Fearless – Max Lucado Wednesday, Sep 9 2009 

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Fearless

It was interesting to start writing a review about a book titled Fearless from the Mount Washington Roadway, an 8 mile traverse up one of the steepest roads in America to the highest peak in the Northeast. Mount Washington is also home to the most extreme weather in the world. Winds over 200 MPH have been recorded there, in fact there are over 100 days each year where the wind exceeds 100 MPH. The weather is so extreme that one building on the summit is literally chained down the ground. Extreme heights and extreme weather leave few people who can truly say they are fearless.

In the book Fearless, Max Lucado has done a wonderful job addressing one of the most prevalent and destructive emotions that millions of people are dealing with today. The sharp decline in the economy over the past few years has resulted in millions of Americans facing financial difficulty. Many are not able to pay bills to support their family, others are losing their homes to the bank, and millions more are unemployed. There are also major wars taking place across the world today. This summer we saw the number of American deaths in Afghanistan take off to new heights. There is also the seemingly unending health issues that appear without notice, Swine Flue (H1N1 has struck fear across the nation and the world). In addition to all of the known facts that are causing fear today is the fear of the unknown. The fact that everything about the future has a big question mark following it does not sit easy with anyone.

Jesus did not come to give us a spirit of fear. This is the point that Lucado makes and explains in this book. As Christians we know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We cannot take lightly the fact that Jesus addresses fear numerous times during his life on earth. Lucado makes the insightful point that each time Jesus speaks about fear he calls believers to the opposite of fear – Faith. As Christians we should not have fear about situations, but faith in Jesus.

Max Lucado addresses the fear that is part of life. There is no denying that there is much to be fearful of in this life, but Jesus came to change that. He came to earth and was crucified that we may live abundant lives. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 37:4 where it says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” When we as Christians embrace the fact that Jesus really does know, care, and love us it changes the way we live. We are free to live in faith, not fear.

I encourage you to read this book. I am not someone who would have said fear was an emotion that I struggled with, however as I read this book I became convicted. I realized that I do not rest in Jesus the way he desires that I rest in him. Read and enjoy!

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Fall 2009 – the beginning Wednesday, Sep 9 2009 

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I cannot believe that it is Labor Day. Another summer is gone, but like so many others this one was filled with wonderful memories that I expect to fondly look back on for ages. I did not write over the summer because I was first focused on completing my MBA through Liberty University. As it turned out, the final few classes I took were the most difficult classes that I took in the entire program. Following completion of my MBA I then spend the majority of the summer reading and studying for my Series 7. I passed this exam just before Labor Day and with that I now head off into fall with no classes, exams, or required reading. This is for the most part the first time in my life that I have not been studying for an exam or writing for a class. I have a large stack of books to read and a number of things I look forward to leading and participating in this fall.

As we look forward to the fall we certainly are excited about our involvement with the young adults at church. We are changing the way we do high school youth group from the traditional “game, teaching, hangout” format to more of an in-depth, life application Bible study. This will take place in small groups with the girls and guys separate. After reading statistics about how 7 of 8 high school students who are involved with their church leave their faith in Jesus upon going to college we decided that we needed to make sure students addresses their deepest questions, questioned their beliefs, and build a solid defense of what they believe and why they believe it. The next few weeks I will be working with my co-leader to define the topics we are going to address each week although that will be subject to change depending on what questions and concerns the student have.