Easter Sunday, April 12
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“Unafraid, Session 4” by Adam Hamilton
Why is it tempting for some people to buy into worst case thinking about people or events, or buy into conspiracy theories, or think the future looks dark? Do you think you tend to view things from a more negative view, or a more positive view?
Adam calls social media an “anxiety producing machine.” What roll do you think media and social media play in our fears and anxiety? Do you find yourself drawn to stories that play to your fears?
Ginger wonders if social media and technology are “the Elvis of today”, thinking back to the way a previous generation viewed their children being drawn to a radically new style of music. We look back on Elvis now and chuckle that people even thought it was a big deal. Adam then mentions a friend who years ago refused to participate in “the internet.” Why do changes bring out our fears? What do you think are reasonable concerns versus ungrounded fears regarding technology? Do you think changes happen more rapidly these days?
Adam mentions four things that can help us overcome our fears of events, news, and changes happening around us:
- Face your fears with faith – remember that God is here, God loves, God is life-giving, and God is powerful. Maintain peace and trust in that God, not a doomsday god.
- Examine your assumptions in light of facts – Learn more about something. Turn off news that caters to your fears.
- Attack your anxieties with action – Develop a plan to help you deal with a fear or a change. Are there reasonable steps and safeguards you can take?
- Release your cares to God – we often have fear because we feel we cannot control something. Take reasonable steps, but remember that God is in control.
Write down these words and keep them in a spot where you tend to get anxious:
Psalm 27 (selected verses):
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
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