Do Not Be Afraid

The apostles participated in the feeding of five thousand men and their families on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. They watched in awe as Jesus produced bread and fish which they distributed to the masses. When they had gathered the leftovers into baskets, just before they lined up to receive a round of applause, Jesus put them in a boat and told them to head toward the other side of the sea. Jesus stayed behind and dismissed the crowd. The apostles obediently began the eight-mile journey across toward Gennesaret.

 Life includes danger.

Shortly into the routine journey to the west, a storm swept down on the sea and hindered the progress of their boat. They lifted the sail and broke out the oars. Enough seasoned fishermen were in the group to give instructions and supply skillful effort. All would be just fine. Or, would it? The more they pulled at the oars, the more the winds and the waters pulled at them. They made little progress. Good thing they ate plenty of bread and fish before leaving shore. They needed the energy.

Life includes danger.

While they frantically pulled at the oars, Jesus spent time in prayer on a mountain near the east shore. He could see that they were struggling but did nothing to help them. Not immediately, anyway. He was spending time with His Father. I have no doubt that He prayed for His frightened apostles. He saw their circumstance, heard their cries, and empathized with their pain. He continued to pray as the apostles continued to panic.

Life includes danger.

Between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Jesus left the solitude of the mountain and headed across the top of the sea toward the frightened apostles. When He came near the boat, the apostles cried out in fear. They thought He was a ghost. He heard their cry and climbed aboard the boat. After identifying Himself, He again commanded them to not be afraid.

 Life includes danger.

This was the second time the apostles had experienced a category five storm while following Jesus. The first time it had been in the daytime, and Jesus was actually in the boat with them. The longer they followed Jesus, the more He used storms to strengthen their faith. He does the same for us. Life will always include danger. Faith in Jesus will always calm our fears.

Do Not Be Afraid! Earl

FBC Happenings

  • Sundays Sermon “The Rich Man and Lazarus” Luke 16:19-31
  • October LifeGroup Average Attendance – 500
  • Financial Update: Budget Required YTD – $1,498,435 Budget Received YTD – $1,326,578 Budget Spent YTD – $1,266,184
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • TeamKIDS – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
  • The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary; live streamed on Facebook at 6:30 p.m., also available on the website at: by noon on Thursday
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