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Out of the Frying Pan…

“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 NLT)We’ve all been there: The urgent circumstances are completely out of our control. We are definitely “in the frying pan”...

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Scared Much?

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." (Psalm 56:3 NIV) "Casting all anxieties on him, because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV) Did you know "fear not" is listed in the Bible 365 times? That's one scripture per day. Except leap years, then you have permission...

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Step Up to a New Day

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV)"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful." (Luke 6:36...

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Calming Rough Seas

Have you ever stood on a beach and marveled at the majestic ferocity of wind-driven waves cresting and slamming into a sandy shoreline? It’s truly a sight to behold. The sound alone is enough to stir in my soul feelings of peace and tranquility. I for one love to...

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PADRE4U

It was one of those days. Besides being in the midst of the COVID pandemic, everything I touched seemed to go bad. I was tired, and I was more than a little bit grumpy. The kicker, however, was when I got to the checkout counter at the local grocery store, mask and...

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Mountains of Problems

Mountains TodayOver the many centuries, people the world over perhaps looked at mountains differently. Many may have been overwhelmed at its majesty and stand in awe, while others may have been nervous, fearful or just avoided them.There are 154 references to...

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We Know This Because…

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your...

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How to Face the Bad Stuff

I can't forget our disappointing dialogue. Two of us were lamenting over societal woes, when suddenly, he walked away, exclaiming, "This is too depressing!"That's not how I wished the conversation to proceed! He never got to hear the hope welling up in me, which I was...

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What If?

"Those who know your name trust you because you have not abandoned any who seek you, Lord." (Proverbs 28:26 NKJV)"Those who trust their own reasoning are fools, but those who walk in wisdom will be kept safe." (Psalm 9:10 NKJV)I saw this on Facebook last night. Yes,...

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