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Don’t Speak Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Bible, Bible, Bible Without Action


We are living in dangerous terrain for Christians. While President Trump has signed a light executive order protecting Christians and has spoken about making sure we are not removed from every facet of life, there is much knowledge to be had and work to be accomplished.

When the Bible speaks about conforming to the worlds standard, it is specifically speaking about things that God has called sin that the world has called good. Side chicks are not sinners, they speak to the need for outsourcing in marriage. Fornication isn’t sin, its a trial run for marriage. Genocidal behavior is not sin, its a calling from birth. These things the Christian should not conform to.

Christians should seek to change the world. We should be deliberate about using what God has given us to be a blessing. We should be the epitome of love and should be the ones that continually edify. We should know about the things that are happening in our world. We should seek to change them with our resources. We should not allow the devil to move without contending for the faith. We should be standing in our armor fully clothed. We should not be afraid or dismayed by evil news, but should be encouraged to know the truth and be bold in our speech to proclaim it.

Running away from bad news has never healed the sick or made things better. Confronting the news in the power of God through Jesus Christ is the way a Christian should behave.

Floods, landslides kill in Central Java

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At least 24 people have died after heavy rains and floods triggered landslides in the Indonesian province of Central Java. An additional 26 people remain missing, said spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency.

Heavy rains drenched several areas for much of Saturday, causing flooding and landslides in 16 towns and cities across the province.

The Bogowonto river in Purworejo was also swollen due to floodwaters.

Most of the landslides and flooding occurred in the Purworejo subdistrict, where 11 people died and 26 are reported missing. A search is underway for those still unaccounted for.

In one incident, truck passengers tried to clear debris from a small landslide that had blocked the road. A number of motorcycles were behind the truck when a bigger landslide hit them. Nine people died in that incident.

Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 2.38.24 AMIndonesian police and villagers carry the body of a flash flood victim in Sibolangit, North Sumatra on May 16.

Disaster officials, the military and police joined forces with nongovernmental and volunteers to rescue and evacuate residents from affected areas.

UNUSUALLY HEAVY RAINS

Heavy rains and flooding also hit West Sumatra on Thursday and Friday, killing one person and displacing thousands. The floods there have since subsided. June is usually relatively dry in the region. Click here to read more.

Jesus Calms the Storm

The disciples went and woke Him saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters, and they subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” He asked. Frightened and amazed, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!” -Luke 8:24-25

Lord, send your healing and strengthen the hurting. Direct them to you for hope and power. May they call on the name of Jesus who calms the storm and controls the winds and the waves.

What do you do when Jesus doesn’t calm the storm?

Fishing Boat and Florida Sun by DeusXFlorida, on Flickr

In Matthew 14:22-33, we find an account of a storm that hit the disciples boat and led Peter to walk on the water. While reading those verses I was captivated by the verses before and after the ones that said he walked on the water.

Have you ever been in a storm? This storm took you by surprise. To this day you can’t understand why it happened and the end result still leaves you with questions. In those situations, I believe that we may never know all the ‘whys’ and maybe we aren’t supposed to.

In verse 22 after feeding the five thousand, it says that ‘immediately Jesus MADE His disciples get into the boat and go before to the other side while he sent the multitudes away. He then went up to the mountain alone to pray and he stayed there until evening. The next verse takes us to the seas and tells us that ‘the boat was in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves for the wind was contrary’.

Now my mind is trying to analyze and I have come to the conclusion that I think Jesus was interceding in prayer and was made aware of the situation that his disciples were encountering. Why? The verse says ‘now in the 4th watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea’ but it was just turning evening when he went to the mountain to pray. When the disciples saw the figure of Jesus in the storm, they thought he was a ghost and they cried out in fear…but immediately Jesus spoke to them “Be of good cheer, it is I, do not be afraid”.

The next verse is the reference to Peter walking on the water. Now notice that Peter got out of that boat and stepped on the water, the waves were boisterous and so strong that they were tossing this enormous fishing boat. (I am assuming it was a fishing boat because of the fact that about 1/2 of the disciples were fisherman.) Could it be that Jesus didn’t calm those waters because he wanted to show Peter what Peter was made of? Peter walked on that water my friend; he walked on it as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. The moment he looked at those boisterous waves he was overcome with fear and he started to sink. Jesus of course rescued him and asked Peter, “why did you doubt”?

But this is the part that I want you to get; verse 32 says, “and when they got into the boat, the wind ceased”. Jesus didn’t calm the storm for Peter and the disciples until Peter had experienced walking on the rough sea. Is that your story? Have you gone through a storm and until you ‘got in the boat’ the storm didn’t cease?

I believe there are things that we experience as children of God that he knows we can survive. There are things we go through that make us ‘run to him’ and there are trials that test our faith and when we look back over these times, we can see where God’s plan did work in our lives. If Jesus doesn’t ‘calm the storm’ when you think he should, just remember this story of Peter. Peter was the only disciple that really, personally (as recorded) experienced the amazing supernatural ability of this magnitude. HE WALKED ON WATER AND THAT WATER WAS A TURBULENT STORMY SEA.Whatever you are going through you might have to step out of the boat and walk on the water and trust your wonderful Jesus that he will be there for you. I pray that you see the storm you have experienced from a different light.

picture by  DeusXFlorida

by Sheila (Guest Post)

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WHERE IS GOD IN THE STORM?

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I met a man, by the sea, named John. This man baptized people in the Jordan River. This man has a special anointing of discernment that allowed him to recognize the Son of Man named Jesus. Interestingly, the religious people of the day could not recognize Jesus, but John did. God was standing in the midst of a people who did not know he was even there. What blinded the eyes of these educated religious people? Why is it the leaders could not recognize this man?

God is omnipresent, which means he is always everywhere. David said, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psalm 139:8). There is no place upon earth where God may not be found. The earth is his footstool. So why would someone ask where is God?

God’s visibility is for those who have faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). John did not meet Jesus at the sea. He had previously met him in faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

So where is God in the storm? Right there. Can you not see him? Why? Some things you need to ask yourself. Do I have faith in God and seek him earnestly? Do I challenge teachers of faith without accepting the reality that my education does not prepare me to see? Education is inconsequential. Please ask my friend John. He saw and the religious educated elite did not. Am I saying education is foolish? Not at all. I have a couple degrees. What I am saying is that seeing God requires seeking his face repeatedly and when the storm arrives you can still see his face in the midst of the fog.