By Rev. Carrie Benton
Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church 

Dropping our guard



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Rev. Carrie A. H. Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church

“5 Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. 7 Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-7, CEB)

Over the years I have noticed how entangled anxiety and defensiveness are. Some of the most highly defensive people I have encountered are also the most insecure and anxious. In Paul's letter to the Philippians, perhaps this is somethi...

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