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Second lockdown will create ‘fear and isolation’, says church leader

(Photo: Unsplash/Pedro Ramos)Evangelical theologian Dr Ian Paul has warned that a second lockdown could create more problems than it solves. The popular Christian blogger and Grove Books editor is one of the signatories to an open letter pleading with the respective governments of the UK not to close down churches for a second time.  He told... Read more

Nigeria’s Christians ‘fear for their lives’

Fr Sam Ebute(Photo: Aid to the Church in Need)Christians in Nigeria are living in constant fear of the next deadly attack, a priest in the country has said.  Father Sam Ebute, of Kangoro, told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that a surge of violence against Christians had left the faithful there paralysed by... Read more

Want to conquer COVID-19 fear, anxiety? Attend this virtual event – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — September is National Suicide Prevention Month in the U.S., and the latest numbers reveal startling developments. When adjusted for age, the suicide rate is at its highest point since 1941. Set Free Ministries Dean VanderMey says the COVID-19 pandemic is behind the latest surge in national and local mental health crises. Weve... Read more

Fighting Fear With Faith and Laughter – Encouragement for Today – September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020Fighting Fear With Faith and LaughterLAURA JENSEN WALKER Lee en espaolBe strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)Cancer isnt funny.But humor is healing.As someone who has gone through breast... Read more

Walk Through Your Fear – Girlfriends in God – August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020Walk Through Your Fear Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthGod did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7, NCV).Friend to FriendWe all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God's plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps... Read more

Canada experiences rise in assisted suicides as a third say they fear being a burden

A third of those who chose assisted suicide in Canada said they were worried about being a burden to carers or family(Photo: Unsplash/Janelle Hewines) The number of assisted suicide and euthanasia deaths in Canada rose by more than 25% in 2019 and made up 2% of all deaths in the country last year, according to... Read more

Boys State: Reason to Fear, and Hope, for the Future of Politics

As a father of two boys, Im grateful they are too young to track with the dumpster fire that is 2020. Im glad they have no knowledge of all that has been lost, destroyed, closed, canceled, and humbled by this pandemic-crippled, politics-poisoned year. And yet the chaotic wreckage of this world is what they will... Read more

Overcome the Fear | Thoughts about God by Jan Stewart

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NASB) Since the pandemic, I have wrestled with despair. I want to believe God is with me, but I am tempted to be at the mercy of an unseen virus... Read more

What Fear is Driving My Choices? – Daughters of Promise – August 5

WHAT FEAR IS DRIVING MY CHOICES?And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you did this thing, [turn over your wife to me]? Abraham said, I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. Genesis 20:10-11Sometimes,... Read more

‘When We Trust God, We Shouldn’t Fear Anything’: Ed Young Asserts America Is Facing the Virus of Fear

'When We Trust God, We Shouldn't Fear Anything': Ed Young Asserts America Is Facing the Virus of Fear As soon as Ed Young answers the call, you can tell that he is a man with a lot of energy and more importantly a lot of words of hope for the weary.Whatever stereotype that... Read more

Cathedral at Nantes Is Targeted by Arsonist, French Catholics Fear Their Religion Is under Attack

Cathedral at Nantes Is Targeted by Arsonist, French Catholics Fear Their Religion Is under Attack VATICAN CITY (RNS) For French Catholics, the recent fire at the cathedral of Nantes is yet another sign that their religion is in danger. Over the past week, theyve felt both anger and profound sadness after seeing another beloved... Read more

Fear Not: 10 Powerful Verses to Help You Fight Fear and Find Hope

Many of the most popular and frequently quoted Bible verses we hear or read are from the powerful book of Isaiah. 66 chapters are filled with such reminders of who God is and how Hes still with us today. We can find strength from the truth that His word never changes. We can find faith... Read more

How Could Forgiveness Possibly Lead to Fear?

Psalm 130:4 is one of those verses that makes your eyes screech to a halt on the page: But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. It sounds all wrong. But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be loved would make sense. So would But with you there is judgment,... Read more

Do Africas Self-Styled Prophets Fear COVID-19? – TGC Africa

COVID-19 continues to deal unprecedented blows to our collective human existence, revealing our fragility. Even religion is not exempt from its complications. For the effects of the pandemic on religious activities have been monumental. Some of these effects have also revealed some surprises. One such surprise has been the activities of self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ in Africa.... Read more

The Fear of Being Without | Devotional by Rand Kreycik

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 I am kind of freaked out right now. Not supremely, but... Read more

Two ways to help prisoners fight pandemic fear, anxiety – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — A new UK study shows worsening mental health among prisoners and prison staff as a result of the pandemic. Underfunding and overcrowding increase the risk of COVID-19 infections for both of these populations. More coronavirus coverage here. The same problems exist in U.S. prisons, where World Missionary Press sends Scripture booklets and... Read more

Fear Not, God Is with You – Beloved Women – June 15, 2020

Fear Not, God Is with You Beloved Women June 15, 2020READ: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: My body froze, and I was afraid. It was a steep hill I had driven down many times before. On this specific morning, anxiety... Read more

5 Signs You May Be Controlled by a Spirit of Fear

5. Compromising Compromise in interpersonal relationships is essential. Compromising on morals is not.Sometimes, when it seems like its the only way to survive, to keep people happy, to get what we want, we will compromise our morals. We will do things we know we shouldntor not do things we shouldin order to attain that which... Read more

Yemen: how to fight COVID-19 fear with hope – Mission Network News

[EDITORS NOTE: The following article was written by a Yemeni believer from a Muslim background living in the diaspora under quarantine.] Yemen (MNN) — Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Yemen on April 10th, the United Nations (UN) and relief organizations have warned that the spread of the virus will have a catastrophic... Read more

TGC Q&A: How Do I Find Peace in the Midst of Fear?

As part of the biblical counseling series on TGC Q&A, Ed Welch answers the question, “How do I find peace in the midst of fear?” He addresses: Framing the question (1:04) The natural understanding of the command not to be afraid (2:13) Matthew 6—Jesus’s command to avoid anxiety (3:40) An encouraging walk with Jesus (4:10)... Read more

Dealing with Fear | Thoughts about God by Mike Woodard

Domonic, our two and a half year old grandson was helping Papa (Grandpa) do some much needed spring cleanup in the back yard. Our backyard is terraced, so when we went to the second layer he started to cry. I asked him why he was crying, and he said, Me Scared. It turned out he... Read more

Faith, Food, and Fear Struggles under Quarantine

The world would have us find our comfort from sensual pleasures of the flesh. But any pleasure or comfort you get from food will be temporary at best.To be clear, there is nothing wrong with comfort food or being satisfied when we eat a delicious meal. There is a reason that homemade chicken soup makes... Read more

The Sociology of Fear

Weve been talking about the fear for these past few weeks as a congregation, looking at both Jesus invitationperhaps commandto fear not and also looking at the anatomy of fear. What is actually going on when we experience fear? Today were going to turn our attention to think about the sociology of fear: to recognize... Read more

No Concern – Devotional by Corice Peters

[ad_1] David shouted in reply, You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, however I come to you within the title of the LORD Almighty-the God of the armies of Israel, whom you've defied 1 Samuel 17:45 Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath from first Samuel. Jesse sends David out to the... Read more

Social Distancing From Church Is an Act of Love, Not Worry | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Sacrifice. Substitution. The final word mannequin of substitution and sacrifice was Christ, who gave his life in order that we'd dwell. We additionally may consider troopers, first responders and others who step into hazard to guard and serve. However what if laying down your life didnt at all times appear to be... Read more

9 Verses for Combating Concern | Compiled by Laura Rath

[ad_1] Just a few weeks in the past, concern crept in and needed management of my days. Possibly you realize the feelingwhen you understand youre frightened about how-will-I and all of the what-ifs for at the moment, tomorrow, and 10 years from now. Concern of the unknown and how-will-this-work-out is formidable. It has the facility... Read more

Worry Not, Your Future Is Safe

[ad_1] A Positive Hope You haven't been left to safe your personal future, as a result of God in grace has secured an finish to your story extra superb than you'll be able to grasp. You and I completely want our lives to be formed and reshaped by these phrases: Blessed be the God and... Read more

Dont Let Worry Maintain You Again – Bible Gateway Weblog

[ad_1] By Jennifer Allwood Be robust and brave. Don't be afraid or terrified due to them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he won't ever go away you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 All of us like secure. Its human nature to keep away from arduous issues, and our regular tendency is to... Read more