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Fight or Flight?

August 4, 2012 | Dee Casper

The “Fight or Flight” response is defined as the response of the body to a perceived threat. When faced with danger, the body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones give us a burst of energy and strength by increasing the heart rate, slowing digestion and directing blood to major muscle groups. Although the response is helpful in cases of physical threat (such as needing to run away from a bear), it is inappropriate and maladaptive when it occurs in social or performance situations, as is the case with social anxiety disorder (SAD).

In Ephesians 6 we see that God has provided personal protective equipment (PPE as we refer to it in the public safety world), for these circumstances of perceived threat in our Christian experience. I’m sure some of us are familiar with this passage, and the ways in which God intends for His saints to be protected. But I happened to come across something that was pretty startling. Let’s read it first, and then I’ll address …
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Dee Casper

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
The Old School Community Center

Reaching the World On A Schwinn

Reaching the world… On a Schwinn

May 3, 2012 | Dee Casper

If you had told me eight years ago, when I graduated from high school, that I would be hanging out with people from all over the world and be afforded the opportunity to share the gospel with them, I would have laughed at you. I was unconverted; definitely not a preacher or speaker, and I didn’t know very many people outside of Southern Illinois, let alone North America. Then, if you had told me that I would be doing it 15 miles away from where I was currently living, I would have said that you were absolutely insane.

Yet that’s exactly where I find myself, surrounded by beautiful people from other countries who don’t know the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Or even worse yet, they’ve been given a horrible depiction of Him by the media, and other poor messengers as we’ll see here in a few moments as depicted in the book of Ezekiel. But God works in mysterious ways, and upon returning to my home area …
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Dee Casper

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
The Old School Community Center