Standing on the Shore

Scripture: “Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ ‘We’ll come, too,’ they all said. So they went out in

The Choice to Follow

Jesus looked at Peter and told him to follow him no matter what anyone else was doing. Peter would go on to be a pillar in the church, and many would would come to know Christ through him. There would have been a missing piece if Peter had refused to do what God had called him to do because he was worried about John. God had his own plans for John. While they were complimentary in their purpose of telling others about Christ, the experience of theses two men were different. Both had to choose to follow God in obedience no matter where He would lead them…

In the Face of Unmet Expectations

In our lives, we can face situations where we experience unmet expectations. We are hoping for God to give us answers in our finances, our faith, our family, or our careers. Maybe we thought a relationship would move forward and it didn’t or our job would change and it didn’t. Sometimes we can face disappointment when life just doesn’t go as we expected. Then, when things don’t quite turn out like we anticipated, we can have a lot of questions. So, what do we do when we face unmet expectations? Do we stop believing God, or do we press a little closer to see what God is actually doing? …

When Pressure Gets the Best of Us

Peter was in a high pressure situation. Jesus had just been arrested and was on trial, all while the darkness hovered around Peter. He went to the high priest’s home but did not get close to the crowd in order to avoid association. While he was watching, waiting, and observing, three people pointed their finger at him and associated him with Jesus. Peter was watching Jesus be put on trial, and he was trying to sort out all of these things. What would happen if he associated with Jesus? Would he experience the same treatment? In a split second, Peter denied his association with Jesus. The pressure continued to mount as others tried to point out his identity. And over the span of an hour, Peter did what he said he would never do; the rooster was a reminder of Jesus’ words that told Peter of this event that would come. When Jesus’ eyes connected with Peter, something changed inside of his heart.

The End of Your Comfort Zone

We want to live comfortable lives. Our comfort zone is an interesting thing. Outside of our comfort zone, we can feel out of control, uncertain, or afraid. But, there also lies excitement, adventure, and new things. At the edge of where we feel comfortable, there is an uncomfortable tension – to step back or to step forward.