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    Your home-field advantage

    By Dave Henning / August 11, 2012

    Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. discusses controlling your environment in Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy.  He begins by telling the story of a fishing trip he took with 3 friends.  They caught a shark.  Eagerly anticipating a massive, menacing specimen as they pulled the shark onto the pier, they were shocked to discover […]

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      How’s your hearing?

      By Dave Henning / August 10, 2012

      In Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. offers some final tips on winning the battle with the enemy.  Discussing Matthew’s account of Peter walking on water to meet Jesus, Pastor Carpenter notes that Jesus’ spoken word to Peter sustained his walk on the water.  Peter only got that sinking feeling […]

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        How’s your mind-“set”?

        By Dave Henning / August 9, 2012

        Concluding his discussion of “weapons of mass destruction” used by Satan, Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. (The Necessity of an Enemy) bases his comments on Colossians 3:2- “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  He notes that the word “set” refers to the process of setting a broken bone. Pastor Carpenter has extensive […]

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          Life-long mind renewal

          By Dave Henning / August 8, 2012

          “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we […]

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            The enemy of isolation

            By Dave Henning / August 7, 2012

            Ron Carpenter Jr. begins Part 5 of The Necessity of an Enemy by discussing what he terms ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that the enemy uses to sabotage God’s purpose for our life.  Unlike more devastating forms of adversity that show up as Goliaths, Ron notes that these weapons “. . . tend to be unobtrusive.  […]

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              Getting rid of your boat

              By Dave Henning / August 5, 2012

              In the conclusion to Part 4 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. bases his comments on Matthew’s account of Jesus calling the first disciples (Matthew 4: 18-22).  Noting that Peter began his career as a boat fisherman before he met Jesus, Pastor Carpenter compares the image of a boat to comfortable, even […]

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                “Ambush” your vision

                By Dave Henning / August 5, 2012

                Near the conclusion of Part 3 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. discusses the potential influence of negative people in our life.  If we allow their words and actions to influence us,God’s intended purpose for our life will be thwarted or destroyed. Yet, why should we meekly cede power and control to […]

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                  Seeing is (not) believing

                  By Dave Henning / August 4, 2012

                  Commenting on Mark 4: 35-41 (Jesus Calms the Storm), Ron Carpenter Jr. (The Necessity of an Enemy) notes that although Jesus told the disciples they would make it to the other side of the lake, He didn’t tell them how they would get there.  Similarly, although Jesus hasn’t told us every detail of how our […]

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                    This is (only) a test

                    By Dave Henning / August 2, 2012

                    In the Necessity of an Enemy, Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. observes that many people think God puts them through a test to teach them something.  Ron believes otherwise: “A test measures what you already know.”  Jesus, the greatest teacher of all, wants to assess what we already know and have learned in order for us […]

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                      It’s what’s inside that counts

                      By Dave Henning / August 2, 2012

                      Using the analogy of a planted seed reproducing under the proper conditions, Ron Carpenter Jr. (The Necessity of an Enemy) reiterates his earlier assertion that enemies are indicative of new seasons in our life: “The fact that an enemy has surfaced in your life is an indicator that there’s unborn seed in you.  The enemy […]

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                        To be or not to be

                        By Dave Henning / July 31, 2012

                        Ron Carpenter Jr. states in The Necessity of an Enemy that our assignment in life is not just to do something , but to be something.  The ultimate purpose of our be-ing, he states, is to glorify God through our life. Keeping that in mind, Pastor Ron asserts: “Real trouble will not come in life […]

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                          Enemies- catalysts for change

                          By Dave Henning / July 30, 2012

                          In the opening section of his book The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face is Your Best Opportunity, Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. defines the enemies in our lives and discusses how they can enlarge our capacity through external challenges as well as internal changes. The author defines enemies as “the people, mind-sets, […]

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