Summary: What are the effects of fear, and what is the solution to fear?

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Let me give you a test. In your Sunrise Update this morning you’ll find some notes you can use to follow along with the message. And at the beginning of those notes you’ll find a list of 20 fears/phobias. Some, you’re probably familiar with. Others, you’ve probably never heard of. Take a look at them and se if you can figure out what they are. And then we’ll go through them one at a time to see how you did.

Botanophobia - Fear of plants

Ailurophobia - Fear of Cats

Apiphobia - Fear of bees

Geraunophobia - Fear of thunder

Claustrophobia - Fear of enclosed places

Neophobia - Fear of anything new

Clinophobia - Fear of going to bed

Pyrophobia - Fear of fire

Batophobia - Fear of being close to high buildings

Pupaphobia - Fear of Puppets

Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number 13

Xenophobia - Fear of strangers

Didaskaleinophobia - Fear of school

Bibliophobia - Fear of books

Chionophobia - Fear of snow

Blennophobia - Fear of slim

Pallophobia - Fear of balloons

Chronophobia - Fear of time

Chronomentrophobia - Fear of clocks

Arachibutyrophobia - Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth

How’d you do? Were you able to get two or three? Anyone get five of them? Anyone get more than that?

Most of these fears or phobias are pretty obscure. But the truth is, we all face a variety of fears every day. Some big, some small, but all very real. According to the Book of Lists, the top ten fears that we have are…

10. Dogs

9. Loneliness

8. Flying

7. Death

6. Sickness

5. Deep water

4. Financial problems

3. Insects and bugs

2. Heights

1. Speaking before a group

Of course, over the past year and a half we’ve come to know a fairly new fear in North America: terrorism. Terrorism is the fear of fear being used as a weapon.

Think back to the days just after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I believe the amount of fear even here in Atlantic Canada during those days was higher than at any other time in my lifetime, and perhaps in our history. I can’t think of any other time when so many people shared the same fear to the same degree. Even though the attacks were south of the border, we never felt as vulnerable as we did then. Even the Confederation Bridge was named as a possible target and was shut down for a period of time.

Thankfully as time has passed the level of fear has subsided somewhat, but I think it’s still in the back of our minds. We now know that terrorists can attack anyplace and anytime, and perhaps that’s the message they wanted to deliver in the first place.

We’re not going to spend the whole morning talking about terrorism. I’m not going to tell you that you need to go out and buy duct tape and sheets of plastic in order to protect yourself. And I’m not going to talk about the pros and cons of racial profiling. We’ve heard about those things for months, and I don’t have anything to add.

But what I do want to do is talk about some of the dangers involved in living in fear, and take a look at what advice the Bible gives for dealing with these fears.

The Dangers of Fear

A. Fear Paralyzes You

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