

Greg Mundis, Omar Beiler, Mike McClaflin, Dick Nicholson, Paul Trementozzi, and Russ Turney

In the Pentecostal movement, many spiritual-warfare practices have biblical roots. Some, however, draw vocabulary from the Bible but have a tenuous biblical foundation. How do we sort out good spiritual-warfare practices from bad ones?

The Final Word

Middle-earth: The Unseen Realm of the Spiritual

Mark Hausfeld

 

Features

Hand to the Plow

Chicago Pastor Named to TIME’s 100 List Keeps Gaze Fixed on Poor

CARA DAVIS

Hiring Family Members: Risk or Reward?

Cal Carpenter and Warren D. Bullock

To negotiate the prickly issue of nepotism with wisdom and grace here are some observations to consider.

Improving Your Interest Rate: The Irresistible Power of a Great Question

Robert C. Crosby

Among the essential skills of effective pastors and leaders is the ability to turn a good question into a great one. Here are eight characteristics of great questions.

 

From the General Superintendent

The Armor Of God: A Meditation on Ephesians 6:10–20

George O. Wood

We must exercise power in spiritual warfare with great caution, making sure that we exercise it in the right manner and against the right enemy. Here is how.

 

Column Articles

Q&A for Ministry Wives

High-Maintenance Boundaries

Gabriele Rienas

LEAD LONG … LEAD STRONG

Wax on … Wax off: A Word to Young Leaders Who Feel They Are Being Held Back

Scott Hagan

MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY

Sticks and Stones and … Words Can Hurt You

Cal LeMon

WELL CONNECTED

Why You Can’t Overlook Social Media As a Ministry Tool

Justin Lathrop

ON PREACHING

One Size Fits All?

DOUG GREEN

DEALING WITH DOUBTERS

Atheism and the Burden of Proof

PAUL COPAN

MINISTRY & MEDICAL ETHICS

Environmental Ethics: Tending the Garden for Our Health

Christina M.H. Powell

 

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Next Time in Enrichment:

Believing God for Greater Things

The theme of the 2013 General Council of the Assemblies of God is Believing God for Greater Things. As our Fellowship enters its second century of ministry, our leaders are calling on us to believe God for greater things in the days ahead. In keeping with that call, we asked the six executive leaders of the Assemblies of God to share what they are believing God for in the future.

We are also pleased to publish excerpts from five new leadership books that will be featured at General Council: Four Faces of a Leader by H. Robert Rhoden with Dean Merrill; Against the Wind: Creating a Church of Diversity Through Authentic Love by J. Don George; The Jesus-Hearted Woman: Ten Leadership Qualities for Enduring & Endearing Influence byJodi Detrick; Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story byRobert P. Menzies; Relentless: Pursuing a Life That Mattersby Dave Donaldson and Terry Glaspey.

As editors, we trust that these articles will inform and inspire you, and lead you to trust God for greater things in your own ministries.

 

 

 

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