A True Fisherman’s Tale of Listening to My Father’s Voice?

But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me” (Mark 5:36).

There are times in one’s life when we must simply trust our Father. This can be difficult when we are going through a trying situation. Sometimes it means ignoring everything but His words in the midst of a storm.

I remember a time when I was working as a commercial fisherman with my father on his  fishing boat. We were on a long journey south to our home port of Harwich, Essex, England. It was past midnight and it was his turn to sleep. Before he lay down on the day bed, there in the wheelhouse alongside of me, he wanted to give me some instructions for our passing three miles off of the coast of Lowestoft, Suffolk.  He instructed me to avoid the two sandbanks that ran parallel with the coast. He wanted me to go close to the shore, evade the sandbanks, and escape the tide that would be turning against us when we got there.

As he fell asleep we were following two another fishing boats that were two miles ahead of us.  I could just see their stern lights ahead.  Dad had been asleep about an hour when I came up to the Scroby Sands, the Outer and Inner banks, that ran parallel and opposite the coast of Lowestoft. I reasoned to myself that, instead of following my father’s commands, I could see the stern lights of the other boats, I could just follow their lights as they were in between the channel running through the sandbank. If I followed them surely we would be okay. Continue reading

The Kindness and Grace of our Savior

27She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched the fringe of his robe. 28For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed.” 29Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been healed! (Mark 5:27-29).

How wonderful it is that God responds to faith.  This woman’s faith was born out of desperation.  Matthew in his gospel (Matt 9:20) tells us that she had internal bleeding for 12 years.  What would it have been like to be in her situation?  Her condition was one where it was illegal for her to be in a public place, for fear of contaminating anyone else.  Leviticus 15:25 says “When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.”  She would never have been able to enter Church (Synagogue) or fellowship with others.  Her condition excluded her from the social structure of the day.  Mark further tells us that she had spent her all on the doctors (Mark 5:26) and was no better but rather grew worse.  This poor woman was completely broke and more than likely had not slept in a bed for some time, what hotel would have her!  What friend would let her stay at their house. Everything she touched would be ceremonially unclean. Continue reading

I Have No Other Plan–The Great Commission.

There is an old legend that takes us back in time and recounts the time when Jesus slips back into heaven after He had died on the cross and rose from the dead. According to the legend, the angel Gabriel met him. Gabriel frowned when he saw the marks of Jesus’ scars of His tortuous years on earth, especially the scars of His crucifixion. Gabriel said: “Master, you suffered terribly for those down on earth.” “Yes, I did,” was Jesus’ reply. Gabriel continued: “Do they all know now about your life and your forgiveness? Have they all heard about your death and resurrection?” “No, not yet.” Said Jesus. “Right now only a handful knows. Only a handful of people in Palestine know about my death and resurrection.”Gabriel looked perplexed. “Then,” he asked, “Well… How will everyone find out about your wonderful life and your sacrificial death and triumphant resurrection?””I have asked Peter, James, John and a handful of friends and followers to tell other people about it. And when other people hear and believe, they in turn will tell others. And Gabriel, by and by, the planet earth will hear the message.”Still frowning, the angel responded: “But, hmmm, you know how people are on earth. What if they… What if Peter, James and John get tired? What if they tell the story and then the next generation gets all involved in other pursuits? What if way down in the 18th or 21st century, people aren’t committed any longer to your commission? Have you made other plans?” The Lamb of God looked directly at the angel of God and said: “I have no other plan. I am counting on them.” (Author Unknown).

Give Yourselves Fully to the Work of the Lord

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Paul writes to the church at Corinth that they should give themselves fully to the work of the Lord. What is meant by the work of the Lord? It is the stewardship of the gospel—the most powerful thing on planet Earth! If we had discovered a cure for cancer, there would be a responsibility to get it to the world to save lives. We have a cure for the cancer of the spirit—the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cure for the disease of sin that ravages our planet. The propagation or furtherance of the gospel and the edifying (building up spiritually) of the saints (the people of God) is the most important work of the Lord in the world.

We have been thinking in the last few days about the life of Sadhu Sundar Singh, the godly Indian Christian. This is what Sadhu Sundar Singh gave the rest of his life for—the furtherance of the gospel. He crossed the Himalayan Mountains often from India into Tibet, called by many the Roof of the World because of its altitude, to share the gospel with the Tibetan people. God was with him as he would go into the market places of Tibet and just start preaching the gospel to the poor.

On one occasion, in a Tibetan town called Rasa, Continue reading

To Reach the Lost at Any Cost

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

Paul the apostle, in writing to the Thessalonian church, speaks of the gospel as being a sacred trust that has been given to us to propagate. There is an accountability that comes with this powerful message that transforms men’s hearts. Paul labored to please God by doing what he could to reach as many as he could with the gospel. Sundar Singh, the Indian man of God, was moved by the same heart to reach the lost.

Sundar adopted the saffron robe of a Sadhu, an Indian holy man, a man set apart from the things of this world, and live for God alone. He traveled all over India sharing the good news of the finished work of Christ to redeem mankind. He felt a call to go to the Continue reading