The passage: Luke 5: 1 – 11
The scene: Lake of Gennesaret (another name for the Sea of Galilee)
The peeps: Jesus = carpenter, teacher, healer, future savior.
Simon and some future disciples = Professional fishermen.
The Shane version:
One day Jesus was talking about the bible to a bunch of people. Jesus saw some fishermen packing up after a long day at work. He went over and got in one of the boats and asked to be taken for a ride. The fishermen, who had had a bad day, were tired and ready to call it quits but were nice guys so they agreed.
Once out on the lake, Jesus tells them to put out their nets. Grumbling ensues. I can hear them whispering, “Who is this bible teacher? Is he really gonna tell us how to fish? OMG didn’t we just clean and pack all this stuff up?!?” They thought about tossing Jesus out, but after thinking it thru, they ended up tossing out the fishing nets.
When they did, the fish filled the net so fast that it nearly broke!! They realized they were gonna sink because the net was too full, so they called out to a second boat. Even with both boats, they had trouble getting all the fish to shore. Continue Reading
Find someone who knows less than you and teach them what you know. This has been some of the most helpful and hopeful advice I’ve ever received. Mentoring or discipleship doesn’t have to be intimidating. But it is something that is expected of you. You know something about God’s word that someone else could benefit from. Someone else knows something you can benefit from. This is the Spirit of the text in the book of Titus, which says, older teach the younger.
One of my favorite Bible stories is the tale of Gideon. He is the ultimate underdog who leads a handful of men to bring down the oppressors of Israel, bringing freedom for his people. But while his story gives us courage in the Lord’s victory, it also brings to light many intriguing aspects of the Lord’s relationship with Gideon.
For those of you not so familiar with this story, Gideon lived in Israel during the times of the judges. Because the Israelites chose to ignore their covenant with God, they were handed over to be oppressed by the Midianites. In Judges chapter 6, Gideon encounters the angel of the Lord, who calls Gideon out to raise up and lead the Israelites out of Midianite control.
But what I find the most intriguing is Gideon’s first response to the angel. He straight-up questions what the angel says. He wants to know why his people have suffered such terrible oppression if the Lord is, in fact, “with” them, as the messenger claims. He wants to see the miracles he’s heard about in Egypt. He feels like the Lord has abandoned Israel. Continue Reading
I [Paul] thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you [Timothy] in my prayers. (2 Timothy 1:3 NIV)
When I was a teenager, my church had these weekend retreats every year called the “Paul & Timothy Weekend.” Here, the men and the boys of the congregation went out to the woods to both be men and to grow in the faith. The goal here was for the older men to teach the younger boys how to be stronger Christians.
When Paul is writing this, he is locked up in prison for preaching the Gospel, about to die. He writes to Timothy, his “son” in the faith whom he has mentored and brought up to be a strong believer and preacher in his own right.
The idea is that you older Christians are supposed to guide the younger Christians. But how? By telling your story. Telling about your mistakes and how you overcame them by handing them over to Christ. How you trusted God in all things. And how that was sometimes easier said than done. Honesty and openness. Testimony. It is the biggest tool we have to bring up younger Christians.
And of course, remember them in your prayers.
Matthew Coker is a Media Director at a church in his hometown, where he also is a leader at a Celebrate Recovery program. He’s a huge comic book nerd, Whovian, and Funko Pop Collector. Matthew and his wife live in New Mexico.
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Thanks to Netflix, my wife and I finally watched “The Lorax.” I had never seen the movie nor read the book, but when the movie started off talking about a plastic city with no real trees, I was picking up on the vibe that this movie was gonna be a bit “environmentally preachy.”
My theory was proven right during the song, “How Bad Can I Be?” where a man with an idea becomes an evil, greedy, Earth-killing, evil, polluting, lying, evil, evil man.
But let’s put that aside.
There was a line in the movie, but it’s not the big line. The BIG line of the movie was the “Unless” line, which was also used to preach about standing up for the environment, because global warming is killing all the polar bears…
I’m sorry. I said I wasn’t going to talk about that, and I meant it.
The line that stood out to me was this one, after Zach Efron was given the last remaining seed and told to plant it in the middle of town where everyone would see it. The Once-Ler said this: Continue Reading
I’m going to admit it, I feel like a bad Christian sometimes. A lot of times. Why? Because Church Culture has created this “Perfect Christian Checklist” and I just never seem to get those things checked off.
Read your Bible every day? Nope.
Never utter a cuss word? Eh. Usually, but now and then…
Tithe at least 10%? Yeah, I’m pretty good about that.
Donate to missions? Well… depending on our budget.
Go to two or three different Bible studies a week? Not even close.
Share your testimony? Yes, I do that pretty well.
Lead someone to Salvation? No. Never. Not in the 11 years I’ve been a Christian have I ever done this.
You see, I know God wants me to share my faith. God wants me to preach His word. God wants me to encourage giving your life over to Christ. And all of these things are extremely important.
But God also wants us to help lead others to Salvation. We don’t save people, but we can help guide those who don’t know what to do, what to say.
And I’ve never done it. Continue Reading
“So don’t just say you love your wife; reflect that love with your body. It is always easier to talk a good game than to play a good game. Be sure your love is deeper and richer than your words.” -Stephen Arterburn & Fred Stoeker, Every Man’s Marriage
Love is action, gentlemen, that is what the Bible teaches us.
Remember when you and your wife were dating and you would do some chores for her just to see her smile?
What has happened to that? Where has our desire to make life easier on our wives gone? When did the change occur within us that expects her to make life easier for us?
A typical man doesn’t understand how doing the dishes for her can make her feel intimacy, even sexual desire for him, but it does. Besides that, do you realize all she does for you? Actually think about it for a moment and you’ll feel like a freeloading lazy slob.
Show her you love her too by helping out.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” -2 Corinthians 9:6