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Fear, Faith, and the Storm

Mark 4:35-41, NRSV

Reflections

How can you live with the terrifying thought that the hurricane has become human, that fire has become flesh, that life itself became life and walked in our midst? Christianity either means that or it means nothing. It is either the most devastating disclosure of the deepest reality of the world, or it is a shame, a nonsense, a bit of deceitful playacting. Most of us, unable to cope with saying either of those things, condemn ourselves to live in the shallow world in between.
— N.T. Wright, from
For All God’s Worth

  • We all experience storms, big and small; but there is a storm in a subtle context
  • Faith is not just to close your eyes and think of a happy place
  • Faith grounded in reality
    • Bible stories are based in a time so long ago, can we really believe it is not just a legend?
    • If all we have is the teaching and stories, i.e. without faith, we can’t ride out the storms
    • Only when we take bible stories seriously, believing as historical events, then we have faith
  • Faith is the antidote of fear
  • Faith in God, trusting Him, knowing that He is good
    • Gaining more courage to face the storm
  • His loving power and presence is compatible to your stormy situations, your suffering

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