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Charles Skinner

Harvest Church of Walterboro

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.” And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. (Matthew 14:28-29)
Come, a word composed of four simple letters, but a word which can be one of the most loving words our Lord can speak to someone, or one of the most convicting and disturbing words He can speak.
Time and time again I’ve heard so many turns the spotlight on Peter’s losing focus on the Lord, resulting in his sinking. Remember this, he is ALSO the ONLY one with the faith to step out of the boat and go to Jesus. ( I wonder how many of his critics would have the faith to step out of a boat in a storm and attempt to walk on the sea.)
Here Peter was, in the midst of a powerful storm at sea. Things looked pretty bad for him and all the rest in that small boat. Suddenly their Lord, and our Lord, appears, calls for Peter to come to him. Although Peter did start to sink, as soon as he did, Jesus reached out for him, and the two of them returned to the boat. As soon as they are joined together in the boat, the storm ceases and all is calm.
Life has its storms. Financial difficulties, marital problems, tragic news from the doctor, lost a job and don’t know how the bills will be paid, problems with your children. In times like these, you may become addled and don’t know where to turn. Answers to prayers don’t seem to come as things only seem to get worse and worse. Remember this, we serve a compassionate savior, a loving God. While it may be true that He seems far away, remember the lesson from this passage. He knows where you are and he knows what you are going through. He may have even designed this storm so you would learn to trust Him more. Always remember Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. This is a true word from God and the Lord can be trusted.
So, when you are going through one of life’s storms and Christ bids you to draw near to him, don’t let anything, or anyone, stand in your way. Calm will come, the storm will cease, You will hear Him call, “come.” Trust Him and go to Him, no matter how bad the circumstances may appear. Jesus will get in the boat with you and all will be calm. No wave can sink you, no ocean can drown you when he is near and you go to him.
If you’re looking for a loving and friendly church then we invite you to come and worship with us at Harvest Church of Walterboro, located at 264 Bells Hwy,(Across from Tractor Supply) Service times are Sunday school:10:00 AM; Worship 11:00 AM, Midweek- Wed. at 7:00 PM. Charles Skinner is the Associate Pastor of Harvest Church. James Pellum is the pastor.

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