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Curb Your Anxiety

It's been said that anxiety is like a conspiracy theory, but about yourself. I have no idea why I woke up this morning with a desire to read Philippians 4:6-7. Was it a conspiracy that this passage was also the subject of discussion in our Sunday school class too?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  I've struggled with anxiety all my life, but thankfully I've lived long enough that when the anxiety gets real bad...I remember past victories. During our Sunday school discussion, one particular victory came to mind.

It was 2010 and I had the opportunity to take a radio gig in Atlanta, GA. At the time, I was living in Tupelo, MS -- but for some reason I always had this desire to live in Georgia. This was my chance. The only obstacle was selling my house during one of the w…
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1. A Man Called Peter

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