By Brother Rudy
The What Frightens You?
Fear comes to all of us in different ways. In the past couple of weeks, I have seen fear in a mother concerned for a son; there was fear for persons who were in the gulf as Hurricane Harvey headed across that area; fear on the faces of some trapped by the flooding in Houston; fear as Korea tested additional missiles; fear in the voice of a person asking prayer for a son; and the list could go on.
The word fear has two meanings. It can refer to a sudden danger, like the fear of a person who comes upon a rattle snake while hiking. In such a case fear can be an appropriate and necessary response. Such fear is not the kind we generally deal with.
Fear can also mean anxiety, worry, or dread of the unknown. It is fear that persists even when there is no real, concrete, knowable stimulus. It is fear of the uncertain, the “what if.” Most all of us have dealt with such fear.
In spite of all the frightening experiences of life, the Bible says we can live with No Fear. It has been pointed out that there are 366 “Fear Not” passages in the Bible. That is one for every day of the year, including leap year.
Paul wrote to Timothy; “God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, KJ) God does not want fear to ruin our lives. God intends for us to live with faith, hope and confidence in His amazing love.
On September 17th, I will begin a message series entitled, “No Fear.” In these messages I will look at some of the situations that can create fear and how God addressed them in scripture. Who are those persons you know who are dealing with fear? This would be a good time to invite them to worship with you.
Sunday I heard some talking after worship about small groups. They were saying they had enjoyed the small groups last year and were glad we were offering small groups again. In fact, we have a few groups who began last fall and decided they wanted to
Small Groups happen because someone agrees to be the host and leader. One of our ongoing Small Groups has been meeting in a home each Tuesday. The others have been meeting here at the Church. Would you prayerfully consider hosting a small group
either in your home or here at the church? If so, there is a form in the Welcome Areas that you can complete. Don’t let fear keep you from the blessing of being a host.
This certainly is an exciting time to be part of Tuscumbia First United Methodist Church. Remember to pray for your Church
during this month of new beginnings. God is up to something. I am looking forward to seeing how God uses us to connect more persons to His amazing grace and matures them in faith so they can live with No Fear!