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AUTHOR: NAD Stewardship

―Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‗Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.‘ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God‘s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.‖ 1 Peter 3:13–17 (NIV)


In numerous places in the Bible we are told not to fear or be afraid. There are really only three classes of people in the world today: (1) Those that are afraid; (2) Those that are not aware enough to be afraid, and; (3) Those that know and believe their Bibles.

In many cases, we have adopted the convenient theory that the Bible is a book to be explained, but first and foremost it is a book to be believed and after it is believed it is to be obeyed. In this difficult time in earth‘s history we ought to be weary of talk about the power of God and yet continually observe the spiritual poverty of ―unbelieving believers.‖ We must know and experience His power.

Appeal: Our church is a place where believers are taught Bible truth and Bible living and most importantly the benefits of faith and belief. Our offering today is for funding the needs of our church in its mission to reach our area for Christ.

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Originally prepared for August 18, 2012