“For morning came, morning and a wind from the sea; and darkness was removed, and the hosts of Mordor wailed, and terror took them, and they fled, and died, and the hoofs of wrath rode over them.  And then all the host of Rohan burst into song, and they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them, and the sound of their singing that was fair and terrible came even to the city.”

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King, being the third part of The Lord of the Rings (Boston, 1994), page 820.

Get in the battle.  It was what you were born for.  It is what your heart longs for.  It is what 2013 is given to you for.  And if your church doesn’t help you fight, then find a church that will.  But get in the battle.  Through Christ, you will triumph.

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3 thoughts on “Why not this in 2013?”

  1. shaun says:

    Amen. Lord let it be, and help me to trust you in the fight.

  2. Justin says:

    Ray, thanks so much for this. Let’s get after it!

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Ray Ortlund


Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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