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Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – July 2019

The Fear Factor:  Confronting Your Anxieties and Fears

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

What is fear?  Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Here are some of the more common anxieties and fears people experience….the fear of failing, letting the others down, rejection, commitment, public speaking, public embarrassment, large crowds, the unknown, change, technology, and computers.  Some people may even experience anxiety and fear that includes the fear of injury, being a victim of violence or abuse, sickness and death.  And there are many other fears!

Have you experienced any of these fears lately?  I know I have some of these fears or at least an uncomfortable level of anxiety.  For some people speaking in public or to large groups can be a very fearful experience.  Here are some steps to help you deal with your feelings of anxiety and fear.

  1. Acknowledge your own Anxieties and Fears: The first step in overcoming your fear of something is to acknowledge that it is real for you. Just the thought of something fearful can raise your pulse and make you feel irritable.  Perhaps you start to perspire and have tense muscles.  All of these are signals that you are anxious about something.  And most importantly, admitting that you have a fear of something is not a sign of weakness.  It is just admitting that you are human, like the rest of us.
  2. Turn to God and others for Guidance: The Bible, is full of encouragement for dealing with fear. Jesus Christ, God’s son, is our example of how to overcome fear and anxiety.  Jesus confronted potentially fearful situations by focusing on his spiritual connection to His father in heaven.  He spent much time in prayer to His heavenly father.  The Father gave his Son the confidence to confront his feelings of anxiety and fear.  Acknowledge God’s presence and peace that he gives us through his Holy Spirit.
  3. Confront your Fears and Take Action: Anxiety and fear is not the problem, but rather our ignorance and inaction in dealing with our anxieties and fears. Ignoring our anxieties and fears won’t make them go away.  Set goals and take action to deal with your fears.  Small steps will add up to big change over time.  Seek a friend to help you.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Quote by Nelson Mandela, South Africa President and human rights leader





Wednesday, July 10th 2:00-9:00pm

Swimming, Dinner, Craft, Bible Study at 15565 Townhouse Road, Newark, IL

Friends are welcome too. Remember to bring your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen! Any questions please call

Katie (815) 931-2209


AFLC Illinois District Bible Camp

July 21-24, 2019 Cedar Lake Bible Conference Center, Cedar Lake, Indiana.  In addition to great Bible teaching, you’ll enjoy recreational opportunities at this beautiful camp set on the shores of Cedar Lake. For more information see flyer on table in entryway or visit www.cedarlakeministries.org.



Shoebox love gifts for July: flip flops and sunglasses



Pianist: Norma Arnsdorff

Scripture Reader: Kris Houchin


Deacon: Kris Houchin



“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”  Philippians 4:6


In Need of Healing:

Rolf Anderson, Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Beth Carlson, Joe Cepiel, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Amelia Hiney, Jim Launius, Bob Williams

Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard, Kendall Wills, US Navy


PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.



7 –           Debbie Steffes

11 –        Barb Johnson

16 –        Jon Larson

18 –        Emily Ranallo

26 –        Michael Ranallo


4 –           Harry & Carol Breen

6 –           Mike & Sherryl Graham

12 –        Adam & Jami Salinas

14 –        Craig & Dottie Laudeman


“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

President Ronald Reagan


Independence Day, July 4