• Pastor Ed

The Only Thing We Have to Fear...

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” So spoke President Franklin D. Roosevelt at his inauguration during the height (or depth?) of the Great Depression. There are times when fear is necessary, but it can also be debilitating or even paralyzing. When fear is in the driver seat of our hearts we find ourselves saying and doing things that reflect the most negative versions of ourselves. Again and again in Scripture tells us to “Be not afraid.” We need to be reminded again and again.

As our preaching series on the Shema wraps up on July 8th, we’ll begin a new series called Unafraid on the weekend of July 14-15. It is based on Pastor Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times and we will look at a variety of fears that debilitate us, paralyze us, and make us the most negative versions of ourselves. After looking at the high anxiety of our times we’ll wrestle with our fears of people who are different from ourselves, being friendless and alone, catastrophe, growing old and even death.

As people of faith we are called to be of good courage, trusting in Jesus Christ, even when it feels like the sky is falling down around us. Adam Hamilton says, “You can never completely eradicate fear – you need it. But fear doesn’t have to control you…courage is not the absence of fear; instead, it is doing what you feel you should do, or what you long to do, despite the fear. As you press through your fear, you live a life of courage and hope.”

In the weeks to come consider the things that you fear and then consider whether that fear is healthy or beneficial. Once you’ve done this, turn your gaze to Jesus, who calls us out of fear and into faith.


Recent Posts

See All

Dealing with Stress

We’ve been dealing with extra stressful times for quite a while now, but you don’t need me to tell you that. We’re faced with situations that don’t seem to have good options and scenarios where the re

We Have an Opportunity Here

Like many of you, I have been following the Moravian Daily Texts Devotional each day. The lessons and prayers from this little book have been remarkably timely in the last few months, and they have sp

Okay Then, Who is My Neighbor?

“Okay then, who is my neighbor?” That’s the question an expert in the Law of Moses asks Jesus during an exchange the two are having in the Gospel of Luke. This law expert (think of him as a Bible Scho

© 2018 by Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • facebook-square