Awe, Gratitude, and Fearing God (Bridges)

Psalm 130:3-4 goes like this: Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?  But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. (NLT) I really appreciate how Jerry Bridges reflected on these verses in The Joy of Fearing God: Here it is not the dread of divine wrath, but… Continue reading Awe, Gratitude, and Fearing God (Bridges)

OCD and Long-Term Relief (Lakin)

Although I don't suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), I know people who do. It isn't much of a joking matter when someone has a serious case of OCD. I'm certainly no expert on OCD, but I do want to point out a helpful book on OCD that I just finished reading for pastoral reasons. It's… Continue reading OCD and Long-Term Relief (Lakin)

“The Destructive Power of Fear” (Vannoy)

In 1 Samuel 23 David is on the run from King Saul. At this point, Saul has pretty much devoted his life to killing David. Saul's rejection of God's word led him down the path of anger, hatred, jealousy, and murder. In fact, in his rage Saul had a large group of Israelite priests killed… Continue reading “The Destructive Power of Fear” (Vannoy)

A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Fear is an emotion that overlaps with worry and anxiety. As humans, we all struggle with these things. None of us have made it this far through life without some worry, fear, or anxiety. But sometimes these things can grow in a person's life and affect him or her every day. Some people are deeply… Continue reading A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Easter and the Fear of Hell (Boston)

 Although many people mock the truth of hell's existence, some people struggle with the fear of hell.  Some people are afraid of spending eternity facing a punishment in a place where there is forever weeping and gnashing of teeth.  It's hard to think about suffering God's eternal wrath against sin.  On this topic,  Thomas Boston… Continue reading Easter and the Fear of Hell (Boston)