Without the organization of a church sending me.
And I didn't leave the country.
Ummm...if I sound incredibly overboard....I am.
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Jesus was a fisherman.
Fishing is mentioned all throughout the bible.
He used examples of fish even throughout the gospels.
There's Jonah and the great fish. I need to post a video of Carlisle telling about that.
The little boy and the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
Then there's this one...you may know it. Luke chapter 5.
Big crowd. Jesus there. Preaching.
He saw two boats at the edge of the lake. The fishermen were done. Washing their nets.
Jesus gets into one of the boats, sits down and began to teach.
"When he had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.'
Simon answered and said, 'Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets."
When they did this, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They filled both boats so full that the boats began to sink!
The amazement and reality of the situation blew away all of the fisher dudes.
And when they got back to the land, 'they left everything and followed Jesus.'
Call me crazy...but I think that means we are supposed to leave everything and follow Jesus.
Compared to Jesus, everything else is unimportant.
In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus says, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
Got it Lord, that's how I need to hear it.
Straight forward. To the point.
Incase he wasn't clear in those verses, check out this one.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Lord, I want the NARROW ROAD!
Brian, this is a celebration of the big fish that you caught this past weekend. 50-something pounds. It wasn't the one that swallowed Jonah, sorry Carlisle. Maybe it was that one's little cousin? Caught in the ocean, off the coast of SC.
A fisherman to his core.
Brian and I want to be the girl and guy trainers on the show The Biggest Loser.
The girl trainer totally scares me.
She could thump me and I'd fall over.