Stress: A Dressed-Up Word for Fear

This Spooky Season is a good time to remember that while fear is fun during Halloween, it is not our natural state of being--or at least it shouldn't be. Fear Not is a persistent message in our scriptures. There's a reason for that. It's good for us not to be afraid. https://youtu.be/vcXvEKbHZI0 Of course, even the most faithful among us will still experience fear and stress and worry. That's just part ...

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Fear? It’s Not That Scary

At the heart of the message of the Gospel is "be not afraid." However, we can believe in the Gospel and share the Gospel and do our best to live out the Gospel and still have times when we are afraid. It happens. But here's the thing about fear: we don't have to be afraid of it. Fear can be valuable. It's fear of being burned that keeps a small ...

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Worrying is Not Stupid

Worrying is stupid. It's like carrying around an umbrella waiting for it to rain. Wiz Khalifa I see the above quote from Wiz Khalifa quote pop up from time to time . I checked. Mr. Khalifa lives in Los Angeles—where rain is rare and, when precipitation does fall, citizens are most likely in their cars. The chances of him getting wet are slim. I’ve lived in London and in Duesseldorf (Germany) ...

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One Verse–Three Promises

This month our Doubting Believer Member Community is talking about fear--and how to not do it. Last week we looked at Joshua's call to be strong and courageous. This week, we're looking at God's word spoken by Isaiah to the exiles.   Fear not, I have redeemed you. I have  called you by name. You are mine.    There are, of course, healthy fears. The kind of fears that keep us from reaching ...

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