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Thunder Rolls

Scripture: Psalm 29

Over the past week many of my friends from Kansas have had bouts with severe weather. This is par for the course in the great plains. My sister’s community was one town that had a tornado pass through. This storm was not as bad as the one that passed through Joplin, Missouri last year, but every tornado and storm has the potential to be devistating. I grew up in awe of these storms, there is a love hate relationship between me and weather. I remember sitting in the tractor over the summer watching as the thunder clouds would build large and darker on the horizon. It is one of the most intresting things to watch. Then comes the wind and rain, suddenly the beauty turns into something horrible, even in this the skys light up with an electric light show greater than any concert.

Today the scripture speaks of the power of the weather. It can break the trees, floods the plains, and sets the ground on fire. God is greater than these acts of nature. It reminds me of the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat as a storm threatens to sink the disciples. They are fearing for their lives yet Jesus sleeps. They cry out to their teacher and he rises and comands the wave to be still.

We all face storms, waves crash, thunder rolls as lightening flashes. We can do several things in these storms. Remember the storms you have faced in the past? How did you respond? Did you watch the flashes in awe or were you afraid? Jesus can calm the storms, God is more powerful than the storms of our life. This does not mean he will take us out of the storm,but he will be with us through it.

Take some time considering the storms you have survived and the ones you are in. Are you trusting in God or your own strength? Are you enjoying the weather or afrad? 

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About jwquaker

I’m sure everyone wants to know who I am…well if you are viewing this page you do. I’m Jared Warner and I am a pastor or minister recorded in the Evangelical Friends Church Mid America Yearly Meeting. To give a short introduction to the EFC-MA, it is a group of evangelical minded Friends in the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. We are also a part of the larger group called Evangelical Friends International, which as the name implies is an international group of Evangelical Friends. For many outside of the Friends or Quaker traditions you may ask what a recorded minister is: the short answer is that I have demistrated gifts of ministry that our Yearly Meeting has recorded in their minutes. To translate this into other terms I am an ordained pastor, but as Friends we believe that God ordaines and mankind can only record what God has already done. More about myself: I have a degree in crop science from Fort Hays State University, and a masters degree in Christian ministry from Friends University. Both of these universities are in Kansas. I lived most of my life in Kansas on a farm in the north central area, some may say the north west. I currently live and minister in the Kansas City, MO area and am a pastor in a programed Friends Meeting called Willow Creek Friends Church.

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