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04/17/2017Posted by on
Repost: see John 21.
Seven of the 11 disciples are at sea and are attempting to catch fish. The Master comes and guides them. A net full of fish results. Jesus gathers them around a fire and they eat roast fish together.
After the meal He turns to Peter and seeks to restore His friend and follower. “Peter, do you love me more than these?”
I can imagine for Peter and arch of pain goes through his stomach. then anguish of soul, and finally release. “Aaah, the Lord is coming for me, He still loves me?” “I will go there with Him.” “Lord, you know I love you,” said Peter. “I will soon be free of this plague of failure which has bound me ever since He died.” “I know my denial sent Him there. Maybe, now I can get past my remorse for failing Him so badly.”
The Lord ask Peter the same question again, and then again. The Lord asks Peter the question three times. It was three times that Peter was asked a question about his association with the Master and denied that he knew the Lord in the courtyard of the high priest’s house in response to each question.
So, what is Jesus doing here on the shore? Jesus wants Peter. He wants Peter to understand that even denial and betrayal is forgivable. Jesus wants Peter to see the resurrected Jesus–the One who died for Peter’s sins and the sins of all others who come seeking forgiveness
Where would Peter have been if the Lord had not pursued him as He did at the shore? How would His life have been different if the Lord never engaged Him directly?
I am seeing this encounter with Peter as life changing. Peter can throw off the sin and turn from his past. Peter will become a new man because of the Lord’s pursuit of him today.
We see the results in the remainder of the New Testament. Peter lives to call men and women to their Savior and to guard and feed the Lord’s sheep. Peter is a great example for us. Though we have sinned and grieved our Lord, we can be renewed and restored. We may hear the call to a flock of a few or of hundreds.
We desperately need to see the Lord pursuing us as He pursued Peter. The Lord seeks to restore us by His love and grace.
Seek Him and you will find Him. He will find you. Know that He does pursue you. Submerge yourself in His love.
01/30/2017Posted by on
Jesus was becoming popular in Judea.
He knew the Pharisees were watching Him so He left Judea. He comes upon a well in Sychar: Jacob’s well. A woman comes and Jesus speaks to her. “Give me a drink.” Samaritans and Jews do not interact if avoidable. Also, man to strange woman is touchy. But Jesus loved this woman and knew He had the best gift to offer anyone. He knew she would be receptive!
“How is it you, a Jew, talk to a Samaritan?” Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. “If you knew the gift of God and who I am, you would ask for living water.” Read more of this post
12/19/2016Posted by on
Ms. Hemmingway, whom I am taking ques from, took her readers right to the wisdom of Jesus by referring to the parable in Luke 18.
07/23/2016Posted by on
The Mega-Problem Behind the ‘Falls’ of Megachurch Pastors
Perry Noble, Darrin Patrick, Tullian Tchividjian. Whose responsibility is this?
Being a pastor is lonely.
I once led at a church where the Senior Pastor resigned due to terrible circumstances. It was a soul-wrenching nightmare of a season. As the campus pastor, also known as the Junior Associate Announcements Pastor, I carried some of the weight of walking with the church through the aftermath of our pastor’s derailing. And during that time, I often heard people say, “I miss him so much, I feel like he really knew me.” To which I would reply kindly, “Had you ever spoken to the pastor?” Inevitably, they would reply, “No. He high-fived me at the VBS party, but we never actually met or talked.”
This is so often the life of a mega-church pastors. They are surrounded by people, yet nobody knows them. We think we know them, but we only know what they show—and they don’t show everything. And really, how can they?
07/12/2016Posted by on
06/29/2016Posted by on
After being in the LDS Church for 30 years, I began reading the New Testament. What was there shocked me.
This is the story about Lynn, formerly a Mormon, and the miraculous intervention that took place in her family.
I’ve had a family member get connected to the Mormon Church. Myra’s outcome was not so wholesome as Lynn’s outcome. I am not sure Myra was a believer in the first place. The Mormon missionaries treated her badly and that lead to her demise. Today she is mentally unstable.
Lynn had a utopian existence in of all places Alpine, Utah.
That all began to change one day when she received a phone call from her son Micah.