Acts of the Apostles

Heaven is brought near to earth by that (Jacob’s) mystic ladder, the base of which is firmly planted on the earth, while the topmost round reaches the throne of the Infinite. Angels are constantly ascending and descending this ladder of shining brightness, bearing the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and bringing blessing and hope, courage and help, to the children of men. These angels of light create a heavenly atmosphere about the soul, lifting us toward the unseen and the eternal. We cannot behold their forms with our natural sight; only by spiritual vision can we discern heavenly things. The spiritual ear alone can hear the harmony of heavenly voices. AA 153.1

“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.” Psalm 34:7. God commissions His angels to save His chosen ones from calamity, to guard them from “the pestilence that walketh in darkness” and “the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” Psalm 91:6. Again and again have angels talked with men as a man speaketh with a friend, and led them to places of security. Again and again have the encouraging words of angels renewed the drooping spirits of the faithful and, carrying their minds above the things of earth, caused them to behold by faith the white robes, the crowns, the palm branches of victory, which overcomers will receive when they surround the great white throne. AA 153.2

By Kassandra McFarland

The Proper Equipment

By Michael Babb | March 26

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“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  Ephesians 6:11 

 

From early childhood, I have always enjoyed watching, and most of all, playing sports. Of all the sports I’ve played, I guess my favorite one would have to be ice hockey. Before you start thinking, Wow, he must be pretty good, let me defeat that thought. Just because we like something doesn’t mean that we’re great or even good at it. For me, there are other sports I excel in more, but I love ice hockey! 

 

Now, you might also think that because I love ice hockey, I can ice skate; but let’s just say that if it wasn’t for hockey skates, hockey sticks, and other hockey equipment, it would not be on my list of favorite sports. The equipment makes the difference.

 

I was first introduced to ice hockey in college. Several of my friends were Canadian, and Canadians are practically born playing hockey, as far as I knew. Unlike today, finding ice hockey skates for rental at an ice arena back then was difficult. So, my first attempt at ice hockey was wearing a pair of figure skates! I quickly gave up on that idea after a few tries! Those skates would not support my ankles, and those jagged parts of the blade in the front that they call a toe pick just didn’t work for me. I spent most of the time sitting or lying on the ice. 

 

One of my friends kept urging me on, telling me that if I purchased a pair of ice hockey skates, they would make me change my mind; so I finally found a new pair on sale and thought I’d give them a shot. To my amazement, they did make a huge difference! Hockey skates didn’t have a toe pick, and the stiffness in the ankle area of the boot kept my ankles from swaying from one side to the other. I also found that all the other protective equipment made a huge difference, too. It made playing so much easier, and now I can’t imagine playing ice hockey, or any other sport, without the necessary equipment.

 

As a Christian, I find that Satan is constantly attacking me, trying to avert my attention and love away from Christ. Am I wearing the whole armor of God daily, as stated in Ephesians 6:11? What is the whole armor of God? I encourage you to continue reading Ephesians 6. God’s Word tells us what it is, and you know, putting on the whole armor will probably make your Christian journey easier.

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