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Waiting at the Gate


      Acts 3:1-8 says, "Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o'clock prayer service.  As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in.  Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful gate, so he could beg from the people going in to the Temple.  When he saw Peter and John about the enter, he asked them for money.                                ...

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Inadequately Guarded


Years ago, the Lord began to deal with me on a certain issue that I had been struggling with for quite some time.  It was one of those things that I knew was there, but just assumed it was normal and something I should live with.  It seemed more painful to address, than to hide and pretend didn't exist.  It was insecurity.  And it wasn't leaving without a fight. The definition of insecurity is:  not sure or certain; doubtful; inadequately guarded or protected; unsteady; not firm or fixed. I'm not sure when insecurity began to creep in....

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Middle School dodgeball.  I hated middle school to begin with, but throw an unathletic, awkward teen in the middle of a dodge ball fight and you have disaster.  Before the game would ever begin, I remember feeling anxiety and stress as they picked teams.  I was never first and usually last.  And during the game, I was an easy target.  You couldn't pay me enough to go back and relive this time in my life. As adults, sometimes life can mimic the scene above.  No one enjoys being overlooked or underappreciated. Every one of us has...

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