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RLS Chapel, March 3, 2017 - St. Luke 8:22-25

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Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Pastor Westgate

We’ve had all sorts of weather recently. Warm and cold, rain and snow and dry. The rain’s been heavy at times too! There’s even been thunder – and that sure seems odd to me this time of year!

Jesus and His disciples were out in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a sudden storm came up. Those are common on that lake. Have you ever been out on a lake, swimming or in a boat, when a sudden storm came up? I bet you were scared. So were the disciples. They were sure they were going to die out there! Their boat would capsize and they’d go under and drown. If Jesus didn’t do something – FAST! – they were goners!

Jesus put a stop to that storm. He was able to do that because He’s God The Creator of heaven and earth. This teaches us that whether the weather is bad or good, we should pray to Him. When there’s a drought, pray Him to send rain so that flowers and food can grow. If the weather is particularly bad, pray Him to have mercy on us, forgive our sins, and give us what we need of rain, and no more. At all times pray Him to help you receive your daily bread with thanksgiving for all His goodness.

There’s one more thing we should learn. Jesus said, “Where is your faith?” We’re in Lent, a time of being sorry for our sins. The disciples didn’t trust Jesus would keep them safe on that boat. Do you not trust Jesus? Do you doubt your sins are forgiven or that He created all things or that He’s in control? He proved to the disciples they could trust Him because He created all things when He stopped that storm. By His Death He proves that your sins are forgiven and He shows you you can trust Him. He’s in control. He rose from the dead, after all! If He can do that, there’s nothing He can’t do. He is almighty. He is in control. Trust Him. Be sorry for all the times you haven’t trusted Him like you should. He forgives you.

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