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In the last 5,500 years our world has only seen 292 years of peace. Over 14,000 wars have caused nearly 4 billion deaths. According to recent reports, stress-related claims rose 700% since the 80′s; in fact, 3 out of 5 doctor visits are stress-related. All kinds of factors today contribute to the added stress level: the recession, our socialistic government, the rise in unemployment, lack of good eating habits / exercise, prayerlessness, etc. High stress levels have caused irritability, headaches, anger, lack of sleep, addictions, tension, depression… and the church is not exempt from these effects. If these statistics are correct, lasting peace is one of the most sought-after, and yet elusive, of God’s graces. God offers peace – He even promises it. Why don’t more of His children have it?

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