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If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

Then you can’t: live in Texas, be a parent or be a Christian The saying made famous by President Harry Truman, “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen” has great meaning for Christians who are attempting to live their life of faith in this world that is boiling over with difficulties. I live in central Texas and we survived several days of over 100-degree weather. A cold front came today—the weatherman promises it will not top 95! We learn to cope with the heat. I used to brag about our endurance and toughness until a friend in the “snow belt” reminded me that Texans never have to “shovel heat.” No matter where we live or who we are, we will face the scorching of life’s trials. When life gets too hot to handle. Stress/Anger/Depression can be signs that we are getting burned out on life.

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Free to Travel on

Galations 5:1: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” What a great privilege we have as citizens of the United States. We have so many freedoms to go, say, be and become! In all of this freedom comes the challenge of choice and the responsibility for those choices. How much greater the freedom for believers and the responsibility for our choices especially as they impact our relationship to God, influence those around us and impact who we become. Many of us see great potential for new adventures in faith, relationships and personal improvement. Christ’s call is for us to join him on a great journey. It is important for us to pack correctly if we are to make the most of the trip! We have been set free not just from something but to

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