No More Fear Paralysis

When was the last time you failed?  Was it huge or a small mistake, a breakdown or a collapse – or have you intentionally suppressed memories of your failure?

Most of us hate failure. Failing makes us feel ashamed.  It threatens our identity – as if our identity could be built on consistent, flawless performance.

We need to remember, however, that failure is a significant and important part of life. The only way a child will ever learn to walk is by failing thousands of times. People of great accomplishment have a long string of failures to which they can very easily point.

Winston Churchill, widely regarded as one of world’s great wartime heroes, defined success as “going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

The best way to deal with a fear of failure is to press ahead, try some new things and fail a few times. You will find that the fear of shame associated with the fear of failure is ten times worse than the actual failure....

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Do You Feel Lonely?

Loneliness is one of the worst experiences people face.  God knows this!   Referring to Adam, before Eve was created,  God says,  “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)   Everyone experiences loneliness, and it is difficult for us all.

Consider this obscure verse that says, “The Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)   This prophetic word was spoken to the king of Judah to convince him that the two armies coming against him in battle would not succeed.  It also has a deeper and more profound meaning for all humanity.  Matthew quoted this verse (Matthew 1:23) and declared its fulfillment in the birth of Jesus, born of the virgin Mary, but conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Theologically and practically, Jesus is best understood as fully God and fully human. He is the fulfillment of the name...

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