Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay

Connecting Points

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Today’s Topic: Vacation

Today’s Text:  Matthew 13:1-2 (NIV) 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.
2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.

There are some fabulous stories of ministry from the life of Jesus that took place at or on a lake. I love the introduction to this one, because it appears that Jesus was attempting to be solitary. The crowds didn’t permit it, but he left the house and went down to sit by the lake.

I have no major or even minor connecting points to make for you today. Only this: I’m going away for a while to sit by a lake. I will sit in a boat on the lake. I will not be surrounded by crowds of people, for they typically do not follow me. I will be surrounded by family…and a close friend. We will hopefully surround ourselves with fish.

While I am gone, I have an assignment for you. For the next 31 days (no, I won’t be gone that long) please read one chapter of Proverbs a day and choose one verse from each chapter that the Holy Spirit can use to have deeper access to your heart.

Then write down each day what God did and email it to me at

It will be our way of staying connected during the times I am gone, and you will be encouraging my heart as I see God at work in your life. I will be praying for you, and I promise that if only one of you actually does this that I will let God keep me focused on what He is doing in that one life rather than be discouraged by the number of people not doing it. Pray for me, as that won’t be easy.

When I get back, I will start sharing with you the verses God used to get deeper into my heart.

Pastor John

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