Originally run: August 5, 2016

[Jesus says,] “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32

The above picture is a replication of a poster that was used in Great Britain during World War II. The picture was created by the British propaganda department to boost morale, especially as Nazi Germany bombed British cities during the Blitz. In the face of one of the greatest threats to the United Kingdom and the world, the leaders of the country help to give heart to those who were scared. 

I am fairly confident that many of you have seen this poster before, because it has seen a recent surge in popularity. The first time I saw this poster and remembered it was seeing it posted on a college professor’s office door. Part of why he shared this image is certainly because he is an anglophile. Yet, he also posted this image on his door with the honest intention of bringing some calm to those high-strung students who would anxiously seek him during the more stress filled times of the semester.

There are many frightening things happening in the world today. We are often afraid of what might happen but we are also sometimes uneasy about what might not happen as well. We can get bogged down by all that is happening throughout the world.

In the midst of these anxieties, Jesus gently and lovingly commands us to not be afraid. He continues by telling us that it is God the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. This is the promise of a wonderful gift. This is an act of grace. Also, remember: this is the kingdom of peace, completeness, tranquility, and wholeness. God promises this because God loves you.

I hope to see you this Sunday. Worship is at 10:45. We will continue to think about how God gives us peace in the midst of a world that tells us to be fearful or anxious.

Also, stay afterwards for Ice Cream Sundaes. A free-will donation will be taken to help offset the costs of the conference Lauren Muthler, Morgen Hummel, and myself will be traveling to at the end of August.

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Yours in Christ,
Pastor Paul