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Pastor’s Desk: Freedom from Fear

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church

It seems that we’ve been dealing with crisis the last several months, doesn’t it? Well, we have been. The whole world seems to be in turmoil and here we are trying to figure out what to do about it.

There are no easy answers for sure. I’m just glad I’m not one of those who has to make decisions that affect thousands of people like our health department directors and our governors. I am glad that I’m right here just trying to get through each day and deal with the issues that affect our church and community.

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg

So what is it that keeps me going?

I take time each day to pray for God’s guidance. Yes, that means starting each day looking to God instead of looking to my own ideas of how to deal with struggles. For example, I saw something posted on Facebook the other day that simply said, “When David faced Goliath he didn’t talk about how dangerous Goliath was – he talked about how great God is. Don’t talk fear. Talk faith.”

Now isn’t that a unique way of dealing with problems both great and small. Start with God. Jesus told us many times over in the gospels, “Do not fear, or do not be afraid.” He meant it. Basically Jesus was saying, “I’ve got this.”

When we’re dealing with giants in our lives, things that strike fear in our hearts and minds, remembering how great God is reduces that giant to something much more manageable, and no longer overwhelming. In fact, remembering how great God is gives us a new freedom. It’s a freedom to enjoy life, to enjoy sharing with others because of the rewards we feel when we help out.

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