God’s Plan for Spiritual Battle
Would Christians know and understand this Battle Plan, they could be victorious instead of suffering defeat.
Formerly titled The Beatitudes
I love a good fight. When unjustly attacked, I have learned to seek the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit and retaliate by Overcoming Evil with Good. There is a huge difference between a Peacemaker and a Pacifist!
This Battle Plan, gleaned from the life and message of Jesus, was on my heart even before I was kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage under extreme conditions in 1983. Since then, thousands of missionaries, pastors, and other Christians have been kidnapped, murdered, or forced to flee from their places of ministry in rural Colombia. Had these Christians known and understood this Battle Plan, they could have been victorious instead of prematurely suffering defeat.
Many who did choose to remain in the path of ever present danger have rallied around this message. A thriving underground church is multiplying in a huge area (about the size of North Korea) in the south and east of Columbia where Bibles, church buildings, formal ministry, and even house meetings have been prohibited for more than 25 years.
Severe persecution in rural Colombia has actually served to bring real Christians together, identify the true church, and cleanse believers from corruption. This has been possible because of the remnant that has been chosen to fight the Good Fight.
About the Author
Russell M. Stendal was born in Minneapolis and raised on the mission field in Colombia, South America. He became a missionary jungle pilot at age nineteen. In 1983, almost ten years later, he was kidnapped by Marxist rebels and held hostage for five months. His book, Rescue the Captors, relates his experience, including how God worked in the hearts of the rebels.
Russell has written many other books, produced videos, and edited two Bible translations, the Spanish Reina-Valera 2000 and the Jubilee Bible in English.
Russell heads up the work of Colombia Para Cristo which operates 12 radio stations involving over 100 staff and coworkers and covering much of Latin America with the Gospel. A thriving underground church has developed in remote jungle areas of Colombia. New high gain antennas are now beaming the Gospel message throughout Colombia as well as deep into areas of expanding crisis across the border in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
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