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From the Pastor's Desk

Are you familiar with the term "righteous indignation"? It refers to anger over perceived mistreatment, malice, or insult of another. We often get mad about the wrong things. But there are moments when it is entirely appropriate to get upset for the right reasons.

We find a good example in the story of David and Goliath. Goliath had defied God. When questioned about his motives by his brother, Eliab, David gave his famous response, "Is there not a cause?" (1 Sam. 17:29). In other words, "Don't I have a good reason to be upset? Isn't there something worth fighting for?'

We might even call this not just "righteous indignation", but "warrior indignation." It is an attitude that goes with being a warrior. It is part of the warrior spirit. There used to be a popular TV comedy called MASH, set during the Korean War. It certainly had funny moments, but the producers acknowledged that their whole premise was that there is never a justification for war. That is extremely naive. Lasting peace will come only when the Prince of Peace returns. While war is full of horrors, some things are worth the fight.

Satan's intent is to intimidate us into believing that we are never good enough and that we are not cut out for victory. May we stir up the same warrior spirit, that same indignation that arose in David. Ultimately, that indignation starts in the heart of God. He will not allow His name or His people to be challenged without a fight. The Lord is a Warrior. He is looking for people with righteous indignation to rise to the challenge. It's time to fight. For our families and our cities, for righteousness' sake, arise in a warrior spirit. This day we fight!

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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