Sunday Rest and Reflection:Fear Not!

Dear Friends,

Greetings and good tidings of courage and hope from Jesus Christ!  His perfect love drives out all fear and gives us peace and rest.  Sunday’s are great days to stop doing the ordinary and to gather with God’s people to contemplate the Almighty and worship Him.

What are some of the reasons people give for staying away from church?  In an article for On Mission, author Diane Butts sites ten reasons why people skip church.  The number one reason was that people in the church are hypocrites and being afraid to become one themselves.  The second sited reason was that it was the only morning that they could sleep in!  I guess they were afraid of falling asleep in church since that was their day to sleep!  Another reason was having no good clothes to wear and being afraid people would look at them if they weren’t dressed properly.  For others it was a fear of not knowing anyone and not knowing what to expect.

It is interesting that these reasons all have an element of fear in them.  God only honors faith and in fact tells us not to fear over three hundred and sixty times in the Bible.  “Fear not” is mentioned numbers of times in the last 27 chapters of Isaiah.  God knows that sin has caused us to have fears and succumb to them at times.  He calls us to courage and faith.  If you are making silly excuses for not gathering with God’s people, begin a new week by resolving to walk in courage and attend church!  You’ll be blessed!

“But now, this is what the Lord says–He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name and you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1-2)

In His Love,  Pastor John

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