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WELCOME AUTHOR AND YOUTH MINISTRY DIRECTOR ROB COOK
11/18/2017 1:40:00 AM by: Patti

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF 252UNDERGROUND YOUTH MINISTRY ROB COOK TO PATTI’S PORCH. SHARES A DEVOTIONAL THAT REMINDS US WHAT IS REQUIRED TO TRULY TRUST GOD.

 

 

Hello friends. It is an honor to be guest here on Patti’s Porch. The breeze is warm and inviting, the lemonade is fresh and crisp and these overstuffed chairs...well, let’s just say these are great napping conditions.

 

But before I nod off, I want to share some encouragement with you. Something that I feel we as a church need to be reminded of from time to time in this crazy, chaotic world.

 

So sit back, relax, and enjoy a tall refreshing glass of lemonade and…

 

Stop trying to stay safe

 

Most of you are probably familiar with the story of Moses and the Red Sea. The Israelites were being pursued by the Egyptians. Their escape route brought them to the Red Sea.

 

Dead End

 

The Red Sea before them blocking their escape. The Egyptian chariots behind, retreat not an option.

 

The Israelites no doubt, upset with God. “You led us to our deaths. We were better off as slaves. At least we were alive.”

 

God tells Moses, “raise your staff and check this out.” Moses obeys and Boom, the Red Sea literally parts and provides a supernaturally dry path right through the Red Sea. Shut up! Are you kidding me!

 

All the Israelites passed safely through but the same cannot be said for their enemies. They were swallowed up when the waters came crashing down on them.

 

Here’s what I want you to notice. God provided the way out. He parted the waters ahead of the Israelites. He showed them the escape route. The waters parted and when they knew the coast was clear, they moved forward in obedience.

 

God miraculously delivered the Israelites because he was leading them and they were obediently following. They were depending on him. They put their trust in him. And he delivered them.

 

Yes, there were times when they struggled with doubt but God was teaching them that they could trust him with their very lives. “Follow Me and I will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.”

 

Today the Church in America does not obediently follow God. We do our thing. We pursue everything but God. We do not see great acts of deliverance because we don’t take the road that dead ends at the Red Sea.

 

A second story in the Bible of a water crossing might not be as familiar.

 

In Joshua 3, The Israelites, led by Joshua and Caleb, come upon the Jordan River. The Jordan stood between them and their entry into the promised land.

 

They needed to cross but God was not going to part the water for them. At least not before they moved.

 

They were not going to get the Moses Package. They would not be shown the escape route first. They would not see the waters parted from a distance. They would not see the dry ground prior to stepping foot on it.

 

The Jordan was at flood stage. They no doubt watched as the raging muddy brown water raced by and thought, “We are going to drown.”’

 

The “Trust Me” Package

Let’s check out a bit of the story in Joshua 3:11-13

 

See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord,-the Lord of all the earth-set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.

 

Let’s zoom in here

First notice twice that they are reminded that this God they are following is the Lord of all the earth. God is saying, “yes I’m asking you to trust me but that’s because I’M THE LORD OF ALL THE EARTH, you can TRUST me.”

 

Sometimes we need that reminder, don’t we?

 

Now I’m sure some of them, only naturally, said, “Um yeah about that. Why can’t you just do what you did before and part the water first? Let us see your plans first then we will decide whether or not to obey you.”

 

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Take the first step. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

 

Often we want God to show us the plan before we take the first step but he wants us to take the first step before he reveals the plan.

 

We cautiously stand on the shore waiting for God to provide a boat. No boat, we don’t move. This is not faith, my friends.

 

Walk straight into the water. Give God no choice but to show up.

 

The second thing to notice is that the ark of the Lord went first. God was saying, “I’m leading the way. I will not leave you. Follow me. Trust me. Keep your eyes on me.”

 

We may get the Moses Package sometimes, but more often, we get the Trust Me Package.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 says; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight (and Dry) Okay I added the Dry but hey it fits.

 

You trust the Lord for your eternity, but do you trust him with your life here and now?

 

You can trust the Lord of all the earth.

 

Get in the water

It’s nice and DRY

 

Robert Cook is the Founder and Executive Director of 252Underground Youth Ministry. He is also the international, award winning, best-selling author of the teen devotionals, REGENER8 and ILLUMIN8. The third book in the REGENER8 series, ACTIV8 will be out in 2018/19.

Robert comes from the very streets on which he now ministers but he didn't stay there and he wants teens to know the "street" isn't all there is. Robert lives in Philadelphia with his family, and is the pastor of St. James Church.

Connect with Rob online:

 

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weekly column every Sunday (for teen website www.clashentertainment.com)   

 


Comments

Becky Smith From Kansas City, MO At 11/25/2017 11:01:30 AM

Thank you for a very thought-provoking message! I will have to re-read it, because there is so much in it to think about.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Yes, Rob packed a lot of thought-provoking content into his post. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

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3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene