In an argument with some opponents, Jesus said, “before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Jesus was teaching them about his divinity and pre-existence. When Jesus used the phrase “I am” (present tense, here and elsewhere), he was consciously using the name of God which was revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14 and applying it … Continue reading Which captain?
“…the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it… But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid’” (Matthew 14:24, 27). A farmer was looking for a farmhand. There was only one applicant. There was only one sentence on his … Continue reading He sleeps in a storm
I recently read that the real reason the Titanic sank wasn’t because it hit an iceberg. Well, sure, that’s the main reason, but it wasn’t the only reason. Apparently, there was a shortage of good quality bolts when it was being built. So the builders settled for cheap rivets as replacements. Rivets held the steel … Continue reading Not some cheap substitute
When people go through a tough time in life, they sometimes lash out at the people they care about most. After a hard day, in a period of anxious uncertainty, or during a year of gut-wrenching decision-making, we can blame, shame or yell at the people in our own boat—after all, they’re the ones close … Continue reading When you cannot direct the winds