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WELCOME AUTHOR AND YOUTH MINISTRY DIRECTOR ROB COOK
Saturday, November 18, 2017 by Patti

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF 252UNDERGROUND YOUTH MINISTRY ROB COOK TO PATTI’S PORCH. SHARES A DEVOTIONAL THAT REMINDS US WHAT IS REQUIRED TO TRULY TRUST GOD.

 

 

Hello friends. It is an honor to be guest here on Patti’s Porch. The breeze is warm and inviting, the lemonade is fresh and crisp and these overstuffed chairs...well, let’s just say these are great napping conditions.

 

But before I nod off, I want to share some encouragement with you. Something that I feel we as a church need to be reminded of from time to time in this crazy, chaotic world.

 

So sit back, relax, and enjoy a tall refreshing glass of lemonade and…

 

Stop trying to stay safe

 

Most of you are probably familiar with the story of Moses and the Red Sea. The Israelites were being pursued by the Egyptians. Their escape route brought them to the Red Sea.

 

Dead End

 

The Red Sea before them blocking their escape. The Egyptian chariots behind, retreat not an option.

 

The Israelites no doubt, upset with God. “You led us to our deaths. We were better off as slaves. At least we were alive.”

 

God tells Moses, “raise your staff and check this out.” Moses obeys and Boom, the Red Sea literally parts and provides a supernaturally dry path right through the Red Sea. Shut up! Are you kidding me!

 

All the Israelites passed safely through but the same cannot be said for their enemies. They were swallowed up when the waters came crashing down on them.

 

Here’s what I want you to notice. God provided the way out. He parted the waters ahead of the Israelites. He showed them the escape route. The waters parted and when they knew the coast was clear, they moved forward in obedience.

 

God miraculously delivered the Israelites because he was leading them and they were obediently following. They were depending on him. They put their trust in him. And he delivered them.

 

Yes, there were times when they struggled with doubt but God was teaching them that they could trust him with their very lives. “Follow Me and I will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.”

 

Today the Church in America does not obediently follow God. We do our thing. We pursue everything but God. We do not see great acts of deliverance because we don’t take the road that dead ends at the Red Sea.

 

A second story in the Bible of a water crossing might not be as familiar.

 

In Joshua 3, The Israelites, led by Joshua and Caleb, come upon the Jordan River. The Jordan stood between them and their entry into the promised land.

 

They needed to cross but God was not going to part the water for them. At least not before they moved.

 

They were not going to get the Moses Package. They would not be shown the escape route first. They would not see the waters parted from a distance. They would not see the dry ground prior to stepping foot on it.

 

The Jordan was at flood stage. They no doubt watched as the raging muddy brown water raced by and thought, “We are going to drown.”’

 

The “Trust Me” Package

Let’s check out a bit of the story in Joshua 3:11-13

 

See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord,-the Lord of all the earth-set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.

 

Let’s zoom in here

First notice twice that they are reminded that this God they are following is the Lord of all the earth. God is saying, “yes I’m asking you to trust me but that’s because I’M THE LORD OF ALL THE EARTH, you can TRUST me.”

 

Sometimes we need that reminder, don’t we?

 

Now I’m sure some of them, only naturally, said, “Um yeah about that. Why can’t you just do what you did before and part the water first? Let us see your plans first then we will decide whether or not to obey you.”

 

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Take the first step. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

 

Often we want God to show us the plan before we take the first step but he wants us to take the first step before he reveals the plan.

 

We cautiously stand on the shore waiting for God to provide a boat. No boat, we don’t move. This is not faith, my friends.

 

Walk straight into the water. Give God no choice but to show up.

 

The second thing to notice is that the ark of the Lord went first. God was saying, “I’m leading the way. I will not leave you. Follow me. Trust me. Keep your eyes on me.”

 

We may get the Moses Package sometimes, but more often, we get the Trust Me Package.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 says; Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight (and Dry) Okay I added the Dry but hey it fits.

 

You trust the Lord for your eternity, but do you trust him with your life here and now?

 

You can trust the Lord of all the earth.

 

Get in the water

It’s nice and DRY

 

Robert Cook is the Founder and Executive Director of 252Underground Youth Ministry. He is also the international, award winning, best-selling author of the teen devotionals, REGENER8 and ILLUMIN8. The third book in the REGENER8 series, ACTIV8 will be out in 2018/19.

Robert comes from the very streets on which he now ministers but he didn't stay there and he wants teens to know the "street" isn't all there is. Robert lives in Philadelphia with his family, and is the pastor of St. James Church.

Connect with Rob online:

 

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weekly column every Sunday (for teen website www.clashentertainment.com)   

 


Comments

Becky Smith From Kansas City, MO At 11/25/2017 11:01:30 AM

Thank you for a very thought-provoking message! I will have to re-read it, because there is so much in it to think about.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Yes, Rob packed a lot of thought-provoking content into his post. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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