How can you stand strong when worry and fears are real? Our worries grow out of our fears. The things we’re worried about always have at their root what we’re really afraid might happen in our lives. One of the most common phrases in the Bible is, “Don’t be afraid.” Almost everyone in the Bible had it said to them by God. Abraham, Moses, Joshua. “Don’t be afraid,” the angel said to Mary. To the believers in Thessalonica Paul said, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.” Do you know someone who is discouraged, worried, or fearful? Invite him or her to come to church with you this weekend. We’ve just begun our series STANDING STRONG—LIVING READY, a study in 2 Thessalonians that meets us at the crossroads of our discouragement and God’s dependability. – Pastor Jim