Showing posts from January, 2020

Hope for Fearful Hearts

Fear, it is a gnawing feeling eating at our insides. The world, and our perceptions of it, send the message we are vulnerable and in danger. Our nervous senses cry out in reaction. If prolonged emotional distress, it can be exhausting. Soon, we realize, "I am out of control, I don't know what to do or how to cope". When suffering from panic attacks or anxiety issues, we loose all sense of control. One feels an entire lack of managing, full of fractured turmoil. Yet, if we are prone to fear or worry, we use control over life in an attempt to appease anxiety. As anyone will realize, life is not controllable beyond the rudimentary. Even this can be taken away. There will be circumstances and trials we face, as well as dealing with our own reactions to them. Trying to appease anxiety with control may seem to work in the short term, but it bites back over time, creating a repeating circle of trauma. The blessing for those who suffer, is God is in complete sovereign contr

He Cares for Us

Sometimes the stresses and trials of life cause us to feel frayed and discouraged. The more pressed down, the more squeezed by our circumstances, the stress speaks loudly indeed. We may consider ourselves to be strong emotionally and spiritually, yet we are bound to feel overwhelmed at times. Pressure-whatever the source-can mute a sense of God’s comfort, the assurance He is there. Though well versed in Scripture, a leader in the church, or many years into our Christian life, at our most vulnerable, dark moment our heart can cry out, “where are you God?” It is very human to want to avoid difficulty. No one wakes up in the morning and asks God for more. Though we wish difficulty would go away, it is our Father’s comfort we most need whether it does or not. Being a needy and broken people, what is essential is more of Him. When disheartened, a fresh look at what appear to be simple reminders in God’s Word is called for. Here are a few verses to consider:  “Come to Me, all

Art as a Signpost to God

Francis A. Schaeffer  Francis Schaeffer spent a great deal of time in art galleries in every American and European city he visited. As many as he could.   (Francis A. Schaeffer, Jan. 30, 1912 – May 15, 1984. Theologian, philosopher, teacher, cultural analyst, gospel apologist.) No pastor, other Christian figures, or individual believers ever accompanied him. Out of refusal? No. Complete disinterest. Only his family came along. The same outlook is true today. The church, by and large, is disinterested in fine art. Music and writing are its main creative outlets. It is a sad loss because the finest of the arts, indeed human creativity itself, brings such glory to the Creator. It is an untapped catalyst to bring our wonderful Lord glory, a springboard to minster to others, while bringing beauty to an ugly world. Our attention is indeed skewed. In modern culture, the purpose of art seems to be to bring "glory" to the artist themselves. What we are missing in our outlook i