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Why Are You So Fearful?

Why Are You So Fearful?
Mark 4:35-41  ... And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Jesus was preaching before a large crowd but needed space between Himself and the crowd of people surrounding Him. He stepped in a boat and pushed off into the water a little bit giving Himself room. Christ, being exhausted by all He had done that day, went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to rest. While Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat, a fierce storm arose filling the boat with water. The disciples, being afraid, awoke Him and said to Him, “Master, do You not care that we are perishing? How can you sleep when we are going through this?” They panicked. The disciples knew Jesus had power over the natural world as well as the supernatural world but questioned His ability to save them from the storm.
Jesus got up and rebuked the wind …

Given His Name

Given His Name Working in a Pregnancy Resource Center brings three possible decisions into view. Will the client carry the baby, adopt, or abort? The decision to adopt seems to be the hardest concept for some women to accept. The statements I personally have heard are: “I could never do that!” “No, I have heard such terrible stories about children that have been adopted.” “No, I don’t want anyone to know that I was pregnant.” “My parents will disown me.” “No, I would rather abort than adopt.” “This was not in my plans, I have things I want to do with my life.”
Life or death is the final option here. What will the young woman’s verdict be for this innocent human life? Why is adoption viewed as a stigma with dishonor, disgrace, shame and reproach credited to it?  The definition for the word adoption: “the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth.”  There is no stigma in adoption. It is the banner of love over their life. Adoption means that th…

Have You Lied to Yourself?

Have You Lied to Yourself? Matthew 7:1-5 . . .  hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; . . .
It’s not easy coming to terms with your sinfulness. Seeing the beam in your own eye is like coming out of a bad movie and realizing that you were the featured actor/actress. Your part, judging and condemning people. Oh, the pride, in all of it’s corruption protrudes from the realization that you are guilty of being negative, disapproving and judgmental. You have been blinded to your own sin, yet others could not help but see who you really are. The lie you told yourself is finally played out and the truth emerges. You ultimately see the critical, fault-finding spirit that lives in your heart.
When our well kept secret is finally uncovered, things begin to crumble.  Because our foundation has been resting upon a rotten core, the supports of a previous arrogance and confidence will crack and then collapse. The safe covering we enjoyed behind our sin is gone. The more we convince ou…

Who Am I?

Who Am I? Psalm 139:17  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Our identity in Christ is “precious” according to Psalm 139:17 and His thoughts towards us are immeasurable, “. . . they are more in number than the sand” (Psalm 139:18). Oh, how marvelous are Your works for we are fearfully and wonderfullymade (Psalm 139:14). There are many truths about who we have become through faith in God’s Son. How powerful a picture to review when our hearts are discouraged and in need of His grace.
I am a child of God (John 1:12) and a friend to Jesus, no longer a servant to sin (John 15:15). The old man has been crucified with Christ that sin in this body might be destroyed (Romans 6:6). I have been justified and redeemed by His wonderful grace, a gift through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 3:24). I will not be condemned by God because there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). I have been accepted (Romans 15:7), adopted by Chr…