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n4c-welcomeAs the Internet has grown and changed, so has the face of various ministries. Traditional preaching has always been and always will be God’s primary method for reaching the unbeliever. However, the Lord has made other tools available to us so that we may reach the masses. In the Apostle Paul’s day, one had to travel from town to town to spread the Gospel.  The preachers were restricted to literally speaking face-to-face with others or sending letters. As technology evolved, people could easily spread the Word of God through print. One person could take the message of salvation to a town or region.  Still, travel was required. During the twentieth century, we watched as technology gave us radio and then television. Both are excellent mediums to reach vast numbers of people, but both are exceedingly expensive. Today, we are truly in a magnificent age – an age where millions of people can be reached with the Gospel of Christ for very little, if any, cost. Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, we can give the message of the Gospel of Christ to anyone, almost anywhere in the world.  The cost: very little more than the effort required to create the message. We hope you will spend some time here. Get to know us and let us get to know you.

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Matthew 14:22-33 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Being in a storm is never fun. As a child, we did not understand the nature of a thunderstorm.  We knew rain came with the storm, but the rain is usually not all that scaryis not all that scary.  When the lightening illuminates the sky, thunder crashes and the winds blow, we all start to worry. What will the storm bring? What dangers will we face in the storm?  We may not be able to see what is going on around us. As the storm rages, what damage is being done? What will be our loss? Yes, we often fear the storm.  In the passage we read, the disciples were in a storm, surrounded by the crashing of the waves, being buffeted by the wind.  What would their fate be? How would they survive.  There appeared to be no hope for them. No one to rescue them. However, there was more happening than they realized.

As the disciples rowed and toiled against the storm, they could not see everything that was happening. They forgot that Jesus could not only see the storm, but could see them in the storm. Moreover, Jesus was in complete control of the storm. Jesus was not surprised by the storm. He knew exactly what the disciples would face and when they would face it. In fact, as the storm was raging, Jesus was watching his disciples.  Eventually, Jesus came to the disciples. We can read the passage and see the various miracles which occurred. Of course, Jesus walking on the water is the most well-known miracle in this account. We also know of Peter’s leap of faith.  And, yes, Peter did also walk, for a moment, on the water.  Another miracle is Jesus’ rescue of Peter.  Finally, we see Jesus taming the storm.  The miracles are wonderful. They were evidence to the disciples and are evidence to us that Jesus really is the Son of God. That He is all powerful.  But suppose, for just a moment, that there was no storm.  Suppose the disciples had refused to go into the ship? Remember, Jesus, knowing that the storm was coming, sent them into the ship, into the danger of the storm.  Supposed they had missed the storm.  It was only because they were in the midst of the storm that they were able to see these miracles.  Were it not for the storm, we would not have the account of Jesus, and Peter walking on the water.  We would lose an account of Jesus calming a storm.   These evidences are certainly not necessary, but the experience had a great effect on the disciples. They saw great and notorious miracles because they were in the storm.

We cannot see the beginning of the storm and when we are in the midst of the storm, we cannot see the end.  All we know is that we are surrounded by trouble.  However, we must remember that Jesus did see the beginning of the storm and can see the end of the storm.  Jesus knows exactly what the storm will bring and what dangers we will face in the storm. We must also remember that it is in the darkest time of the storm that we will see the greatest miracle.

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1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.

Oh, Paul, how applicable is this passage to us in our present day. Science is defined as the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Sadly, today, science has been prostituted for a political end. Modern science has become a process of proving one’s pet hypothesis at any cost. In many cases, fraudulent science is being used in a vain attempt to disprove the Word of God and even explain away the very existence of God. As believers, we know this process to be a vain one. False scientists are twisting facts, ignoring data and falsifying evidence to build a house of cards which, on its face, is so silly a five year old with a little logic can see through it. Yet, so many around us are falling for these lies. I believe if Paul were alive, today, he would certainly preach against these things, but would possibly openly mock them. Yet we believers sit idly by, tolerating these false scientists. Some, claiming to be believers, send their children off to centers of education where the children are indoctrinated with these lies and turned away from God. How sad is the state of our church.

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