Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
Courage takes many forms. It can take courage for someone to just get up in the morning; it can take courage to care for someone in need; it can take courage to turn up at work or school in the face of bullying; it can take courage to cling to faith when everything and everyone tells you it is all an illusion.
We also need to recognise that courage is not the opposite of fear. Without fear, there would be no courage, but only foolhardiness. Courage kicks in when we take note of our fears, but don’t let them shape our lives.
To be courageous is not to be fearless, but to refuse to surrender to fear. Like a lot of things in life we need to learn this so we can put it into practice when we find ourselves in a fearful situation. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Sometimes we fear because we forget that God made us with His love. His love takes away our fear. It is from Him that we find the source of our courage.
With love & blessings,