Make no mistakespiritual warfare is real. As you make your way into intentional mission and ministry, you may find yourself facing various kinds of opposition and resistance. You may experience great discouragement or doubt. Temptations may threaten to derail you. And you may even encounter active attack from spiritual forces of evil. But fear not. Veteran missionaries Jack and Mary Anne Voelkel give us confidence that God can overcome the enemy's spiritual attacks on us. When we face harassment and persecution from the principalities and powers, we need to know that Satan is not on equal footing with God. Jesus has disarmed the forces of evil through his death and resurrection. We have available to us tremendous resources for spiritual defense and offense, and by putting on the whole armor of God, we can take practical, prayerful steps toward spiritual triumph. Be not afraid. In the midst of spiritual warfare, the greater reality is that Jesus is Lord over all powers and authorities. He has already achieved the victory. Includes questions for group discussion.
Mary Anne Voelkel is a longtime missionary with Latin America Mission (LAM). For twenty years she and her husband, Jack, pioneered a university ministry in Colombia that is a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). She was also a professor at the Biblical Seminary in Medllin for ten years. Voelkel served on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA from 2000-2008 and played a key role in developing prayer in the movement and especially at the Urbana Missions Conferences. She and Jack live in Tucson, Arizona, and return to Colombia yearly for teaching assignments.
Jack Voelkel is a longtime missionary with Latin America Mission (LAM). For twenty years he and his wife, Mary Anne, pioneered a university ministry in Colombia that is a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). He was also a professor at the Biblical Seminary in Medllin for ten years. Voelkel is Urbana's missionary-in-residence and serves as the voice of "Ask Jack," Urbana.org's most popular column. He and Mary Anne live in Tucson, Arizona, and return to Colombia yearly for teaching assignments.
"Martin Luther taught that the devil was happy with two extremes: deny his existence or give him credit for everything bad. We need wisdom to discern how to understand and respond to the reality of spiritual warfare. The Voelkels guide us with life experience interpreted through the lens of biblical teaching to help us grow in this discernment process."