Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Fear Not: Living Courageously in Uncertain Times
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7)
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
NEW YORK, NY (ANS) -- I was once robbed in Times Square, New York, by a young thug who roughly manhandled me into a doorway, held out a switchblade and told me to open my wallet. Fortunately there was only about $20 in it, so he snatched the cash, threw the wallet to the floor and ran off, leaving me shaking like a leaf.
So in 1987 the preacher founded the Times Square Church, in response to what he described as "the physically destitute and spiritually dead people" he saw among the pimps, runaways and crack dealers who populated the area.
The Times Square Church briefly held its services in The Town Hall on 43rd Street in Manhattan and then in the Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street. In 1989 the church moved to the former Mark Hellinger Theatre, its current location on 51st Street and is packed for each service with people from some 100 nations.
So knowing at firsthand what this area was once like, it was fascinating for me to learn that Carter Conlon, has written a book Fear Not: Living Courageously in Uncertain Times. (I could have done with it at the time I was robbed).
A news release announcing the book says that “We live in a time of uncertainty when we are inundated with disturbing news about our struggling economy, rising unemployment, the disintegration of marriage and family, the attack on faith and the realization that no place is truly safe from random acts of violence.”
As a result, it continued, we are either gripped with fear or we find reassurance in the freedom of God’s command to “fear not” (Gen. 26:24).
In his new book, Pastor Conlon traces the roots of spiritual darkness associated fear, the origin of fear in our minds and our ability to free ourselves from fear.
“A heart of faith never lets fear determine action. Although the world’s culture is quickly spinning out of our control, we can be thankful that it’s never out of God’s control,” says Pastor Conlon. “We must let faith, not fear, lead us through uncertainty so that God is able to show He is faithful to us.”
Fear Not examines how God’s love casts out every fear through biblical and practical examples that include:
* Fear: A Powerful Weapon: The devil is the author of fear but he has no power to stop the work of God in our lives; his reign and all his power were cancelled on Calvary. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit, not by our own strength that we are able to dispel fear and overcome whatever difficulties lie ahead. If we forget that the battle is the Lord’s, Satan will be able to successfully wield his weapon of fear against us.
* When Fear Takes Control: A heart of faith never lets fear determine action. Trust is not something that develops in us when things are going well. We have to learn to trust God when things do not look like they are going well, when we come to a place of impossibility and fear begins to overcome us.
* Choose to Follow God: We cannot just casually come to the things of God. We must be fully given to His work on the earth which means total surrender and total giving of one’s self. A casual encounter with Christ or a mere form of religion will not give us strength we need, nor will it bring freedom from fear.
Pastor Conlon offers biblical examples of those God used for His will even though they struggled with fear including Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 12: 18-19), the children of Israel (Exod. 14:11-12), David (Ps. 53:5), Joshua and Caleb (Num. 14: 7-9), and Peter (Luke 1:73-75).
Fear Not is a relevant resource for the Church during a time when Pastor Conlon believes authentic followers of Christ need to face their fears with courage and the love of Christ and stand against the enemy who seeks to destroy our generation, our families, our marriages and our personal faith in God.
About the Author: Carter Conlon is Senior Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City, an inter-denominational church with more than 8,000 people representing over 100 nationalities. He receives many invitations to speak at conferences and evangelistic rallies throughout the world and is the author of The 180 Christian. www.tscnyc.org
Note: To see an excellent three—part documentary on the church, please go to: www.tscnyc.org/media_center.php?pg=videos
Product Details: Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Regal; 240 edition (September 1, 2012) ISBN-10: 0830763910 ISBN-13: 978-0830763917 List Price: $14.99
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This review is the personal view of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of the ASSIST News Service or ASSIST Ministries.