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Category: Adversity

Obstacles to Joy

Obstacles to Joy

Obstacles to Joy “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”  (John 16:33 NIV). We all have stress and anxiety.  These are obstacles to the happiness that we all seek.  I think

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Reached the End of Your Rope?

Reached the End of Your Rope?

Reached the End of Your Rope? “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has

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Confronting our Confrontations

Confronting our Confrontations “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” (Proverbs 12:25 NIV) Our words will invariably hurt somebody’s feelings and cause pain.  Proverbs 18:21 teaches us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  Our words can be used to share the Good

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Defeating Evil

Defeating Evil

Defeating Evil ”Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’   Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him  (Matthew 4:10-11 NIV). I find it troubling that many Christians do not believe in the existence of

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Finding Clarity in a World of Confusion

Finding Clarity in a World of Confusion

Finding Clarity in a World of Confusion “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!” (Psalm 77:19 NLT). I think many of dislike to be in “limbo.”  We want to know where we stand.  We seek clarity.  Perhaps at no time

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Defeating the Giants in our Lives

Defeating the Giants in our Lives “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll

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A Christian Approach to Depression

A Christian Approach to Depression

A Christian Approach to Depression “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV). God has blessed us with the Living Word known as the Holy Bible.   We can

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Is Your Burden Too Heavy?

Is Your Burden Too Heavy?

Is Your Burden Too Heavy? “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   For my yoke is easy and my

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True Confession of the Heart: My Hatred Is Strong

True Confession of the Heart: My Hatred Is Strong

True Confession of the Heart: My Hatred Is Strong “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.   Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.  But anyone who

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”  (James 1:2-4 NIV).