Go to God in a Crisis

Step 7 Financial ideas for a CrisisThe earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. Psalms 24:1

One of my favorite movies of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart. Stewart is cast as the super-thrifty, ever-ambitious George Bailey, who has languished in his hometown and made a somewhat unassuming difference in the lives of everyone he knows.

The whole plot of the movie builds to the central crisis where George is in an excruciating financial difficulty in his business. The potential for ruin and scandal are everywhere. George (actually Uncle Billy) has lost $8,000, which was a fortune in the 1940s.

He seeks help from Potter, his arch nemesis in the movie, and is rebuffed. Additionally, he is told that because of his life insurance, he is worth more dead than alive. So he begins to plot a swan dive off a bridge.

In desperation, George even goes as far as praying. Hear his prayer: “God, oh God, dear Father in Heaven. I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and can hear me, show me the way. I am at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God.” Continue reading “Go to God in a Crisis”

Defeating Fear through Faith

Cover- Defeating Fear Through Faithby Chris Haas

As believers we know that God is on throne (Psalms 47:4) and that He loves and cares for us.  That is a comforting truth we should remind ourselves of in uncertain and unprecedented times.

We are commanded, “Do not fear” over and over in the scripture.  It’s one of the most repeated commands by the Lord because of our human tendency towards fear and anxiety.  I know I’ve had to fight through my own emotions of fear and anxiety in my own quiet times with God in the last few days.

This Coronavirus health and financial crisis has created a stressful environment for us all.  I feel the responsibility as a husband and father, along with my wife, of making decisions to keep ourselves and our 5 children safe and healthy, and setting the tone in our house of faith not fear. Continue reading “Defeating Fear through Faith”