“Don’t You Care We’re Going to Die?”

So the disciples are in a boat (Mark 4:35-41). They’re professionals. The sea is near and dear to their hearts. So, Jesus decides to take a little nap while they’re on their way.

The problem is things start to get a little rough. Real rough, actually. So rough that the disciples fear for their lives.

But Jesus is still asleep.

They shake him awake. Though their world is falling apart, Jesus remains calm. He stands up and tells the waves to be quiet. He tells the disciples not to be afraid, and they become even more afraid than before. After all, fear is one of the most powerful motivators in our lives. Who is this person that is even more powerful than that?

Yet, even with all that power, He does not let it go to His head. He does not berate His disciples for their lack of faith. They just do not understand. He guides them into the understanding of a greater reality at play. It completely blows their minds.

There are plenty of times when we believe that Jesus is asleep, especially when our boat is not only rocking but underwater. Still, Jesus cares. He is with us in the boat, no matter what happens. That’s perhaps the craziest thing about the Gospel. Jesus came down from heaven, the perfect place, to be here in the insanity with us.

He knows the boat is rocking. He feels the waves. He senses our fear. And he stands up and says, “calm.”

Nicodemus: a Tale of the Reluctant Believer

John 3:1-21, 7:40-52, 19:38-42

Nicodemus is a fascinating dude. We see him first in John 3, sneaking in to see Jesus at night. He’s a respected religious leader of high social standing. He wants to know more about this itinerant preacher, but Jesus is a controversial figure, so Nicodemus comes at night. They talk. Nicodemus asks questions and Jesus answers. When Nicodemus can’t make sense of Jesus’ response, the LORD calls him to the ropes. ‘If you, the righteous elite don’t get it, how could anybody else?’ asserts Jesus. Nicodemus undoubtedly leaves befuddled, but Jesus doesn’t push him, nor does He call him out, exposing their meeting to the general public.

Instead, Nicodemus goes home and stews on it. A debate occurs some time later amongst the Jews. People are saying there is no way Jesus could be the Messiah. Nicodemus isn’t sold. He wants to hear more. We can only imagine that Nicodemus is asking around, maybe staying at the back of the crowd while Jesus is making his rounds about Israel. We don’t know if they ever talked again. We don’t see any other reference to Nicodemus until after Jesus is dead.

When Jesus’ body is taken down from the cross, Nicodemus is there, helping anoint him with oil. He gets it. Some would say, ‘too late,’ but it is never too late with God. Three days later, Jesus resurrected and Nicodemus undoubtedly is ready.

You see, for some, coming to acknowledge Jesus is LORD is a quick thing. You’re at a big event or stumble into church or listening to the radio, the preacher makes an altar call, and bam! you’re a believer. For others, it’s a long process. Sometimes, it takes the entirety of their earthly lives; but there is no time for God, only opportunity. The door is open. The invitation is waiting. Will you say, ‘yes,’ to Him?

The Monsters Inside Us

In my dream I am being chased by Sweetums, the muppet

down an endless hallway

I run and I run, but I can’t escape

so he overtakes me and gobbles me up

and I’m in the belly of this muppet

in the dark

saying to myself,

“It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream!”

But I can’t wake up

and I don’t wake up until I shut up.

That’s when I finally awake.

 

Life is like that.

There are monsters in our lives

that we can’t outrun,

we can’t negotiate or reason with.

There are monsters we must embrace

Because they’re not monsters at all,

but rather instruments of change.

 

And change is scary.

But God is good.

He will get us through.

The Power of Things

We put so much weight in things

Lucky socks and magic talismans

But it is not the things themselves

that make the difference,

but rather our belief in them,

and not only that

but also any power invested in them

by a Third Party.

Moses’ staff was just a staff

until touched by the hand of God.

Then it became a snake, a battle-winner

and a sea-splitter.

Anything can be amazing when

believed in and touched by the hand of the Divine.

So, believe in others, believe in yourself

and believe in God,

lift all things up to God,

so HE can work wonders in and through them.

New Worship Song!: “In Rising Tide”

Hi friends,

I am so excited to share this new song with you. I wrote it with my dad, who is an absolutely amazing musician.

Never before have I been so pushed to get a song just right. I encourage you: share it, sing it, the words and chords are listed below.

Love you all,

Aaron

Summary

V1.I’m tired of running.

V2.I have doubts.

B.In light of who You are,

V3.I will trust in You.

In Rising Tide

Intro

Dmaj7 Bm7 G Dmaj7

Verse 1

Dmaj7                 Bm7

God, my Father, Jesus, His Son,

G         Dmaj7

Won’t you guide me into your love?

Dmaj7                  Bm7

I’ve been running since I was a child

G         Dmaj7

Now I am weary of being so wild

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Verse 2

Dmaj7                    Bm7

I’ve got questions, assuage my doubt

G         Dmaj7

Spirit, please fill me when I am without

Dmaj7             Bm7

I’m insufficient without your grace

G         Dmaj7

So I am holding onto Your face

Chorus

 

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Bridge

Dmaj7

At the sound of Your voice,

Bm7               Cmaj9

mountains shake, hearts quake

Dmaj7

At the air from Your breath,

Bm7                   Cmaj9 Dmaj7

mountains rise, we drop all disguis es

Instrumental/Prayer

Dmaj7                         Bm7

Dear God, thank you for bringing me into Your presence

G                             Dmaj7

Fill me with Your essence, I am Yours

Verse 3

Dmaj7                       Bm7

Jesus, I’m here now giving my all

G               Dmaj7

I trust you completely, into Your arms I do fall

Dmaj7                       Bm7

When I reach heaven, I will exclaim

G                 Dmaj7

Praise God my Father, praise Your Holy name

Cuz…

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Dmaj7…. (fade)

(Amen)