Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors. Wouldn't it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, when you could trustmore and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?
The booklet contains Chapter 1 of Fearless with additional content.
“Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It dulls our miracle memory. It makes us forget what Jesus has done and how good God is.” (source)
“When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god. When safety becomes our god, we worship the risk-free life. Can the safety lover do anything great? Can the risk-averse accomplish noble deeds? For God? For others? No. The fear-filled cannot love deeply. Love is risky. They cannot give to the poor. Benevolence has no guarantee of return. The fear-filled cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams sputter and fall from the sky? The worship of safety emasculates greatness. No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.” (source)
“It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.” (source)
“Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control” (source)
“The Gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, 21 urge us to ‘not be afraid’ or ‘not fear’ or ‘have courage’ or ‘take heart’ or ‘be of good cheer.’” (source)
Max Lucado (1955– ) is a best-selling author with over 50 books and 65 million copies in print. He’s been named “America’s pastor” and “the best preacher in America.”
Lucado studied biblical and related studies at Abilene Christian University. He served as Associate Minister at Central Church of Christ in Miami, Florida and Church Planning Missionary in Rio de Janeiro. Lucado is a minister of preaching at Oak Hill Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served since 1988.
In 1991, Lucado began developing a radio broadcast called UpWords Ministries. The inspirational messages featured on UpWords with Max Lucado are heard in over 1,400 radio markets around the world.
Three of Lucado’s titles have been recipients of the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award: Just Like Jesus, In the Grip of Grace, and When God Whispers Your Name. Other notable titles by Lucado include Grace for the Moment and Facing Your Giants.