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Verse 4

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;  a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’  And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’  I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity  he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.   “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:5‭-‬10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.11.5-10.NIV

Verse 3

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-6-18

Verse 2

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7‭-‬11 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.7.7-11.NIV

You Heard it Said verse 1

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.   “This, then, is how you should pray:  “ ‘Our Father in heaven,  hallowed be your name,   your kingdom come,  your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us today our daily bread.   And forgive us our debts,  as we also have forgiven our debtors.   And lead us not into temptation,   but deliver us from the evil one.   ’ Matthew 6:7‭-‬13 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.7-13.NIV

You Heard it Said (Day 4)

Your prayers are powerful.   In a 24-hour news cycle, we’re no strangers to tragedy. One disaster strikes and then another swiftly takes its place in the headlines. And people commonly respond with comments like “thoughts and prayers.” But lately, people have been questioning whether prayer is actually much help. We love being able to fix problems in our own power, but we often forget where our true Source of power comes from—God. Pastor Craig Groeschel says it this way, “Prayer is never a last resort. Prayer is our first line of defense.”  We often don’t realize the power that prayer has to change circumstances, and we often forget that sometimes the greatest power of prayer is to change our own hearts and perspectives. Prayer reminds us that we are not in control but that we serve a God who is. Prayer allows us to surrender our worries, align our hearts with God’s, and practice depending on God. And prayer also changes us. It encourages us. And sometimes it challenges us to be

Verse 5 continue

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40 NIV https://luke.bible/luke-19-40

Verse 5

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Luke 19:39 NIV https://luke.bible/luke-19-39

Verse 4

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”  (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity

Verse 3

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.2.8-10.NIV

Verse 2

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18‭-‬20 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.28.18-20.NIV

Verse 1

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. Acts 17:24‭-‬29 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/act.17.24-29.NIV

You Heard it Said (Day 3)

We don’t run errands for the God of the universe.  We know that following Jesus isn’t a cause; it’s a calling. But sometimes we can overemphasize our part of that calling. We sometimes think or behave like our faith is based on what  we  do for God instead of what God did for us. And that’s where it gets twisted.  There’s this tension between grace and discipline that is sometimes really hard to navigate. We know that we are saved by grace and through faith in Christ alone. But does that mean it’s a Christian excuse to be lazy? Of course not! We do have a role to play in following Jesus. But we often think that it’s our part that makes the difference.  We know that if we want to be close to God, we have to invest in the relationship. Praying, reading the Bible, serving others, worshiping, going to church—we often refer to those things as spiritual disciplines. And all of those things are so important for helping us get to know God and become more like Him.  But we sometimes th

Verse 2 continue

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are those who mourn,  for they will be comforted.   Blessed are the meek,  for they will inherit the earth.   Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,  for they will be filled.   Blessed are the merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.   Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they will see God.   Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.   Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.   “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfo

Verse 2

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: Matthew 5:1‭-‬2 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.5.1-2.NIV

Verse 1

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-4-19 At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:20 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-4-20

You Heard it Said ( Day 2)

Following Jesus isn’t a cause to be a part of; it’s a calling to give your life to.  Do you ever feel like you don’t have the capacity to care about every cause you hear about? It’s almost like our cares have been commodified. Businesses and nonprofits tell compelling stories to inspire change and encourage action, and it’s a beautiful thing. But too much information from too many sources can sometimes crowd out our compassion.  Sometimes following Jesus can feel like another cause to care about, but in reality, it’s so much bigger than that. Following Jesus isn’t a cause to be a part of; it’s a calling to give your life to.  Jesus often rejected concepts accepted by culture with this famous phrase, “You’ve heard it said … but I say …” He did this most often in the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus said, “You’ve heard it said,” He was challenging us to break out of routine obedience and inviting us into a full-life surrender.  It wasn’t just “avoid adultery.” It was “don’t even

Verse 5

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:4‭-‬10 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.12.4-10.NIV

Verse 4

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37‭-‬38 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.9.37-38.NIV

Verse 3

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19‭-‬20 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.18.19-20.NIV

Verse 2

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.11.28-30.NIV

Day 1 verse 1

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NIV https://genesis.bible/genesis-2-18

You Heard it Said (Day 1)

If we follow Jesus, we can’t take a DIY approach to life.  Most of us pride ourselves on our ability to solve our own problems and to avoid needing others—basically to live a DIY kind of life. For example, if we don’t know how to do something, we watch a YouTube tutorial. If we have a question about something, we research it on the internet until we find an answer. If we’re struggling with something, we’ll often listen to a podcast, find a sermon, or distract ourselves with a binge-worthy TV series or endless social media scrolling.  While there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of those coping mechanisms, they are all things we can do alone, and rarely do those things inspire us to reach out to others around us. The thing is, we have more information and content available to us than we could ever hope to consume. And while it’s great to be informed, we have to recognize that  consuming information in isolation rarely leads to transformation . So we can’t allow our consumption o

Day 7 verse

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life ? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom

Live Fear-Free (Day 7) Last Day

Flowers and gardeners My wife Laura and I lived in Aberdeen, Scotland when I was researching emotions. We loved the fields of daffodils in the spring. In Aberdeen, with its temperate and rainy climate, these flowers multiplied endlessly. Whole parks or expressway exit ramps would turn daffodil-yellow through a grass carpet.  Building on the community’s enthusiasm for the flower, we planted spring bulbs in our tiny garden at the back of our flat (apartment). The second spring, as the hills and parks exploded in yellow, our garden was a brown dirt mess. Our small flat came with a gardener, an elderly Scotsman with an accent so thick we had trouble understanding him. He should have fertilized and taken care of the garden, right? Sharing our distress, our neighbor confided in us, “Your gardener dug up your bulbs and took them to plant somewhere else.” Our gardener turned out to be a bulb thief! In a hard times, I am often tempted to think of providence like it is my Scottish gardene

Verses 1 & 2

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV https://1peter.bible/1-peter-5-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV https://philippians.bible/philippians-4-6

Live Fear-Free (Day 6)

Walking away from worry and anxiety What are the differences between fear and anxiety? Fear is a more focused emotion, usually about a very specific thing or circumstance. People’s fear of snakes, for example, usually pops up when they see a snake, not while they work at their desks. Worry is usually less intense and more drawn out, like annoying background noise that you cannot turn off or get out of your head. It can be like trying to work next to a parking lot where they are using jackhammers to break up the concrete. Both fear and anxiety concern something bad happening to something you love in the future, but they are often felt differently.  In our journey towards living fearless, we have been exploring fear and anxiety as the multi-faceted thing that they actually are. We cannot pretend we can banish fear from all areas of life at all times. This is impossible in an evil, broken world as finite, time-bound, and frail humans. And we should even cultivate a healthy fear of th

Verse 2

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Luke 12:4‭-‬5 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.12.4-5.NIV

Verse 1

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 2 Corinthians 5:8‭-‬11 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/2co.5.8-11.NIV

Live Fear-Free (Day 5)

Fear of God protects your soul In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul fears the Lord. But his fear of God connects to his full confidence of salvation. Paul moves forward with unshakable security because his eternal future is secure, while at the same time referencing the motivation and fearful reality of the future judgement of God.  Instead of being opposites, to Paul, confidence and the fear of God are interdependent. In Luke 12, Jesus reminds his “dear friends” to fear God and his judgment in the context of God’s care and provision for his children. How are we to understand this?  In a healthy parent-child relationship, parents who no longer command respect and fear from the child have forfeited the child’s obedience and trust. When a child does not listen to the authoritative voice of their mother when they say, “Don’t run out in the street,” or, “Don’t touch the stove,” it leads to disaster. The fear is protection and blessing to the child. Instead of getting caught up in debates abou

Verse 6

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1‭-‬5 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/2ti.3.1-5.NIV

Verse 5

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:1‭-‬2 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jas.4.1-2.NIV

Verse 4

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV https://2timothy.bible/2-timothy-4-3

Verse 3

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-12-2

Verse 2

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV https://james.bible/james-1-17

Verse 1 from tonights Church Service

Title of Sermon: Has Evil Become Our New Normal Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV https://hebrews.bible/hebrews-13-8

Day 4 verse

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14‭-‬15 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.2.14-15.NIV

Live Fear-Free (Day 4)

Live Fear-Free (Day 4) Where is your victory, Death? We have been talking about fear honestly and realistically. Our heroes of faith had their fears and we will have ours, but God comes alongside us to console us, letting the truth of Scripture speak to and even erase our fears. But there is a flip side of the coin. The Bible teaches that some fears should not be part of our lives. These fears can become fully in our past. A common theme is not to fear people, especially those who are against the gospel. Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Those who follow Jesus do not need to fear being persecuted. This is based on sound logic; no human can harm your eternal soul and the Holy Spirit will be there to help you. Christians can also banish the fear of death. I am currently house-bound in the world-wide 2020 coronavirus epidemic. Nothing like this has

Verse 2

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. Matthew 28:2‭-‬5 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.28.2-5.NIV

Verse 1

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. 1 John 4:17‭-‬18 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1jn.4.17-18.NIV

Live Fear-Free (Day 3)

Live Fear-Free (Day 3) How does God feel about our anxiety? The most repeated command in the Bible notto do something is “do not fear.” At first glance, this may make us feel like we are condemned for being afraid. We may feel we are not good enough, we are not strong enough, we do not have enough faith. Is God displeased with us? Scripture reveals that in fact, condemnation may be the opposite of why this command is repeated so often. Look at the lists of sins in the New Testament. There was a common device when the New Testament was written called a vice list. It was not a comprehensive listing of all the things that you could do that were bad, but a list that gave you characteristics of bad character. The kind of person that did these kinds of things was a corrupted person. The actions indicated a dangerous person of bad character. There are 20 vice lists in the New Testament, and they are filled with emotions. Bad characters are said to love certain bad things and hate certain

Verse 1 - 2

For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. 2 Corinthians 7:5 NIV https://2corinthians.bible/2-corinthians-7-5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV https://1thessalonians.bible/1-thessalonians-3-5

Live Fear-Free (Day 2)

When fear is normal, even healthy  Although we try to be like Jesus, we are not Jesus. As God, Jesus could walk on water and shut lion’s mouths (Daniel 6). He is King of creation and knows the future. But you and I are not, so we still fear lions and storms.  Paul, like us, experienced life’s normal fears and doubts. He was afraid in storms when sailing, worried about the health of his coworkers, and anxious about his converts staying strong in their new faith. Since we fear when we wonder if something bad will happen to what we love in the future, we will fear when we do not know the future. Fear often protects us from danger. A wild lion is no danger to Jesus, who is God, but it is to us! We run away because it can harm us. Without fear in our dangerous world, we would see more destruction and death. How do we know when to listen to and when to calm our fears? When are they healthy and when are they destructive? We fear lions in the savanna. But at the zoo, we know the lion ha

Verse 2

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-8-28

Verse 3

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NIV https://luke.bible/luke-22-42 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:43‭-‬44 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.22.43-44.NIV

Verse 1

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16‭-‬17 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.3.16-17.NIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-8-28

Live Fear-Free (Day 1)

Was Jesus ever afraid? Despite feeling the full range of other human emotions: love, joy, anger, sorrow… Jesus is never said to fear. When I was studying Jesus’s emotions, it struck me as strange. As I dug deeper, this fact changed my life.  We feel fear - and its cousins, worry and anxiety - when we think something bad is going to happen to something we love in the future. My neighbor might not loan me his expensive new red car for fear I might harm it if I drove it. You can fear a snake bite as you pick mangoes. These fears are based on the expectation of harm to a beloved object in the future, whether your car or your health. They are based on knowledge, such as snakes liking mango trees. Feeling fear involves your knowledge, thinking, evaluation, and the values you have.  Jesus’s emotions were colored by his knowledge of two truths. Jesus knew God’s love and provision for him. At his baptism, the Father fully assured Jesus of his love (Matthew 3:17). When my children were

Verse 5

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-46-10

Verse 4

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. 1 John 4:18 NIV https://1john.bible/1-john-4-18

Verse 3

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV https://john.bible/john-14-27

Verses

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV https://2timothy.bible/2-timothy-1-7

Verse 1

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.4-7.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING (Day 7) last day

Maybe one of those stories stuck out to you. Or maybe your story with anxiety is completely different. But whatever battle you’re facing with anxiety, the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is living in you. And He didn’t give you a spirit of fear.  That doesn’t mean that if you’re struggling with anxiety you don’t have enough faith. It doesn’t mean that you’re not trusting God enough. In fact, what if anxiety could be the very thing that helps you learn to rely on and trust in God? Could anxiety actually be a catalyst for drawing you closer to God?  Anxiety becomes a gift when it helps us depend on God. That doesn’t mean we stop seeking help or hope. It does mean that we know pursuing peace is a process.  So, is it possible to really live anxious for nothing? Yes. That doesn’t mean there won’t ever be anything to be anxious about. But because of Jesus, we can live anxious for nothing  even when  there’s something to be anxious about—not by our efforts but by His presen

Verse 5

Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Philippians 3:1 NIV https://philippians.bible/philippians-3-1

Verse 4

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, Philippians 1:18 NIV https://philippians.bible/philippians-1-18

Verse 3

I sought the Lord , and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-34-4

Verse 2

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-23-4

Verse 1

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:4‭-‬8 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.4-8.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING (Day 6)

What if you can praise God even in the middle of pain? Brian experienced anxiety that led to some physical symptoms as well. But through his experience, he discovered that he still had much to thank God for. Here’s his story:   I first dealt with acute anxiety and panic some years ago while living in a foreign country during a challenging stage of life. While trying to learn a new language, start a business, be the light of Christ where there was virtually no church present, and parent twin one-year-olds, it was as if I gradually descended a dark valley.  Over the course of several months, I suffered from chest pains, headaches and other sickness that served as a catalyst for fear and concern unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Up until this point in my life, I really hadn’t battled worry too much, and if I’m honest, I even prided myself on being a courageous risk taker. But I soon began to dwell on worst-case scenarios—convinced something serious was wrong with me or that somet

Verse of the Day

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV https://bible.com/bible/1/2th.3.3.NIV

Verse 4

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his right

Verse 2 - 3

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-11-28 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV https://john.bible/john-14-27

Verse 1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.6-7.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING (Day 5)

Jesus meets us in the middle of anxiety, even when we don’t feel Him at first. Chelsea first experienced anxiety right after graduating from college. Here’s her story of how God brought her out of darkness and into His peace.   The feelings of fear, worry, and depression were so real. I could barely eat because of the daily nausea. I slept more than 12 hours every night, yet every morning it was a battle to even make myself get out of bed. I was so wrapped up in my own mind that most days I simply didn’t speak. I sought help from my family, a doctor, a counselor, pastors, and friends, but my dark days seemed to be never-ending. We all experience dark days. And those dark days may last weeks. Or months. Or years. But if you know the story of Good Friday, the day Jesus gave His life for yours, you know there is good news, friends. Friday is dark, but Sunday is coming!  We have a hope in the darkness, and our hope has a name. His name is Jesus.  On my darkest day, a Friday in Jul

Verses 6 - 7

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4‭-‬5 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.1.4-5.NIV Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the A

Verses 4 - 5

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3 NIV https://isaiah.bible/isaiah-53-3 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record? Psalms 56:8 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-56-8

Verses 2 n 3

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.5.6-7.NIV And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-8-11

Verse 1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.6-7.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING (Day 4)

Jesus meets us in the middle of anxiety, even when we don’t feel Him at first. Chelsea first experienced anxiety right after graduating from college. Here’s her story of how God brought her out of darkness and into His peace.   The feelings of fear, worry, and depression were so real. I could barely eat because of the daily nausea. I slept more than 12 hours every night, yet every morning it was a battle to even make myself get out of bed. I was so wrapped up in my own mind that most days I simply didn’t speak. I sought help from my family, a doctor, a counselor, pastors, and friends, but my dark days seemed to be never-ending. We all experience dark days. And those dark days may last weeks. Or months. Or years. But if you know the story of Good Friday, the day Jesus gave His life for yours, you know there is good news, friends. Friday is dark, but Sunday is coming!  We have a hope in the darkness, and our hope has a name. His name is Jesus.  On my darkest day, a Friday in Jul

Verse 4

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV https://isaiah.bible/isaiah-26-3

Verse 3

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV https://joshua.bible/joshua-1-9

Verse 2

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35‭-‬41 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.4.35-41.NIV

Verse 1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.6-7.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING ( Day 3)

Is peace really possible today? Cheri went on a quest 11 years ago to find out. Here’s what she discovered along the way:   I remember it vividly. The day I decided I couldn’t live like this anymore. Here I was, a fully devoted follower of Christ, responding to life pretty much like everyone else. I lived in fear and worry, yet I knew it shouldn’t be that way! Consistently I read in the Word of God not to be afraid and to be anxious for nothing. But that sounded impossible! God has a lot to say in the Bible about fear and its antidote: peace. In one instance, Jesus and His disciples were on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee when a furious storm threatened to sink them. They all fought to keep afloat, and what was Jesus doing? He was sound asleep! Right in the middle of the storm. The disciples asked, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus got up and rebuked the storm, and it went completely calm. Then He asked the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no

Verse 5

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13 NIV https://revelation.bible/revelation-22-13

Verse 4

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord , make me dwell in safety. Psalms 4:8 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-4-8

Verse 3

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-15-13

Verse 2

or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:7‭-‬9 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/2co.12.7-9.NIV

Verse 1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.6-7.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING (Day 2)

What if anxiety can bring you closer to Jesus? Jordan spent a whole year praying his anxiety away until he discovered something deeper—a stronger relationship with Jesus. Maybe you can relate to his story:   “I think I’m going to die.” That’s exactly what I thought to myself numerous sleepless nights last year. I would try to fall asleep, only to be woken up in terror for no particular reason. My chest was tight. I felt like I was choking, and I couldn’t breathe at times. The cycle would repeat, and eventually I resigned myself to sleep on the couch so I’d stop waking up my wife.  One day, I went to a doctor and explained my symptoms—the chest pain, the trouble falling asleep, and the panic attacks. After a couple of tests over a few visits, he diagnosed me with  anxiety.  Can I be honest? It made me feel like a failure as a Christian. Hadn’t I been praying against this the right way?  I’m not supposed to deal with this, I would think to myself,  I’m supposed to have peace and n

Verse 3

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV https://2thessalonians.bible/2-thessalonians-3-16

Verse 2 - some of this is Written in Red

Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”  At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’ ?” They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’ ? We don’t understand what he is saying.”  Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?  Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.  A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.  So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will se

Verse 1

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.4-7.NIV

ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING ( Day 1) New reading plan

On the Run  Living with anxiety feels a lot like living on the run—except you’re running away from your own life. Panic settles in your chest as you try desperately to escape to a safe place that seems just out of reach. Worries swirl around in your head at a speed that makes it hard to breathe, and fear wells up, causing indecision and self-doubt.  Sound familiar? There’s a constant pressure never to shut off your life—emails never stop, notifications pile up on our phones, and let’s not forget the comparison trap social media brings. So, how do we live with that, when we know that as Jesus followers, we are called to live anxious for nothing?  Too often we feel weighed down by guilt because we think Christians aren’t  supposed  to feel this way.  But what if we can stop running from something and start running  to someone?  We can. You can. The promise that we can live anxious for nothing isn’t based on what we can produce but on the presence of God. Check out what it says

Verse 10

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1 NIV https://romans.bible/romans-5-1

Verse 9

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13‭-‬14 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/col.2.13-14.NIV

Verse 8

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV https://1corinthians.bible/1-corinthians-14-33

Verse 7 - 22 is in Red

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21‭-‬22 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.18.21-22.NIV

Verse 6

And forgive us our debts,  as we also have forgiven our debtors.   For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:12‭, ‬14 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.12-14.NIV

Verse 5

‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ Numbers 14:18 NIV https://numbers.bible/numbers-14-18

Verse 4

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NIV https://colossians.bible/colossians-3-15

Verse 3

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6‭-‬9 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.6-9.NIV

Verse 2

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV https://2corinthians.bible/2-corinthians-13-11

Verse 1 from my other church.

Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-5-9

Verse 7 - Some of this is in Red

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31‭-‬32 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.8.31-32.NIV

Verse 6

All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.  if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law,

Verse 5

All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. Romans 2:12‭-‬16 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.2.12-16.NIV