08 Sep: Redefining Fear

I think for a number of us, when we talk about the “fear of the Lord”, it generates feelings of apprehension rather than gratitude or love. Perhaps you came from a community where a theology of wrath superseded the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ that the gospel writers pointed to in Scripture. Maybe you feel overwhelmed that the God of the universe is so large that you feel insignificant and worthless or that God will accuse you like some unbending prosecutor. It’s possible you might even feel crippled because you sense as though God will send you to hell for eternity. I want to acknowledge and say that such thoughts are likely of the devil and anxiety like that will actually lead to the end of wisdom in your life.

brown wooden bench in field

08 Jun: Entering Into Rest

Lately, I find myself so busy that it’s a little overwhelming. Aside from day-to-day worries, there are always worries for the future, i.e. career, marriage, etc. If we don’t guard our hearts and minds, it’s easy to find ourselves in a place consumed with fear and anxiety. Often in the moment, our noses are pressed up against the great canvas that it becomes impossible for us to the see the whole painting.