Why is it when we feel threatened, that we retreat to our tribes to avoid thoughtful discourse? Why is it that we foster fear, rather than faith? Challenging questions as we face uncertain times yet again in an unusual year.

We’re so delighted you’ve found Anticipating AT1. From our inspirational message, to our thought-provoking AT Trending News, to our melodic moment of music, we trust this short program adds value to your week. Please tell your friends about these videos. We hope they prompt personal reflection, and are a discussion catalyst with your family and friends as you talk with them in the safe ways you connect during these unusual times.

Today’s Host – Paul Richardson

Presenter – Kendra Haloviak Valentine

Trending News – Jammie Karlman

Music – Carpenter Family

Musicians, we want to hear from you! Would you bless us with a vocal or instrumental piece? We’re looking for a three-minute song; email to atoday@atoday.org. If we select your video, we will give you a link to download your file at production size. If you recruit a friend to do this, you’ll be doubly blessed!

Discussion Questions:

1. When life’s circumstances get hard, why is it so easy to give in to fear rather than moving toward thoughts and actions that strengthen our faith?

2. Fear often clouds our thinking and in our fear, we often hurt others and ourselves. What is a healthy way to manage fear? Is such a thing even possible? If not, how do we get rid of fear?

Be well, and love well.