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Affluent Christian Investor | November 16, 2018

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How History’s Greatest Leader Dealt With Storms

Ships on a Stormy Sea (Painted by Willem van de Velde the Younger) (circa 1672)

Ships on a Stormy Sea (Painted by Willem van de Velde the Younger) (circa 1672)

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters;the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon”

– Psalm 29:3-5.

The Lord is all powerful over nature and if He is powerful over nature, He can and is also over mankind. These verses cause one to reflect not only on the Flood, over which the Lord presided with complete authority, but also on the incidents on the Sea of Galilee where the Lord demonstrated again and again that He was in control of His own creation:

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid'”

– (Mark 4:24-27).

Is there a storm in your life, and are you afraid? Then picture Jesus walking in the midst of your tempest, calm and in complete control. Then hear Him saying to you what He said to the disciples, “Fear not!” After that, decide to put your trust in His power that is so beautifully described in today’s passage.

Today’s reading – Psalms 26-30

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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