SSB Gathering – January 31, 2016

Spiritual Sounding Board – This is your place to gather and share in an open format.

 by Kathi

poppies on palatine


Luke 5: 1-15

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Psalm 106: 3

Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.



May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you from the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors.

Feel free to join the discussion.
You can share your church struggles and concerns.
Let’s also use it as a time to encourage one another spiritually.
What have you found spiritually encouraging lately?
Do you have any special Bible verses to share, any YouTube songs that you have found uplifting?


photo credit: Kathi – Poppies on Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

8 thoughts on “SSB Gathering – January 31, 2016”

  1. Hi All,
    This week the photo of the poppies on the steps spoke to my heart.My family is in a dry and thirsty desert but I long for Him. This picture reminds me that beauty and growth can happen in hostile environments. Phil 1:6 He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you. Years of abuse in fundy churches, gothard and Phillips, have lead us to be c&e christians. I am grateful for this safe place as we replace lies with God’s truths.
    BlesSINGS! On all. This day.

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  2. Very cool, Perspehone! I heard her on KINK late one night.

    Muff Potter – I loved the red poppies in Italy. Such beauty among the ruins.


  3. Dealing with people who are trapped in the bondage of spiritual abuse and can’t see the truth is a heavy burden to carry, and this song was a strong reminder that the Jesus way is to reach out to them and try to show them the way of love in Jesus Christ. It is hard, and it hurts to help hurting people sometimes, but that is what Jesus did for us and what He wants us to do for others.


  4. Thanks for this 🦄

    I started reading Luke again to try and understand what the Jews were expecting. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I have a tendency to read myself into every passage. It’s a naughty religious habit.

    I love how the Angel told the shepherds the message of peace and good will.

    Jesus is GOOD news.

    The good news today is all condemnation, wrath and hate.

    From what I am reading it is all “done done done!”

    We HAVE BEEN reconciled to God in Christ.

    We just need to own it! (Reconcile ourselves back).

    This is good news.

    We can know God because of Jesus.

    No religion required.

    No gurus.

    No law keeping.

    Liberty to walk with God and learn from our mistakes along the way.



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