Refuse Hardness of Heart with a PASSION – Part 2


by Katy Kauffman


I entered the semi-dark balcony and searched for the right spot. Most everyone had left the church sanctuary that particular Sunday morning, but I needed to pray. I found a seat, and told God what was on my heart.


I had seen people on television walk into chapels and cathedrals when they desperately needed help. They would slide into a pew and not say anything out loud. They would only look to the front of the sanctuary, their prayer written on their faces. I did the same.


I looked to God in that desperate moment. I wanted to connect with Him in a place where week after week His people sought wisdom from and fellowship with the Almighty. Have you ever been so desperate for Jesus’ help that you sought Him in a place that was special to you?

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Refuse Hardness of Heart with a PASSION – Part 1


by Katy Kauffman


A friend has called me a “baby whisperer.” I don’t know. I can cause babies to smile, laugh, and sleep. But preschoolers? I can play with them, chase them around the house, and take them shopping. But when I tell them to do something, ninety percent of the time they continue doing the opposite. Maybe it’s because I don’t see the kids enough to build a rapport with them. Maybe it’s not until I use the “mama voice” that they know I mean business. Maybe “kid whisperer” won’t happen until I have kids of my own.


I don’t want to admit how many times God has told me to do something and I delayed in obeying. I know He means business. I know He means well. But there’s this stubbornness that can take root in my heart, and I want to try my way first. Of course, I find out my way isn’t best, and I tell God I’m so sorry for not listening.

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Silencing the Questions of Fear


Overcoming the Obstacles of the Christian Life
A New Blog Series on the Gospel of Mark


by Katy Kauffman


It was pouring outside my car and inside. I drove home forty-five minutes in the rain, as tears fell freely down my face. I didn’t want to go home, but I had to sleep. Fear gripped my heart that something bad was going to happen again, and I didn’t want to leave the hospital.


Before I left my loved ones in the hospital overnight, I stood in front of the Coke machine, asking God for something. Some kind of peace. Some kind of assurance that if I went home, everything would be okay. “He’s in safe hands,” came the soft answer. Even with that, I let the bottled up emotions spill out on my trek home.

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Responding to Fear and Disorder

Disorder and violence seem predominant in the news today, and we can be tempted to fear what will happen next. I heard the following message online recently, and it encouraged me greatly. Below are some of the notes I took. May they bless you in these uncertain days.

How To Respond in Times of Fear and Disorder
by Johnnie Moore  (speaking at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California)

Our fear must be kept subservient to our faith.
Fear causes us to only see the problem, and it blinds us to an opportunity for God.
We fear so much because our faith is so little.
Christians aren’t people of fear. ...

 

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The Confession

In the stillness of the night You hear my cry

You know the battle in my soul

I give the fight all I have and try

To bear the rigorous toll

 

You embrace me in my weakest moment

You remind me of Your great love

In my daily predicament

I know I have help from up above

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Loosening the Grip of Fear

It stood tall and red in my dream. I backed away from the red monster and tried to get away, but the white room offered no way of escape—no doors, no windows. As my fear of the monster grew, he grew taller and scarier.

Then it hit me. “This is my dream. I don’t have to be scared of you!”

The moment I said that, he started shrinking till he was just a red puddle on the floor. I stood above him, amazed that I had been afraid of something so puny. My fear of him gave him power over me, but in reality—or in my dream—he was nothing more than a red blob.

The more power we give to fear, the taller and scarier it grows in our lives. The more we say yes to it, the tighter its grip on us becomes. But God didn’t intend for fear to be our reality—not the kind of fear that paralyzes us and keeps us from living life to the fullest with Him. 

 

 

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Overcoming Fear with Peace – A Guest Post by Carol A. Akin

God’s plan is that we do not live in fear, but rather enjoy His peace. In fact, I’ve heard many times that there are 365 times in the Bible that we are encouraged to fear not or do not fear. This leads me to a couple of key assumptions:

  1. God knows that humans are frail (after all He made us from dust) and are inclined to fear.
  2. We need constant reassurance that everything is going to be ok.
  3. He loves us and desires that we live in peace, free from fear.

 

 

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What's Steering You?

What spirit drives you? Does the spirit of fear influence your everyday life, or does the Spirit of God? Does a spirit of anger hover over your heart, or a spirit of love? The word spirit means “a governing influence or disposition.”1 God doesn’t want fear or any other negative influence to govern our hearts (2 Timothy 1:7). These influences will lead us down a path we won’t want to travel. ...

 

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