POSTS & SERMONS

“By the Mercy of God”

Scripture Readings for 7/29/18,    the 10th Sunday After Pentecost: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 136:1-9; Ephesians 3:14-21; & Mark 6:45-56, included here  

Immediately {after feeding the 5000, Jesus} made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

Our God is always gracious and merciful. We see His mercy again and again in His promises, His provision, His gift of faith in Jesus, and most especially in Jesus Christ Himself. Listen to the sermon to hear more.