My devotions this morning were from Luke 5. Verses 1-11 remind us of the time Jesus was teaching on the seashore and so many people came to hear Him they were literally pressing in around Him. He had to get into a nearby boat and push out a little from shore and teach from the water. Imagine having so many people come to hear the preaching that that the crowd was literally pressing into the preacher!
After completing His sermon, Jesus told the disciples to let down their fishing nets. It was the wrong time of day to fish. And some scholars say they broke with tradition by fishing from the wrong side of the boat. But they obeyed Jesus and caught so many fish they had to summon their friends to bring other boats out to help them collect all the fish. That is a lot of fish!
My prayer for 2017 is that pastors will preach the Word so powerfully that the numbers of people who come will overwhelm their worship space and those pastors will call pastors from other churches to help them take some of the people so they can all be discipled well.
Our God is able, are we willing......
Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author in New England for more than 20 years. He is a happy husband, a proud father and adoring grandfather. He is a cancer survivor and believes that God works powerfully through times of suffering. He writes extensively and you can find all of his books at: