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161 Inspiring Quotes by Charles R. Swindoll

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Wikipedia Summary for Chuck Swindoll

Charles Rozell Swindoll (born October 18, 1934) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher. He founded Insight for Living, headquartered in Frisco, Texas, which airs a radio program of the same name on more than 2,000 stations around the world in 15 languages. He is currently senior pastor at Stonebriar Community Church, in Frisco, Texas.

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We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.

--Chuck Swindoll



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Sin may have the power to kill and destroy, but God is the Creator of life. He can create it from nothing, and He can restore it from death.(John 11:25-26).

--Chuck Swindoll

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Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

--Chuck Swindoll



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Adversity is a good test of our resiliency, our ability to cope, to stand back up, to recover from misfortune. Adversity is a painful pedagogue.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Leaders need to cultivate two things: a righteous heart and a rhinoceros skin.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I believe firmly in God's control in life.

--Chuck Swindoll


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How important is the heart! It is there that character is formed. It alone holds the secrets of true success. It's treasures are priceless -- but they can be stolen.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Worry erases the promises of God from your mind.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Sometimes people can't see past us to hear our message. We never have a second chance to leave a first impression.

--Chuck Swindoll

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We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

--Chuck Swindoll

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If you life is an example of glorifying God, others won't see your good works and glorify YOU, because they'll know what you are doing is for God's glory.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.

--Chuck Swindoll

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People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change.

--Chuck Swindoll

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It's a delightful thing to receive a good word just at your time of need. Encourage someone today.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Only you can determine your choice of attitude. Choose wisely, choose carefully, choose confidently!

--Chuck Swindoll

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I have tried and I cannot find, either in scripture or in history, a strong-willed individual whom God used greatly until He allowed them to be hurt deeply.

--Chuck Swindoll

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The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Anxious. Intriguing word. It literally means, "to be divided" or "distracted." It conveys the idea of being so mentally ill at ease that you cannot do what you need to do because you are so distracted in your thinking.

--Chuck Swindoll

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The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Please, put aside all excuses and ask yourself, "What should I be doing?" Yes, you alone can make a difference. The question is, will you?

--Chuck Swindoll

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We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Our attitude is everything.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Go God's way! His is the most reliable route to follow when life gets complicated. It will have its tough moments, but you will never regret it.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Vision encompasses vast vistas outside the realm of the predictable, the safe, the expected.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Make a plan now to keep a daily appointment with God. The enemy is going to tell you to set it aside, but you must carve out the time. If you're too busy to meet with the Lord, friend, then you are simply too busy.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I am often the brunt of my own humor.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Life...as God intended it enables us to live above the drag of fear, superstition, shame, pessimism, guilt, anxiety, worry, and all the negativity that keeps people from seizing each day as a gift from Him.

--Chuck Swindoll

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You won't find God at the Seminary and you won't find wisdom in the halls of intellectualism.

--Chuck Swindoll

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If the pace and the push, the noise and the crowds are getting to you, it's time to stop the nonsense and find a place of solace to refresh your spirit.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Today is unique! It has never occurred and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Do you need strength? Peace? Wisdom? Direction? Discipline? Ask for it! God will hear you.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Nothing is so common as unsuccessful men with talent. They lack only determination.

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We aren't just thrown on this earth like dice tossed across a table. We are lovingly placed here for a purpose.

--Chuck Swindoll

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When you suffer and lose, that does not mean you are being disobedient to God. In fact, it might mean you're right in the center of His will. The path of obedience is often marked by times of suffering and loss.

--Chuck Swindoll

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We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

--Chuck Swindoll

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With vision there is no room to be frightened. No reason for intimidation. It's time to march forward! Let's be confident and positive!

--Chuck Swindoll

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It is a pity that many Christians have the TV schedule better memorized than a single chapter for God's precious Word.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Another problem with worry is that it makes you forget your worth. Worry makes you feel worthless, forgotten, and unimportant.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Servants must be big people. Big enough to go on, remembering the right and forgetting the wrong.

--Chuck Swindoll



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While I wholeheartedly believe in choosing to approach every challenge with a great attitude, I don't mean that we should abandon authenticity and live in fantasyland.

--Chuck Swindoll

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A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Our minds can be kept free of anxiety as we dump the load of our cares on the Lord in prayer.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Dream big ... don't let anybody or anything break your wishbone. Stay strong, full of faith, and courageous... keep that backbone straight. And along the way, don't forget to laugh and enjoy the journey.

--Chuck Swindoll

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An anniversary says, "Think of the dreams you have weathered together. They are intimate accomplishments.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Christlikeness is a journey, not a destination. The joy is in the journey.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Which should be an excellent reminder that when God tells you to do something, you'd better do it; He always has a reason.

--Chuck Swindoll

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A "godly" person is one who ceases to be self-centered in order to become God-centered.

--Chuck Swindoll

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God has somehow placed into Christian's insides a special something, that extra inner reservoir of power that is more than a match for the stuff life throws at us.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I'm here today to warn you: I want you to watch out for the adversary. Guard yourself from any spirit of entitlement. Restrain any and all subtle temptation to gain attention or to find ways to promote yourself.

--Chuck Swindoll


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When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I don't have to explain or defend the will of God. My job is simply to obey it.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I want to preach till the last breath in my lungs runs out.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Battles are won in the trenches, in the grit and grime of courageous determination; they are won day by day in the arena of life.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Alleged 'impossibilities' are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched.

--Chuck Swindoll



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Know yourself, like yourself, be yourself.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Some folks serve the almighty dollar far more faithfully than the Almighty God. They get greater delight out of balancing the budget than watching the Lord multiply the loaves and fishes.

--Chuck Swindoll



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The single most important issue in all of life (is) your relationship with the living God... how you can know Him in a personal and meaningful way.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Consistency: It's the jewel worth wearing; It's the anchor worth weighing; It's the thread worth weaving; It's a battle worth winning.

--Chuck Swindoll



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You will find a common dichotomy in life. Those who don't have vision or determination, and refuse to dream the impossible, are always in the majority.

--Chuck Swindoll

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We gain the ability to rejoice under pressure through a carefully monitored training program directed by the Lord Himself.

--Chuck Swindoll

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God doesn't work on our timetable. He has a plan that He will execute perfectly and for the highest, greatest good of all, and for His ultimate glory.

--Chuck Swindoll

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No pressure is greater than God's power.

--Chuck Swindoll



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Only grace-large doses, frequently displayed, released-will restore the wounded.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Learning more truth is a poor and cheap substitute for stopping and putting into action the truth already learned.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

--Chuck Swindoll

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When you pray, pray so that you may know Him. When you seek to simplify, do it as a means of knowing Him more. When you surrender, or behave with humility or sacrifice, do it with the sole purpose in mind to know Him.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

--Chuck Swindoll

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GRACE: All you can do is take it.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Faith does not change my circumstances; faith changes me. Faith may not bring in the tuition check when I need it, but faith will give me what it takes to hang on.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Alleged impossibilities are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched.

--Chuck Swindoll


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First impressions never have a second chance.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Rejoicing is clearly a spiritual command. To ignore it, I need to remind you, is disobedience.

--Chuck Swindoll

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When God's in it, the job gets done.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Next time you're faced with a credit-purchase decision, wait. Don't say no necessarily. Just wait. I challenge you to present your need to the Lord before presenting it to a bank, and see what He does with it.

--Chuck Swindoll



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It's the most exciting thing to watch God work when I've asked him about something, to listen to him and watch him work. It's like this friendship, and it just grows and grows and grows and grows.

--Chuck Swindoll




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Without a quest, life is quickly reduced to bleak black and wimpy white, a diet too bland to get anybody out of bed in the morning. A quest fuels our fire. It refuses to let us drift downstream gathering debris.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Authentic men aren't afraid to show affection, release their feelings, hug their children, cry when they're sad, admit it when they're wrong, and ask for help when they need it.

--Chuck Swindoll

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If you are having difficulty loving or relating to an individual, take him to God. Bother the Lord with this person. Don't you be bothered with him -- leave him at the throne.

--Chuck Swindoll

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The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.

--Chuck Swindoll



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When you are giving people the gospel, you are giving them something to believe, and you have to set the stage for that. You don't just drive up and dump the truck and drive off.

--Chuck Swindoll



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The crisis of physical hunger is essentially a crisis of faith. What or whom will you trust to meet your most basic needs? Will you trust the God who made human bodies, or will you seek your own way? (Deuteronomy 8:1-3).

--Chuck Swindoll





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No, the thing that makes for greatness is determination, persisting in the right direction over the long haul, following your dream, staying at the task.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Allowing anger to seethe on the back burner will lead to a very large lid blowing off a very hot pot.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Let your life yield a sweet, winsome melody that this old world needs so desperately. Yes you can if you will.

--Chuck Swindoll

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God's word is tailor-made for gray-slush days. It sends a beam of light through the fog. It signals safety when we fear we'll never make it through.

--Chuck Swindoll

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The best tests of my Christian growth occur in the mainstream of life, not in the quietness of my study.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Excellence-moral, ethical, personal excellence-is worth whatever it costs.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Encourage one another. Many times a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept people on their feet.

--Chuck Swindoll

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If God awarded us medals, as they do in the Olympics, love would win the gold, joy the silver, and peace the bronze.

--Chuck Swindoll

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When a church is spending more of its budget on media than shepherding, something is out of whack. We have gotten things twisted around.

--Chuck Swindoll





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God never calls His people to accomplish anything without promising to supply their every need.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude... When my attitudes are right theres no challenge too great for me.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Thanksgiving is a time of quiet reflection; an annual reminder that God has, again, been ever so faithful. The solid and simple things of life are brought into clear focus.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Noise and crowds have a way of siphoning our energy and distracting our attention, making prayer an added chore rather than a comforting relief.

--Chuck Swindoll


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Patience is a bitter plant that produces sweet fruit.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Discipline is training that corrects and perfects our mental faculties or molds our moral character. Discipline is control gained by enforced obedience. It is the deliberate cultivation of inner order.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Those who feed on rumors are small, suspicious souls.

--Chuck Swindoll

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For there to be true maturity, people must be given room to grow, which includes room to fail.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Friends make life a lot more fun.

--Chuck Swindoll

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I'm not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don't like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that that leader's sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

--Chuck Swindoll




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On tough days, you gotta have heart. Don't quit, whatever you do. Persevere.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

--Chuck Swindoll

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There is nothing more fearful for the average person in our society than to stand before a group of people and speak.

--Chuck Swindoll


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I have no interest in returning to yesteryear. I love the conveniences and delights of today's time. I wouldn't go back if I could.

--Chuck Swindoll





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Like sin itself, Satan appeals to the senses. He originated and perfected the art of disguising evil as good.

--Chuck Swindoll


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When you accept the fact that sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself.

--Chuck Swindoll

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No one is immune to temptation. Not even a hero. Not even a nobody. Not even people like you and me. Lust is never very far away. And just when you least expect it, there it is again.

--Chuck Swindoll

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Don't get older; get better: Live realistically. Give generously. Adapt willingly. Trust fearlessly. Rejoice daily.

--Chuck Swindoll


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