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Life is full of disappointments. There's enough sadness around for everyone to know the hardest times that humans can experience.

The way of faith doesn't deny suffering and struggle, it simply recognizes that difficult experiences are not the end of the story.

No, God's way of "doing business" is to redeem every situation, to lift us up, to teach us, to help us grow. No matter your circumstances today, these gifts are available to you now.

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Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.

Psalm 146:1-4

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Can’t you imagine the psalmist bursting through the front door of the house, running down the street, and sharing this news with everyone around? “Praise the Lord!” the psalmist exclaims. “Do not trust ordinary people because they are limited. Trust God who is forever!”

We find it so easy to trust the world, our culture, a friend, celebrities, athletes, or anyone or anything that appears to have life all figured out. We then discover that life is not an episode of Glee. Life is not easily fixed by writing a good breakup song. Life’s stats don’t start fresh with a new football season. The good news is that God’s promise is different. The psalmist reminds us God is not like these mortals and is worthy of our praise!

Who should we trust?

Chris Cherry

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Everlasting God, thank you for being steady, eternal, and trustworthy. Often I want to chase other things to fill the holes in my life, but I know you are what I need. It is not easy for me, Lord, but help me to place my complete trust in you every day. Amen.

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Resurrection is an every day kind of thing.
We celebrate it at Easter, each Sunday,
And, in fact, all the days in between.

Place no limitations on God's determination
To redeem your life, regardless of circumstance.
Live into the kind of faith that anticipates redemption.

Chris Cherry

Chris Cherry serves as the minister to students at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He has served as a Bible study leader on a PassportKids team and two Passport Youth teams. Chris graduated from Georgetown College in 2009 and McAfee School of Theology in 2013. He is engaged and will be married to Tory at the end of this month.

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