1. Fear, Anxiety, and the Kingdom
    08 May, 2017
    Fear, Anxiety, and the Kingdom
    Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Luke 12:32 When I was child I was afraid of all kinds of things.  Some of those things were normal kid fears . . . like things that go bump in the night.  Some were fears adults may continue to have . . . like tornadoes.  And some were a little idiosyncratic to me, I'm sure . . . like the fear that I had somehow contracted tuberculous even though all I had was a little cough.  As an adult my fears have
  2. Erasing Fear
    01 May, 2017
    Erasing Fear
    The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 At various times in life fear is a very real presence. There are all kinds of fears that can afflict us. Fear of failure. Fear of making a huge mistake. Fear of getting a disease. Fear of the unknown. Fear of our loved ones suffering. Fear of losing a job. Fear of losing what is precious to us. Fear of our children going down the wrong paths. Fear of getting
  3. We Are Very Bold
    09 Jan, 2017
    We Are Very Bold
    Since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 2 Corinthians 3:12 I've said it before, and I'll say it again . . . one of the biggest problems of the church is fear. We're afraid of failure. We're afraid that our reputation may be sullied. We're afraid the "bad guys" will win. We're afraid of getting messy in doing in ministry. We're afraid our resources will not match our vision. We're afraid of change. We're afraid of getting hurt. We're afraid of persecution, of being uncomfortable,
  4. Fear Stinks
    09 Mar, 2016
    Fear Stinks
    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 I hate fear. Despise it. If there's anything I've grown to loathe over the past few months, it's definitely fear. Before anyone jumps to a wrong conclusion, I'm not talking about what the Scriptures call "the fear of the Lord".  That fear is more about awe, respect, and reverence than anxiety, worry, or phobias.  We're called to have that kind of godly fear. What I'm talking about is the feeling of