There is a popular worship song that - interestingly - only has a few lines of text.

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles

It may look like I'm surrounded,
but I'm surrounded by You.

I remember the first time I heard this song, I almost thought the band had lost their place in the music because they kept repeating, "This is how I fight my battles," so many times! I think the songwriter's intent, though, is a kind of meditative experience in which, through repetition, we come to realize that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood" (Ephesians 6:12) and that our weapons are not the weapons of this world, but instead the armor of God described in Scripture: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation.

My friend Derrick Scott III wrapped up our "The Dark Side" sermon series on Sunday with a powerful message on spiritual warfare. It might feel at times like we're fighting human enemies and worldly problems. But actually, Derrick said, we're fighting a battle within over whether we truly believe we are loved and called by God. This is a battle worth fighting.

If you missed Derrick's message or want to share it with someone, you can find it at www.skycrest.net/sermons where we have audio recordings of all our sermons.

Up next Sunday, former District Superintendent Rev. John Powers will be preaching for us. I'll be visiting family in Ohio and enjoying some Fall weather for a few days! But you don't want to miss church-- be there at 9:45 a.m. Modern or 11:00 a.m. Traditional.

Finally, if you were here on Sunday, you received an Estimate of Giving card. I asked you to pray specifically this week about becoming an intentional giver, if you are not already. Intentional doesn't mean a certain dollar amount or percentage; it simply means making a plan in advance, and sharing that plan with us via your Estimate of Giving card. You can even do it online if that's easier; www.skycrest.net/giving

Have a great week!

Pastor Emily

Join us this Sunday! 9:45 a.m. Modern | 11:00 a.m. Traditional

For our upcoming District "Charge Conference" we were asked to produce a video of some ways we've seen God working in our church this past year. I thought you'd like to take a look!

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