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Keep practicing what we have learned, what we know to be true, because of the confidence we have in God's word, knowing from whom it came. Let us keep reminding ourselves and each other of the faithfulness of God, and of the reliability of His word and His promises.

We must "strengthen what remains," which is to say that there is, in fact, something remaining aside from death: our hope in Jesus Christ. Through this hope we can do the works set out for us to glorify our Father in Heaven. 

"Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly." -Proverbs 14:29 (ESV) I'm not sure if that verse hurts as much for anyone else as it did for me this week...

All of our prayers were answered. We had a clear sign that it was time to go. That sign came quite early in the morning, so there were hardly any other cars on the road and we had green lights all the way (one was maybe a little orange). We made it on time!

What are some of the benefits of being part of a church? I think any of us at Maranatha could spend a long time answering this question with a multitude of responses. One thing in particular that I wanted to focus on and encourage us all in, is solidarity.

In our home, we teach our children to P.R.A.Y. Praise. Repent. Ask. Yield. All of these require a level of humility in placing God above ourselves, admitting our faults, coming to Him with our wants and needs, and yielding to His will over ours. Possibly the most demanding of our pride, however, is repentance. It is hard to admit our shortcomings, but so vitally important. When we fail to repent, even of small things, it can rob us of all peace.