A few years back there was a popular television program called “The Fear Factor”. The contestants were to try and overcome various, sometimes weird, fears they may have. They would be called on to wade, crawl, lay, or reach into containers of things they were afraid of. Various kinds of slimy bugs, spiders, snakes…, etc. The kind of things most of us usually are afraid of. The object was to overcome their fear and advance on in the game.
We all have fears. “The Fear Factor” is not just a game, it’s a part of life. “A little girl asked her father if he was afraid of the dark. He told her he was not. She asked if he was afraid of snakes. He said he was not. The little girl asked if he was afraid of long slimy worms. Her father again told her he was not afraid-not even of long, slimy worms. The girl thought for a moment and then concluded, ‘Then the only thing you’re afraid of is Mom’”. We all have “fears” we need to face and overcome.
In Isaiah 43:5 the Lord says, “Fear not, for I am with you”. II Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control”.
The late John Wooden, former UCLA Basketball coach, coined the phrase “competitive greatness” -which means to be the best you can be-not being the best. This is the time of year (World Series/football playoffs/band contests) where athletics strive to be the best they can be!
Fear is something, however, that can paralyze us and keep us from being the best we can be (whether in sports or in life). Max Lucado says, “Fear will always knock on your door. Just don’t let it in. Learn to trust more and fear less!”
We all share common fears. For example, the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of being made fun of, so we keep quiet about our faith, even though the Lord wants us to “get in the game!”
If you could do anything in life and you knew you would not fail, what would you do? How about this—if you could do something really important in life, but you knew failure and embarrassment were very real possibilities, what would you do?
It takes courage, risk, faith to step out when no one else does. Fear often keeps us from stepping in faith for the Lord. Faith can overcome fear! I John 4:18 says “there is no fear in love, perfect love casts out fear.”
Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Being courageous does not mean having no fear. It means taking action by faith in the face of fear!
Let God help you face and overcome your fears so you can really live for Jesus! (Philippians 4:13)
See you on Sunday,
Another month is behind us and I believe we continue to see growth within our youth group. Not only are we continuing to see new young people on Wednesday nights, Sundays, and our weekly open gym time on Tuesdays after school, but we are also seeing growth among our youth as well. They are continuing to grow closer to one another in fellowship and closer to the Lord! It is such an honor to serve them and to serve their families!
A few weeks ago we held our Fall Retreat at Boone’s Creek Camp in Winchester. Our theme was “Into the Unknown” and we looked at several people in the Bible who followed God into the unknown. We asked ourselves, “When (not if) God calls me into a situation where the outcome is unknown, will I have the faith to follow Him?” It was a great weekend and other than some of them getting upset with me for making them hike through thorns and who knows what else, everyone seemed to have a great time!
I already know that November is going to be just as great as October was! We have a lot of fun things coming up and if you know of a young person in need of a church home, we would love to meet them in November!
Remember to text ROSEMONTBC to 43506 to stay up to date with the Rosemont student ministry!
Dates to Remember:
Music & Worship Ministry
Children & Families Ministry
Thank you to everyone who helped with our Fall Festival! Thanks also to those who brought food items for the festival. Your time, donations, and help at all the booths are always needed and appreciated.
Some of our K-5th graders enjoyed an outreach opportunity by going to Morning Pointe Nursing Home this past Wednesday night to play ‘Spooky Bingo’ with the residents. You would be so proud to see them walk in and immediately begin talking to the residents. They sat at tables with them and competed in a fun game of bingo. The bingo instructor’s voice got tired from calling all the numbers/letters out for so long and so loud that Saxton Merriman volunteered to help out and did a fantastic job of very clearly calling the game! They all returned with a bag of goodies and have already been invited back in December. Thanks to Richard Proctor and Melissa Boyle for going with us.
See the above article about the children’s musical/drama, “I Am a Friend of God”. Please come and bring someone with you!
Just to Make You Smile!
A woman was more athletically inclined than her husband and frequently engaged in biking, canoeing, and other strenuous activities. Several years ago, when her husband was sixty, he came inside after a day of yard work and collapsed into his favorite easy chair, bemoaning the aches and pains of his advancing age. Attempting to comfort him, the woman reminded her husband that when they were newlyweds, they had looked forward to growing old together. “Yes,” he replied, “but you haven’t kept your end of the bargain”.
A little boy was overheard praying: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am”!