Thought For The Day 08/23/14

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Fear And Faith

Thought 1259

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“Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.”

Max Lucado
Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/266195-feed-your-fears-and-your-faith-will-starve-feed-your

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All people fear…..and mostly, we fear that which is unknown, such as the worsening of a situation or some future event. We are human and fear is programmed into each of us as a basic survival technique. It lets us recognize the things around us that present a threat to us and then allows us to respond in one of two ways…..confronting or fleeing….sometimes called the “fight or flight” response and it can result in an almost autonomic human response….as instinctive as pulling your hand away from a hot flame. Even in Christianity, the issue of fear seems to be presented in the Bible in almost a bi-polar fashion depending on whether you are reading the Old or the New Testament.

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Theologians teach that in the Old Covenant, fearing God was written about in many Biblical texts. The Old Covenant was a time of a harsher law…a time when God’s wrath rained down on the earth. It was the time for the hard laws of the Ten Commandments, and was a time that necessitated sacrifice by man. However, I believe this was intended to be temporary…until a time when humankind evolved and would be ready to accept new teachings that promised salvation and a place in the Kingdom of God.

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The New Covenant promised just that…. a time where there would be universal peace and brotherhood and all because of the birth of a tiny baby in Bethlehem. And as he grew and began his teachings, we were taught not to fear God, but to embrace Him and to live a life that does honor to Him.

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The time would come when we need not fear the uncertainties in life or the things that man can do because the birth of that tiny baby was for one purpose and one purpose alone…that of sacrificing his life so that we could be made right with God and be able to join with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. But man would not get away without paying a price. And what is the cost to us to be given this key to Paradise? Only one thing! Accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts!

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This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us.

1st John 4: 17-19 NIV

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Mandy 2014

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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