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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 13, 2014

Please pray for the Christians in Iraq and also for the country of Israel. These people need our love and support.

Next Sunday’s service will be a Sing-A-Long with special music and the opportunity to sing your favorite Hymn.

Sunday’s Gospel lesson as Matthew 14:22-33 about Jesus walking on water. Rev. Alsbrooks titled his message “Jesus Pulled Him Out.”

After feeding more than 5000 people and healing and preaching most of the day, Jesus dismissed the crowd and put the disciples on a boat to go to other side of the lake. They had been working hard all day and needed rest. Jesus also needed some time for spiritual rest and reflection.

The lake was stormy and the boat was being battered about. Jesus came walking on the water. When the disciples saw him they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” Just then, Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”

Jesus said, “Come.”

Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened. As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him, saying, “You man of weak faith! Why did you begin to have doubts?” When they got into the boat, the wind settled down.

Then those in the boat worshipped Jesus and said, “You must be God’s Son.”

The first Christians were like a boat, a small craft in a dark scary world.

We need to pray and stop the persecution of people of faith. Thousands of Christians are being given three choices – move, change or die. They need food and water to live, to help keep the ship afloat.

Peter had almost reached Jesus when he began to sink. But he still had a little bit of faith. He needed to focus that little bit of faith on Jesus as Jesus reached down and picked him up.

We need to use all of the faith we can muster. Jesus will always be there to reach down and lift us up.

It is better to be a follower who failed than one who failed to follow.

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