Summary: A message of challenge to Stand Firm no matter what is going on around us. A challege to put your hope in God, and to grow stronger in your faith.

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Pastor Glenn Newton 9-16-01

EPH 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full

armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our

struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the

heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of

evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,

to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the

breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness

that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of

faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take

the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And

pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in

mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 we were invaded by the worst kind of enemy

imaginable. We were invaded, our security was shattered, our sense of well being was

pulled away as we watched in horror two great buildings and our Center of Defense, the

Pentegon burn and crumble with thousands of lives lost.

We were invaded. Our comfortable lives, our own plans, our personal agendas were

invaded by National pain, a loss of life that we have only experienced once before in one

day, and that was during the Civil War. Never before had America lost so many lives in

one day. We were invaded. This invasion was an invasion of evil, evil bent on destroying

our Peace, Our Faith, Our Love. This invasion will not prevail. This Invasion of evil will

be the day America Woke up from it’s Spiritual Sleep.

Make no mistake this morning. This horrible invasion has so shook us as a Nation that

We have been driven to our knees in Prayer. I Praise God for a President that has led our

Nation to this time of Prayer, it was by his proclamation that Yesterday at noon was a

National Call to Prayer.

Let me read a portion of President Bush’s message he gave yesterday during this Prayer

service, “God’s signs are not always the ones we look for. We learn in tragedy that his

purposes are not always our own, yet the prayers of private suffering, whether in our

homes or in this great cathedral are known and heard and understood. There are prayers

that help us last through the day or endure the night. There are prayers of friends and

strangers that give us strength for the journey, and there are prayers that yeild our will to a

will greater than our own.”

We need to Thank God for a Leader that is looking to God during these times of

Trial, and we need to Pray for all our leaders as very important descisions will be made in

the coming days as we send our Men and Women into battle.

As I watched that Prayer Service where Rev. Billy Graham was the keynote

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