“The Sky Is Falling”

On January 27, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 46.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

On a scale of 1-10 how fearful are you? Are your fears specific, or do you live with a generalized sense of fear that you can’t quite put your finger on? Maybe it’s a combination of both.

This Sunday we will continue to think together about how we might overcome our fears in the conflicted, tribal, and anxious culture we live in. We will refer to Adam Hamilton’s book “Unafraid” as our guide. He suggests we follow this plan:

— Face your fears with faith.
— Examine your assumptions in the light of the facts.
— Attach your anxieties with action.
— Release your cares to God.

It’s an acronym that spells F.E.A.R., which I’m sure you figured out. How helpful is this plan?

See you Sunday.

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