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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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When Life Is the Pits

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Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:5-11, Psalm 55:22, Revelation 12:10, James 4:7, 1 John 4:4


You would think that fear, anxiety, stress, and worry has always been a part and parcel of everyday life. But studies now show that these things have never been so epidemic as they are today. People today are anxious and anxiety affects everybody. People are popping pills, taking tranquilizers, and drinking away their thoughts in record numbers. We are strung out, uptight, hypertensive, on edge, with blood pressure prescriptions at all time highs. So, is there a cure for worry? What can we do when life is the pits, and there seems like no way out? In this message, Dr. Merritt addresses a central issue of our culture--lives and days literally overcome with worry--from a biblical perspective. If you think things are bad, and you are circling the drain, then trust in God and find help in your times of worry.


"All Christians have cares. Contrary to what some people would lead you to believe, the Christian life is not all peaks and no valleys; it's not all sunshine and no rain; it's not all joy and no pain. We do have cares, and the word for care there literally means 'burdens.' It refers to worries. We are told exactly what we are to do with the cares of life." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: worry, care, burden, addiction, drugs, alcohol, escape, cast, throw, Jesus, economy, joblessness, unemployment, illness, sickness, trust, confidence, Winston Churchill, enemy, devil, reality, adversary, diabolos, slander, serious, defeated, ferocious, grace, grief, endure, endurance, suffering, glory, strengthen, perfect, establish, world, nation, weakness


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