Fear – it could save your life

If society, culture and the church could just move past feeling fear, anger and pain, we would all be better off, right? If everybody could only be positive and happy all of the time, our lives would improve, correct? Wrong! If these negative emotions and sensations were eliminated, our lives would unravel.

If you object to that last sentence, I’m sure you are not alone. So let’s cut to the chase.

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Is hope lost?

“Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, “Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!”‘” (Ezekiel 37:11 NKJV).

To those who take the great commission seriously, prospects for ultimate success may seem more remote and improbable than ever. The mushrooming world population overwhelms whatever progress we seem to be making. Political changes continue to close doors to foreign missionaries. Our missionary forces are aging rapidly with recruitment of new, younger, workers more difficult than ever. Continue reading “Is hope lost?”

Our fears expose our idols

Fears abound. What if the stock market crashes? What if my career does not progress further? What if they do not like me? What if I lose “it”?

Since secular people consider themselves to have moved beyond superstitious idolatry, to assert that many contemporary fears are birthed in idolatry might sound oxymoronic. Yet, when we understand how idols function, the correlation is obvious. Fortunately, jettisoning idols along with their fears leads toward obtaining the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Continue reading “Our fears expose our idols”

Meeting God

The Israelites had largely forgotten God. In the hundreds of years since they had settled in Egypt and eventually became slaves, they had slowly lost their knowledge of him.

We can understand why earlier, when God sent Moses to the Israelites, that he was hesitant. “If I go to the Israelites and tell them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘’What is his name?’ – what should I say to them?…And if they do not believe me or pay attention to me, but say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you’?” (Exodus 3:13 & 4:1 NET). Moses’ fears were real – the Israelites no longer knew who God was. Continue reading “Meeting God”

Jesus is there; don’t be afraid

The pages of the gospels are filled with examples of Jesus’ kindness. The pages of our newspapers betray that, as a people, we are not very kind at all.

In Mark chapter five, when Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter, he said something very kind to him. He said, “Do not be afraid any longer” (Mark 5:36 NASB). Those words echo across the centuries to us, bringing Jesus’ kindness to us still. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. Oh, that we would replace the fear in our hearts with his words! Continue reading “Jesus is there; don’t be afraid”