do not fear

The most frequent command in scripture is some version of “do not be afraid” or “fear not.” It is used a reported 365 times, though I haven’t counted. My colleague here at the Barnabas Center, Roger Edwards, leads a seminar titled “It is not what you say, it’s how you say it.” I wonder how the speakers in scripture (Lord, Angels, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, the Prophets, Jesus, Paul, etc.) “say it”? Is it given as an admonishment or as words of comfort? Was it said irritably or soothingly? Those… Continue reading do not fear

recovering (re-connecting) from the worst day

Have you ever had a day that you knew you would never be the same after?  When the world as you knew it was forever altered?  Those days never start out radically different, nor with obvious warning signs.  Even if they did, how can you ever be prepared for what The Fresh Prince once mused, “Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…” When we encounter tragedy or trauma—the flipped-turned upside down moments—our brain and body go into survival mode.  Whether that survival is… Continue reading recovering (re-connecting) from the worst day