Written by Bob Garner

Many people spend a lot of time worrying. The strange thing is that they are always worrying about something or someone of which they have no control.

You see if you controlrepparttar outcome of your worry, you would, and therefore, you would not need to worry. The key word there is control. When you set a task in motion, you don’t have “total” control ofrepparttar 140764 outcome. (I wrote “total” because if you know how to use your mind and your thoughts effectively you can increaserepparttar 140765 “control” that you do have immensely. To learn how to do that go to: http://www.bobgarner.com/10steps.html.

Worry is an emotion. And you can always change your emotions or change your feelings about something or someone. Whatever can be changed can be controlled. Therefore you are in control as to whether or not you worry, doubt, or fear anything.

The problem arises in that when we set out to do a task, we worry about whether or not it will work according to “our” specifications. You have set-up in your mind a certain parameter for whichrepparttar 140766 result must fit. If it doesn’t fit that “specific parameter,” then you will feel as if you have failed.

How many times has something not worked outrepparttar 140767 way you “originally” intended and instead you ended up with something far better than you “think” you imagined? (Or did you really imagine that better outcome and forgot?)

Back to Square One

Written by Terry Dashner

Back to Square One

Terry Dashner………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

We’ve come full circle. We’re back to square one. It has been a long journey filled with theologians, philosophers, scientists, and even atheists. Each has given his say. Each has stimulated thought and some have befuddled us, but everyone has had their say. And what have they said?

Saint Augustine of Hippo introducedrepparttar Christian church to Aristotle. Saint Thomas Aquinas introduced us to scholasticism and its original intent backfired inrepparttar 140018 face of Roman Catholicism. Instead of trainingrepparttar 140019 great minds ofrepparttar 140020 Middle Ages forrepparttar 140021 philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, it ignitedrepparttar 140022 fires of Reformation. But each man had his say.

The Reformation brought usrepparttar 140023 Peace of Westphalia after thirty years of war in Europe. But long beforerepparttar 140024 war, we had a Renaissance. Remember. According to Stanley J. Grenz, “It elevated humankind torepparttar 140025 center of reality, proposedrepparttar 140026 principles that anchoredrepparttar 140027 scientific method, and unleashedrepparttar 140028 forces that would undercutrepparttar 140029 political and cultural dominance ofrepparttar 140030 Roman Catholic Church.” Francis Bacon (1561-1626) bridgedrepparttar 140031 gap betweenrepparttar 140032 Renaissance andrepparttar 140033 Enlightenment. He emphasized experimentation. In Bacon’s New Atlantis he describedrepparttar 140034 idea society. Above allrepparttar 140035 society would look to science as its new savior. He had his say.

We moved from Bacon’s “knowledge is power” or knowledge mediates power over circumstances—altering our circumstances to match our desires. (Knowledge also brings violence with power, but Bacon overlooked that minor detail.) We moved intorepparttar 140036 Age of Reason. Again Grenz reminds us, “It replaced God with humanity on center stage in history. Medieval and Reformation theology viewed people as important largely insofar as they fit intorepparttar 140037 story of God’s activity in history. Enlightenment thinkers tended to reverserepparttar 140038 equation and gaugerepparttar 140039 importance of God according to his value forrepparttar 140040 human story.” God is dethroned. Man is enthroned. And men have had their say.

In early times Anselm gave us a maxim, “I believe in order that I may understand.” The Age of Reason reversedrepparttar 140041 maxim: “I believe what I can understand.” The Age of Reason told us that God existed, but He was far removed from man. This doctrine—Deism—gave usrepparttar 140042 term: “Nature’s God” and “natural law.” And then camerepparttar 140043 philosophers. Rene Descartes (1596-1650) is often referred to asrepparttar 140044 father of modern philosophy. He told us to doubt everything but one’s own existence. Said he, “I think, therefore I am.” He teamed with Isaac Newton’s orderly laws of motion and developed a philosophy that has lived for 300 years. Because man stands alone asrepparttar 140045 observer inrepparttar 140046 universe, he can learnrepparttar 140047 laws ofrepparttar 140048 universe through knowledge and eventually turnrepparttar 140049 world into a utopia. What a crock. But he had his say.

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