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Topic: Fear & Worry

Perfectionism

Freedom from Perfectionism

Have you ever re-folded the towels because someone put the laundry away badly? Are you silently judging other parents when their children throw tantrums? Do you feel like you’re always behind, frustrated when you don’t complete a project to your own impossible standards? If so, you may be suffering from […]

Fear Man

The Fear of Man Will Crush You

Earlier this year, my right thumb started hurting. I can’t remember any fall or trauma that caused the problem, but I winced every time I had to grip or press with my thumb. Shaking hands became especially painful. One evening, I was hosting an honor society induction at my college. […]

Fear

Three Antidotes to Fear

“Fear is a liar,” my friend says to me with some regularity. And she’s right. Fear cleverly disguises itself as wisdom or maturity, even logic. Often as we try to problem solve through fear, we either convince ourselves that complete avoidance of the object of fear is achievable, or that […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (May 4, 2017)

Stop Photobombing Jesus (Garrett Kell, The Gospel Coalition) Are you frustrated or discouraged when God “overlooks” you? Those are good times to re-evaluate why you follow Jesus. Satan Wields Ignorance of the Word as a Weapon (Kelly Needham, True Woman) Ignorance of the whole of God’s Word makes us easy targets in the […]

fear

A Three-Part Formula for Fear

Israel refused to enter the land. After years of wandering in the wilderness, and after freedom from slavery in Egypt, God’s people should’ve been thrilled to draw ever nearer to the land flowing with milk and honey, the land God had promised them. Finally to be home! Finally to be settled. […]

stronger

Jesus Is Stronger Than Your Fear

Hi. My name is Sophie. I like to pretend emotions don’t exist. Two weeks ago my days were filled with one challenge after another, and by Friday night I could feel myself going into an emotional lock-down, attempting to bury every feeling in a Fort Knox-type armory with hopes that […]

fight fear

Fight Fear with Faith

It’s not easy to be a Christian today. It never has been. But is it getting harder? In observing the times, there appears to be an increasing tension between those of the Christian faith and those who want to smother any expression of that faith. However, it’s absolutely crucial in this […]

fear the future

What to Do When You Fear the Future

Have you ever felt like you don’t know what to do next? Like you’re at a crossroad? You feel stuck, like you’re paralyzed, insecure and unsure of your next step. Do you ever fear the future because you have no idea what you’re supposed to do? I have, and the feeling […]

comparison trap

Break Free from the Comparison Trap

Comparison is a sneaky enemy. It may start small, under the guise of admiring a friend’s new job or social finesse. Then a question creeps in: Why don’t I have that? A coworker receives recognition for a job well done, and you wonder why your work hasn’t been recognized in […]

election season

Five Reasons to Hope in God This Election Season

With important issues on the table and potential long-lasting implications of an election, it can be easy to get caught up in all of the hype, madness, and passion that abounds during an election cycle. There are several pitfalls Christians can fall into with their thinking in regards to politics: You […]

Seven Truths to Fight Anxiety About Your Salvation

Do you even notice how often in Scripture God has to reassure his people? He’s constantly saying things like, “Don’t be afraid, I am with you.” Variations of “don’t be afraid” are often cited as the most frequently repeated command in all of Scripture. God tells us over and over […]

fearful Christians

Why Are There So Many Fearful Christians?

This article is adapted from Pastor Colin’s booklet Women of Faith in a Culture of Fear, to be released in e-book format mid-June. The booklet format will be available at The Gospel Coalition’s women’s conference this week. Visit the UTB booth to get your copy! Sometimes it seems that there is […]

calm the storms

Jesus Didn’t Come to Calm the Storms

What if Jesus hadn’t calmed the storm? It is one of the most beloved stories in the Bible, found in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee when a storm rolls in. The waves threaten to sink the boat. Jesus is asleep. Asleep! How can […]

Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day, Don’t Worry

Once a mother always a mother. When I was planning the series Ultimate Questions for the congregation of The Orchard some time ago, I wondered which of Jesus’ questions might be most appropriate for Mother’s Day. So I showed a list of Christ’s questions to a few mothers in the congregation, […]

anxiety

Renouncing Anxiety

A beloved relative is dying before your eyes; the syncopation of an EKG monitor punctuates each heartbeat. Bleep… Bleep… Bleep…. It’s not the sound of hospital equipment, however, that is dragging your soul into despair; it’s the conflicted thoughts and emotions swirling within. Beautiful memories from the past, tender and […]

the future

A Good Relationship with the Future

On moving day, I mostly reclined, having been barred from packing heavy items, lifting boxes or furniture, and reaching to hang pictures or put items in tall cabinets. This was a benefit of making the move late in the third trimester of pregnancy. Watching, I thought to myself, This is […]

fear

Where to Turn When the Fear Is Real

This past year, my family went through a season of being uncomfortably uprooted and led in a direction of several unknowns. Through a series of events, it became clear that the Lord was asking us to make some major life changes, drastically affecting our comfort level, lifestyle, and future plans. […]

How to Overcome Your Fears

A Christian is a person who submits his or her whole life to the lordship of Jesus Christ. This is the polar opposite of the great movements of our time, both within our own culture and around the world. What are the great things in the Bible that God does […]

God's will

God’s Will for Your Life

Many of us are desperate to know the will of God for our lives. There are so many decisions to make and none of the answers seem clear. Where should I go to college? What kind of career should I pursue? Should I keep the job that I have? Should […]

Restore to Me the Joy of Your Salvation

My husband and I recently sat in on a meeting to discuss the options, challenges, and hurdles of our child’s special needs. As we sat surrounded by several specialists, listening to them list the problems at hand, a lump began to grow in the back of my throat in an […]

Fear Is Not the Final Word

“Hail to Dorothy, the Wicked Witch is dead!” With a simple bucket of water Dorothy slew the dreaded Witch, and it didn’t come a moment too soon. My six-year-old heart was about to beat out of my chest. But thanks to the strategically located bucket, disaster was evaded – that […]

extractor

The Hovering Fear Extractor

As a sophomore in college, I had a pretty fun job. I worked as a stagehand for the Braden Auditorium, a 3,500 seat theater at Illinois State University. While a student there, I had the unique opportunity to interact with some well known individuals and bands. Among my favorites were […]

thorn

For When Your Thorn Acts Up

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about having a “thorn” in his flesh. He describes it as “a messenger of Satan” sent to “harass” him, and he says that he begged the Lord to take it from him multiple times (2 Corinthians 12:7-8). I’ve always wondered what the thorn was. Was […]

feeling lonely

Four Lies We Believe When We Are Feeling Lonely

There is no denying that many roads of suffering are incredibly lonely ones. Yes, it is true that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9), and often there are more people who can relate to our suffering than we realize. Nevertheless, these roads are often still lonely. I […]

Jesus Christ

Who Then Is This Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is the primary message relayed throughout the Gospel of Mark: Jesus is one with the Father, God in the flesh, full of power and authority over nature, demons, disease, and even death. For many believers who have put their faith in Christ, Jesus’ […]

finding peace

Finding Peace in a World of Turmoil

Imagine a state of perfect peace. What do you picture? For me, I imagine retreating alone to the ocean, looking out into the vastness, beauty, and power of its waters. The air is comfortable with a warm and gentle breeze with no distractions other than the chatter of seagulls and the […]

trust God

Five Reasons We Can Trust God in the Detours of Our Lives

As I drove to work the other morning, I couldn’t help but get frustrated at the road work happening in our neighborhood. Big, orange “Detour” signs regaled the road, signaling to drivers that they would need to take an alternative route. I turned right, onto a suburban street I did […]