. . . You of little faith . . .

Jesus uses these three words 13 times in 6 verses (NIV)

you of little faith

Matthew 14:22–31 (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

14:22–33pp—Mk 6:45–51; Jn 6:16–21
14:34–36pp—Mk 6:53–56

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

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

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

My Thoughts:

The first thought which comes to mind, I believe is what so many others say.  When Peter took his attention away from Christ, he began to sink.  Moreover, so much of that is true.  I would guess that most of us, when we feel we are struggling most, if we look back we had a gradual reduced role of Christ in our lives.

A second thought which hits me, one that Christ had even spoke of, is isn’t it amazing how the disciples had Christ right with them, in the boat and more, but still had troubling getting past all the limitations of trust we either are seemingly born with or learn as we grow into adults.

There is so much to gather from the Bible, but sometimes I really like to bring it down to its simplest form.  We can try to be a “Christian” all the time or simpler, we can always work on putting our faith in him, focusing on him and letting the outcomes take care of themselves.  Remember the number one commandment or greatest:

Matthew 22:37–38 (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

If we can just practice these – I truly believe we cannot worry about the rest.




Go To Galilee

None of the accounts of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances contradicts another. Rather, each writer supplemented what a different writer left out. Jesus may have appeared to the disciples a number of times during the forty days on Earth after His resurrection (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1-7), while the New Testament writers mentioned only the more prominent instances in order to substantiate the fact of His resurrection.
John 20:19-25 ESV
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, Peace be with you. [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” [24] Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Luke 24:33-43 ESV
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, [34] saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” [35] Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. [36] As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” [37] But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. [38] And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? [39] See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” [40] And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. [41] And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” [42] They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [43] and he took it and ate before them.
Matthew 26:32 – ESV

[30] And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. [31] Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ [32] But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” [33] Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” [34] Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Matthew 28:7 – ESV

[4] And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. [5] But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. [6] He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. [7] Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” [8] So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. [9] And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

Matthew 28:16 – ESV

[14] And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” [15] So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,


Want fries with that . . .

I am in McDonald’s watching what I believe to be debacle of our judicial system. Another evenly aged man is watching too and we engage in conversation about what seems like hypocrisy of the other side. I mention to him, I have been looking at the growing gap between the two parties based on our judeo christian values. Those that believe in God and have morals high on their values are moving to the Republican side and those that don’t are moving to the Democrats.

I thought he was a Christian and even mentioned he did some Theology. Then mentioned his family is a long list of Mormon’s and he is one of the few who had left the religion. So, I thought Christianity. Before, I got in the core of what he believed, I brought up how I thought Atheist are arrogant in my mind not to believe there is a higher power. I did not say my God, but a higher power.

I explained starting with the joke between God and satan. God and satan are tasked with making a person from earth. God reaches down and blows the life into the dirt and there is a unique man. Satan reaches down to get some dirt and God stops him and tells him to get his own dirt! Ha, ha,ha, right.

Also, I mentioned how far we are away from even coming close to mimicking a human being with computers. They will never be able to see, at least right now. I mentioned could you imagine a computer that had as many nerves as we do and able to identify all levels of feeling. I mentioned that when I pick something up in my had and cannot see it, I can identify it by it’s shape, a computer is not even close to this type of ability.

I mentioned how we don’t know our universe and even though we have advance mathematics to try and explain it, I told him I am more impressed with the one that created what is is we are just barely scratching the surface of.

I told him I had been studying the perceived discrepancies of the bible. This is where he kicked in and started telling me how many contradictions of the Bible there were. There was no proof that Jesus ever lived. When I tried to tell him we have more copies of the Bibles than any other historical document, he did not want to hear that.

As so many people do, he brought up Leviticus chapter 18 through 20 where it appears God is saying contradictory things. he then asked me about more proof of God, I told him that is where faith is. He then asked me about my belief of those folks that don’t believe in Jesus. I said, it is my understanding they are destined to go to hell. This go him mad. “You just told me I am going to hell”, he said as though I had condemned him personally. I told him no, this is what Jesus said, he was the door the way in which to get to heaven. He then accused me again of personally offending him, I said, I am sorry you feel offended, but that is not may call.

He then started heating up more and made his statements personally at me, starting with “You guys . . .” when ever a conversation, disagreement or debate turns personal is the time for it to end. I was not offended by him, but it was time for him to leave.

I told him, it’s time for you to leave, when your comments are at me personally, we no longer are having a conversation. I was glad that he took the request and did leave quickly.

I am glad to always talk about Jesus, my God, the Bible and we can always discuss what we believe, but understand once it becomes accusation and name calling, if you keep going, nothing will be accomplished. They will, if we allow them to pull us into this type of conversation will then call us intolerant. I as a Christian never try and impost my beliefs over someone. My goal is to attract those to want to learn more, be more like me, I always hope, my behavior is one that Jesus would nod his head to me in acceptance.

God Bless,

One final note. I spoke to another Gentleman earlier about the stuff on TV, and he was open, wanting to learn more and wanted to start attending church again. I invited him to our service The Church At Azle

Get your own dirt. . .

God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him, “God, we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing – in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.”

“Oh, is that so? Explain…” replies God. “Well,” says the scientist, “we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.”

“Well, that’s very interesting… show Me.”

So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil into the shape of a man. “No, no, no…” interrupts God, “Get your own dirt.”

Danger. Danger. . .

I believe our political spectrum we are witnessing is a sign of the times. I believe we are at the tipping point, as Christians I believe we should head the word of Jesus.

Matthew 16:2-3 ESV

He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ [3] And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. . .