With remarkable frequency, the first word God speaks to individuals and groups poised at the edge of momentous  decision or holy encounter is this: “Do not be afraid. Do not fear.”  What is intended goes beyond an attitude adjustment on our part.  What is intended are lives empowered by that decisive word, so that “do not be afraid” finds its fullest  expression when we do not live afraid.  Faith does not call us merely to live without fear inside the sanctuary.  Discipleship calls us to confront appeals to fear in the world around us and to live our lives and bear our witness accordingly.  –  John Indermark in Do Not Live Afraid

 

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