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        Welcome to the Winter 2021 edition of the From His Heart
        Newsletter: REAL. We trust the insights below will be a blessing
        to you. Scroll down to view the following articles:
  • The Good News You Need to Overcome Fear.

  • Q&A with Pastor Jeff.

  • From Debbie’s Heart: Having Faith in the Face of Fear.

  • A Note from Pastor Jeff: Trust in God.

  • Hear Real Truth. Real Love. Real Hope. on Pastor Jeff's Podcast.

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By Dr. Jeff Schreve

In 1989, a new clothing company was launched—No Fear, Inc. Their No Fear slogan appeared on shirts, stickers, jerseys, you name it. They even introduced a No Fear energy drink! No Fear just sounds good, doesn’t it?

But while you might be able to wear a No Fear tee-shirt, that doesn’t make it true. Each one of us is a bundle of fears. We fear giving a big presentation at work or a major medical procedure. We fear for a relationship that may be struggling, our dwindling finances, and our uncertain future. There are a ton of things out there to cause us to fear. 

Fear is such a widespread feature of the human experience that social scientists have identified scores and scores of phobias ranging from glossophobia (the fear of public speaking) to hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (the fear of long words!).

But here’s the good news:  God has an answer for your fears.

Isaiah 43:1 says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” 

Take a minute to think about the gravity of that statement—the Creator of the universe, the one who spoke all things into existence has redeemed you, called you by name, and adopted you as His own.

What an awesome truth! God has gone to such great lengths to furnish our redemption, rescuing us from sin and death. He purchased us not with silver and gold, but with “precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19).

Furthermore, He has put His Holy Spirit within us for guidance, conviction, and confidence. In Christ, you belong to God—and He always takes care of what is His. As John writes, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

When you feel fear coming on, cry out to your loving Father who has redeemed you, called you by name, and made you His own. Set aside empty mantras and hollow confidence. Let Him be the answer to your fear.

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There’s no escaping the difficulties of life, but there is one truth that can change the way you face them:  God is with you.  The Lord’s name, Emmanuel, is a constant reminder of this wonderful truth! 

To help you face, and overcome, the fears that keep you from experiencing God’s best in your life, I want to send you my 3-message series, Fear No Evil, and my booklet When Fear Meets Faith.

Request these resources on the enclosed reply card when you give today to help impact more lives with real hope, real love, and real truth of the gospel!

Get the resources>>

 
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RealNewsWeb_WINTER21_Debbie  By Debbie Schreve

We all struggle with fear—both rational and irrational.

One that can really trip me up is “fear of the future.” But here’s the thing… just because you wrestle with fear doesn’t mean you can’t walk in faith. 

I remember a friend telling me years ago that even though we trust God to catch us when we fall, that doesn’t mean the fall isn’t scary. So fear is natural—but it will rob you of God’s will for your life if you let it grow bigger than your faith.

Imagine how different things would have been if Abraham and Sarah had let fear triumph over faith when God asked them to leave everything and trust Him with their future.

     No promised land
     No promised child
     No blessing to all the nations

Of course they were frightened, but their faith was bigger than their fear—and that’s the key. God PROMISES to provide for us when we follow Him. And as you push through fear in the power of faith, your life will be blessed and reflect His faithfulness to the world. 

 
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RealNewsWeb_WINTER21_NOTEDear Friend,

Some of the greatest heroes of the faith throughout Scripture struggled with fear. Moses, Jeremiah, Joshua, and even Paul!  All of them had to hear God say, “Don’t be afraid.”

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we, too, experience fear.

But here’s the key question: What do you do with that fear when it arrives?

Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” Notice David did not say if I am afraid, but when I am afraid. We will face fear—it is unavoidable—but there’s a tried and true remedy to any fear:

Trust in God.

I look forward to encouraging you even more about choosing faith over fear with my 3-message series, Fear No Evil, and my booklet When Fear Meets Faith. So be sure to request your copies when you give today.

Thank you for your support. I pray that you, too, will walk confidently, trusting in our God who is faithful and true!
 

  Love,
 

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Pastor Jeff Schreve

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Q: Pastor Jeff, what’s the difference between godly fear and ungodly fear?

A:
The Bible is very clear that God “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). The fear that steals your peace, ties your stomach in knots, and zaps your boldness for God is not godly fear. There’s no power, love, or self-control in that kind of fear. Instead, godly fear is recognizing God as the Holy, Sovereign King of the universe and rightfully honoring Him. As Proverbs 9:10 says, that kind of fear “is the beginning of wisdom.”

Q: I’ve given into fear so many times … is there any hope that I can change at this point?

A:
Of course! There’s always hope. Isaiah 49:16 says, “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” When you receive Christ as your Savior, the price of your redemption is found in the nail-scarred hands of God. There is no sin too great to keep you from His rescue. There is no pit where He is not deeper still. Trust in the righteousness of Jesus and ask Him to help you walk by faith and not by sight.

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Grab your favorite device and listen to Pastor Jeff’s podcast called Real Truth.
Real Love. Real Hope.


These weekly episodes will help you grow closer to Christ—and to the heart
of God—by immersing yourself in the real truth of the gospel, God’s real love
for you, and the real hope you have through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Just search “Jeff Schreve” in your podcast app to start listening today!

Click here to find out more

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