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Faith & Hope

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Faith & Hope

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Faith & Hope and how they are very similar and in fact they co-exist.. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen

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FAITH & HOPE
Get Your Hopes Up
Sunday, January 21, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen
 
2Corinthians 3:12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold
 
Hope means you know!
 
Hope is not a fingers crossed I hope this happens, it’s a confident expectation.
 
Faith and Hope are very similar, they go hand in hand.
 
Sometimes we get concerned because we don’t think our faith is enough or our faith is weak or our faith is too small.
 
But when we realize that God has placed in us a seed of faith and that seed is very powerful because of what it carries.
 
The power of a seed has the ability to bring hope alive in us.
 
When we remember what the seed of faith is capable of it like hope comes out from the shadows, hope comes to the front, it’s no longer hidden behind the situation and we can expect to see God – Hope Is At Hand!
 
Jesus said that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains.
 
A mustard seed is very small but there’s great potential in it. It doesn’t look anything like what it will be but the potential is there, in the seed.
 
Your Mustard Seed Faith can move mountains that stand in your way and it can also become a blessing to other people as well.
 
Luke 13:18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
 
The mustard seed is planted, that’s faith with works, and when it grows the birds of the air make their nests in it. It’s a blessing to the birds.
 
Your faith isn’t only for you. Use your faith to be a blessing to someone else.
 
If you aren’t walking in hope or confident expectation, it’s time to reset your thinking!
 
You don’t need GIGANTIC faith to have Hope – just let the seed of faith grow, nurture it with the Word and the Holy Spirit and you’ll see the Hope that’s been there all along.
 
Today, make the God of hope your hope. Through Christ this is possible.
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This Week at LivingWaterChurch

Monday Night Bible Study – AS A MAN THINKS @7PM

Wednesday Morning Women’s Group @ 10AM
Wednesday Night at 7PM The ConeXion – Worship and Men’s and Women’s Groups
 

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ERADICATE WORRY

There is an everyday phenomenon we see in our own lives. Although we all know what we should and should not do; there is a huge gap between knowing something and actually doing it. We shouldn’t smoke … but we do. We shouldn’t overeat … but we do. We shouldn’t worry … but we do. We shouldn’t overspend, but we do. We should go back to school, but we don’t. We should make more money, but we don’t. We should be happy, but we are not. We should, we should, we should.
 
The reason this exists is that we have two belief systems. The first is our intellectual belief and our second is behavioral belief. Our intellectual belief is what we know we should do, or more exactly, what is in our conscious mind. Our behavioral belief is what we actually do in a given situation. Why, because this belief system is embedded in our sub-conscious mind.
 
Maturity, growth, and transformation are measured by how much our behavioral belief becomes more and more in alignment with our intellectual or in our conscious mind.
 
Our behavioral belief system works many times faster than our conscious mind. For instance, when I tie my shoe, I do not have to think about how to do it. When I am boating, it takes me longer to tie certain knots because I do not do it every day. I have to think about it while forming the knot until I repeat it enough where it becomes embedded in my sub conscious.
 
Our Intellectual Belief says we shouldn’t worry, no matter what the adversity, because God is sovereign and in control of all things. Our Behavioral Belief dictates otherwise. We worry about events, the opinions of others, or other life elements that are out of our control. But they aren’t out of God’s control. Worrying interferes with everything in our lives … our relationship with God, our interactions with self and others, and it actually injures our brain chemistry.
 
In fact, for many, trying not to worry is like trying not to think about something. The harder we try, the more anxious we become. So, we even begin to worry about worrying. We need to understand that worrying is an unconscious choice that we have made and has been ingrained in our sub-conscious mind. We have learned from an early age to worry. Trying to fight this battle on our own is counterproductive.
 
The key to making a good decision is the answer to the following question: Will you have God’s perspective or your own? There’s a big difference between them. Sometimes it is hard to have God’s perspective. But the more time you spend with Him and get to know Him, the clearer His perspective becomes to you. Stop focusing on worry and put your energy into communicating with God.
 
This strategy will help you achieve freedom from all sorts of negative behaviors, including worry. The idea is simple: replace hurtful, self-defeating tendencies with something wonderfully positive – communicating with God and hearing what He has to say to you concerning your dilemma. As you give yourself over to communicating with Him more and more, you will find your worry-time evaporate as the gap between knowing and doing closes.
 

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BEGIN A WORRY FREE LIFE

As you enter this year, do not worry about the past events in your life nor what might happen in the future. Right now, today needs your attention. What you do right now is crucial because this is where your life exists. Maximize the time for there is no better time to forgive than right now.
 
When you forgive you heal. Better yet, when you let go, you grow.
 

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Growing Faith Muscles

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Growing Your Faith Muscle

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Growing Your Faith Muscles. 1Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

 

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Developing Your Faith Muscle
Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
 
Faith is just like a muscle and just like a muscle it needs to be used.
If a muscle isn’t used it will atrophy and the same thing goes for your faith muscle; it has to be used or it will atrophy.
 
 
To ATROPHY means to gradually decline in effectiveness and to waste away.
 
 
Each of us are born with all of the muscles we will ever have.
 
 
When a baby is born they begin to use those muscles outside of the womb. Muscles that help them cry, swallow, move their arms and legs, even muscles that allow them to pass gas!
 
 
The more they use them and the more their body develops there will be more movement and soon steps so they can walk.
 
 
When a person is born they also have faith, God gives them that gift.
Romans 12:3b …God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
 
 
Just like the muscles we are born with we use our faith and it develops.
 
 
Now, muscles don’t develop only by use, there are other factors.
 
 
Protein is essential for muscle development. Protein is made up of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of your muscles and body.
 
 
Of course, when a baby is born they don’t eat solid food, they drink milk and there is protein in milk. After a while they begin to eat some solid foods and life begins!
 
 
Paul talks about a similar thing concerning faith.
1Corinthians 3:1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to mature Christians. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. 2 I had to feed you with milk and not with solid food, because you couldn’t handle anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your own sinful desires. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your own desires? You are acting like people who don’t belong to the Lord.
 
 
The writer of Hebrews also talks about this
Hebrews 5:11 There is so much more we would like to say about this. But you don’t seem to listen, so it’s hard to make you understand. 12 You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right.
 
 
These examples are about spiritual maturity. We are encouraged by Paul to GROW UP into Christ!
 
Ephesians 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
 
 
Another way that muscles go is by resistance or pressure.
 
When there is pressure and resistance on and against a muscle it will benefit, provided that it’s not so much that it tears the muscle.
 
 
When there are pressures and resistances in life we too can grow in our faith, provided that it’s not so much that it breaks us.
 
1Corinthians 10:13 But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
 
 
If you refuse to develop your muscles the time will come when your muscles will fail you.
 
 
In the same way, if you refuse to develop your faith, there will come a time when you won’t have the spiritual fortitude to grow and overcome the trials of this life. You’ll prevent yourself from becoming all you could be in Christ.
 
 
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This Week at LivingWaterChurch
Monday Night Bible Study – As A Man Thinks @7PM
Wednesday Night At The ConeXion – Join us as we connect to God, Others and ourselves to see what God is doing in our lives.
 
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IF YOU HAVE GOALS (Read this)

This is the month most of us are good starters with goals and aspirations. I hear many people say they are starting a new diet to lose weight because they are not happy with how they are. Others begin a new physical fitness program because they want to be healthier in order to enjoy life and cultivate multiple options for themselves. There is another group of people who have intentions on getting out of debt. Of course, there are those who want to enter into a relationship that will last a life time.
 
All of these desired goals are worthwhile achievements. However; if you are going into this month with the same mindset and thinking you had last year, then forget it. Your thinking has to change drastically. You can change external behavior for a time, but if your thinking has not changed, you will be back to where you have started.
 
Most of us love to start something, but unfortunately a high percentage of people are poor finishers of everything they begin. In addition, people are prone to give up at the first sign of defeat. There is no substitute for persistence. What you want to achieve in life is uphill, never easy and at times you get tired.
But persistence trumps failure every time. Failure in your life cannot co-exist with persistence. If you fall down, get up. If you make a mistake, learn from it and move forward toward your objectives in life. Nothing is more hindering to a person’s character than lack of persistence.
 
Today, while you are attempting to implement your 2018 goals for the year, change your mindset. Do not carry your old ways, bad habits and negative attitudes into the New Year. Cultivate habits that are conducive to your desired objectives in life. You will be glad you did
 

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OVERCOMING DEPRESSSION (Epilog)

Living with depression is like being in a prison without bars. You want to get out. There are no visible barriers holding you in, but somehow you can’t seem to break free. When people are depressed, they are totally consumed with themselves and their circumstances. Depression imprisons its victims by robbing them of hope while drowning them in a sea of melancholy, self-pity, low self esteem, no confidence and fear.
 
Remember when Jesus started His ministry. He boldly proclaimed that part of His mission was to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and set at liberty those who are oppressed.
 
When we allow His perfect love to flood our hearts, fear and other negative, depressive thoughts won’t find a place to stay in us. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us through the Holy Spirit. We are confident that He will not leave us nor forsake us, so that even though we experience depression, He is with us and speaking comfort to us.
 
The Apostle Paul had gone through difficult times but was able to write to the Corinthian Church with these words. He states: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
 
Depression is no trivial matter. The enemy of our soul is bent on using this problem to destroy us by stealing our joy and our hope. Hope deferred or taken away does make the heart sick, but when our desires are fulfilled it brings life.
 
Every person who has ever suffered from depression, or who may face it in the future, should know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. Jesus said that we shall know the truth and it will set us free.
 
Knowing is not just having knowledge, but personal application will bring transformation. If depression seems to overshadow you like a black cloud, put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Be appreciative, grateful and humble.

By doing this, you put on the helmet of salvation. Rise up, and confidently convince yourself the promise God has given you; “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)


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As a man thinks!

Our mind is very powerful, but we only use a fraction of it. Our thinking shapes who we are and how we feel. Look at the truth of what this ancient proverb says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).
 
Our minds are like magnets; they draw us towards what we think about, whether good or evil, joy or sorrow. Popular psychology calls this the “Law of Attraction.” When you have sustained focus on what you think about, you begin attracting those things into your life.
 
We literally are the sum of our thoughts. What you think about not only embraces your whole being, but it is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of your life.   You literally are what you think. Your character is a complete sum of all your thoughts.
 
Many people are grasping the reality of this truth and incorporating this ‘new’ philosophy and reaping success.  But for Christians, the promise of success and overcoming depression are infinitely greater. When we make Christ our first priority and keep our focus on His Word, we are able to handle and overcome the vicissitudes of life.
 
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Meditating on the Word while filling our minds with God’s laws and applying what He says in His word is the surest way to overcome depression.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

 

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1st Night of Worship

Join us for the 1st Night of Worship of the New Year – You won’t be disappointed.
What is a Night of Worship? It’s 60 minutes designed to inspire and uplift your soul while giving honor to God.

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Faith Is An Action Word

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Faith Is An Action Word
Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
 
Faith is technically a noun, which means it describes something.
The definition of faith is persuasion, belief, trust, with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow SO faith indicates action.
 
Therefore faith is also an action word. Action means movement.
 
 
These are some of things that Faith Does.
 
Faith moves…
Faith moves mountains
Faith moves sickness
Faith moves fear
Faith moves unbelief
Faith moves bondage’s
Faith moves poverty
Faith moves doubt & unbelief.
Faith changes impossible situations into possibilities.
Faith brings hope.
 
 
Faith itself also moves.
Faith moves after a moving God.
It is always MOVING after a continuously moving God.
 
 
Faith moves onward, it doesn’t draw back.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
 
Hebrews 10:38 (Message) But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.
 
 
The first mention of God in the Bible describes God as creating; God is a God of action.
 
Next we see the Spirit moving on the face of the waters. Then God speaks.
The spoken word brings order from chaos. It brings light into darkness.
  • Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
We walk by faith, in other words we move by Faith
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being…
 
 
God is pleased by Moving Faith
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
 
 
Hebrews 11:6 It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to and reward those who seek him.
 
 
Are you a child of God? If you are know this; He takes pleasure in you.
Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
 
 
Whoever who COMES to God, moves to God, and seeks after Him is rewarded. He who COMES to God MUST believe; otherwise he wouldn’t COME to Him!
 
 
Your Prayers are a step of faith. The reason being is you talk audibly to an unseen God who very rarely will audibly speak to you, and you ask Him to do what is impossible for anyone else to do.
 
 
Your Praise is a step of faith. The reason being is you Praise an unseen God for things He has yet to do, that’s the High Praises of God, praise beforehand.
 
 
Prayer and Praise are the wings of Faith.
 
 
By Faith we live
By Faith we walk
By Faith we see
By Faith we hear
By Faith we soar
 
 
If we want the things that faith brings we need to bring the things that bring faith alive into our lives on a consistent basis.
 
 
 

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Stay In Faith

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Stay In Faith

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today is the last Sunday of 2017 and we’ll be talking about Staying In Faith. That’s been our desire for 40 years at Living Water Church, to Stay In Faith.
 
I don’t know what you’re facing today. Maybe you’ve toiled a long time with no results, please, try again; don’t give up. If God’s given you a word or a promise from His word hold on, try again and by all means, invite Jesus into your boat.

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Stay In Faith
Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Luke 5:1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
 
After a long night of fruitless fishing Jesus tells Simon to Try Again
 
This was an interruption for Simon: What’s your reaction when someone interrupts your day?
 
Simon was busy and tired but he said “nevertheless” – He said regardless of my experience today, regardless of my feelings or what I think, I’ll do it.
 
We read that obedience releases the gift of the Holy Spirit
Acts 5:32 We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to everyone who obeys God.
 
For Simon last night was a SETBACK
But it turned into a SETUP
We know that all things work together for good – Romans 8:28
 
Maybe you’ve tried so hard – don’t give up, try again.
 
What you’re going through today is the vehicle that’ll bring you into the plan from God for you.
 
When we say yes we put our trust in the Lord –
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
 
Psalms 125:1 Those who trust in the LORD are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.
 
Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
 
Don’t Give Up – Try Again
Galatians 6:9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
 
When Simon said nevertheless nothing was different –
Same BOAT
Same NETS
Same LAKE
 
Well, one thing was different – Jesus was in the boat!
I don’t know what you’re facing today. Maybe you’ve toiled a long time with no results, please, try again; don’t give up. If God’s given you a word or a promise from His word hold on, try again and by all means, invite Jesus into your boat.
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DO YOU HAVE AMBITION?

January becomes a popular month for goal setting. The beginning of the year signifies something new. Perhaps a new career is beginning. Many people say they are going to lose weight. Others might be getting out of debt. Whatever the goals, many fail at their objectives after a short time. Why is that?
 
One reason for failing in life is a lack of a well defined purpose. Do not think anyone will receive anything worthwhile without having a central purpose or a definite goal at which to aim. One has to find the “Why” in what you really want.
Unfortunately, I have seen people well in their late 70’s take their lives because of a purposeless life. When you have lost purpose, you have lost hope. When you lose hope, you are done.
 
Tied in with hope is the ambition to get ahead in life. Without ambition, a person becomes so indifferent as to not want to better themselves and who is not willing to pay the price.
 
There is always a price to pay. There is always something valuable you have to give up in order to obtain that which is more valuable. When you think about it, a person’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. It is the cause of all improvements in life. Some people call it the parent of all enterprises.
 
In order to become a successful man or woman in this world, your first and foremost ambition in life is to progress in personal growth. In Christianity, this means becoming more like Christ day by day. If you are a doctor, becoming the best in your field. If you are a Police Officer, becoming the best you can be. If you are in government, become the best employee there is. If you are self employed, go the extra mile and set yourself apart from your competitors. Offer them service above and beyond what your competition offers.
 
Developing your talents and abilities in the area of your vocation is not enough. It is the leading of one self that is important. After all, these professions are designed to serve the public. Your true progress or personal growth in life is to know more, be more and do more. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get intentional!
 
This coming year, have an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction that separates you from the average person. Have the willingness to strive for excellence. You will be glad you did. You might just have given yourself a raise in your workplace. You never know.
 

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Straight Roads do not make skillful drivers

As I think about the detours in life that I have experienced while traveling, one begins to realize that the most scenic routes on your trip are the detours you did not plan to take. But if you are frustrated, angry or stressed, you will never enjoy the moment. Sometimes a wrong turn will get you into a place you never dreamed of. We need to enjoy life’s detours. Why? Because they often provide some of life’s greatest memories.
 
God can bring you to a fulfilling satisfying, joy-filled destiny not only in spite of what has been done to you, but because of it. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28) What is Paul the Apostle saying to the Roman church? He is saying that everything in your life, whether good or bad will be integrated together to mold you, shape you and refine you for a greater purpose that you are experiencing at the moment.
 
Life does not always go according to plan. Sometimes heading in a new direction can be frightening until you realize you are headed toward a new and exciting destination. The one that is specifically designed for you to follow.
Straight roads do not make skillful drivers. No journey through life is a straight and narrow path. There will always be detours, misadventures, stumbles, wrong turns, failures and many speed bumps along your path. In addition, be thankful for closed doors, detours and roadblocks. they might be protecting you from paths and places not meant for you to be.
 
When storms come into your life; (I call that a major roadblock) you can only allow them to slow you down, but don’t let them stop you. You might be troubled on every side, yet not be in distress; you might be perplexed but you don’t have to be in despair. You might have been delayed, detoured and disappointed in life but you need to continue pushing through it. Why? Because the Bible says that your light affliction, trouble and challenging times are but for a moment.
 
 

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