One of the greatest trilogies of all time is The Lord of the Rings. While it’s hard to pick my favorite scene, it probably involves something with a cavalry charge. There’s just something about armored warriors yelling and screaming while they charge into battle that feels so epic!

One of the contenders for best scene is the charge of the Rohirrim at Helm’s Deep. Nearly overrun, the defender’s amass for one final heroic charge. The suspense builds as they steel themselves for this final assault, culminating in the sounding of the great horn of Helm Hammerhand.

And as the horn sounds, you sense the flow of the battle changing. What should have been their last stand becomes victory as reinforcements arrive over the next hill and charge as well, crushing the enemy between them. The horn becomes a rallying sound, inspiring the defenders and sending fear through the enemy.

Maybe this is why I love the Thessalonian church so much. The apostle Paul, who planted and nurtured numerous churches, wrote about them:

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8

Paul described this church as a place where the “Word of the Lord sounded forth” to all parts of the world. What a testament to the work of the Spirit in this church! This was a church that fought through “much affliction” to press the attack against sin and Satan. This was a church that struck fear in the enemy.

The enemy continues to press us. Stress, anxiety, sorrow, fear and doubt assail us, but we have a weapon far more powerful: the Word of God. It’s time to sound the horn. May we be a place where God’s Word sounds forth in our homes, schools, workplaces, communities, and world.