on February 11th, 2019
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited." Romans 12:14-16One of the first disillusioning experiences of my ministry happened in my first meeting with fellow pastors in my area. Prior to prayer we ...
on February 10th, 2019
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited." Romans 12:14-16Giving grace and getting rid of grudges is a big first step to finding peace. You cannot have spiritual peace while you are holding onto re...
on February 9th, 2019
"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." Matthew 14:32-33These disciples had devoted their lives to Jesus and had followed Him 24/7 for the last few years. They knew that He was the Son of God and yet only after they were delivered from the storm, did they cry out in worship "Truly you are the S...
on February 8th, 2019
"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?" Matthew 14:28-31The ultimate...
on February 7th, 2019
"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." Matthew 14:26-29Storms have a...
on February 6th, 2019
"During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake." Matthew 14:25We are learning some lake lessons. No, we are not studying issues related to large bodies of water, we are learning truths about Jesus based on how He responded to the disciples during a fierce storm. And it is all good!So far, we have learned:Lake Lesson #1 - During the storm it helps to know that Jes...
on February 5th, 2019
"During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake." Matthew 14:25There is something kind of nice about a gentle Summer thunderstorm in the middle of the night. But as a rule, we don't appreciate storms. For the most part we dread them and do our best to avoid them.But in Matthew 14 we see how valuable a storm can be. These guys who had walked with Jesus and lived wi...
on February 4th, 2019
"but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it." Matthew 14:24 As I write this post, a Winter Storm Advisory has been issued.I have been sharing a series of Lessons on the Lake, that the disciples learned from being in a terrible storm on the lake because storms are a part of life. Storms come in a variety of ways, financial storm...
on February 3rd, 2019
"After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone," Matthew 14:23So, Jesus put the disciples into the boat and sent them off to cross the lake while He went to pray alone. Yesterday we mentioned that it helps to know that we are in Jesus' boat when the storm comes. That was Lake Lesson number one.Today we will learn another Lake Le...
on February 2nd, 2019
"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd." Matthew 14:22When we get into this time of year the Winter storms often come in waves. Recently we had four consecutive week-ends of Winter weather. It seemed liked either we were in a storm or between storms.That is a good analogy for life. Much of life is spent between...
on February 1st, 2019
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:5WINNERS THINK INWARD (V. 5)Here’s what it comes down to – we – you and I must have this same attitude that Christ displayed. If you are to be a “Christ-One” you must have His attitude. THAT IS THE WIN!One of our main themes in this entire series has been the fact that you can choose your attitude. It is one of the few things i...
on January 31st, 2019
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest pla...