Watch Bishop Kouri's Christmas message: "Joseph, Overcoming Fear"

Joseph was an ordinary guy, and God catches him up in His purpose and stretches him like crazy. God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.

Joseph, a carpenter, falls in love with Mary and is working toward being able to marry her. Suddenly he finds out that Mary is pregnant. Talk about stretching a guy!

Everything was wonderful until all of a sudden God breaks in upon Joseph's life and scrambles it. All the dreams, all the hopes, and all the plans that Joseph and mary had made are changed.

As his life is coming apart at the seams an angel suddenly appears to Joseph and says, "Do not be afraid!"

The greatest challenge you will face in your life each day will be whether or not you are willing to do God's will. The greatest challenge you will face will be the fear of the consequences, the cost, the price you have to pay to do God's will.

As Joseph faced the hard facts about Mary's pregnancy and heard Gabriel say, "Do not be afraid", he realized that what was happening had significance far beyond his own life. He realized that the challenge that was before him was about the will and purpose of God. But Joseph heard the angel of the Lord say, "Fear not Joseph, Mary is pregnant by the Holy Spirit of God."

God uses ordinary people like you and me to do extraordinary things!

Our comfort in the midst what God is doing in our lives is to hear the Lord say, "Fear not. Do not be afraid to accomplish My purpose in your life." If you and I are going to overcome fear and walk in the miracle of the purpose and will of God for our lives, we must understand three things!

To watch this faith-inspiring message and discover for yourself how to overcome fear and walk in the fullness of God's purpose for your life click here.

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1. Manoj wrote:
Here's the basic text from his website. You will find links to his press releesas and letters on the An All of the Above Energy PolicyThe American public is desperate for solutions, but a national energy tax is not the answer. I strongly support the “all of the above” American Energy Act (H.R. 2846) —a better solution that offers more affordable energy, more good-paying jobs, and greater energy independence.The American Energy Act charts a new course by laying down a national goal of licensing 100 new nuclear reactors over the next 20 years. With more than 31 announced reactor applications already in the pipeline, this goal can be achieved. Renewing our commitment to nuclear power will also revitalize an entire manufacturing sector, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.Our nation must also develop more of our own domestic natural resources, such as oil, coal, and natural gas. This act opens up for exploration the Arctic Coastal Plain as well as environmentally-sound leasing for oil and natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf and oil shale in the Mountain West. Revenues generated by the sales of leases would be deposited in a Renewable and Alternative Energy Trust Fund to encourage the development of renewable and alternative energy technologies. Finally, this bill encourages personal responsibility through conservation.The commonsense American Energy Act is aimed at more energy production, cheaper fuel bills, more jobs, and greater energy independence, which will also yield a cleaner environment and a more secure nation.Expanding Nuclear Power Will Reduce Emissions and Create JobsI strongly believe that nuclear power plays a crucial role in fortifying our energy security and independence. Nuclear is not only emissions-free, but renewing our commitment to nuclear power will create countless jobs at a time when our nation endures near double-digit unemployment.It is confounding that the 1,000-page climate bill that the House Democrat leadership is railroading through Congress, purportedly to reduce emissions, ignores the very source that accounts for over 70 percent of our nation’s emissions-free electricity: nuclear power.We have to get our priorities straight. We are all familiar with the benefits of nuclear power with the Cook and Palisades plants along our shorelines. Overall, the United States has 104 operating nuclear reactors, generating 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. Other developed countries rely more heavily on nuclear energy, such as France, which gets 80 percent of all its power from nuclear.The above mentioned American Energy Act calls for the construction of 100 new nuclear reactors over the next 20 years. The expansion of nuclear power would create hundreds of thousands of good-paying, high-skilled and permanent jobs. According to data from Oxford Economics, building 100 new nuclear reactors and an appropriate number of enrichment and reprocessing plants over this period of time would create 356,000 manufacturing and construction jobs, 242,000 permanent jobs, and an additional 404,000 jobs from induced economic activity. In total, this amounts to over 1 million new jobs.By contrast, recent estimates predict that the reckless cap-and-tax scheme being pushed by leading Democrats will kill millions of jobs and result in an annual $4,300 per family national energy tax at a time when working families can least afford it. Under our “all of the above” plan, we can create jobs and keep electricity costs down for families. It is possible to simultaneously preserve our environment and jobs through commonsense policies.

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