He Calms Storms Too

Mark 4:38

“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?”

 Jesus Christ is THE most influential and powerful Person of ALL TIME

The disciples of Jesus were often being taught important lessons that we can still relate to in our own lives today. Once, on the Sea of Galilee, a terrible storm arose and the disciples were terrified! Although there were at least  four of them who were professional fisherman, and at home on the sea, they all were convinced they were about to die. What seemed to make matters worse was the fact that their Master, Jesus, Whom they trusted with their lives, was asleep! 

These men had watched Him do the miraculous on more than one occasion, and they had each pledged their lives to follow Him, by faith. This night, and this storm seemed to be the end of the journey for them all… including their weary Leader.

Jesus was asleep. By all appearances it would seem that He was oblivious to the situation and their dire need. Jesus was asleep. If He was God and had all knowledge and power, couldn’t He have done something to prevent this storm? Or was His sleeping through this torrent the convincing proof of His inability to be in full control at all times?

Thankfully, we know the answer. The Bible tells us that the disciples hastened to their sleeping Lord and cried out in fear, “Carest thou not that we perish?” How could He care for us while peacefully sleeping? But He DID care and He STILL cares today. Your “storm” of life has not taken Jesus by surprise. The winds of adversity and wave after wave of overwhelming troubles are no match for the Master and Creator God, our Lord Jesus Christ!

For that small band of frightened men, the next few moments would burn in their memories for the rest of their lives. Jesus, the Son of God, arise from His place of peaceful sleep, and they heard the clear voice of the One Who created the seas as He  spoke these words…”Peace, be still.” What a calm! What a peaceful quiet that everyone of them saw and felt as well! (The sea was quieted too)

Jesus STILL speaks “peace” to your raging and storm tossed heart. Jesus hears your heart’s cry and He is touched by the fear you feel each day. Jesus can save you and deliver you from EVERY sin or storm you may be facing. He still says, “ Peace, be still!” … and He can do so in your life as well!  (By the way, He calms storms too)

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Do Unto Others

Luke 6:31

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

Social and cultural issues affect us all so deeply because (good or bad) they are are  close to our hearts and our history.

History  has a way of repeating itself, especially when the facts and memories have been erased from the culture. Today, in our free and exceptional country, people are divided and feelings of frustration, fear, and even hate are too widespread. Many people are upset because of certain monuments and statues of certain individuals being removed, whether legally or illegally. Others believe it is long overdue!

As a follower of Christ, I must look at the situation from His point of view.

Jesus taught us to treat one another as we would want to be treated.

Nobody deserves to feel direct or indirect discrimination. The truth is, our country certainly has a past of which we are and ought to be ashamed of. In our current culture, there are memorials which are meant to remind us of individuals and their contributions to a certain “cause”. However, that “cause” included the de-humanizing practice of enslaving their fellow-man, and is a daily reminder of a less than honorable past, in which our nation participated. Although several generations have passed, and nobody alive today either owned or was owned as a slave, we all bear the memories of that time in history. Some of what transpired during those days enriches our culture and gives us a history worth having, but that one stain… it must NEVER happen to ANYBODY EVER AGAIN!!!

We don’t guarantee ourselves a future free from slavery until we commit to a culture of no discrimination! We are entrusted to learn from the past and teach those lessons learned to the next generation, so they too will understand the severity of erasing and forgetting our past… including the mistakes.

Relegating a statue or monument to a museum is the most appropriate way to have on display the memories of our history without forcing them into someone’s face who has to drive or walk by those statues on their way to work, school, or any other freedom we all enjoy. (As a Christian, I would find that a flag or emblem or statue honoring the Roman Emperor Nero, completely undesirable. I am certain that a Jewish person would be utterly repulsed by a monument remembering Adolf Hitler standing in a local park.) When you start looking at life through someone else’s eyes, you can see the shadows hovering over certain parts of our culture.

Nero and Hitler should both be remembered and never forgotten, not as heroes , but as the truth describes them, as villains! Their statues, portraits, etc. should be in a museum where people can choose to explore and study and learn about their terrible lives, to help insure it never happens again. In much the same way, banners, flags, and statues honoring those who have participated in the owning of men, should also be placed in a museum for posterity’s sake. That way,  we would NEVER forget and NEVER allow any group of people in our free country to be intimidated, face discrimination, or EVER be harmed because of the color of their skin!

Jesus taught us a long tome ago to treat others the way we would want to be treated. If each of us would do so, we would END RACISM and the vices that are associated with that terrible sin! We wouldn’t have our cities ruined by riots and destroyed by hate.

Jesus is and always has been the ONLY answer! We cannot honestly call ourselves a “Christian” (Christ follower) until we follow Him and His example of goodness, love, and kindness for ALL people.

 

Jesus loves you and He did something about it! 

Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead to offer to me and you the opportunity to become children of God and be forgiven of all our sins.

Will you put your faith in Jesus alone to be your Saviour and Lord?

 

Let me know if you have trusted Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

God Bless!

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Pastor Tony Jones



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