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Neil Orchard was talking with a farmer about his soy bean and corn crops. Rain had

been abundant, and the results were evident. So his comment surprised him: "My crops are

especially vulnerable. Even a short drought could have a devastating effect."

"Why?" Orchard asked.

He explained that while we see the frequent rains as a benefit, during that time the

plants are not required to push roots deeper in search of water. The roots remain near the

surface. A drought would find the plants unprepared and quickly kill them.

Some Christians receive abundant "rains" of worship, fellowship, and teaching. Yet when stress enters...

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