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Is Fear Faithful?

Can you have faith and fear at the same time? Are they compatible on any level or are they mutually exclusive?

If you turn to the Psalms you find over half of them are lament. They express sorrow. They express anger. They express fear and concern.

They also express faith.

It seems to me that faith and fear intersection on a rolling schedule. As one rises the other doesn’t necessarily go away as much as it become less obvious. It is like the ocean. Whether the waves are high or short the sand beneath it all remains fairly static.

Fear comes and goes but what is underneath it all is what matters. You can have faith and fear at the same time. So please don’t feel guilty if you feel fearful. We are human. We are earthen vessels. Just remember what your feet are standing on and who put you on that rock.

This is perfectly summed up in Psalm 56:1-4,

1 Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
    all day long foes oppress me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
    for many fight against me.
O Most High, when I am afraid,
    I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
    in God I trust; I am not afraid;
   what can flesh do to me?”

When I am afraid…I am not afraid. And in between that is trust and praise.

Our Circumstances Have Changed But Our Purpose Remains The Same

The Coronavirus has certainly pushed the pause button on our regular routines. It is important that we take this very seriously and I want to say from the outset, this post isn’t an attempt to say this isn’t serious. Please take precautions and be wise. Changing circumstances bring changing challenges and obvious opportunities. For instance,Continue Reading

Our Discipleship Problem is Actually a Gospel Problem

What is the gospel? Why aren’t we making disciples? Those two questions are connected. If you make the Gospel any and everything you will also think discipleship entails any and everything. In Churches of Christ, I am afraid our gospel has been church-centered rather than Christ-centered. The good news becomes the church and doing churchContinue Reading

Heaven Will Never Be the Same…A Key Question To Ask Yourself

After chasing my dream to become a clinical psychologist I knew I was on the wrong path. There was one question in the burnout that burned in my heart…that caused me to give up on my dream. “What can you do with your life that will change eternity?” Write books. Publish papers. Work at aContinue Reading

What is the Goal of the Human Life? The Answer May Surprise You

One might think the goal of the human life is to die and go to heaven. To go and get our eternal reward! The goal of the human life is not to die and go to heaven. The goal of the human life is to be like Jesus. One cannot be like Jesus without theContinue Reading

2 Timothy 2:2 and Evaluating Successful Discipleship

Jesus was the best disciple-maker who ever lived. Paul has to be right behind him. One of Paul’s main disciples was Timothy. Paul believed he was showing people, by his example, how to follow Jesus (1 Cor 11:1). 2 Timothy 2:2 is a key verse in knowing if our efforts are bearing fruit, reproduced fruit.Continue Reading

Blind spots

We need people we are close to who can help us see our blind spots. By blind spots, I mean parts of our personality or character that are lacking we are not readily aware of. Others know but we don’t. We all have them. Becoming aware of them can be disorienting and disappointing. We mayContinue Reading

Where Does Worry Come From?

Jesus told us not to worry in Matthew 6:25-34. He said the reason for that is that if God looks out for the little things, will He not also look out for you? Can worry and faith happen at the same time? I think they can. Read the psalms and you find, at the sameContinue Reading

A Word to Those Who Feel Stuck

Any time you feel stuck, whether it is personally or congregationally there are a few things you can do. 1 – Confession and repentance. This is a tough one but it is hard to move forward if you are unwilling to take a hard look at how you contribute to the problem. 2 – GiveContinue Reading

Critical Ministry Shift – From Information & Teaching to Skills & Coaching

There is a shift in my ministry philosophy I wish I had figured out years ago. It is a shift from disseminating information through teaching/lecture and the teaching of skills through coaching. This is so obvious it would seem it doesn’t even need to be said and yet it took me to 40 to comeContinue Reading

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