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TODAY'S THEME: FACING YOUR GOLIATH

 
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The Philistines assembled their camps for war, and
assembled themselves at Socoh that is to Judah; they
encamped between Socoh and Azekah...

The Philistines were standing on the mountain on one
side and Israel was standing on the mountain on the
other side, and the valley was between them.

A champion went forth from the Philistine camps, whose
name was Goliath of Gath; his height was six cubits and
one span.* (He had) a copper helmet on his head, and was
wearing armor of mail; the weight of the armor (was) five
thousand copper shekels.

David said to Saul, "Let no man lose heart because of
him. Your servant will go forth and fight this Philistine!"
But Saul said to David, "You cannot go forth to this
Philistine to fight with him, for you are a lad, while he
is a warrior from his birth." Then David said, "Hashem
who rescued me from the hand of the lion and from the
hand of the bear, He will rescue me from this Philistine!"

(David) took his staff in his hand and picked out five
smooth stones from the brook and put them in his
shepherd's bag and in the knapsack, and his slingshot
was in his hand. Then he approached the Philistine.

The Philistine walked, going closer and closer to
David, and the man bearing his shield was before him.
The Philistine peered and saw David, and he derided
him, for he was a youth, ruddy and handsome.
David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with
a sword, a spear, and a javelin -- but I come to you
with the Name of Hashem, Master of Legions, the
God of the battalions of Israel that you have ridiculed."

David stretched his hand into the sack. He took a stone
from there and slung it, and struck the Philistine in the
forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell
upon his face, upon the ground. Thus David overpowered
the Philistine with the slingshot and stone, he smote the
Philistine and killed him; there was no sword in David's hand.

1 Samuel: 17: 1-5, 32-33, 40-42, 45, 49-50
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications ltd.


*Goliath was 12-13 feet tall. A cubit is slightly
under two feet and a span is one-half a cubit.



To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and
reprogram ourselves...We must persistently and
convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here -
with its gift of energy and heightened awareness -
so we can do our best and learn the most in
a new situation.

Peter Mc Williams
Best-selling inspirational American author

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Mary Morrissey states, "The point is not
to get rid of fear. Instead, we must
embrace it as a companion." We must learn
to recognize when we are in fear, admit
when we are in fear and then dismantle
the fear with the strongest tool in the
human arsenal: faith."Starve fear with
faith!" is what she says.


Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster, 1998


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Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

Dorothy Bernard (1890-1955)
Silent era film actress


God is love, and whoever remains in love remains
in God and God in him. In this is love brought to
perfection among us, that we have confidence in the
day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this
world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives
out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and
so one who fears is not yet perfect is love. We love
because he first loved us.

1 John 4: 16-19
New American Bible

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God says to man, "My son, I have all confidence
in you because you are of Me." Man says to God,
"Father, I have all confidence in myself because
You are for me."...

God says to man, "My son, I have all confidence
in you because of our present divine
conversation." Man says to God, "Father,
Father, Father, I have full confidence in
myself because of Your present and
eternal Compassion for me."

Sri Chinmoy
From a speech delivered in the Peace Room
in the Church Center for the United Nations,
4 August 1970
Courtesy of SriChinmoy.org

 
And now, the Last Word:

The Lord is with me;
I am not afraid;
what can mortals do against me?

Psalm 118: 6
New American Bible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.
Anon.