June 28, 2018

06.24.18 “Don’t Be Afraid”

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Included in this podcast: 

1. Prayer for Illumination 

2. Old Testament reading  1 Samuel 32-49 

3. The Psalter  Psalm 9:9-20 

4. The Epistle  2 Corinthians 6:1-13 

5. Ministry of Music  Dr. Stan Workman 

6. The Gospel  Mark 4:35-41

7. The Sermon  "Don't Be Afraid" 

 

Sermon Excerpt: 

When a child wakes up in the middle of the crying, terrified at some dream, she cries out for her mother who comes into the room and scoops the child up in her arms. She wipes the sweaty hair off her daughter’s forehead and wipes away the tears from her cheeks.

She rocks her child gently, smoothing her hair, whispering what mothers have whispered from the beginning of time: “Shh, it’s OK. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

In truth, we know as adults there are many things to be afraid of in our world. And though they are very real, they do not have the last word. The scary things of this world do not have ultimate power over us, “because reigning over this world of fearsome things is a God” who is bigger than they.

What a mother means when she comforts her daughter is, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here. You’re not alone.”

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