17 …and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

– Ephesians 6:17 (ESV)


I have two friends who make fun of me whenever we get together for something that happened four years ago. They came to Malaysia to help with a ministry project and I was not only excited to connect with friends from half-way around the world, but also to show them things that were a part of my life in a foreign country. At the center of this excitement was food.

You see, I’m a bit of a foodie and Kuala Lumpur is a fusion of food from all over the world. So, it was a pretty regular occurrence that I would tell my friends that I was taking them to my “favorite” restaurant each night. It made sense to me, but not to them. Tonight is my “favorite Iranian food,” tomorrow is my “favorite Indian restaurant,” then my “favorite Malay food stall,” and for lunch “the absolute best Yemeni place,” and along the way we’ll hit the “best shawarma stand” before trying “the best durian from the cart around the corner.” The joke is that I don’t know what the word “favorite” means, and I regularly take many jibes on what the next “favorite” food place will be. 

The simple fact is, that whatever you delight in, you will likely want to share it with those you love. Mission Church fam, I love you and can’t wait to share with you my love for God’s Word. It is the Sword of the Spirit, the final piece of armor that we are to put on so that we can withstand the attacks of the enemy. As Jeremiah says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words become to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16 ESV)

And you can join me in sharing a favorite verse! This Sunday, during the worship set, you are invited to share a verse with the congregation during our open mic Scripture reading portion of the service. Take a moment and think of a verse that has helped you in spiritual battle. Prayerfully consider reading it publicly when cued by the Worship Leader.

The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Come learn what it means to receive it and use it to stand firm.

Can’t wait to share with you one of my favorite things! Until then, take some time to listen to the worship set to prepare your heart.


Love you Church,

Nate Newell
Pastor of Ministry & Mission Development