Posts Tagged ‘fear’

Don’t forget!

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

I recently forgot what I did with my car keys. I can remember holding on to my keys thinking…”if I don’t put these in a safe place I’m going to loose them”. I put them in my jacket pocket, threw it in the back seat, and the keys fell out under the seat. After a day of searching and trying to recall what I did with them, I found them.  As humans, we often forget some of the most simplistic things in life. It may be due to busyness, or lack of attention. Other times it just may be because we’re lazy.

I’ve found in my relationship with God it is so easy to forget what He’s done for me. However, recently I’ve discovered God actually reminds us of the blessings and the challenges He’s allowed to come our way. I’m so thankful that even though I forget, He doesn’t forget me.

1 Samuel recounts the time David was being pursued by Saul. David, the soon to be King of Israel was being chased throughout the desert by Saul and his men. One of the towns David came to was Gath. Gath was the hometown of Goliath whom he’d killed earlier in his life.

I wonder what David must have been thinking as he entered Gath…

Thru God’s providence, he led him back to the hometown of the first man who wanted to kill him. God provided 5 smooth stones to kill Goliath. God was going to provide a way of protection against Saul too. I’m not sure if David recognized it at the time, but God was reminding him of his past provision and protection by taking him back thru Gath.

We do know that David penned Psalm 34 around this time.

David says, “I sought the LORD and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

“Lately, I’ve been asking God to remind me specifically of who I really am and what He’s done for me. I’ve taken several trips back thru my own personal city of “Gath”.

Has God taken you back to a “Gath” moment in your life?

Still

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

Our theme verse for February has been Exodus 14:13-14: Moses answered the people,  “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

The art of being still. It’s something we’ve lost as a culture. It’s something I’ve lost as a person. If God really is sovereign, really in control, than the best thing we can do is be still and trust in God. Obviously, easier said than done.

I’m trying to trust God, let Him fight for me and my circumstances. What about you? Have you tried it?

It frees us from an entire set of griefs and worries we were never meant to carry. It reminds me of what Jesus told  his followers, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest….For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

One of my favorite hymns is Be Still My Soul. Take a moment to be still before God. When you’re done take a listen to this song as a reminder of our verse for the month of February.

STRONGER

Written by Jon McDugle on . Posted in WBC Blog

I love the question David asks in Psalm 27.1 – The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?  If God is our stronghold – our refuge – our fortress – our source of security and strength then why fear?  But fear is persistent and has a way of sapping our strength to live.  So in Psalm 27 we watch David run to THE stronghold and in doing so show us how to live fear-free!

This Sunday we’ll wrap up our “STRONGER” series as we follow David down the beaten path leading to THE stronghold!  Wouldn’t it be great to come to a point in life where fear makes absolutey no sense in light of God’s protection?  Whatever you’re facing may this simple truth encourage you – “The LORD is the stronghold of my life – WHY FEAR?”

Hope you can join us in Ellis Park @ 10:00 on Sunday!

Jon

 

 

little BIG things

Written by Jon McDugle on . Posted in WBC Blog

COURAGE is one of those little things that makes a BIG difference in our lives.

The other day Tam and I were on the back porch enjoying the summer evening.  Not far aways there’s a wooded area that was beckoning me to explore it.  When I asked Tam if she was feeling the same “call” she was quick to decline.  WHY?  Spiders.  Little insects that make a BIG difference when they land in her hair!  

I have a laundry list of fears that threaten to keep me on the “back porch of life” when there’s a world of adventure waiting to be explored.  It raises the question – “How do you live a life of COURAGE – embracing risk for the good of others and the glory of God?”  This Sunday we’ll meet at Ellis Park at 10:00 to discover a timeless secret that enables us to live with COURAGE!

I hope you can join us!

Jon 

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