Harassed and Helpless

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June 18, 2017. Pastor Penny’s message today is about the sense of urgency Jesus had in his mission to bring Good News to those who were harassed and helpless. Who would Jesus see as harassed and helpless today? What would he see in us? We can be good at hiding our problems even though we too suffer, from doubt, guilt, loneliness, or fear. But we don’t hide our fears from God. He loves us, just as we are.

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