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When Storms Suddenly Appear
It is best to follow and obey the directions and commands of Jesus Christ. The disciples must be so tight with Jesus that they know their Lord’s every desire. Timing is everything in the disciple’s life; however, many times, disciples fall short of going or doing quickly the commands of the Master Jesus. In these times, storms may come, and disciples find themselves in the midst of regret. But even so, Jesus is the Savior of His followers; even when they act contractive to His commands. The key is to begin to see Jesus for who He is. The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, and they began to realize, on a new higher level, that Jesus is truly the Son of God; and to be known as the full expression and fullness of God. The walking on water reached the senses of the disciples; after Jesus identified Himself to them. Jesus’ identification not only relieved the disciples of fear, it also relieved the winds and the waves. Imagine the new hope when the Master Jesus does this in our lives!!!
Earlier that evening, the disciples came to the shore to cross over. They may have hesitated to cross; hoping that Jesus would join them; however, Jesus remained on the side of the small mountain; alone, but with His great eyes upon the disciples as they hesitated. Jesus certainly knew the storm was coming; so did His disciples. Storms often occur in the evening hours over the Galilean Lake; which is like a small sea. But now, the storm has arrived, and the disciples are in the middle of it; straining hard to row the boat. The disciples feared they wouldn’t get to the other side of the lake. But now they see Jesus walking on the water; thinking what they saw was a ghost. This brought more fear than the storm itself. Is their situation hopeless?
They key is found in the presence of Jesus. He came to them, even in the storm; perhaps a storm brought on by the disciples’ hesitation and disobedience to cross over before darkness set in. But here He comes across the waves and through the strong winds; coming to the rescue of the disciples. The disciples must learn to trust the commands of Jesus; their Master. They must learn to obey and avoid storms. Storms in this world will come, but disciples could avoid many storms if they would immediately obey what Jesus commands. Disciples must further learn to recognize their Master in the midst of the storm. It is better to have Jesus in their boat. Perhaps Jesus would have walked past them to the other side of the shore. This could have been a test. In other words, cross the water at Jesus’ command and do not hesitate. It finally means: experience the rescue and joy of getting to where Jesus told them to go in the first place. Suddenly the boat reached the other side. It became an easy sail with the Master on the board. Just think how many easy sails we might have if we just obeyed Jesus in the beginning. Our tragedies don’t need to take us down. The key is to recognize Jesus, take Him on board and notice the difference He makes. Amen?
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
John 6.16-21
The problem with yours or my sin of the past is the ungodly person who keeps reminding you of what you did. Hold to your redemptive ground. If you have truly and honestly asked the Lord for forgiveness; know that, through and by Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Don't allow the gossip, harassment or criticism of the ungodly to bring you down to their level. Pass over them; but pray for them. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the assurance of salvation in your heart. Continue to read and know your Bible, attend the Christian Church (Hebrews 10.25), and worship Christ with your tithes and offerings. The ungodly will always criticize the truly sorry and repentive Christian for his or her past offense against the Lord. If you are one who has confessed and repented, but the ungodly continue to harass, gossip or criticize you, stand your redemptive ground.
1 John 2.1,2 says, "But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father.... Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."
You Will Be Well…. Luke 17.11-19

It is strength in one’s Christian faith when he or she puts value or quality in faith in what Jesus does. We are in a world where we need the movement of the living God in our lives.  Humanity is a great piece of the work of God; but the fault of this world is that it is also a fallen world; alienated from the Creator of the world. I will not elaborate how the world fell except to say that a fallen world has never been God’s fault.

The Christian has faith in Jesus Christ; that He is the Son of God ‘God’s remedy’ to the human falling.  Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall and Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again. The good news of Christianity is Jesus Christ who can fix the human dilemma. 

The fixing of humanity is so powerful; whether it be the fixing of our health or of our soul.  God is willing to help us in times of trouble (Psalm 46.1).  When He does, how do we react?

Ten sick men were kept outside a city. Jesus was coming into their village as the sick men called out loudly for Jesus’ pity. Jesus told them to go to the priest; which was the culturally right thing to do to prove that one has been cleaned. As the ten men left, they were healed. One man looked at himself, saw he was healed, and then, returned back to Jesus to fall in thankfulness at His feet. This man showed, not only that he was healed, but that he was thankful to the One ‘Jesus’ who had healed him. The other nine, however, were also healed; however, they didn’t bother to come back to Jesus.   The healed man who came back took the time to recognize the Savior and Healer ‘Jesus Christ’. Jesus told him to go in confidence that his faith had made him well. 

The now healed man was more than just healed; he was well. The value of the Christian life is the will to take time for the things Christians should do. The fallen-ness of our human life may occasionally experience the ‘fixing’, but very few ever get well. Our wellness is revealed by our will to return to the One ‘Jesus’ who has made us well. The other nine were enabled to live another day; however, they were not well. Won’t you be like the one who returned to Jesus? If you do, it will mean a totally different level of commitment to Jesus in your life. You will be well….   
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / It has been several years
« Last post by bnewman on September 09, 2018, 09:29:11 »
Hello everyone!! It has been several years since I posted but I wanted to stop by and wish everyone a blessed day. May the Lord continue lead everything you do.

Dr Bob Newman
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Re: hello hello!
« Last post by Rev. Richard on September 07, 2018, 16:37:54 »
HI Deb: This site is kind of quite lately but might pick up if we stay on.
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Re: Be still...
« Last post by Rev. Richard on September 07, 2018, 16:35:07 »
Thanks for the post!
Hi Pastor/Chaplain Deborah.

I, unfortunately, receive the same "Database error" with my profile as well.

Hopefully, it's only a small problem and can be resolved soon.

It's good to see you here!  God bless!
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Re: Ministry on Life Support
« Last post by littleolemedkc on September 05, 2018, 08:25:49 »
Also is there a Facebook presence?
I am trying to update info...but cannot get to my personal profile..can someone help me?

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Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Be still...
« Last post by littleolemedkc on September 04, 2018, 19:32:16 »
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