'Don’t Be Afraid'

By Kurt Selles

July 30, 2021

During this past year especially, many of us have struggled with questions about fear. What’s the difference between wisdom and fear? How do we prevent our lives from being dominated by fear? How does faith inform and speak to questions of fear?

This month we will take a look at some of the passages in the Bible that deal with fear and being afraid. Through story and lesson, we will wonder together why we fear what we do and why we don’t need to live in fear. We will also realize that while Jesus tells us to not fear the things of this world, he reminds us to fear (respect, honor, adore, and worship) his Father, our Creator God. As we examine fear, we will find that we can always trust that God our Savior is in control and holding on to us.

Bret Lamsma is director of faith formation at a church in Denver, Colorado, and has served churches in Michigan and California in youth and intergenerational ministries. Bret and his wife, Julie, have two children, and together they enjoy hiking, camping, and visiting national parks.

As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

Begin with day one of ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ here or download the full PDF.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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