Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving. I have a lot to celebrate. I have my mom of 90 years next door to me. I have my brothers and their families nearby. I have my wife of 38 years right next to me. I have my 2 children, their spouses and their 7 children that will be joining us for a couple of days over the holiday. In addition to family, I have my friends and my work. I am especially thankful for Janet who has been working with me for 14 years and has proven to be an invaluable part of the Spot On The Lake team. I thank God for the people that He has put into my life and for sending His son Jesus to die for my sins.
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Last night in our ConnectGroup, we discussed the emotions of Jesus. There are references in the Bible to Jesus feeling the emotions of happiness, sadness, anger and compassion. The author of the book we are reading, Knowing Christ, did not mention the emotion of fear. So while we could think of no direct mention of Jesus being fearful, we have to suspect that Jesus, being fully human, experienced fear. But Jesus told us to "fear not", so is fear a sin? We believe the emotion of fear is not a sin, but our response to it can be. It is right for us to fear an approaching train as our car is stalled on the railroad track. We should do something. But our response to fear can often be sin. If we don't do the hard things we know we should do out of fear, that is a sin. The Bible also tells us to fear God, but for a believer, fearing God means to have a healthy reverence for his power and strength. We can't fully surrender to Him without that. That reverence for Him should push us towards Him when we are feeling fearful.
Thursday, November 4, 2021