Vito and Pat walked through the doors just as SS was ending. (They are friends of ours from our church in MD.) How awesome to see them. It instantly made my day. We miss them so much. This is probably their fifth or sixth time here to see us, at least. They surprised us today and we went to Olive Garden after the service. It was so good to be with them, to talk to them, laugh, share together, catch up. Vito and Cherie were just here back in February.
We have leadership meeting tonight at our house, and we just finished cleaning up things at the house. I'm tired, wanting to catch a power nap before everyone comes but first I'll list some takeaways from Larry's sermon this morning, which was about fear:
Quote from him - my favorite of the day: "When you soar like an eagle, there will always be a chicken waiting to talk smack about you!"
We must replace fear with faith.
Some of Satan's methods to use fear against us:
1) Past sins, mistakes and failures.
2) The possibility of the future -- "what if's"
3) The potential of failure
4) The certainty of criticism. (insert quote about eagles/chickens here!)
82% of the things we worry about never happen. (Statistics tell us...)
The more we analyze the less we are apt to have God do something big.
It's better to try something and make a mistake than just remain idle.
The enemy will use your fears and keep you from becoming effective. We can be so afraid of losing our money, our marriage or our job that we never enter into all that God wants for us.
When this happens we don't...
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