He Calms The Storms

John 6:16-21 (NIV)

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

After feeding a multitude of people, Jesus withdrew by Himself to pray. His disciples, meanwhile, got into their boat and started to make their way across the Sea of Galilee toward Capernaum. They weren’t making much progress and the waters were rough. Jesus came walking toward them on the water and Matthew records that they thought Jesus was a ghost and they were terrified. It was believed that seeing an apparition at night was a sign of impending doom. But Jesus quickly reassures them that they had nothing to fear because it was Him. In the original language, Jesus literally said, “I Am.” Jesus reminded them that He was God and He had everything under control. He didn’t come to Earth to die in the middle of a lake. He came to Earth to die on a cross.
No matter the storm you’re going through, Jesus can still calm them. No matter the fears and worries that grip your heart, Jesus is still in control. No matter how hard you’re struggling and fighting the wind and the waves, Jesus can still give you peace and rest. Turn to Him today and let Him know about your troubles and trials. Don’t hide from Him. There’s nothing to fear for Jesus is still, “I Am.”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You know all about my struggles and troubles. I pray today that You will give me peace and relief. I need You and Your mighty power in my life today. Forgive me of my many sins. Please calm my storms. Remind me that You’re in control today. In Your name, amen.


Proverbs 16 is so full of good stuff!  Look at verses 3 and 9:

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3, NIV)

In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps. (Proverbs 16:9, NIV)

These two verses show us that God is in charge.  If we commit ourselves to doing GOD’S will, we know that our plans will succeed (verse 3).  We also see that we can make all kinds of plans, but if it is not God’s will, we will fall.  We can plot and plan, but it is God who determines our steps (verse 9).  It reminds me of James 4.  Verse 15 (NIV) says, “…you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  We can make all kinds of boasts and plans, but if it is not God’s will, we will not succeed.  We must surrender to God’s will and His plan each day.  That’s kind of a scary thing to do, but we need to do it.  Why?  Because Father knows best!  Our Heavenly Father knows what we need.  He loves us and wants to do what is best for us.  We can rest assured knowing that God’s will is for our best.  We may not always understand how what we are going through is for our best, but at some point we will understand more fully.  Either on this side of Heaven or when we see Him face to face.
PRAYER: Father, I want Your will to be done in my life today. So whatever plans I make, may they be done according to Your will and in Your time. Help me to remember that You know what is best. Thank You for blessing me with so much. Amen.

God Is Good

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. — Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. — Luke 18:19 (NIV)

I’ve often wondered if the reason we don’t pray as much as we should is because we doubt.  There are two things that we primarily doubt about God.  We doubt His greatness and His goodness.  I wrote about God’s greatness the other day and how we should be amazed at His power and His deeds.  When we come to Him in prayer, of these two attributes, this is the thing we doubt the least.  We know that God is powerful.  We believe that He is great.  But is He good?  Will He really “give good gifts to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11, NIV)?  Does He really care?  Does He really love us?  Can we trust His goodness?  Absolutely!  We are talking about the God who knows the very number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30).  He is so intensely interested in you that He knows something as seemingly as trivial as that.  It matters to God, though.  Why?  Because you matter to God.  I matter to God.  He loves us so fiercely and passionately!  May you sense and feel that love today!  May you taste and see His goodness.  May you have the power to grasp the height, width, depth and length of Christ’s love.  May we have a better understanding of God’s infinite goodness on this day and in the days to come.  Because God is good…all the time.

PRAYER: Help me, O God, to be aware of Your goodness in my life today. Help me to keep faith and not doubt Your love for me. Thank You for Jesus, the ultimate expression of Your love. Amen.


The King Of Our Hearts

John 6:14-15 (NIV)

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

They were looking for a king who would be like David. One who would put Israel back on the map. One who would overthrow the Romans. Surely, Jesus was the king for whom they were looking. He must have been the Messiah! After all, who else could do the amazing things He had been doing?
He was not the king for whom they were looking. Jesus did not come to be seated on a throne in a palace. Jesus came to be seated on the throne of our hearts. Yes, Jesus is the Messiah. He is the One whom the Father promised to send to save us. He did not come to save us from political enemies or persecutors. He came to save us from our sins.
So that is why Jesus withdrew from the people. He did not come to storm the gates of Jerusalem to overthrow the government on that day.  He entered Jerusalem by way of a lowly donkey to die for the sins of the world at a later time. Jesus refused to succumb to the pressure to be what everyone wanted Him to be. Instead, He knew His purpose and He knew the Father’s plan and He stuck to them.
Don’t make Jesus out to be something other than who He really is. He wants to be your Savior and your Friend. He wants to be your Lord and your King. He will not settle for anything less than being the Lord of your life. His rightful place is not as the leader of a nation. His rightful place is to be the King of your heart. Surrender and submit to His lordship and leadership today.
PRAYER: Father, help me to submit to Jesus’ authority in my life. Help me to make Jesus the King of my heart. I want to serve Him and love Him more and more each day. In His name, amen.


The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on James 4:1-12.


God Is Great

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. — Psalm 145:3 (NIV)

…they were all amazed at the greatness of God. — Luke 9:43 (NIV)

When I was a little Shawn, we said the same prayer at the dinner table each night.  “God is great.  God is good.  Let us thank Him for our food.  Amen.”  I can still remember it after these many years.  As a child, I never really thought about what the words meant.  What does it mean that God is great?  What does it mean that God is good?

God Is Great

The Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as “great” or “greatness” have to do with God’s deeds.  They have to do with His majesty and power.  God’s greatness is displayed in His creative works.  He spoke and the world came into being.  He formed mountains and oceans.  He parted the waters of the Red Sea.  He shook the earth when Christ was crucified and again when He raised Jesus from the dead.  The people’s amazement at the greatness of God in Luke 9:43 was in response to Jesus healing a man and casting a demon out of him.  Jesus’ power caused people to wonder in awe at God’s greatness.  When was the last time you were awed by God’s greatness?  When did you last sit in wonder and amazement at the power, majesty, glory and greatness of God?

PRAYER: God, You are mighty and You are great! I am in awe of who You are. Your power is amazing and Your greatness cannot even be measured. I praise You for Your mighty works. Thank You for doing great things in my life. In the name of Jesus I praise You, amen.


Hanging Out With The Wise

If we take a look at Proverbs 13, there is an important question to ask ourselves.  Who are we walking with?  In verse 20, Solomon says:

He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20, NIV)

If you hang out with wise people, you will grow in wisdom.  If you hang out with fools, you will do foolish things.  So who are your friends?  Who do you hang out with?  People will rub off on you.  If you hang out with people who get drunk all the time, at some point you may join them.  If you hang out with people who swear and curse, you are more likely to pick up on their habits.  This can go for those you hang out with or those you date and marry.  If you are a Christian, you have to ask yourself a question.  Will this relationship bring me closer to Christ or push me away from Christ?  Will this friendship help me grow in faith and wisdom or will it bring me harm?  It’s a tough choice.  We like our friends and we like our boyfriend/girlfriend.  But is the relationship beneficial or detrimental to your spiritual growth?  Which relationship will last longer: your relationship with your drinking buddies or your relationship with Christ?  It’s a lot to think about and it may mean some hard choices, but Solomon is right when he says that ultimately, “a companion of fools suffers harm”
PRAYER: Father, grant me wisdom when it comes to my relationships. I want to grow in my relationship with You first and foremost. Help me to be a better friend and to know which friends will help me grow closer to You. I thank You for the people in my life who help me grow in faith. Amen.

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