Pastor's Blog

November 1, 2018

Experts say that over-stress, living in a constant state of emergency, can damage us physically, like a rubber band that is constantly stretched to the limit.  In Matthew 6, Jesus diagnoses one of the chief causes of stress and anxiety in the modern world: the obsession with how I’m doing.  He then prescribes an antidote that goes against everything we’ve been taught.

What Jesus says flies in the face of our contemporary culture. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink” he says!  Ironically, in the wealthy Western world, we are trained to obsess over how well we are doing, how well we are dressed, and how well we are eating.  But in reality, this obsession only increases our anxiety because the more we have the more we fear losing it, and so the more we want, and so on and on.  What is Jesus’ prescription?

First, Jesus calls us to recognize that God has provided for us in abundance:“If God feeds the bi...

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