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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT FEAR? 121415

ANXIETY CLOUD.121415What do you fear? 355 terrorists killings in America alone this year. How can we keep calm and carry on?  Jesus overcomes our fears.  He warns against fear more than 100 times.

There are three types of fear. We fear for our safety. We fear God.  We suffer from emotional fear.  We let our emotions makes False Evidence Appear Real.

There’s all kinds of things to be afraid of.  We should trust God because He’ll take care of us. Says so in Hebrews 13:5.  Jesus transforms our fears when we release them to Him.  The wise men released their fears to God and came and worshiped Him.

But here’s the problem.  When we release our fears to God, we lose control, and some of us cherish control of our lives almost more than life itself.  But when we give up control, when we surrender control, we find Jesus, and Jesus is LIFE.

IN GOD WE TRUST

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GOING ON WITH GOD.111515

summer landscape. mountain path through the field turns uphill to the sky at sunsetBefore I start this post, I have to tell you it only took me about forty years to reach the point of actually ‘going on with God’.  I knew about God, I even ‘knew’ God, when I was about ten years old; but I didn’t really start to ‘go on with God’, to really follow Him with all my heart, till I was about fifty.  Oh, I had several ‘close encounters of a spiritual kind’ with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit during that forty years, but I was living a divided life, trying to ‘make it in the world’, while maintaining a relationship with God.  Let me tell you, I’m living proof that you can’t serve  two masters.

I thought about calling this post ‘Practicing Christian 4’, or maybe ‘Making Disciples 4’.  In any event, the question for the day is, “What do you do now? After 1 you’ve made a genuine commitment to Jesus; 2 you have a daily quiet time where you read a little Bible, read a little devotional, you talk to God, and you listen to Him; 3 you have a relationship with a Christian mentor; 4 and you’re involved in a small group.  It’s a good start.  So where do you go from here? Continue reading

PERFECT PEACE. 030515

Evening autumn mountain river in orange mist.Isaiah 26: 3, said, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You,  because he trusts in You.”  Focus on God, and He will keep you in perfect peace, because if you stay focused on God, you will trust Him; which is the main thing.

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Cares and Deceit.021115

In Matthew 13: 1-9 and 18-23, Jesus tells the parable of the “Sower”.  He tells the story of the farmer casting seeds; some fell near the road and the birds ate them; some fell in the rocks, but because the soil was thin, when the sun came they withered away; some fell in the thorns and the thorns choked them out; and some fell on fertile ground and they bore fruit, 30, 60 and 100 times as much as was planted.

I want to talk about the seed that feel in the thorns; in verse 22, Jesus says, “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful.           Seems like most of the people I know who claim to believe in Jesus, here in 2015 America; fall in ‘Category No. Three’ of this parable: “Those who hear the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and they become unfruitful.”

What cares?  Work. Busy-ness. Stress. Taxes.  Fear. Sickness. Worry. Sometimes we’re like Chicken Little, running around saying , “The sky is falling. The sky is falling!”.  Sometimes it seems like the sky really IS falling.

What deceit? (lies from the devil)  The lies about how money will solve all our problems.  Then we can have cattle in the bank and money out West.  We can travel, and dance and sing and party to our heart’s content.  We can have all kinds of stuff we can use for 15 minutes and then stack in the closet or the garage to get in the way.  We can have big stuff that requires care, maintenance, repair and expense on a regular basis, so much that we don’t know how we’ll pay for it.

What’s wrong with all this?  It distracts us from God.  Cares and lies.  How do we fix it?  We quit focusing on the cares and stuff and start focusing on God.  We “trust the Lord with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding, in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will take care of us.” (See Proverbs 3:5-6)  Then we really can ‘bear fruit’ to the glory of God.