Bible Verse of the Day

Philippians 1:29
“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,”

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AYP May 2016

Grace mercy and peace be with you all. Amen.

So as I write this, I am at home, with one child home from school as well. We went to the physician this morning and received a prescription. As we were at the doctor’s office the subject of his immunizations arose, and the kids dreaded word “shot” came up and it was as if we were asking him to cut off his own finger or something…. And then, just as fast as the crying started it ended because it was determined that we had a few weeks before his birthday, and insurance would not cover the immunizations.

I was amazed at how fast things went from being tragic to ok, all in the span of 1 minute. It was really something. I wonder how the Disciples must have felt. Here is Jesus, their teacher whom they have been following and learning from, that has been crucified, and buried. Then he appears to them and they are still not sure as to what is happening. Then they are told to go and make disciples of all nations. First they are depressed that Jesus is crucified, they go back to that which they know best, fishing, and then Jesus comes and tells them to cast nets to the other side. Again telling them to stop what you have been doing, and do this. Listen to me…. And lo and behold different results from what they have been getting.

To stop and take a moment stop and listen, find out what is going on, and then approach things, often you see with new eyes and realize that what you had been doing, maybe with a variety of slight differences, isn’t working. But we have to be willing to completely stop that which we are doing, and try something completely different. It is not until after we stop, that we can really see what potential we have, and often we wonder why we didn’t do that before. How does all this inform our daily lives? Well think about it… how often have you been stuck in a rut or feel that you are just spinning your wheels, as the saying goes.

What did you do to get out of that? Is it really just as simple as Christ suggests to cast your net to the other side of the boat? Is that all it really takes? Sometimes it is, but I would also suggest that it takes one more thing as well. A willing heart to try. This is often where we get in trouble, as we think that we know what is best, and what will work, and we continue to do what we have always done refusing to accept any deviation from our previous course, even if it might mean that we might experience better results from simply doing something a little different.


Peace, Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Monday, 02 April 2018 21:26