Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.  ~Ambrose Redmoon

Many times I have heard Joyce Meyer say, “Just do it afraid.” If we are waiting for the feeling of fear to disappear before we obey, we never will!  Pastor Duane read many documented phobias that paralyze people with fear such as hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia, the fear of long words, or anarachibutyrophobia, the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. While we know phobias are real and serious–just watch Hoarders on A & E and you quickly realize how fear can define and immobilize your life! But, the majority of us might not struggle with a phobia per se, but FEAR threatens with a different voice. It finds many persuasive agreements to talk us out of our promise…

One that says… “You’ll never live up.” “What will people think of you?” “If I love, I’ll just get hurt.” “How will I make ends meet?” “What if I try and fail?” 

Disappointments try to rob us of our DIVINE APPOINTMENTS! Just as God told Joshua after a surprise defeat in Joshua 7:13, “Get up, sanctify yourselves for TOMORROW…” There will be a TOMORROW if you will rise up in courage and not quit! 

Listen to Pastor Duane’s encouraging message that will help you find the COURAGE to walk in faith, hope and love!  

Courageous Living pt.1

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Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

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