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Psalm 29

 

1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12

 

Luke 5:1-11

 

 

 

Letting Down Our Nets 011412

 

In Luke this morning we read the story of Jesus commanding the disciples in the boat to let down their nets, one more time. In a certain way, the disciples remind me of myself and of many people I know—they feel that God has failed them. They’ve been ‘fishing’ for the right ‘catch’ of what God and Jesus offer, yet feel they’ve missed dipping their nets into the bigger school of fish. They may be fishing for forgiveness, mercy, health or wealth—but they feel their nets have come up empty.

 

Today, let’s let down our nets one more time, in response to Jesus’ command and see what we have to pull into the boat. Jesus is still standing on the shore today, still beckoning us to let down our nets.

 

Pray for our salvation today and pray for peace,

 

brother Bill

 

 

 

Psalm 29

 

1Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

 

2Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.

 

3The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.

 

4The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

 

5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

 

6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

 

7The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

 

8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

 

9The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

 

10The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

 

11May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12

 

2When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: 2“I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, 3and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. 4Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: ‘If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 10Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. 11The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

 

12So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.

 

Luke 5:1-11

 

5Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

 

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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