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01 Mar: Rejoice Always… Even Now?

So we are now in the thick of it. We are in the thick of the Covid-19 epidemic that has gripped the entire world in fear. I can’t remember another time in my own lifetime so far when I felt like such a prisoner, whether it is at home, or even out and about in society. Everyone is wearing a mask. Everyone is suspicious of others. Everyone is guilty without even a fair trial. You can’t cough or sneeze in public without getting a stare.

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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 Perhaps you came from a community where a theology of wrath superseded the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ that the gospel writers pointed to in Scripture.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.