"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine...

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5, 6). These verses have been favorites of mine throughout the years. They were among the many Bible verses my brothers and sisters and I were taught as children by a very religious mother, and I have used them often.

Although we were taught God is Love, we were also taught God would punish, that there was a hell where we would go to everlasting punishment if we sinned. This caused me much fear, as no matter what I did I felt I could never get to heaven. Fear, despondency, and depression were with me constantly, and I couldn't seem to find anything to be happy about.

For many years I tried to overcome the fear by reading the Bible, but I only became more fearful and depressed.

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Words of Current Interest
October 2, 1976

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