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February 9, 2014 - Staying Afloat - Acts 27:33-44

posted Feb 11, 2014, 1:28 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:43 AM ]
  • On the waters of life sometimes it is smooth sailing; sometimes you are caught in a storm; and sometimes there is a shipwreck.
  • The unbelieving world doesn't begin to know how much it owes to the few believing people in its midst.
  • We can’t fix our problems; we can’t save ourselves from the shipwrecks of life.
  • Our underlying problem isn't really the shipwreck. Our problem is whether we believe in too small of a God.
“Jetsam” – Those things voluntarily cast off at sea in order to lighten  the ship in an emergency.

“Flotsam” – Something floating in the water after a shipwreck. It is the stuff you hold onto in the water until you get to shore.
  • In life, wisdom comes when you figure out what’s the flotsam and what’s the jetsam --- what is the stuff that holding onto it will keep you going, and what is the stuff that’s weighing you down.
  • Faith in Christ is what buoys us up and gives us courage. His life offers us the only life that will overcome the shipwrecks.
  • Jesus jumped into our human existence, showing us that we’ll make it. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we will make it.
  • In the darkest hour, God is there for you, offering all the strength you need to face whatever lies ahead.
Pastor Jim Spon | Acts 27:33-44