Rick Hampton


Live Unafraid

By Pastor Rick Hampton

The words “fear,” “anxious,” “afraid” and “troubled” often formed an important part of the conversation of Christ. Why did our Lord say so much on the subject of fear? It must have been because he found so much of it everywhere he went.

It’s not any different today. The world in which we live is heavily overcast with fear. We are afraid of our friends and we are afraid of our enemies. We are afraid of others and we are afraid of ourselves. We are afraid of youth and we are afraid of old age. We are afraid of sickness and we are afraid of health.

We are afraid of sorrow and we are afraid of joy. We are afraid to cry and we are afraid to laugh. We are afraid of mistakes and we are afraid of perfection. We are afraid of loss and we are afraid of gain. We are afraid of things as they are and we are afraid of change. We are afraid to be silent and we are afraid to speak up.

We are afraid of poverty and we are afraid of wealth. Hope Loading We are afraid to buy and we are afraid to sell. We are afraid to borrow and we are afraid to lend. We are afraid of evil and we are afraid of good. We are afraid of slavery and we are afraid of freedom. We are afraid of war and we are afraid of peace. We are afraid of hate and we are afraid of love. We are afraid of what we don’t know and we are afraid of what we do know.
We are afraid of our weakness and we are afraid of our strength. We are afraid of the old and we are afraid of the new. We are afraid of the present and we afraid of the future. We are afraid of life and we are afraid of death. We are afraid of hell and we are afraid of heaven. We are afraid of everything and everybody.

Because of this fear we arm ourselves with life insurance, health insurance, car insurance, and fire insurance. Because of this atmosphere of fear we lock our doors at night and we take our keys out of the car when we come to church.

In the eighth chapter of Romans Paul addressed himself to this environment of fear in which we live. He tells us that, as Christians, we have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear (Romans 8:15a). Paul told young Timothy that God has not given us a spirit of fear (I Timothy 1:7). John says, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18). Next issue I will give you some more insight into what Paul says in Romans 8. Paul tells us ten things that will free us from our fears. God bless you as you live unafraid in Christ.
Pastor Rick


The Visitation Ministry Needs the Support of the Congregation

By Rev. Rick Hampton, Pastor of Visitation
Rev. Rick Hampton
The visitation ministry at FPC is a vital ministry of the church. It reaches out to shut-ins and those who are experiencing crisis situations, grief and loss, and hospitalization. We provide a ministry of prayer and encouragement while applying Scriptural insight.

The visitation ministry requires the support of the congregation members in order to serve. We need to have your suggestions as to people we can serve and assist. If you would like a visit yourself or know of someone who does, please don’t hesitate to call the church office. Communion is available for shut-ins, upon request.

Visitation is a mandated ministry. In Matthew 25:34-46 Jesus makes it clear that when we minister to others we are ministering to Him. May God bless you as we minister together in His name.

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