Showcase: Dealing with Fear

  • Fear and Salvation: the movie Dead Man Walking +

    This 1995 thought provoking movie is based on a true story about Matthew Poncelet, a convicted rapist/murderer on death row, Read More
  • Nothing Will I Fear: Thy Word +

    Amy Grant & Michael Smith. Thy word is a lamp unto my feetAnd a light unto my pathThy word is Read More
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Dallas-WillardBelow are notes from Dallas Willard's teaching at Tree of Life Community in Orange, CA.

What we set our minds on shapes us. Being obsessed with money, sex, fame or politics doesn't help much. But setting your mind on Christ will take care of all of these concerns.

Murmuring the Word to ourselves is better than murmuring commercial jingles or cultural slogans.

Proverbs 3:5-6 - We acknowledge God in all our ways. We invoke him in everything we do. We begin to expect Him to act. This is where resurrection power comes in. Ephesians says much about power, but it's all about resurrection power.

The biggest threat to God's kingdom in my life is Dallas Willard's kingdom. (Our ownkingdom is the biggest enemy to living in God's kingdom).

The biblical idea of "waiting" is simply expecting God to act. I act, doing my best, but I don't rely on my best. I trust God to intervene, bless and even improve what I do.

Invocation and expectation become the structure of our lives. Sometimes I will have to speak and act to command things around me to be as God intends them to be. When the kingdom is present, God's power flows. Transformation of character and supernatural power have always been marks of His kingdom among His people through the ages.

Invoke, expect, inject. We bring something of God's kingdom to the places where He has us.

We must be present as a receptive community in the world. We are not the church when we come to church unless we are the church when we are away from church. We mustbe church back at home, in our workplaces and everywhere else.

Banks and governments are in trouble because of the sinful foolishness of people. The church must bring the kingdom into these arenas though our lives and our shared faith.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Joy Will Find A Way: Bruce Cockburn +

    Bruce Cockburn’s song Joy Will Find A Way describes the way joy from love can transform one’s life. make me Read More
  • Shepherd's Joy by Luther Jackson Middle School Advanced Chorus +

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  • Joy to the World! by Surfjan Stevens +

    Joy to the World , the Lord is come!Let earth receive her King;Let every heart prepare Him room,And Heaven and nature Read More
  • The joy of the Lord is my strength by Douglas Miller +

    The joy of the LORD is my strengthThe joy of the LORD is my strengthThe joy of the LORD is Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence +

    Francis Schaeffer discusses modern man’s humanistic thought, and its relationship to the only values that were held: personal peace and Read More
  • The Beginning of PCA: Francis Schaeffer +

    "A Step Forward" [The Presbyterian Journal, 6 March 1974, pages 7-8] Shortly after the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Read More
  • A Change in Our Society: Francis Schaeffer +

    A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at Read More
  • The Universe and Two Chairs: Francis Schaeffer +

    In the course of this book we have focused attention on the way God looks at the culture of our Read More
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