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Mary Loudermilk

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“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.” (James 3:17, New English Translation) Our topic that Sunday was wisdom—what it is and how to obtain it. The class discussion was lively and on target. Together we developed a good working definition of what the Bible meant when it talked about wisdom. Then we began to discuss how this relates to our everyday lives. What traits does a wise person possess? Why Wisdom? During our discussion, I threw out a random question to the group. In Acts…

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (I John 4:18, NKJV) The morning news is really not the best way for me to start my day. A constant stream of gloom and doom pours out of the radio as I prepare breakfast. I hear about crime, terrorism, disasters, stock market upheavals, and dire predictions about the future. This week’s fear-producing word seems to be pandemic. Before I realize what is happening, my mind fills with anxiety and what if’s. I…

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!” (Isaiah 31:1, English Standard Version) I’m a collector. I collect names and have an extensive contact list in my phone. These are not just any names; these are individuals or businesses in various trades and professions I can call when I need help. I’m your person to ask if you need a plumber, a painter, or…