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Friday, March 27, 2015
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
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these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying,
Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward"
(Genesis 15:1). "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee" (Isaiah 41:13). "Fear
not; I am the first and the last: I am He that
liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and
have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:17,18).
Yesterday I was visiting with Mike, a project manager, in one of the
companies we serve as chaplains. He was excited to show me photos of
his daughter Hannah who recently returned from a missions trip
She was with a group of
students serving from her high school seeking to reach students in
a message of hope through Jesus Christ and focusing on suicide prevention
among the youth. Guyana has one of the highest suicide rates in
the world. They held assemblies in 5 public schools and talked to
students one on one.
In my years of pastoral service I led several
groups on missions trips and to this day I would hope that many recall the
impact these trips had on their lives. Often
when making a missions trip groups take a day to visit the famous sights
in the area and Hannah's group visited Kaieteur Falls. Mike
had a photo of her (seen above) on his computer screen which caught my
attention. It preceded our discussion about her missionary endeavor and also the fear I have of standing on edges.
Hannah is standing on a rock overlooking the majestic falls. When I saw the
photo it immediately prompted a mild attack of hypsiphobia. Since
I am sure a few of our readers may not know what that word is I will define
is the fear of height, although more precisely I have a fear of edges
with a drop off. I recall discussing this with our friend Kathy Matangelo many
years ago and her making this distinction. Actually I am not afraid of
the height itself; being
in a tall building or at a high altitude doesn't bother me at all. But
if I, a
loved one or anybody is on an edge with a big drop-off I really get a
squirmy feeling. I told Mike I would never be able to stand near an
edge like Hannah. I would have to get down on all fours and slowly
crawl to look out over the edge, if I dare attempt it at all!
began collecting phobia words many years ago as a hobby and now has a
phobia list of over 500 phobias! (Link below) I am sure
everyone will find something on the list they struggle with. After this
week's tragic airline crash in Europe many will deal with a heightened
sense of Aviophobia.
there are many situations
that induce fear. Fierce storms, financial issues and terrorist threats
number among so many other troubles that instill fear. Even dogs have
phobias. Last night we had a severe storm pass by and our younger dog
Mollie is terrified of storms!
is a positive aspect of fear as
well. We are told in Scripture to "fear God", although this is
different than all other kinds of fear, having more the sense of having
reverence and awe. I have preached a sermon on the healthy, holy fear of God,
something lacking greatly in the world and even in the Church.
Fear itself is first expressed in the Bible shortly after the transgression in the garden when Adam said to God, "I was afraid"
(Genesis 3:10). The remainder of the Bible is full of many expressions
of human fear for a wide variety of reasons. It's still that way today
and people seem to keep coming up with new causes for fear!
find great assurance in the tiny phrase found often in Scripture
translated "fear not" in the King James Version (or generally "do not be afraid" in many other versions).
This phrase is found sixty-two times from Genesis to Revelation. In
today's Scripture texts we have both the first and last occurrences in
Today I encourage you to listen carefully for the
voice of our heavenly Father. He speaks gently to your heart
reminding you to put your confidence in Him. Some of you are really
struggling with fear as you read this. It's crippling you spiritually
and emotionally and perhaps even physically. When I take the time to
stop and really consider my emotions I realize that I experience fear
and anxiety most when I'm not trusting in what God has said or what He
has shown me through His character traits.
continues to speak, "Fear not". We must act upon His loving command if
we are to have deep abiding peace and growing trust in the One who truly
cares for those who belong to Him.
Fear not my child I'm with you always,
I feel every pain and every tear I see.
Fear not my child I'm with you always,
I know how to care for what belongs to Me.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father
I will not fear for You have redeemed me and called me by
name. You know when I pass through the waters and You have
promised to be with me; when I cross through the rivers they will
not sweep over me. When I walk through the fire I will not be
burned for You walk with me. Though trials may engulf me and
tempt me to be paralyzed by fear, I can overcome the enemy of fear just
as Jesus overcame the power of death. May the resurrected power
of Jesus subside my fears and doubts while building my faith and trust in
the Holy One of Israel. Amen.
See Isaiah 43
Falls is a waterfall on the Potaro River in Kaieteur National Park,
central Essequibo Territory, Guyana. It is 226 meters (741 ft) high
when measured from its plunge over a sandstone and conglomerate cliff
to the first break. It then flows over a series of steep cascades that,
when included in the measurements, bring the total height to 251 meters
(822 ft). While many falls have greater height, few have the
combination of height and water volume, and Kaieteur is among the most
powerful waterfalls in the world with an average flow rate of 663 cubic
meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second). (Wikipedia)
we approached this young Mennonite boy with a team pulling some type of
greenhouse on a wagon. We sure enjoy the interesting sights, sounds and
even smells of rural Lancaster County. (I'm speaking of the chocolate
that wafts through the air from Wilbur Chocolate and M&M Mars on
Another early sign of Spring when the flower carts are out again.
night at dusk we had a dark storm covering while Ester and I rode our bikes
in the neighborhood. Brooksyne was walking the dogs and took this
photo before we quickly headed home just
before heavy winds and rain descended upon us.
One more view of the dark clouds
Music and Supplemental Resources
"Fear Not My Child" Video Carman This
Saturday evening Brooksyne and Ester will be attending a Carmen concert
here in Lancaster. They assist the concert promoters by selling merchandise.
"I'd Rather Have Jesus" Video Jason Crabb
"Gentle Shepherd" Video Homecoming singers
"Voice Of Truth" Video Casting Crowns
"I Can Trust Jesus" Video Collingsworth Family
The Phobia List
The longest phobia listed and a word I rarely use in my sermons
is "hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia". You may think that must be a
fear of Hippopotamus but you would be wrong! In my line of work I sure
hope I don't deal with many people who have "homilophobia." But we
should have a healthy sense of "Hadephobia" See Matthew 10:28.
to Stephen &
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am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus
Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the
Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and
obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
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the weak things in the world,
That no flesh will glory
in His presence."