The CCN Daily Worship by Pastor Don. Roy Hemingway.

Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, May the Almighty God of hosts be with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen.

Bible Reading.

Matthew 14. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus

2 and said unto his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works show forth themselves in him.”

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3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.

4 For John said unto him, “It is not lawful for thee to have her.”

5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod,

7 whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

8 And she, being beforehand instructed by her mother, said, “Give me here John the Baptist’s head on a charger.”

9 And the king was sorry; nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and those who sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

11 And his head was brought on a charger and given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother.

12 And his disciples came, and took up the body and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

13 When Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by boat into a desert place apart. And when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of the cities.

14 And Jesus went forth and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.

15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a desert place and the time is now past. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves victuals.”

16 But Jesus said unto them, “They need not depart. Give ye them to eat.”

17 And they said unto Him, “We have here but five loaves and two fishes.”

18 And He said, “Bring them hither to Me.”

19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes; and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

20 And they all ate and were filled. And they took up the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full.

21 And those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

22 And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a boat and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up onto a mountain apart to pray. And when evening had come, He was there alone.

24 But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit”; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying, “Be of good cheer. It is I; be not afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.”

29 And He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

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30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?”

32 And when they had come into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “In truth Thou art the Son of God.”

34 And when they had gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

35 And when the men of that place learned of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all who were diseased.

36 And they besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Morning Prayer.

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Lord our God, we come before you in the hallowed name of Jesus Christ. We thank you that while we are still living on earth you give us hope and joy in this great name. May something be born in us through your Spirit to make us of one mind with Jesus Christ. In all our relationships with others may we learn that it is better to submit in patience than to dominate, better to serve than to rule, better to be the weakest than to bring pressure to bear on others. Give us this attitude. Let this attitude arise in many so that they may be Christians, not only in their words and thoughts, but Christians at heart, loving their neighbours and at one with the Saviour on every step of the way. In Jesus we pray. Amen.

Daily Lesson.

Matthew 14:31

(31) And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’

Peter asks for a sign that the “apparition” really is Jesus, and He replies, “Come!” His response contains an implicit pledge that Peter would not be engulfed in the raging waters. At first, Peter’s confidence in Jesus’ power sustains him as he walks on the water, but as doubt quickly creeps in, his enjoyment of the intensely spiritual experience soon fades.

Peter’s zealous, impulsive faith is not absolute, convicted faith but humanly reasoned, self-assured, and immature, though it allowed him to attempt the seemingly impossible feat of walking on water. Jesus is gentle in His rebuke, not saying, “Why did you bother to come?” but gently asking, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” as He held out a hand to reassure Peter.

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Despite his initial faith, Peter soon found himself facing a dramatic test. In the clash between sight and faith (II Corinthians 5:7), his impulsive faith vanished and fear took its place. Taking his eye off his Savior to focus on the raging waves, he sank but did not drown. Jesus saved him because He never abandons His elect. Poor Peter must have felt humiliation that night as his fear and failure revealed his weakness and lack of true faith.

Once Jesus entered the ship with Peter, the winds immediately ceased. Ceased in Matthew 14:32 means “to grow weary.” The rough elements had spent themselves, having been overcome by supernatural power. In that instant, the ship was supernaturally and immediately moved to the shore.

Benediction.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

May God bless you all and ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’, Amen.

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