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The Philosophy of Fear by James Rafferty

The Philosophy of Fear

January 28, 2015 | James Rafferty

My granny was very protective of spiders. Whenever she found one in our house she would gently pick it up, give it a kiss, and toss it out the nearest open window. As a little boy I was afraid of creepy, crawly spiders along with other things like stinging wasps and school bullies. Watching granny kiss and chuck spiders helped me with my spider fear. I lost my fear of wasps after being stung and my fear of bullies after being beat up over and over again in karate class. These experiences led to a philosophy of fear something like, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (Franklin Roosevelt). Yet this did not help me with other fears that personal experience had never met or conquered. Fear was still a huge negative in my life.

How do we defend ourselves from our fears? Wasp spray; pepper spray; martial arts; guns; walls; barriers; separation; preparation? We have invented many ways of dealing or coping with our fears, but …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Power of the Printed Page

The Power of the Printed Page

January 2, 2015 | Ty Gibson

Plain and simple: words of truth on paper are extremely powerful. Allow me to break this down for us. First, are  need to understand that the words of God are a creative, life-giving force:

“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

“The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature and recreates the soul in the image of God” (Education, p. 126).

Secondly, we need to understand that we are engaged, basically, in a war of words. Words are formulated into sentence structures to compose ideas. When read, those ideas enter the mind and alter the way a person thinks and feels and in turn how a person behaves. Words—whether true or false—change the way a person perceives God and life and oneself …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers