Jesus Goes Fishin'
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of
Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word
of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen
had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into
one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to
put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught
the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a
Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all
night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will
let down the nets."
When they had done this, they caught so many fish
that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their
partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came
and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus'
knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful
For he and all who were with him were amazed at
the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James
and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid;
from now on you will be catching people." When they had brought
their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Hook, Line and Sinker
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Fishing is tranquil, peaceful and relaxing, if done
for sport. It is very hard, rugged and frustrating, if done for
a living - unless, of course, you have God on your side.
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