Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #124, CT #208082
THIS THING OF FEAR
Verses 49 and 50:
But when they saw Him walking on the sea,
they supposed that it was a ghost and cried
out. For they all saw Him and were frightened. But
immediately He spoke with them and said- to- the "Take
courage. It is I. Do not be afraid."
Joseph Fort Newton, a pastor in Philadelphia, had an article in Reader's
Digest some years ago, entitled, "The Minister's Mail." In the article, he told
about the mail he'd received through the years. He said that out of all the
letters he received, which numbered in thousands, nearly everyone of them
related to fear. He said, "Less than a dozen had anything to do with theology,
but most were concerning fear." He was saying that people today live under
M. F. Graham wrote a book called, The Conquest of Fear. In the book he was
trying to evaluate his life and he said,
When I look back, I realize that most of my life had
been lived in fear. I was afraid when I was a baby.
They had to leave the light on in my room. When I
got ready to go to school, I was afraid. Later on, when I
became a man, I was afraid for imy iab. I was concerned
for my wife, I was concerned for the people that worked
for me. As I looked around, I recognized that my whole
life was framed and shaped by fear.
And I'm sure if I were to ask each of you what your number one fear is,
every person would name at least one fear. There is something that deeply grips
you that you'd like to get rid of, but some of you cannot. H-ow do you come face
to face with your fears?
Well, Jesus and the disciples had had a busy day. Jesus went up into the
mountains to pray to get spiritually recharged. The disciples came down,- got
into the boat, and started across the sea. I tell you what, I wouldn't want to
have been with those guys too much, becaus ...
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