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Obstacles

by Chris Allen

God created you in His image to reflect His attributes. He also created you to feel accepted, valued, significant, worthy, esteemed and loved. He desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with you. This can only happen when you not only believe in Him but also believe him. Unbelief blocks you from growing past believing God just the salvation, to believing God for every aspect of life on earth. Satan’s biggest reception is to get you to doubt God. But as a believer, you must live by faith that God loves you. Hebrews 11:6 says: “that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is an believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

In this lesson you will learn some causes of unbelief. Why should you believe? What happens when you don’t believe? How do you believe? How do you build your faith? How does God build your faith? Continue reading

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Why I Stopped Praying Against Fear

JULIE K. GILLIES

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

Hi. My name is Julie. And for entirely too long my middle name might as well have been Fear.
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Fear influenced many of my decisions. Fear amplified my imagination in a bad way — I was the worst-case scenario queen. Fear even tried to prevent me from moving forward in obedience to what I sensed God calling me to do.

So I did what any wise believer would do. I prayed. For years, I diligently prayed against fear. That God would take away my fear. That fear would leave me alone. That fear would vanish. That fear would be far from me.

Eventually I realized those prayers would probably require me to live in a bubble, limit my interactions with people, never attempt anything that could be considered risky and quite possibly never leave my house.

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Tam’s Tidbits

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Tammy A. Phillips

I will lift up my eyes to the hills, From whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2

For a minute a hundred years ago, I worked at daycare.  One day, two toddlers were sitting underneath the table in the small cafeteria.  Several times they went from looking at the floor to seriously jabbering at each other.   The scene amused me: I went to investigate.

On the floor was a puddle of milk and in one child’s hand was a torn piece of paper towel.  It became apparent that they had been discussing how to clean up the milk.  Finally, the enterprising toddler tried to clean up the liquid with the tiny piece of paper towel.  It was completely absorbed and much of the puddle still remained on the floor.  I got a large piece of paper towel, cleaned up the mess and returned the two to their seats.

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Crutch or Crown?

By: Shawntay Warren

 

Almost two years ago, I fractured my leg playing flag football. That was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever had to experience to date. To add insult to injury, it happened at the most inopportune time–a mere six days before my 27th birthday. I had plans to really live it up and enjoy myself, but suddenly out of nowhere, I found myself on bed rest, popping painkillers and hobbling from room to room in my house. Talk about a setback…I really don’t have to tell you that I didn’t take that situation very well. Then there were the crutches. I swore those crutches were going to be the death of me. I didn’t have much upper body strength to begin with, but there I was left with no other choice than to carry all of my 100-something pounds of weight everywhere primarily by the strength of my arms. The worst part was hobbling up and down the stairs of my building (I live on the top floor of a building with no elevator). You can imagine the workouts I got just from doing simple things like getting the mail or just some fresh air! So that was my life for what seemed like an eternity.  On a daily basis, I watched the muscles in my legs gradually diminish from the lack of use. I often complained and felt sorry for myself because I am very into physical fitness. The inability to be active was pure agony…but then I began to notice something. While one part of my body was weakened, another part of me was getting stronger than ever. Soon, I began to appreciate the muscles in my arms, as well as the crutches that inspired my new-found strength in a place where I least expected.

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