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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 30, 2012 - Dismayed and Terrified

By Scott McChrystal

“On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified” (1 Samuel 17:11, NIV).

Stress can produce many adverse effects, one of which is fear. This kind of fear is often characterized by a host of other symptoms:

Loss of perspective

Erosion of confidence

Negative self-talk

Diminished capability to focus

Tendency toward panic

Paralysis in normal ability to act

The Philistine giant Goliath made daily threats to the Israelite army. Every soldier froze in fear. Nobody dared to move a muscle in response to Goliath’s challenge to fight.

But there is good news. As people of God, we don’t have to let stress paralyze us with fear. Our faith in Almighty God can melt our fears and provide the courage we need for the situation.

David was only a young shepherd boy at the time, but he knew the Lord would help him prevail against Goliath. God would fight the battle for him. David killed the giant and later became king of all Israel.

Don’t let that giant called stress defeat you. Identify the giant, go after him, and trust God for your victory.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 4.



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