Our home and hot water is heated by a large log boiler. This requires a constant supply of dry logs, but thankfully over recent years we have had some large trees felled and cut into “rings” or slices. These supply the bulk of our wood for burning but also provide a great form of physical workout for me! However, some of the rings come from the trunks of the felled trees and are up to four feet across and far too heavy to lift: understandably these won’t fit in the boiler. But I am un-phased, since I have some useful tools to help. My first line of attack is to use a wedge to split the ring from the bark towards the centre. I tap it in and then strike it with a large sledgehammer. This is often enough to split the log apart with a single fracture which enables me then to break it down into smaller logs. Sometimes this does not work and so I turn to my ul<mate tool – the cone. Placing the cone in the core of the ring, this can be bashed with the sledgehammer (though it is much harder work) and is the ultimate way to split the log with numerous fractures. Once again, I soon have defeated the large ring and have a good supply of logs. The enemy hates the local church. He will attack it every way he can to stop it spreading the Kingdom. I believe he uses similar tools and methods as described above. Firstly, he can attack those on the edge of the church, using a wedge to drive people apart. Gossip, misunderstanding, hurt and rudeness create a perfect wedge to distract people from Kingdom work. If that fails, he may attack the centre of the local congregation with a cone, that splits apart leadership teams and ministers. Pride, arrogance, selfishness and overwork can all be perfect cones to fracture church leaders and again distract them from Kingdom work. The apostle Paul wrote this to the church in Corinth which was already splintering into factions I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians ch 1 v10 Thankfully, we have not yet reached that stage in our church, but as our verse for the year reminds us Jesus is constantly praying for us to remain united in him. So watch out for the enemy who may try using his tools of the wedge or the cone among us. Let us be united in mind and thought – and perfectly so!