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Our only weapon to fight back against the attacks of the enemy is the Word of God. Have you taken up your sword today?

Beware the “Summer Slide!” No, this doesn’t refer to a scorching hot ride at the park. The Summer Slide is the loss of academic skills and knowledge that students experience during their annual break from the school routine. Christians can also experience the Summer Slide on a spiritual level.

Comfort. It's a multi-million-dollar business in America. We're bombarded with ads for mattresses promising better sleep, clothes to wrap you in a hug, and instant entertainment everywhere we look. Comfort has become an idol in our society. But God’s not in the comfort business. At least not temporal comfort as we think of it.

You’re either moving forward or backward. Have you strapped a La-Z-Boy to it and started to slide backward? Or are you, like the Apostle Paul, “pressing on toward the goal to win the prize?”

Every morning, the first thing I do before getting out of bed is put on my glasses. They clarify my blurred vision and bring my world into focus. Otherwise I’d be fumbling around, squinting to see what is around me, and stumbling into obstacles.

Times of crisis serve as a wake-up call. They are God’s way of reminding us of our own humanity, that our time is limited and we need to be prepared.