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Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them... Matthew 4:21 NIV
It was not the voice of the calling sea that turned us from our work, that day, on the net-mending lake; nor was it the whisper of a tantalising wind, luring us out to seek illusive shoals of harvest. But a call, which broke from human lips, yet, carried with it all the force of deity, struck upon the air and turned our heads, as the Spirit turned our hearts.
We forsook the hustling harbour and the sea, our lightened craft left tilting on the tide. Dad, still busy with his mending crew, preparing nets and gear, looked on in disbelief, as we, believing, went.
Now in the shadow of the master’s footsteps, now at his side; now, in endearment, ‘Boanerges’ named: tempestuous spirits becalmed in the sea of his countenance, in the joy and power of his evangel, in the marvel of words and works to which even devils yield.
Now apostles, duly wrought; moulded and shaped with others thusly called; forged together by the power of the Spirit in the presence of the Christ (the light of whose glory, we once, with Cephas, beheld,) to the glory of the Father.
Now made partakers in the Saviour’s mission: as foundations of faith,11 as leading heralds, sent to gather the lost in the safe, secure dragnet of his grace.
by Richard Dempsey
Cambrdgeshire, England - email@example.com
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