Notes From Dino

Are you at war, or at peace? Dan Ohlerking posted Pastor Dino Rizzo’s notes to the Healing Place Church staff. Check it out.
Staff

Dear Staff,
I wanted to sit and write something to each of you that I didn’t think could wait until our staff meeting. I felt the Lord download on me the last eighteen hours. Here’s the backdrop first. Over the last two months I’ve talked to some pastors in the body of Christ who have been fighting some unusual battles. These brothers are from different parts of the world. Some are discouraged, and some are dealing with disunity and rogue church members stirring up strife –even physical battles. Just in the last three days I’ve had one-half dozen conversations with buddies who are on various trials. I prayed last night – “God what’s happening?”, and He reminded me, “Son, you’re in a war”. I don’t know why He has to keep reminding me of this, but He does. It is a real war with real casualties and fatalities. We know it’s spiritual because the ground we take for the Kingdom and eternity are in the balance.
Here are three things to remember in this Holy war.
We’ve got to keep the objective crystal clear.
If you sway on the why we do what we do, our cause -the souls of men- can get so confusing.
Watch for friendly fire.
Remember who the enemy is and don’t shoot each other. This is the saddest tragedy of war. The other person reading this email at the same time as you – they are your body. If they are hit, they bleed. If they bleed, we all bleed. Make sure to bandage one another with Holy Ghost speech.
Guard your heart.
This shield is maintained through flow in the Holy Ghost and fervent prayer. If we lack there, we lack everywhere.
… Lastly, keep yourself healthy and pray for one another. This stuff is and will always be in the enemy’s crossfire. I’m never surprised by the stuff that happens against this team. God is our shield. Run to Him asap.
Much love, Pastor Dino

Join us for one of our 5 services as we continue our series…Organic. This weekend we will be looking at how to Live Out the Fruit of Peace.
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  • Duane

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 We are praying for you and Martha. Keep fighting the good fight Pastor.

  • Bruce Elsheimer

    It’s interesting how this fits together. We have to be at peace within our side and with our King so that we can effectively fight the war against the other side. Thanks for sharing Dino’s insights. We’re in this with you together!
    Bruce

  • Amen! What an awesome word, especially for those in ministry. We hear you brother!

  • Hey Matt, have you ever heard of the book “The Organic God” by Margaret Feinberg? I haven’t got a chance to read it yet, but Mark Batterson spoke about this book on his blog. It also has a study guide you can get with it.