A blog about my life as a follower of Christ, husband, father and pastor.
Verse of the Week
My Aunt Kay Jean suggested I start sharing a verse of the day. I liked her suggestion but decided instead of a verse of the day, I would share a verse of the week. Be reminded of who God is from His Word.
3 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.”18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,24 but the boat by this time was a long way[b] from the land,[c] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.25 And in the fourth watch of the night[d] he came to them, walking on the sea.26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind,[e] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick36 and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. (Matthew 14:3-36)
Here are some of my favorite tweets from the last few weeks. This is one of the blessings of social media where we can hear the gospel from people all over the world. If you like the tweet, go and follow the person on Twitter.
Jesus is always holding fast to you even when you aren't holding fast to Him. @EvanHeadrick
The God who has Genesis 1 on his resume can handle anything you will face today. @WePreachChrist
Here's something to rest in:
all of the work that needed to be done to make us pleasing to God, forgiven by God, and close to God - has already been done by Christ. @ZachMaldo
“assurance is nourished on a clear understanding of grace and especially union with Christ and the justification, adoption and regeneration that are ours freely in him” Ferguson via @PatAbendroth
"It's my job to keep standing there with my arms wide open waiting for you to maybe some day fall inside if you needed it. And if you do, I’ll love you, and if you don't, I’ll love you …