Author: Carla Alvarez

Learning and Discerning: An Interesting Week

This month has been very interesting so far.  When I look back over my notes, there have been quite a few “lessons” in God’s training program.

One of the overreaching arcs of what I’ve been learning in the past year is about spiritual warfare:  what it is, what it actually looks like, and what we are supposed to do about it.  Volunteering in the Healing Room, I’ve come to realize that there is more demonic interference in our lives than I would have believed before.

I don’t know why that was a surprise to me.  After all, God tells us that the battle is spiritual . . . but it was.

It’s been a learning process.  It’s like as soon as I come to the realization of something, God says, “Okay, it’s time to go a step further.”

If you are familiar with deliverance, none of this will come as a surprise.  If you are someone who thinks that Christians can’t be oppressed by evil spirits, you might get a little worked up over the rest of this post . . . but I’m just telling you . . . this is what I experienced, part of it was confirmed by two other people.  I would also suggest that you go through the New Testament and reread what it says about spiritual warfare and our role in it.

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Praise: God’s Great Dance Floor

This song has been playing quite a bit in our house lately. From what I gather, this was one of the theme songs at Second’s beach retreat this year.

At the end of each day, everyone at camp would go to a service. There would be music performances, and Dr. Young would speak. The deal was that every time this song came on, everyone would have to jump.

When Avery came home from camp, every time the song came on the radio she would tell her sisters they would have to jump.

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Thankful for Good Friends

This week I am very thankful for my friends. Some people you become friends with because of circumstances, because you in close proximity either due to work, school, or involvement in organizations. But some people you are friends with because you are walking down the same path going in the same direction.  And those are the friends I am very thankful for today. People you can tell weird stuff to and they don’t look like you’ve lost your mind. People you can call at the last minute and ask them to help you with something, and they not only say...

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America the Beautiful

Since this is the 4th of July weekend, the praise today is “America the Beautiful” sung by Judith Roberts and the choir at Second Baptist North. We all know that July 4th, 1776, was the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. But what about the 5th? The fifth of July was the day that the declaration was disseminated and published, posted and sent to the troops 1“Creating the Declaration:  A Timeline.”  National Archives.  Accessed 5 July 2013 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_timeline.html 2“Committee of Five.”  Wikipedia.  Accessed 5 July 2014  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_of_Five .  It was the day that action was started to...

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Thankful for Freedom

While it may seem cliche, I am very thankful that I live in a country where we can worship God freely and openly without infringement.  As of today anyway.

Just because it is that way now, it doesn’t mean it will always be that way if we do not guard it carefully.  There is a huge force to minimize, to trivialize,and even to criminalize  Bible believing Christians.  We are the new group that is on the government “watch lists.”   People are being penalized  for standing firm for their faith.

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