Church service this evening included a story about a bird named Chirpy, feathers and a vacuum cleaner. No lie, I wish I had a copy of the sermon. The pastor also preached on Mark 4:35-:41. Go figure. Flummoxed? The pastor said he had never preached on those verses before. Can you imagine? Anyone know there was a pillow in the boat (in the stern, asleep on a pillow)? It’s always good to go back a little so you know where you are. I will post the lesson starting with Mark 4:30 because earlier today I worked on an old photo of a mustard seed. I almost used it for a new header, but thought the fish was better. What do you think?
Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?
“It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth;
“but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.
But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”[fn4]
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”