5 Things Christians Fear (but Shouldn’t)

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Halloween is the perfect day to talk about fear.

 

Jayson D. Bradley

AfraidFear and uncertainty are completely normal. Universally speaking, success comes when you push pass your reservations, take a risk, and run headlong into the unknown.

Here are five things Christians fear which might be prohibiting their freedom and effectiveness:

Shame

There have been times when shame has been valuable in my life. Believe it or not, I’m not proud of everything I do (nor should I be). Shame’s humiliation has, at times, been a great benefit to me. Most of the time, though, it hasn’t been a blessing.

Shame can be a tool used by others to keep us in line. And because we fear the alienation that comes with being shamed, we don’t always act when we should. We’re often afraid to speak out, disagree, and not tow the party line because we fear the disapproval and alienation of our tribe.

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Etiquette Part DEUX

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If there is gospel etiquette for the gathered church, it starts with evaluating my heart, not their actions. Frustration with others’ distracting behavior—whether in the pew in front of me, or on the stage—is deeper and more dangerous than the nonchalance or negligence that sidetracks others.

Of course, there are rare exceptions when someone really is totally out of line. Such as the guy who brought his own tambourine one week. But even in the occasional instance where someone’s worship conduct is seriously out of bounds, what if we started by asking ourselves some hard questions?

•If love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), might God be calling me to look past this distraction I perceive?
•Am I really applying John 13:34-35 (“love one another”) to fellow Christians in weekly corporate worship? If we can’t apply John 13:34-35 when the church is gathered, are we really going to…

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Worship Etiquette by D Wadsworth

A good thought on where our minds and hearts should be on Sunday morning.

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So this morning was a challenge…Rough start due to major back pain and gathering up the kiddos. We prayed in the van to be free from distraction and worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth…

Music was strong…drawing us closer to His throne room. We as a church have been progressing through a certain area of scripture and it has been a great time of correction. comfort, and conviction.

The only problem is I have a hard time with the people around me. I know I am selfish. Self centered and not very GRACE giving. Young man behind me blowing bubbles and popping his gum, people sleeping and talking and today was a new one…..a girl braided her hair and checked her look in her I-pad….What is wrong with me.. Why can’t I just worship and give GRACE? We are all at a different part of our journey with…

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The Spirit is sent from the Father and Son

In the Book of John, we read about Jesus promising His disciples the Holy Spirit, whom He refers to as the Advocate (John 14:16, 26; John 15:26; John 16:7). As simple as these verses may seem, they have actually caused a rift in church teachings: was the Holy Spirit sent from the Father and Son …

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The symbolism of the Tabernacle: The Lampstand

The plan of the construction and furnishing of The Tabernacle, given to Moses by God in the Book of Exodus, is not only a schematic plan of the place in which the Hebrews were to worship God and how they were to worship God, but was also filled with symbolism. For example, the schematic plan …

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What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit?

The word, ‘blaspheme’ is usually defined in the terms of speech. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words uses synonyms for blasphemes such as ‘evil speaking’, ‘railing’, ‘defame’ and ‘revile’. When Jesus said the only unforgivable sin is to blaspheme The Holy Spirit, yet the New Testament later promises forgiveness of all sins, what does …

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The prophetic message of the Passover

In the Book of Exodus, God instituted the Passover Feast as a memorial to the way in which God delivered the people of Israel from the bonds of Egyptian slavery. But there is more to the story. In Exodus, God told Moses the reason why He instituted this feast. “26 And when your children ask you, ‘What …

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Thy Kingdom Come! -D Wadsworth

Great words from my friend Derek Wadsworth.

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On Wednesday evenings we have been having a truly blessed time studying scripture together. Last night didn’t disappoint. We spent some time digging into the Lord’s Prayer and the petition “Thy Kingdom Come”.

What is it that you are saying? How does it apply to the context of the prayer? What is your motivation when you declare it?

When you come to Christ and you’re sick of yourself and sick of your sin and your selfish ways and you bow the knee to the lordship of Jesus Christ and receive from Him eternal salvation, from then on the objective is expressed in this praise and prayer, “Thy Kingdom come.” Confessing Jesus as Lord and King is to say, “Take over my life, fit me into Your purpose, put me somewhere in Your objectives and agenda and program.” When I say, “Thy Kingdom come,” I am affirming that I have relinquished…

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The Holy Spirit as a person

            At times, we often mistake The Holy Spirit as Jesus. This is often due to us calling on ‘the presence of Jesus’ or speaking about inviting Jesus into our hearts and so on. Perhaps it is easier to think of Jesus because with Him we have a name and …

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