May 2, 2021 From Your Pastor

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. Matthew 14:22

Living in Oklahoma we are all familiar with the term “storm preparation”. Whether that involves a plan or a pack or even a procedure; we all are aware of the idea of being ready for a storm to come.

I was thinking of this the other day when storms were approaching our area. I have never prepared perhaps as I should even though I feel continually prepared. I keep my eye on the sky when storms are in the forecast.

In the verse above Jesus is certainly aware of the approaching storm. The disciples on the other hand have not a clue. If they had I believe they would have disagreed about entering the boat. Nevertheless my point is the fact of Jesus preparing them for what was to come. A storm. By placing them together in that boat Jesus was making sure they had no where to run. They were meant to be together. They were brothers all together. They needed one another. They were relying upon one another. They were working together as one. They had direction, purpose, and survival all in mind.

If the church was ever in a storm in our lifetime it would be now. This past year and with the changes taking place in our world the church is being divided. Torn down. Dissolved. We see brothers jumping ship. Departing from us. Branching out on their own. Some never to return. Some here only in body.

If you read on in the story above you’ll find a disciple named Peter attempting to depart from the ship himself. Of course he is trying to get closer to Jesus however when separated from the safety of the ship he begins to sink from fear of the waves. Jesus encouraged him to try it if you think you can. It wasn’t long before Peter realized he could not! In a desperate plea Peter was saved by the Lord. The storm had proven too much for Peter and the other disciples. In v.32 we read “When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.” Did you catch that? When Peter was back in place with the others and Jesus was recognized as Lord then and only then did the storm cease. Whether the boat or the church; the idea is this, we belong together. Each one pulling his oar. Each one caring for the other. Each one serving the whole.

If you’re reading this Sunday morning then you probably are not one who has jumped ship, or broken away, or dropped your oar. You are one who can call out to those who have. You might even pass this bulletin on to someone we’ve been missing.


Let them know how much they are missed, loved, and cared for.

Let them know that Jesus is ready to free them from the storm and bring them home.

Let them know we need them with us.


Just think what would have happened to Peter if he had not called out to Jesus?

From Your Pastor,

Bro. Clay Hicks

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