This week, I've been taking a look at fear. The words "fear not" appear in many places throughout scripture. Our Psalm reading this week says, "therefore we will not fear." This view of fear often leads folks unwittingly to the belief that faith is the absence of fear. I don't think that is the case at all. I'm more inclined to think genuine faith is demonstrated by moving forward with confidence and courage in the face of fear. Scary things are scary for a reason. However, it is also always true that God walks alongside us as we faithfully face scary things in life.
As you consider fear in your life, I hope you'll remember that God didn't promise a life free of scary things. God promised God's abiding presence in the midst of those scary things. We do not walk alone. We walk always with the power of God at our side.
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Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we been
Judy Harris - back pain
Connie Nutgrass - Recovering from surgery
Tara Parker - Recovering from broken arm
Glenn Orr - Recovering from broken arm
Dennis and Joan Little's friend Dennis Tomberlin
Dennis and Joan Little's friends and mission workers in Cameroon, Richard and Debbie
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill and Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Bill and Ruthie Brent also ask for prayers for their friend Ronnie Judd who has had a heart
attack in the midst of his other health issues.
Pat Gould ask for prayers for her friend Tammy's husband
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John - health issues
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Peggy Garlinger's son who has been diagnosed with covid-19
Nancy Wright's friend Susannah Lindsay with cancer. Also for Susannah's sons.
Paula Owen's niece Abby and her daughter Nik - tested positive for covid-19.
Naiser Family asks for prayers for their friend Dillon Frost. Dillon is in the hospital after a
Williams' Family asks for prayers for Chrissie Williams upon the death of her 49-year-old
In the 1920's there was a conflict between Fundamentalist (or conservative) Christians and Modernist (or liberal) Christians known as the Fundamentalist/Modernist Controversy. Modernist Christian theology aligned itself with intellectual and cultural advancements in science, history, biblical studies and the social sciences. Fundamentalist Christian theology sought to emphasize traditional views of doctrine, the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the authority of scripture and the transcendence of God. It can be said that this controversy created a division in mainstream Protestantism between Liberal Christians and Conservative Christians that was (and still is) of more consequence than the divisions found between denominations. It is one reason that today a conservative Presbyterian congregation is more likely to find common ground with a conservative Baptist congregation than it would with a liberal Presbyterian congregation.
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The Great Stabilizer
It is easy to be fearful in the face of life as circumstances change around us and we can't see what lies ahead for us. When we don't know how we'll pay our bills or our loved one's health is at risk or parenting is just overwhelming, fear is a natural response. When we cannot see for certain what lies ahead, it is easy to forget all the support we have around us.
I don't know about you, but that is one reason I love church life. I feel support from the church. I receive encouragement from the church. I gain confidence from the values of church life. I have a network of support that helps me feel less afraid of whatever I'm facing in life. Going to church each Sunday plops me right down in the middle of the community I have that helps nurture and support me in times of uncertainty. It is a source of strength.
As I've mentioned before in this segment, a friend once said church has been a great stabilizer for his life. I agree 100%. I gain stability every Sunday from my community of faith. I feel supported, encouraged and empowered as I face what life has to throw at me. I know we're not able to be together in person weekly right now, but still, our community of faith is together in Spirit and that makes all the difference to me. Church is the great stabilizer.
Blessings to you all. I hope you enjoyed the blog. Have a wonderful week.