Fear Not

Jul 20, 2008 by: Brian Bolton| Series: Great Expectations - Living Life With Hope
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:13–3:15

Do you remember the name Black Bart?

  • Black Bart was a professional thief whose very name struck fear as he terrorized the Wells Fargo stage line.
  • From San Francisco to New York, he struck fear in lives of stage riders.
  • Between 1875 and 1883 he robbed 29 different stagecoach crews.
  • He did it all without firing a shot. 
  • A hood hid his face, no victim ever saw his face. 
  • He never took a hostage and was never trailed by a sheriff. 
  • Black Bart would later say from prison that he didn't need to fire a shot; all he had to do was to use fear to paralyze his victims. "Fear, the face of the unknown, was my weapon of choice, my weapon of intimidation." 
  • His sinister presence and his threat of words was enough to overwhelm the toughest stagecoach guard.

In the late 1800's while Black Bart was roaming free people were fearful every time they traveled by stagecoach.

Today, in the year 2008 we have people living in fear all around us.  We live in a world marked by terrorism, wars, and the constant threat of nuclear, biological or chemical extinction. . .

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