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Back and Forth

Do You Want to Go Away?



Psalm 19
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine …


John 6:41-59
41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the …


John 6:22-40
22On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answe…

I AM - Do Not Fear

John 6:16-21
16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

What a day the Disciples are having! First they have a front row seat to witness the feeding of a huge crowd of people where no resources exist to feed them. Now they are trying to get across the Sea of Galilee and they are caught in a storm in the middle of the night. Jesus isn't with them - yet.

This story has some pretty cool elements; not the least of which is seeing Jesus walk across the roiling waves. And then there would be that miraculous tra…

Insurmountable Problems

Lifetime of Praise

Psalm 18
Today’s passage is long – and every Word is worth reading!
This Psalm harkens back to 2 Samuel 22 where we draw near to the end of King David’s story. Here we are treated to a passionate prayer that this poet speaks in praise to a God who has been with him throughout life. As you read this Psalm, keep your mind and eye open, remembering the bits of David’s life we have learned about. As you read these words, think of a young David facing the giant; think of a 20 year old fleeing for his life from a deranged king; think of a stream of battles and assaults as he comes to power and faces his enemies; remember the troubles with his children as they went their own way rather than God’s. Now we see a life lived for God, even in the midst of sin or bad times. Clearly, God is always in the center of David’s heart.
Do you remember the story of Jonah, the prophet who tried to run away from God’s calling? He is most famous for having been swallowed by a great…