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In Luke 12, we read how Jesus told his followers “do not worry.” He said, don’t worry about getting the necessities of life or even how long you will live. He then pointed to world of unbelievers and said: “they worry about these things.” But you should seek God’s kingdom and He’ll take care of you. Then, Jesus, finished his statement with these words: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Then, Jesus taught them about charity and watching for the second coming of the Lord (Luke 12:22-48).

Jesus has not promised to keep us free from disease or suffering. This is part of the human experience. Many of our members have suffered from various illnesses — everything from colds and flus to cancer and heart disease. But we know this: if we trust in God, He will be with us in the bad times and in the good times. As Christians we know how to prosper and how to handle adversity. Through Christ’s power, we can handle all situations (Philippians 4:11-13). 

Even though we walk through the darkest valley of death, we will fear no evil, for our Lord is with us (Psalms 23:4). 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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