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Dennis Cebulak

Brother Dennis has a MA in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He has been in ministry for 26 years and has pastored three churches.  He has been married to his wife Bonnie for 36 years and has four children:  Troy, Koren, Kimberly, and Kalah.  Bonnie works at the Women's Crisis Center and is also a women's ministry speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

PASTOR’S EPISTLE

 

WHOM SHALL I FEAR?

Psalm 27:1

 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

 

  I recently read about a man who was known in the community as Farmer Joe. One day Farmer Joe was involved in an accident with a large truck and was advised that his losses were serious enough to take the trucking company to court. In court the trucking company’s lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe: “Did you not say at the scene of the accident that you were fine?”  Farmer Joe replied, “Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my best mule Bessie into…..Suddenly the lawyer interrupted Farmer Joe and said, “Just answer the question. Did you or did you not say you were fine at the scene of the accident?”

 

Again, Farmer Joe proceeded to tell what happened, saying, “Well, I had just loaded my best mule Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road…” Again, Farmer Joe was interrupted by this aggressive attorney, “Please your honor, instruct the witness to answer the question? This man at the scene of the accident told the Highway Patrolman that he was fine, now months after the accident he is trying to sue my client, saying he was severely injured, this man is a fraud.  

 

By this time the Judge was interested in what happened to the Farmer’s mule so he ruled, “Counselor, I am going to allow this witness to finish his testimony.” Farmer Joe thanked the judge and proceeded with his story. “As I was saying I had just loaded my favorite mule, Bessie into the trailer and we were headed down the road when this huge semi-truck ran the stop light and smacked my truck in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and ole Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. I could hear poor ole Bessie moaning across the road. I knew she was in terrible shape.

 

Shortly after the accident, a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with gun in hand and looked at me and said, “Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her, how are you feeling?”

Well, the subject of fear is a major subject in the first three verses in Psalm 27. The word “fear” speaks of one being deeply frightened by certain things or events. The word “afraid” in verse one speaks of suddenly being startled or frightened. Clarence MaCartney said, “From the cradle to the grave, fear casts its baleful shadow, “ and that, “fear is man’s greatest enemy.” Ann Landers reported that she receives more mail about fear than any other topic.  Fear can be a deadly enemy to one’s heart and mind. Immediately after 911, fear gripped our nation and the stock market dropped over 900 points. Recently the stock market dropped 777 points when congress failed to pass a bail-out bill for wall street.

 

Without doubt, all of us can expect things to happen in our lives that will create fear. We have all experienced things that left us a bit fearful of what was happening or what the future might hold. There is the fear that can seize us. But, secondly, THERE IS A FOCUS THAT CAN STRENGTHEN US. The Psalmist was surrounded by both enemies and events that were enough to strike terror in any heart, but notice the first three words of the Psalm: THE LORD IS.  Someone has well said, “Look around and you will be discouraged. Look ahead and you will be disillusioned. But look up and you will be delighted. The Psalmist was looking up. He was looking to the Lord for his strength. His focus was not on the things that were happening around him and to him, but the Lord.

 

When fearful things grip us, our focus should be on the Lord. The Lord can be our light in dark times according to verse one. Things may seem dark in your life right now, but Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, he that believes in me shall not walk in darkness.”

 

I like Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” During dark times it may seem difficult to know the way, but the Lord will be our light, if we let Him.

 

Let me just remind you dear reader, that for the child of God, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of promises in God’s word, to help you in time of fear. God is able to keep you! That is why the writer of the book of Psalms said, “Whom shall we be afraid?”

 

Bro. Dennis

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