How to Stop Being Afraid? Trust in the Strength of God

Welcome to a series here at Patheos to follow up on my post How to Stop Being Afraid with wisdom from Psalm 46. I don't know about you, but whenever I feel afraid, I start think about what I can do. I look for some way to solve the problem. I confess that my first move for overcoming fear is often to trust in my own strength and not in the strength of God.I don't think I'm alone.As I noted earlier in this series How to  Stop Being Afraid, when we're facing tough stuff in life God Is Our … [Read more...]

5 Inconvenient Truths about School Shootings [VIDEO]

From Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler: "No one wants to ever again see anything like the senseless slaughter of 26 people – including 20 children - at a school. But as legislators turn toward creating new gun laws, here are five facts they need to know." HT: HotAir … [Read more...]

How to Stop Being Afraid? In God We Trust

Welcome to a series here at Patheos to follow up on my post How to Stop Being Afraid with wisdom from Psalm 46. No. "In God we trust" did not make its first appearance upon US currency. Psalm 46:1 says that "God is our refuge."The psalmist makes this incredible claim that the infinite God is our defense at the start of Psalm 46 to help us to stop being afraid. Building on the simple yet deeply profound statement that it all starts with remembering God, we now get personal. The God of the … [Read more...]

How to Stop Being Afraid: Just Who Is this God?

Welcome to a series here at Patheos to follow up on my post How to Stop Being Afraid with wisdom from Psalm 46. After the last post (Want to Stop Being Afraid? Step 1: It All Starts with God) focused on where we should start in overcoming fear, the next valid question might best be: Just who is this God?We'd be wrong to assume that everyone knows -- or remembers. We are forgetful people. Even those of us who should know better. Maybe that's why the psalmist started with God's most common … [Read more...]

How to Stop Being Afraid

For my Patheos friends, this post kicks off a series over the next few weeks as we unpack the following steps from Psalm 46 in more detail to discover God's wisdom on how to stop being afraid.  Enjoy! Smack dab in the middle between real life and real faith is -- real fear.  Fear of failure. Fear that we'll look foolish. Fear that everyone will laugh when we do. Fear that __________ -- fill in the blank with your own fear. There's no shortage of them.I believe that for those who have trusted in … [Read more...]


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