Focus Determines Freedom or Fear

Philippians 4:4—14

By Kelly Mahoney, March 05, 2023

Freedom from anxiety is aided by a focus on:

  1. God.
  1. to God.
3) godly things.
4) the truth modeled by godly people.

Applying God's Word to Life

  1. Describe what it was like to be afraid of the dark? What did you imagine coming out of the dark to harm you? Why? How realistic was that fear?

  2. What are some examples of things that our capture our minds, stir up our emotions, and cause us to have serious anxiety or fear?

  3. How do people respond when fear and anxiety have taken hold of them?

  4. What are some the things that have helped you to still your fears and anxieties? Any specific examples or practices you can give?

  5. How can praise and prayer help? Why?

  6. When have you been fixated on researching something to the point that you could not see the matter any other way than how you envisioned it?

  7. What are some of the fearful things you’ve become aware of because of books, movies, and the internet? What would be on your list of fears if you excluded all that you learned through those sources of information?

  8. Who has “blazed the trail” showing you the road ahead can be traveled?

  9. What specific anxiety or fear do you most need God’s help to relieve?

  10. Of the four ways of coping with anxiety, which is your greatest need now?


Camp Shamineau: Summer camp registration is open.  Hope Community will give each child/student that attends a child/youth camp (not family camp or parent/child) a $150 scholarship and in addition, the child may invite a friend that will also receive the $150 scholarship.  The scholarship code is Hope Glenwood.  For more information and to register: or pick up a brochure on the welcome table.

Camp Shamineau Scholarship Change: Good news! The elders have increased the scholarship amount to $150 per a child/youth for the child/youth camps. If you already registered, Camp Shamineau has credited the $50 to your account balance. ** Comedy Date Night:**  Sunday, March 26 at 5:30-8:30 pm at Central Square Gym in Glenwood.  This year we will have a “mocktail hour” and new and improved trivia game. $50/couple. Limited space, deadline to register is March 19 at 1:00pm.  All late requests will be honored if there is room and will have an increase price of $10/person. All general tickets must be paid by March 19 at 1:00pm.  Pay online or contact Vickie (320-805-0450) to arrange payment. To register go to the link in the weekly email, or on our app, website or Facebook group.

Good Friday Services: April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Starbuck site. Easter Morning Services: 9:00 a.m. in Starbuck and 10:30 a.m. in Glenwood on April 9th.

SOAP Bible Study: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Bob and Lisa Kelvie’s home (311 E 7th Street, Starbuck). Bring a Bible, notebook and pen. Contact Lisa if interested or if childcare is needed ((612) 998-1210).

Sermon Based Small Group: On Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the Starbuck site. Contact Randy Ihnen (320)-760-7102.

Preschool Open Gym!: The 1st and 3rd Fridays from 9:30am-11:30am at Central Square Gym. Free event. The next one is Friday, March 17.