Daily Archives: May 14, 2007

Spiritual Warfare

I think we are probably all aware of spiritual warfare with the devil. But there can also be spiritual warfare between brethren. There are some things that are clear cut in the Bible, and there are some things that are open to interpretation. With those things that are open to interpretation, we don’t all consider these things to be open. In those cases, we might pray for those that don’t agree with us to come to our point of view. Once that begins, then spiritual warfare ensues.


I woke up after a very long sleep. I had just finished doing the 30 Hour Famine with our youth the day before and had gone to bed early on Saturday with full hope of a night’s restful sleep. I felt rested and all was well. In the kitchen I set the coffee pot to go and walked into my office to boot up my computer. I still hadn’t printed my sermon out – even though it was ready a few days prior. After listening to the familiar beep and whine of the fans signaling a normal boot had begun I walked back into the kitchen and poured my hot coffee. It was time to pray, read my Bible and print my sermon. Back to the office I returned and I realized I had made a dreadful mistake.
Four days earlier I had set up the computer to do a full file system and disk surface check using chkdsk /v /r. My run for coffee had made me miss the prompt to skip the check. My computer would be tied up for the next four hours before I could ever print. My sermon would not be printed. It’s the stuff of nightmares but I was already awake.