Monday, March 27, 2017

Fear, Faith, & the Father

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Good morning, this is Topher, from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive message minute.

It was about 9pm in the dark woods, and it certainly was not quiet.  My wife and children were helping me clean up after an exciting weekend retreat in woods.   I can't even begin to describe the various participants in this cacophony of sounds that at least included owls, woodpeckers, crickets, toads, coyotes and more.  My children were walking along a path in the woods with no flashlights and no fear.   Why were the children unafraid of all the supposed monsters lurking in the dark? 
Topher & Ethan about 7 years ago. Photo taken by Ashley.

Pauls describes it this way in Romans 8:15, "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

I think of it this way, when children know that their Father is near, they can be free from the chains of fear.

Fear is promoted in our society because it's a big money maker, and odds are, you struggle with more fear than you'll ever need.  Today, I remind you of your mission to promote faith instead of fear, in your own heart and the hearts of those you love.  Remember that the Father is near.  You'll be glad you did.   

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