Anxiety Antidote

Every month, I disciple a friend who’s a new Christian. Last month, she had some questions about how she should handle anxiety in the context of her new faith.

I shared two methods that I found most useful when going through an extremely stressful time in my own life. Of course, everyone experiences anxiety differently, and the most successful methods will vary depending on personality type, but I thought I would share a summary of our session here in case it would be helpful to someone else. 

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Servant or Employee?

“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

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Walking Humbly With Our God, part IV

Those of us who are conservative Christians sometimes get it into our heads that the hard way is also the most godly one. We know that following God and leading a God-honouring life is difficult, so whenever we are faced with two decisions, the hard path is clearly the one we should pick. Right? 

Wrong.

Just ask the Pharisees.

They made life very difficult for themselves. They always chose the most onerous path. If there was any doubt about something, they always chose the most cautious…

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Walking Humbly With Our God, part III

Many of us have heard the story of the prophet hired by the Moabites to curse Israel. On his journey to meet the Moabite king, God sends an angel to kill him. The prophet can’t see him. However, the prophet’s donkey can. The donkey shies away from the angel with the flaming sword three times and is rewarded for her trouble with beatings. 

Finally, God opens the donkey’s mouth. “Why have you beaten me these three times?” she asks.

Balaam, beside himself with frustration, doesn’t even realize…

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Walking Humbly With Our God, part II

Sincerity does not define truth.

If it did, then should I come back from Japan and in all sincerity make the mistake of driving on the left-hand side of the road, neither I nor any of the drivers in oncoming traffic would be harmed.

If it did, then we could not call the terrorist attack at the world trade centre, that murdered thousands of people, wrong.

If it did, the Nazi members who made it their mission to eradicate millions of Jews should not be judged too harshly.

We can sincerely…

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