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My exercise advisor...

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My exercise advisor mentioned that I needed to do core exercises... that middle section of the body which supports the rest of the body. He said that once the core is strong, the physical body can withstand most anything.

Matthew intimates that what is needed for the disciple of Christ is a good core workout to make the spiritual body strong. If we have a great core, then:

The core will give strength to overcome fear of anyone who can destroy the physical body (v. 28).

The core will give strength to understand our true worth (v. 31).
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