This week I want to start off with some verses, Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.. Matthew 14:22-36 Have you ever been walking with someone and without thinking about it, you are in step with that person. In this passage as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he would be able to walk on the water, just like Jesus was doing. In today’s world it is so easy to take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on the storm, whether the storm be Covid 19 or the protest and riots or something else going on in your life. But when we focus on Jesus, then you can see what He is doing throughout the storm and maybe during a storm He is holding you in His hand. But maybe during a storm He will give you a new perspective on how He wants you to know Him and what He wants you to do. So during this storm let’s get in God’s word so we can know what He wants us to do. During this storm lets see what He wants us to learn. So this week let’s commune with God and see what He wants to do through this time in your life.
This week I want to start off with some verses, Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ” Luke 15:11-32 This is a parable about no matter how far we go our heavenly Father will always be right there waiting for us. This is a very sad and wonderful story, where the son tells his father he wished he was dead so he could have his inheritance. And so his father sold off part of his land and cattle to give him ⅓ of his entire wealth so the son could go and party and waste it all in a foreign land. But when the boy was at his lowest, he came to his father and was accepted back in like nothing ever happened. Remember no matter what you have done and what happens He will still accept you and no matter where you stand with your earthly father this Father’s Day your heavenly Father will always accept you and show you love. So this week let’s take some time with our heavenly Father.
This week I want to start off with some verses, If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have to the poor, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1 -13 With all that is going on in the world, all the protest and hate you can see when you turn on the tv, it’s not just now, there has always been a lot of hate and problems in this world since the fall. But it seems to me it’s been worse lately. Which is why I think we need to be reminded of the words spoken by the spirit through the Apostle Paul. I mean just read these verses, they could be so powerful if we would earnestly look at them. He says basically if we do anything but do not have love, then it is like we have done nothing. He is saying even if I had the faith to move a mountain, but have no love, then I have done nothing. Love goes beyond even time, there was love before there was time and there will be love even after there is not time. So this week as we go throughout our daily lives let’s take time to show the love of Christ and remember that we are here to show the love of Jesus to others.
This week at my house we started riding our minibike again, it hadn’t been ridden for a couple of years, so it had some mechanical issues. One of the issues was there was a build up in the carburetor, so when you adjust the throttle if you hesitate and do not give it gas it will stall. This experience made me think of a story in the Bible. Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:18-22 In my Bible the subheading for these verses is the cost of following Jesus. These men who Jesus asked to follow Him thought the cost of following was too high a price to pay, because they might be following Him for many years. If they would have followed Him they would have turned their lives upside down, judging by the other disciples, they would have been persecuted and killed for their beliefs. He saw their nature and that they had the strength to do this, but they did not have the belief to trust and follow Him. So this week let’s remember these two people and remember that they hesitated and made excuses, let’s not make excuses, let’s go all in with Jesus no excuses.
This week I want to start off with some verses, The third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans. The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego. Daniel 1:1-7 This week I want to talk about Shadrach, Mishach, and Abednego. These men were taken into captivity at a young age, from their home to go to a distant land to serve a king to whom they were not loyal. But because they knew the King of the Universe they were able to handle the situation. They did not conform to the king’s rules and did not forget where they came from. They were going to obey God’s laws, even if it meant they would face certain death, so they trusted in God to bring them through it. In this new land they were given new names, now very few people would even remember their original names. So that raises the question, does that mean what you are feeling is holding you back? These things that happen that are out of your control or the things that are in your control, that you feel are giving you a new name, they could be just the things that make you remembered. An example to others, but more importantly they could be the things that God uses you the most through. Take Jacob as an example his name meant follower or holder of the heel. Sometimes it can feel like those things that are out of our control are dragging us through the mud. But God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which means one who struggles and overcomes. We know Jacob struggled with things throughout his life, like the night God gave him his new name, when Jacob fought God all night. So this week no matter if you feel captive in a distant land or you are back in your home land with your family remember no matter where you are you can be an example for others or show the light of Jesus.