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Matthew 14:22-33

2008-08-06 — It’s worth observing that things don’t get scary for the disciples until Jesus shows up. This is an insight, perhaps, on our own willingness to muddle through with our own half-baked agendas and find God’s intervention in our lives to be what any intervention is: a confrontation with our own sin and a pain in the a**. And that, friends and neighbors, is what we call “the deep end.”

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BIBLE PASSAGE — Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” — Proper 14, Series A

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  1. Linda Bowers — 3127 days ago #

    I love so much that Peter had the courage and faith to step out of the boat and walk on water to meet Jesus. He didn’t walk on water very long, but he did it. How many disciples did that? So many times in my life, I have reminded myself to step out of the boat and trust God. And he has never let me drown. And I have walked on water ! In January, on a Minnesota lake, but still.

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