your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27b
Dear friend of KHCS,
You’ve probably heard of the TV show,
Fear Factor. Maybe you’ve even watched it. It’s called “reality TV,”
though I don’t know what eating bugs and worms and jumping out of helicopters
has to do with reality. It’s certainly not the kind of reality you and I face
But you and I have to face our own “fear
things that constantly worry us, whether they are relationship issues, concerns
about finances, health, or other problems. Now, that’s reality!
There is also the continuing threat of
terrorism and the possibility that war in Iraq may have broken out by the time
you read this.
You may have heard that, if America attacks
Iraq, we will be hit by more suicide attacks. Guess what
if we don’t attack, we still face terrorist attacks. So, from that standpoint,
we are no worse off whether we invade Iraq or not. History shows us that
appeasement never guarantees peace.
Whether we go to war or not, there is a good
reason to be prepared for eventualities. You have various kinds of insurance,
in case your house burns down or you get into an automobile accident, for
instance. But, you aren’t afraid of cooking dinner or driving to the store. At
least, I hope not!
The Bible tells us, “God has not given us
the spirit of fear.” (2 Tim. 1:7) When worries and doubts assail us, let us turn
to the Word of God, not Satan’s “Fear Factory.”
The Psalmist assures us (in Psalm 27:1, 3):
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the
Lord is the light of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though
war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.
God’s word provides the antidote for fear,
as it gives hope for the future.
That’s why it’s important that you attend
church regularly, read the Bible, and pray. Also, listening to the ministry of
Joy 92-FM provides you with encouragement to keep on keepin’ on
However, in these trying times, with
proliferation of “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” we may be afraid of war. But we
should fear tyranny more than we might fear death. That was the attitude of
America’s founders, and we should do no less. As Paul the Apostle said, “For to
me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21) As Christians, death
carries no real fear.
to bring you the confidence we have in eternal life in Jesus because listeners
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We face new challenges in 2003, and really
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Thanking you in advance,
In His joy!