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    Fear not?

    By Dave Henning / August 26, 2012

    Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, takes the title of her book Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There from a framed print that hung on the wall in front of her mother’s desk.   Ruth received the print from her mother when Ruth was being torn apart by the struggles of one of her children. While Ruth […]

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      Packaging God

      By Dave Henning / August 26, 2012

      The woman standing in the hotel check-in line was holding one of Max Lucado’s books.  Taking notice, Max availed himself of the opportunity to introduce himself.  After glancing at his picture inside the dust jacket, the woman emphatically stated that Max could not possibly be who he claimed to be.  Her mind had packaged the […]

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        Beyond the shadow of a doubt

        By Dave Henning / August 25, 2012

        Max Lucado address the issue of doubt in Chapter 12 (“Fear That God is Not Real”) of his book Fearless.  He begins by listing 4 characteristics of the “gray terrain” of fear, noting that, to one degree or another, we all journey in that valley: 1.  the Bible reads like Aesop’s fables 2.  prayers bounce […]

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          Altered assignments

          By Dave Henning / August 24, 2012

          Max Lucado subtitles Chapter 11 of Fearless “Fear of What’s Next”.  He wryly observes that it would be wonderful if we could order our life the way we order frou-frou drinks at our favorite gourmet coffee shop.  However, when adversity comes, our quest for order is thrown into chaos.  While earthly seasons don’t tend to upset […]

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            Witnessing through adversity

            By Dave Henning / August 23, 2012

            “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.”- 1 Peter 3:15 In Chapter 8 of Fearless, Max Lucado retells the story of Dr. Boris Kornfield, imprisoned in a Russian gulag in the […]

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              Prayer- the antidote for fear

              By Dave Henning / August 22, 2012

              In Chapter 7 (“There’s a Dragon in My Closet”) of Fearless, Max Lucado uses the example of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as a model for the healthy church in action.  Max notes that when Jesus asked the Father to take away His cup of suffering, that cup represented, in Biblical terminology, God’s […]

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                Expecting Jesus

                By Dave Henning / August 20, 2012

                Max Lucado discusses the fear of overwhelming challenges in Chapter 6 of Fearless, specifically in the context of Matthew’s account of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14: 24-35).  Max notes that the disciples were so terrified they thought Jesus was a ghost.  They weren’t expecting Jesus to come to them that way. We, too, have […]

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                  Worry-stoppers, Part 2

                  By Dave Henning / August 19, 2012

                  Max Lucado continues with the final 4 worry-stoppers, presented in Chapter 4 of Fearless: 5.  Evaluate your worry categories.  Themes of worry will become evident.  By praying specifically about your worries, these areas of preoccupation won’t become obsessions. 6.  Focus on today.  God meets our needs on a daily basis.  He will give us what […]

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                    Worry-stoppers

                    By Dave Henning / August 18, 2012

                    Pastor Max Lucado continues Chapter 4 of Fearless with a list of 8 worry-stoppers that provide us with additional resources for our battle with anxiety.  The first 4 are presented here: 1.  Pray first, asking for God’s help inwardly so that we can face our fears outwardly.  1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxiety on […]

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                      Perpetual uneasiness (aka ‘worry’)

                      By Dave Henning / August 18, 2012

                      In Chapter 4 (“Woe, Be Gone”) of Fearless, Max Lucado tells the story of a friend’s 6 year old daughter rushing to get dressed for school.  In her hurry, she tied her shoelaces in a knot.  With the school bus coming and the clock ticking, her thoughts were so focused on untangling the knot in […]

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                        A life of (in)significance

                        By Dave Henning / August 17, 2012

                        A consequence of a ministry downsizing or position loss , as well as anything of major importance to us, is a feeling of insignificance.  We may try to restore our significance in materialistic, earthly ways- wearing the latest designer clothes or coupling our identity with a favorite sports team. Max Lucado (Fearless) notes what happens […]

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                          The negative impact of fear

                          By Dave Henning / August 14, 2012

                          Max Lucado discusses 4 ways that fear negatively impacts life in Chapter 1 of his book Fearless: 1.  Like the disciples in the boat with Jesus asleep during the storm, we too unleash a swarm of anger-stirring doubts. 2.  We become control freaks.  Fear essentially is a perceived loss of control, so we grab for […]

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