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Word for Today /Whose 'Report' Will You Believe?

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Whose 'Report' Will You Believe?

'...You will live safely in the land and prosper.' Psalm 37:3 NLT

Frank Furedi documented an increasing use of fear in the media by counting the appearances of the term 'at risk' in British newspapers. In 1994 the term appeared 2,037 times. By the end of the next year the total had doubled. During the year 2000, 'at risk' was printed more than 18,000 times.

Now, did world danger increase ninefold in six years? Or are we just getting the bad news faster, in real time? 'Information overload' has produced the most medicated generation known to man. Not only do we need antidepressants and tranquilisers, our children do, too. Even our pets are taking them!

Thank God for increased medical knowledge, but you have to ask, 'How did folks in the old days get by? What did they do when they were stressed out?' Here are words some of them woke up with every morning and went to bed with every night: 'Don't worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you... Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act... The Lord rescues the godly; He is their fortress in times of trouble. The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in Him.' (Psalm 37:1-7; 39-40 NLT)

written by Bob Gass


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