World stirs fear. We can live unafraid in the liberty Christ gave us. Stephen possessed a faith that was steadfast and he faced death fearlessly. The end game of life is love in robust content, spirit, relationships, and courage. (Acts 6:4, 7, 10; Galatians 1:4; 5:1)

Speaker: Thomas Schaller, Benjamin Holopainen
Sermon # 12640
Time: Sun 11:00am

P. Schaller –

In the Jewish New Year which is Rosha Shanah, they have a time of reflection, and they do that for ten days.
After the ten days is Yon Kippur, the Day of Atonement. They do this every year and for us as
believers our new year is now.

Today is the last day of the year. We could also have some reflection in our hearts and minds. But our message today will go to the finished work of Christ and who we are and living a robust life. Living our life with authority. Living our life by decision making and being established in the grace of God and the liberty. Standing fast in the liberty
where Christ has made us free and not being entangled again with a yoke of legalism or a yoke
of bondage.

Okay, so I would just like you to – I wonder if anybody here, don’t raise your hand, I wonder if
anybody here has come to kind of push the reset button and say okay. This year is over. And I’m
going to leave a lot of that stuff behind, you know? Is there anything you’re leaving behind?
Now you can answer me. Is there anything you regret about the past year? Is there anything
that happened or anything that kind of disturbed you or upset you or broke your heart? It
might be a sin committed or a disappointment or a broken relationship. It could be something
we fear or worry about.

Life happens every year. But if you are looking, if you are seeking Christ, you will find him. Be
patient. Seek him. You will find him. He is here and he cares about you. If you do a little – like
our self-reflection isn’t morbid introspection or overwhelming occupation with ourselves. It’s
just recognizing okay, that was bad. That’s over. I’m following Jesus. And he went into the holy
of holies on my behalf and he brought me before God by his grace. And we are standing before
God in the holy of holies with Christ as our Redeemer. Okay.

I asked P. Steve Andrulonis to do a little research on looking at the most popular resolutions,
New Year’s resolutions, that are made in the world. When people think about the coming year,
what do they say that they want? #1. Exercise more. #2. Lose weight. Let’s stop there. Turn to
your neighbor and ask them, can you identify with that? #3. Get organized. #4. Learn a new skill
or hobby. I like this one. #5. Live life to the fullest. Save money. Spend less money. Quit
smoking. P. Eugene, I hope you’re working on that! Spend more time with family and friends.
Travel more.

You know what? The world is looking for is what we have. Honestly. What we have. And I’m not
making it up. It’s real. Jesus Christ knows what we need, and he gives it to us. When you go to
church, there are studies on it. That was another thing I asked him to research for me. He said
that the people that go to church there are many benefits. You live longer. Relationships are
more permanent. Even it affects your I.Q. Now, turn to your neighbor and say I think you need
that! Could we pick it up a little bit? Come on. Pick it up! You hear more. You read more. You
travel more. You are more outgoing. You reach out more. You build relationships. You have a
better life. Honestly. A robust life. That’s our theme today.

Then, Christian resolutions. Purpose to show hospitality. Like invite people into your space.
Follow a Bible reading plan. Find ways to serve others. Manage your finances better. That’s a
very good one. Money, money, money. That’s a big subject in our Bible. Money. What a tool
that is.

It’s so funny. I hardly speak about it, but it’s a lot in the Bible. Jesus spoke a lot about money
and about covetousness and about money. Money is such a blessing and can be used in such a
great way to help so many people and do so many great things. What a blessing that is.

Another one that Christians say. #5. Listen more. Build encouraging relationships. Memorize
Scripture and pray more. Pray daily. So, that’s provoking us to think about that subject. I’m not
really one – and then I said what about Greater Grace resolutions that we make? And it’s kind
of like we don’t make them. You know. We kind of like in a way. Yes, we do but in a way we just
want to keep our focus on him and hear from him. Then, so many things roll off of that.

What does he say to us? How we search our heart. We trust him. We live in faith. Then we end
up doing things and we’re even surprised. Wow, I’m more disciplined than I ever was. How did
that happen? Like Jesus did that. I’ve been reading my Bible. I’m so excited about it. How did
that happen? The Lord did that. The Lord helped me. I don’t go to the bar room anymore. How
did that happen? I just started going to the church and hearing and having new friends and
making big decisions and I found the life and the love and the joy that’s in it.

I got smarter. I got wiser. I’m not perfect. When I fall down and get in trouble, how did I get up again? How did I
get up again? How did I get going? How did that happen? Jesus did that. He did it. Okay. Amen.

So, I want to introduce to you Benscu who’s now a relative of mine and give you a short history
just for telling the story. I think the Finland map is on the screen. Okay. Yeah, there it is. So,
1975 a group of us from Bible school were sent to Finland to be missionaries. Ten of us. We just
started evangelizing and teaching the Bible and God gave revival in Finland. But it wasn’t only
with us. It was Pentecostal people. Lutheran churches. There was a moving of God in the 70s in
Finland. There are probably many Fins or related to Fins in the room here. Do you want to raise
your hand if you are Finnish or related to a Fin? Okay. There’s a number of people. Benscu’s
one.

So, Benscu’s parents came into the church and then of course in time he was born. Me and my
wife we lived in Finland, and we were part of that work. Then, we moved to Sweden. We were
there a short time. We came back. Anyway, to make a long story short God blessed that work
and we did mission work in a lot of countries with the Finnish people. And they’ve been
instrumental in many ways.

So, we had our family, and we had a granddaughter Mika. Mika went to the youth camp when
she was 16 years old in Finland. She met Benscu. And seven years later, they got married. They
had the wedding a year and a half ago. They live in Finland and they’re working there. He really
is a blessing in our family. We’re very thankful. Also, Mika is going to have a child this summer,
so we’re happy about that and so I just want him to come up and share a few words with you.

Benscu –

There it is. It got out. The news. It’s not a secret anymore. We tried very hard. But it’s
good to be here with you guys. Many friends there’s no time to spend time with, but I have
three verses in my heart that we can go over. Let’s just pray. We can turn to Psalm 126.
(Prayer). Psalm 126:4-6. Sorry. Vs. 5-6.

Then, we can turn to John 4:34-38. Amazing verses, but maybe one thing to point out. I really
love is the one that the sower – what verse is that? Vs. 36b. Have you ever thought about that?
It’s almost like you’ve been investing in something, sowing something, laboring over something
and you don’t seem to reap anything. It might be years and years and years. And then, it might
be someone else is going to reap over what you have labored over. And it could be in heaven
this is the fruit that both of you have gathered for eternal life and in heaven you will be
rejoicing together.

Many of us will be rejoicing together. Maybe we don’t see the labor. We
don’t see the fruit. Yet we are gathering that fruit and in heaven we will be rejoicing with those
who weep over what we have labored over. This is the fruit we are gathering for eternal life.
And this is so exciting to me.

Lastly, we can turn to Luke 16 and make a comment. Luke 16:8b-9. Okay. This might be
confusing verse but let me ask you this. What is the unrighteous wealth? Isn’t it something –
unrighteous wealth is that which fails. The unrighteous wealth is that which is temporary in
your life. Your time. Your money. Your talents. Your skill. Your resources. Everything that you
have that is temporary is the unrighteous wealth. And Jesus is saying use that to make eternal
friends. Meaning invest in people – unbelievers and believers – and in heaven these are going
to be eternal friendships and they are going to welcome you into their own whatever mansion
they have and you’re going to be welcoming those other friends. And this is exciting to me
because the friendships remain in heaven.

The connections stay in heaven. We are going to be spending time with him and him and all these friends. It’s not like it’s gone. It’s the little things. The little things with our temporary lives that make an eternal impact. Go
get coffee with that friend. Really. Listen to that friend. When you feel like sending a text
message, do that. Do that. The little thing is going to make eternal impact. You know what I
mean. This statement has been in my mind. It’s the little things. It’s the little things that make
eternal impact. It’s the little things.

That smile you give to somebody. Just listening to somebody. Just responding to a text message. I’m really bad at that. But responding to a text message or bothering to go with that person that you really didn’t want to go with. The little
things. But I really love it that these are the things that last forever and we’re going to have eternal friendships. Let’s keep sowing and now grow weary. In due time we will reap. Let’s
remember that even if there’s no response. We love the message more than the response. I’ll
just end there. That’s my encouragement to you guys. Thank you.

P. Schaller –

Would you just have a New Year’s prayer with the person next to you or on your
own. Just bring it before the Lord and have a prayer together for the New Year. (Prayer).
Revival in our country. How about it. Can we pray for that? Revival. Many people come to
Christ. Live-changing real life, vitality and joy and peace. Would you like to change your position
for a moment? I know I got your attention. You’re right there. I think some might be falling
asleep. Would you stand with me robustly? Like stand up. Turn around 360. Greet everybody
on the way around. Just say good morning! Good morning! Chris’ son. Good morning.
Okay. You may be seated.

All right. So, I’d like you to turn to Acts 6. Acts 6. This is 20, 30 minute message. Thanks for your
love and prayers. Very encouraging. I want to thank the staff. I want to thank P. Scibelli, P.
Andrulonis, P. Eugene, Jen, Trish, P. Barry, Pete Westera, P. Love. Many. Many people that
make this plaza a bustling place of life. The café. Even the library is filled with life. Quietly.
Benscu’s message. Wow. That was a very, very good. I got a seed thought on that. That
message was so good, and I’ll be sharing that some time. Thank you for that.

By the way, plagiarism. Do you know what plagiarism [is]? It’s like stealing material from
another person and using it and using it to represent, you know, to share and to teach
something that isn’t really mine. It’s really not mine. It’s somebody else’s. But I want to say
something about that because I don’t have a lot of original thought. And I don’t care about that.
I care about having God’s thoughts. God’s thoughts come from the Bible and the men and
women that get the thoughts from the Bible. So, I get a lot from people because they are gifts
to the Body, Ephesians 4.

But I don’t like read a message from somebody else, but I will quote and best I can tell you
where it’s coming from or at least say it’s not mine. I just want to make that clear. I don’t have.
I’m not an original – I’m not saying things that have never been said before. Maybe that would
happen but it’s not my target. Our target is to say what God is saying from his Word. Isn’t that
true?

And so, I don’t know why I’m saying that. I just wanted to make that – I want to make it clear. I
think people realize it. Cause we speak from studying like many decades. Meditating and
preaching for many years and reading a lot of material. A lot of theology. A lot of biography. A
lot of teaching. A lot of commentary. Cause this is fellowship with God. When you are reading
something that is stirring your heart, and the Holy Spirit can put it in your mind and heart and
bring it out in your memory. Then you have something to say.

But we’re not plagiarizing. That would be a different thing and that’s not correct. But that being
said, there is a spiritual life that you and I are living, and you can say when you are at work well,
I heard somebody say this. And you say, and they say where did you hear that? You say I heard
it at my church. Where do they get it from? I don’t know. They got it from the Bible. Or they got
it from a man or woman of God. And so on. That’s a good thing.

It says in Psalm 107:20, the Lord gave the Word and great was the company that published it. A
huge number of people were talking about it. A lot of people are talking about the Word
because it’s opened up. This happened in Acts 6. This isn’t my main message. I got to scoot a
long a little bit to get to the main point but look at chapter 6:4.

Now, there was an administrative need because the widows had need for practical care. The
widows needed some food or money or organization. The apostles said we can’t spend our
time on that organizational detail or that need. That’s a real need but there’s a greater need
and that’s the prayer and the ministry of the Word.

So, what happened as a result. There was in vs. 7, the Word of God increased. You see that. So,
go back to vs. 4, please. What is the ministry of the Word? The study of it. The talking about it.
The reading of it. The ministry of the Word. We would say rap sessions. Bible studies. Private
study. Meditation. We got to learn Isaiah and Jeremiah and Amos and Joel. We got to know we
need to get the Word into the hearts and minds of God’s people.

So, what happened in vs. 10. Go to vs. 10. The Word of God increased. Vs. 7. Whenever you
have the Word of God effecting your life, then you actually are being discipled. In other words,
you are walking with God in your life practically every day. You are walking with God. God is
with you practically every day. And in our work, this is a key thing that generates the life and
the love and the volunteerism or the service that comes from the Holy Spirit out of our hearts
so that we live a robust life.

So, our message today is fear in distinction to – I’ll use the word “robust” just because it’s a
good word. And we’re going to make a comparison and use Scripture. But follow it with me.
Okay. Here we go.

Vs. 7. Now, we have Stephen. Just to mention his name. vs. 8. Stephen. Anybody here named
Stephen. Do you want to raise your hand? Wow. You’re named after a great guy. Who is this
guy Stephen? Is he an apostle? No, he’s not an apostle. Who is he? He is a man of great faith.
He’s a man of the Word. And he's very passionate and he helped the widows that we read
about in the beginning. He’s one of the seven appointed. But he was more than just an
administrator. He was a Spirit-filled wise man that was living his life to the max we could say.

We are, we aren’t making resolutions, but we are following God and we’re saying to God at the
end of this year and the beginning of next year, we’re saying Lord maybe I also could live a
robust life. Maybe you could fill me with your Spirit and wisdom.

Look at vs. 9. No, vs. 10. Okay. He had two words there. Wisdom. Now, it happens in your life
when you’re living in this world that there will be a time when you’re standing in a store. What
would be? Nordstrum’s rack. Okay. You’re standing in a store, and you end up talking to
somebody and a word of wisdom comes out. You might be at the water cooler at work. You
might be at a back office in a conversation with a colleague. You might be with a relative at a
Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving or a birthday party.

You might be on a sidewalk talking to somebody. You might be in a Dunkin Donut’s talking to somebody. You might be in a gym. You might be Pat Lynch at a basketball game talking to a parent or Barry Quirk or Pete Westera or a
teenager. And Stephen has a lot of freedom. This is the word that we are going to look at in a
minute. This freedom or liberty.

He is not afraid. Stephen is not afraid. If you read the chapter and the next chapter where he
gets stoned to death, he is killed because they could not resist him by wisdom. They had to
physically get rid of him. They could not resist his faith. They could not capture him. They
couldn’t put him in their box. They couldn’t oppress him with their religion. They could not get
ahold of him. He was not afraid.

So, I want to read a paragraph here from Peterson. Eugene Peterson. Eugene Peterson.
Actually, years ago he was a pastor in Belair, Maryland. He writes this, “the age is evil. We fear
nuclear holocaust, overpopulation, destruction of the ozone layer, starvation in the third world,
double digit inflation, along with assorted personal fears of rejection and failure, insignificance,
and ill health. Fear is a normal response to the chaos around us. The threat of being overcome
by hostile forces or being ineffective or hurt or thwarted or faded, poor, and mean or scrubby
lives.” I have had that fear of just kind of being homeless maybe or having lost a lot or in one
day your life turns upside down.

I met a man in Towson on a park bench. He was, we talked. Forty-two years old. He was an
alcoholic on the street. I go, what happened to you? He said I was 38 years old when my wife
died of cancer. I have two sons. My whole life unraveled. My wife held my life together. My
wife was the key to my life. Now, I’m homeless. My sons don’t talk to me. I lost everything.

Are you afraid of that? I could be. There’s something you’re afraid of. There’s something you
worry about, you know. But how do we now live? How do we live in a world that is not only
people are afraid and hiding and people are worried about their lives and their future and their
health and their families and people and relationships. There is a tremendous amount of fear in
this world. I want to live a different way. I don’t want to be afraid. I want Jesus in my life so that we can be like Stephen. So that we have the wisdom and the faith and the love to live a robust
life, a free life.

This is written in Galatians. This is very interesting if we took the book of Galatians and broke it
down and went into it verse by verse and spent a lot of time on it, we could make a contrast
between the bondage and the fear that is so common in the human heart with what Christ gave
us. And the liberty that we have.

He says here, “except for Jesus, Paul was the most original and creative individual to live in the
1 st century, yet he was deeply and humbly involved in a nurturing community of persons.” Let
me say that again. He was original. He was creative. And he was involved with people. He was
involved with people in a good way as a minister. And that could be a good target for us that we
would be kind and humble and wise and sharing our life and loving and building up and edifying
and it pours over. And there’s something about us that we have our liberty. We’ll see that in a
minute. But we have liberty. “What a contrast that is to the proud, isolated, succession of first
century Caesars whose names are now only entries in history books.

We never develop the freedom of maturity and wholeness and strength on our own but always through the shared
life of others in the faith.”
I’m not going to be able to do this. Have a robust life without you. God has given us together
this life. Stephen was helped by the apostles and the apostles ministered to Stephen and others
and the ministry of God multiplied in Jerusalem and there was a Word of God revival. There
was the Spirit of God moving. The Spirit of God speaking to people about who they are. They’re
not afraid. They’re not afraid.

Now, one example and I don’t want to overplay it cause it’s maybe sensitive to people, but
there was the covid pandemic that we all faced for a period of two years or so. And I believe in
honoring the authorities and so on and doing the right thing. We were prayerful about it. We
did it and so on. But I want to say behind it is am I afraid to die? Am I afraid of what other
people say? Am I afraid of shame? Am I afraid – and of course you don’t have to use the word
“covid.” You can use the word “church.” Am I afraid of what people think of me or what they
say about me? Or at school or the university or in the locker room at the health club? Or
wherever I am. Maybe my finances are not good, and I have struggled and even failed. But
there is a liberty that comes from Christ that Galatians speaks about that is extraordinary. It
really is. So, let’s read it.

Galatians 1:4 is the verse where we read we have been rescued. Rescued. Galatians 1:4, We’ll put here the
world and how strong it is. What it is. The world. There’s a religious world that Peter was afraid
of in Galatians 2. Religious world where Peter was intimidated by the religious leaders because his
social class was inferior to the Pharisees. He was a fisherman from Galilee. He’s a hillbilly. He’s
not a serious orthodox Jew. And the orthodox Jews are threatening, and they did it to Jesus also. Jesus confronted them so clearly and strongly that they decided we have to get rid of
Jesus. Peter knew that because it’s in our nervous system when we are threatened or afraid
and how that can happen.

Paul said to Peter that I hold you accountable for the doctrine, and
that is you should not be afraid to eat with the Gentiles, Gentile food. God has shown you. And
when you’re with the Jews, you can have that liberty when you are with the Jews and eat
Gentile food. Not be threatened. Not be intimidated by them. Not be controlled by them. Not
be manipulated by them. But you are manipulated by them because you are in bondage to
them. And Peter get in bondage to the Law.

Many times we say as Christians am I behaving the right way? Am I saying the right thing? Am I doing the right thing? Am I a good Christian?

But Paul is saying, and we are saying this morning there is a liberty where the Christian life is
not frozen or static. And like doing the right thing. The whole point of being a Christian is to do
the right thing or say the right thing. No, it isn’t. It’s to be robust. That’s what it is.
If the Christians in the United States of America had this holy, robust energy that comes from
Christ in our hearts, then we have something to say to the world that is in fear. They are
intimidated. They are afraid. They are worried.

They’re afraid about their future and about their money and about their families and about life and about their job. They are afraid about politics and economics and everything else out there in the world. Paul is saying, no. Wait a minute.
Christ did not come into the world to make us little frozen people. He came us into the world to
make us robust. To love. To have freedom and to have joy like Stephen did. That Christ came
into the world that we would be born again and not afraid of men. We would be worshippers of
God. We would not be afraid of our society. We would be leading our society in wisdom and in
faith and in love because we are the salt of the earth. We are the ones with the message. We
are the people that have something to say. We have something with our family when we have
something to say and something to share and a word and a spirit of love and care and patience
and holiness. Okay.

So, there is the first one is Galatians 1:4 that he has rescued us from the world and turn to chapter
5:1 and we’ll finish in a minute here. Chapter 5:1, standing fast means don’t be moved.
Persevere. Get anchored. Stand fast. Stand permanently in your liberty. In your rights to be who
you are. Have a free spirit. Have a free spirit. I like that. Having a free spirit. I would have never
made it in some churches as a believer. It would have been too hard. I would never have made
it. They would want me to conform to their program and their whole way and everything and I
just have a free spirit. I grew up that way.

And I was born again that way. God says to me I made whales. I’m weird. I made whales and I
made you and I want you to enjoy your life. I made you so that you will enjoy me. You’ll enjoy
the whales. You can swim with the whales. You can fish with the whales. You can go with the whales. I am God. You can look at the stars and enjoy who I am. I give you a free spirit. Not a
bondage. Not judging. Not legalistic.

Now, this writer tells a story about at his church there was some parking lot confusion. Okay.
So, they painted arrows in the parking lot, you know, for how the traffic would flow. And there
was a woman in the church who just didn’t obey the arrows. The people in the church, the
directors and everything just wondered why can’t she just obey and follow the simple rules?
And the pastor got involved in it and he kind of enjoyed the woman. Cause she didn’t mean any
harm. She’s kind of oblivious to it.

I don’t really remember how it went, but he used it to illustrate that some people think that the
end game is obeying the rules. And he goes it isn’t. The end game is love. And the end game is
God’s joy and God’s peace and health. That I would be a healthy person. That I would enjoy a
child. That I would enjoy the stars. That I would enjoy my church. That I would enjoy my
freedom. That I would enjoy the love of God that is in our hearts. The salvation of a soul. I
would enjoy my life. And the Galatians lost it cause religious people are always around to make
sure you don’t have that much fun. Hey, hey, hey! Calm down. Don’t sing so loud. And you’re
not a good singer anyway. You just be quiet and enjoy the others who can sing good. You can’t.
Okay.

You know, you’re not trained in this, and you can’t do that and so on. By the way, it has to be
perfect. It has to be done this way or that way and all of that. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
Are we losing sight of what life is about? I want to be like Stephen. I want to be able to stand
against a whole wave of opposition with joy in my heart as a worshipper of God and say I would
love to serve you people. I want to serve you people.

I wrote a short list. I want to finish here. What is it to be robust? #1. You have healthy content.
Where do you get healthy content, intellectual content, material? Where do you get healthy
content? The Bible. Who can you get the Bible into your heart? You have a preacher. You have
a pastor. He preaches the Word. It gets into your heart little by little and then you read the
Bible on your own and you have healthy content. You have meditation. You have a new way of
thinking about what God says about you.

#2. You have a healthy spirit. The spirit of love. The spirit of joy. The spirit of peace, not fear.
Not anxiety. Not hatred and not jealously and not unholy – I got to throw this up there just
because it is on my mind. Genesis 39:12 maybe just put it up there. Joseph in Egypt. Vs. 12. How did
he get out. He was being seduced. He was a teenager. He was a young man. Do you know what
testosterone is in a human body in a male? Do you know what that is? Do you know how strong
that is? Do you know what that hormone does to young people? Do you know how he’s with a
woman. He has the world in his hand in a way. He’s in charge of the whole household. Was he
able to get out? He got out. Why? Because he had liberty.

Liberty is not liberty to sin. Liberty is to be able to say no way. This isn’t going to happen and I’m
out of here. You are history. I don’t have anything to do with you. When I got married, any
picture with me with any girlfriend I ever had, any person at all, was totally destroyed. I had no
phone number. No picture. Nothing. It is over. It is gone. And ever since, I do not entertain on
my phone anybody, anywhere. This is an option I have. And I enjoy it cause I am free. Liberty
not to sin. Not to sin. Amen. Liberty to live a godly life. Liberty to be robust. Liberty that loves to
do everything.

I called a Finnish pastor the other day and said how are you doing? He goes I’m doing great
cause we’re the same age. He goes I’m doing great. I can do anything. I can do anything. I go,
what do you mean? Well, I’m fixing my fishing rods right now. I can go fishing. I said, that’s a
great answer. I love it. I can do – I can walk five miles, ten miles. I can run. I can write. I can
think. I can pray. I can sleep. I can eat. I can love the brethren. I can be a servant. I can go to
another country and share the gospel. I can do anything. Isn’t that amazing?

How can we say that? Liberty. You have a free spirit. You are free. You are a worshipper of the
Almighty God. And it says in the psalm, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. There is
liberty with the Spirit of God. There is the Spirit of God with Stephen and he’s not afraid.
The last one is healthy spirit, healthy relationships.

#3. Healthy relationships. Can you control
your tongue? Can you edify with your tongue? Can you be thankful in everything? Can you
forgive? Can you talk? Can you invest? Can you care? Can you listen? Yes, we can. We’re living a
robust life. We’re involved with people. We care. Don’t limit your small world to your problems.
Your small world. You’re in bondage. You can’t step out of your small world. Your world with
your problems.

I read this story about someone in a ditch like in a pit. And I got this big backpack on my back
and I’m going and it’s really rough walking with this burden that I care about, that I think about
all the time. Then, I see somebody over there in trouble and I go I can’t help you. I got my own
problems. But Jesus told me I should care about you. I could help you.

So, I do the best I can. I lean over to pull them up and my backpack falls into the pit. And I pull
him out and we happily go along our way. I lost my burden. I lost the thing I worried about. I
lost that relationship that was bugging me, that I could not shake it. I lost it by being a servant. I
lost it by a robust life of faith. I lost it by looking unto Jesus and trusting him and following him.
And then the fourth thing about a robust life is courage. Are you afraid of your neighbors?
Don’t be afraid of your neighbors. They’re afraid of you. Don’t be afraid of them.

Go love them. Have courage. Go up the steps. That’s a long walk. It’s about here to that doorway to my
[neighbors]. It’s a long walk to go to their door and say hi. I’m your neighbor. Do you need anything? Maybe I can help you someday if you need help. Let me know.

Thank you. Are you kidding me? Thank you. Is that courage? Maybe for some I could never do that. Yes, you can.
You have Christ in you. Yes, you can. You can reach out. Yes, you can. You can love your
neighbor. You can even forgive your enemy. You can forgive your enemy and you’d be amazed
at what kind of life you’ll live. Not a world of fear but a robust life by his grace. Amen. Okay.
Let’s finish. (Prayer).

 

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