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Mary Loudermilk

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For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ (Isaiah 41:13, NKJV) Living for God brings us many blessings and benefits. While the Christian life does not mean a problem-free life (think the apostle Paul, for example), it does mean God walks with us through its many challenges. There may also be times when God asks us to do exceedingly difficult things in His behalf—things that would be frightening on our own. Such was the “special assignment” Daniel faced as he stood before King Nebuchadnezzar. (Read Daniel 4.) A…

“So the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.” (Psalm 78:6-7, New Living Translation) We often joke about forgetfulness, but deep down inside, many of us are attempting to make light of something we really fear. The older we get, the more we wonder if we will be one of those whose memory fades away. We read statistics and ponder what they mean. Is that why I forgot that old…

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, English Standard Version) We have all just gone through, and perhaps are still going through, unusual never-before-experienced times. For weeks it seems as though someone hit the pause button and life as we knew it came to a halt. Now things are slowly returning to normal—whatever that means. Just this morning I picked up a magazine with “The New Normal” splashed across the front. When I opened my inbox, the subject line on an email from a…