God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7, NCV).
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A cloud of terror hung over the Valley of Elah as snarling threats and vile promises spewed from his mouth. The intimidator strutted along grassy slopes, swinging an enormous club, his mammoth, ironclad feet pawing the ground like an irate bull, ready to attack.
The huge, ugly monster was Goliath, a nine-foot giant, and the pride of Philistia. Goliath wore massive armor that included a bronze coat weighing 200 pounds, a …