Do Not Be Afraid

Whew! What a day yesterday was. The two sermons were designed to emphasize the topic of Fear on Sunday morning and Peace Sunday night during the candlelight service. To aid in communicating we pulled out all the stops and employed lighting, decorations, video, drama (that angel really did look frightening with his wig :-), music (were you shocked to hear Buffalo Springfield play during the slide show?), power-point, candles, cardboard testimonies, and two choirs (adult and children). David Layman did his usual fantastic job of making it all come together (where would we be without him?).

One person asked for a copy of the contrast between being controlled by one’s Faith or one’s Fears that I read during Candlelight. Here it is, and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Fear is destructive; Faith is constructive

Fear causes doubt; Faith brings confidence

Fear leads to reactive decisions; Faith leads to redemptive decisions

Fear pulls one inward; Faith leads one outward

Fear makes us protective; Faith makes us bold

Fear can freeze us; Faith activates us

Fear says “You can’t”; Faith says “God can”

Fear says “Satan is strong”; Faith says “God is stronger”

Fear creates panic; Faith creates love

Fear makes us weak; Faith makes us strong

Fear makes us anxious; Faith makes us courageous

Fear brings disorder; Faith brings peace

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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4 Responses to “Do Not Be Afraid”

  1. avatar Jeremy says:

    Wow. Yesterday was a great day. There were two moments that were particularly moving.

    The first was watching the fear video on Sunday morning. I was just listening and watching along, not thinking about any one topic mentioned in particular. Then he said something to the effect of being afraid of God. That sent a chill through me. I think that was significant.

    The other was not a specific moment per se, but the fact that I nearly backed out of the card board testimonies. It was really hard to do.

    One thing I noticed was how often the church family was mentioned on the peace side of the testimonies. We have been truly blessed here at Clear Lake!

  2. avatar Byron says:

    I’m really glad that you didn’t back out. Each testimony given last night communicated to someone who has experienced, or is currently going through something very similar. I trust that your testimony uniquely touched some people and hopefully helped them to find faith to continue the fight.

  3. avatar Amanda says:

    Was the service video taped?

  4. avatar JAPierce says:

    Where are the puppy pics?!?!?!?!

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