Easter Sunday kicks off our new sermon series “Call of Duty: Mission of a Lifetime” with two services: 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Storms happen when we least expect them. However, every storm in life happens for a reason. God desires to use the storms we encounter to make us better. Do you remember when Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go to the other side? He put his disciples into the boat and “sent” them out to sea. What’s amazing is the fact that he “sent” them out knowing that moments later they would experience a storm. Why would Jesus do such a thing? Why would he knowingly send those that he loved the most into what appeared to be a dangerous situation?
Now, let’s fast forward several verses. The storm is raging, the disciples are screaming, and here comes Jesus walking on the water. They think he’s a ghost! So they scream some more! You get the picture. Peter then stands to his feet and cries out, “Lord, if that is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” And Peter does exactly that. He steps out of the boat and walks toward Jesus on top of the water. Peter has just accomplished the impossible!
Storms can be scary but God uses them to shape who we are. Can you imagine if Peter had never encountered the storm? He would have never had the opportunity to walk on the water. He would have never become the man of faith, or the leader that we have all come to learn about and love. He would’ve never been known by his peers as the man brave enough to “get out of the boat”. Peter has accomplished an amazing thing!
God will use storms to create opportunity to bring change in a person’s life. He wants to take the storm that you are experiencing right now to make you a better husband, wife, father, mother, employee, and friend. So today, recognize God’s presence in your life. Realize that he is calling you out of the boat to do something that you have never done before. It is time for change, be willing to “step” out and walk on the water when Jesus calls you.
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Sometimes we find ourselves in very challenging situations. The disciples learned this fact when the were overcome by a windstorm while out at sea with Jesus. The bible says that the wind was contrary, and that the water began to “fill up the boat”. The disciples were horrified at their situation. Not only had they “lost control” of the boat, but they were facing what they thought was a certain death. As they were screaming, one of them approaches Jesus who is asleep in the boat. “Don’t you care that we are perishing?” they asked. Jesus stands to his feet and says, “Peace be still.” And the storm immediately stops. At that moment the disciples knew Jesus in a way they had had never known him before. He was now their present help in the time of need.
We all face storms in life. However, it is not always the storm that poses the greatest threat. The greatest danger for the disciples was not the storm itself. But it was the effect that the storm was having on their vessel. It was causing the vessel to “fill up” with water. So much in fact that they began to sink! It’s the same way with life. When we face personal storms such as depression, anxiety, fear, sickness, financial , and marital problems, it is easy to find ourselves “filling up”with a bad attitude which can lead to bitterness. This bad attitude will eventually sink us if we are not careful. The truth is that God wants us to be at peace no matter how bad the storm is. Remember this fact, “The same wind that sinks one ship propels another to greatness.” So, today, allow God to use the storm that is in your life to propel you to greatness!
Wednesdays in March, CFC will be providing dinner (and dessert!) at 6:00pm with a sermon from the “Storm Chasers” series and children and teen services following at 7:00pm.
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We all experience storms in life. If we are not in a storm right now then we probably just came out of one. If we didn’t just come out of one, watch out! There is one on its way! What do you do when the storms of life come crashing down all around you? Do we allow ourselves to be consumed by the moment? Are we paralyzed with fear? Or are we simply drowning in the sorrow of our past experience?
Storms can change everything in an instant. You can be experiencing the most beautiful day, and then all of a sudden, an event takes place in your life that plunges you directly into the eye of the storm! We can find ourselves being engulfed by marital issues, financial problems, physical sickness, and emotional pain, and the list goes on and on.
So, what should we do when we find ourselves facing the storms of life? I would suggest that we should have a Game Plan. This plan should include seeking God for his wisdom on what the “next step” should be. Remember, the “bend” in the road is not the “end” of the road, unless you fail to make the turn! Be aware that in the most violent of storms God is trying to give us direction. He is trying to speak to us. God has the power to stop any storm that is taking place in our lives. So, if we are experiencing a storm, it is because God has allowed it to be.
In the book of Jeremiah 29:11 the bible says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Though we experience difficulties in life, Gods thoughts are full of compassion towards us. He loves us! He will use the storm to transform us but he will transport us to the areas of life where he wants us to be! As a matter of fact, he wants nothing more than to give us the “expected end” that he has promised. His love is all consuming!
So, when life gets gloomy, and you see storm clouds on the distant horizon, remember, that this is not the end, but the beginning of an opportunity to glorify God. He wants to bring out the very best in you! And when he does, you will experience true healing and restoration in your life. Gods’ love is greater than the darkness of any storm! Amen.
Testimony from week five of our “I Survived” series at CFC. Delorne is an actual member of our church, and his story is true.
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A special performance of “Now Behold The Lamb” presented by our CFC Drama Team. Performed during week three of our “I Survived” series:
Testimony from week four of our “I Survived” series at CFC. Michael is an actual member of our church, and his story is true.
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