On Faith and Fear

Over the last year, 20 search terms have landed people on this blog ten times or more.  If I combine like terms, the number drops to 8:

  1. Images of Heaven – 203
  2. Faith and Fear – 156
  3. Draughting Theology – 74
  4. Hearing vs. Listening – 29
  5. Fig Monday Holy Week – 14
  6. Mandatum Novum (Maundy Thursday) – 12
  7. ego eimi statements (I am) – 11
  8. theos agape estin (God is love) – 10

Clearly, people are interested in what heaven will be like, but I doubt an old blog post with broken picture links will help much.  What I find most interesting is that faith, fear, and “the opposite of faith” are searched for again and again.  Last year’s post on faith and fear is the third most read post in this blog’s history with 814 reads.

And wouldn’t you know it, but we’re back at faith and fear again this week.  The Hebrew’s lesson for Sunday is the classic faith text, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen,” in which, Paul uses Abraham as the prime example of a life of faith.  Right on the heels of Hebrews 11, we’ll hear Jesus tell his disciples, “Do not be afraid.”

Both are about faith.  One, Hebrews, coming from the positive side – here’s what faith looks like.  The other, Luke, coming from the negative side – here’s why you shouldn’t fear.  Both, however, articulate the same truth as summed up in the words of Jesus, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

That’s the Good News, friends.  The Father wants to give us the kingdom, he wants us to share in his joy.  All it takes is having faith and not fear.  More on that as the week progresses.

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