Walk on Water, into 2017

Pastor Sharon Hurkens “Yes, come.” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” Matthew 14:29-31 Peter was the only person in the boat who reacted to Jesus in faith. Because he got out of the boat and trusted Jesus he experienced a very unusual demonstration of God’s power. Jesus’ presence in the storm caused Peter to exercise a fearless faith. He attempted the impossible. It’s at this point however, that he lo

The Greatest Gift

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 What’s the BEST Christmas gift that you’ve ever gotten? I’ll never forget mine. The year was 1996 and I received tickets to a Knicks vs Bulls game. It was a big deal because Michael Jordan was making his first appearance back to New York since he came out of retirement. What a night! The atmosphere was electric as Madison Square Garden was sold out to see their beloved Knicks play the Chicago Bulls. My gift became even more special when

Joy to the World

Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11 With the Christmas season upon us, we are barraged with TV and newspaper ads telling us what to buy. We don't have to "buy” anything; we need to prepare our hearts for Jesus. The hymn "Joy to the World" says it all. "Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King, let every heart prepare Him room." That hymn says it all. After all, without Jesus being born and dying, we would still be looking for our Redeemer. But now, we h

We, the Redeemed

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies. Psalm 107:1-2 NLT God continuously rescued Israel from their numerous bondages. He freed them from Egyptian slavery and led them to the land of Canaan. Later He liberated them from the captivity of the Babylonians. In this Psalm we see that the Psalmist found God to be the Redeemer, the Rescuer, and the Savior. Ultimately, God came to rescue the entire human race in Jesus Christ. The ministry of Jesus was a rescue operation to people held in the bondage of sin. Psalm 107 is a call to gratitude for the salvation of