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Questions Jesus Asked - Why Are You Afraid? (Mark 4:40)

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**Quick Note to our Listeners! Nicole is off for the next few weeks, so while she enjoys some much-needed time off, we hope you enjoy hearing from some of Nicole’s friends in our latest series, “Questions Jesus Asked.” This week, Erin Rose hops on the podcast to share her investigation into one of the most fascinating stories in the gospels – when Jesus calms the storm.

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Fear and anxiety are real things we deal with every day. Even though we know Jesus is with us, we still tend to be afraid. In this new series, we will be diving deep into questions Jesus asks throughout The Bible and what they mean for us today. In today’s episode guest host, Erin Rose, will be breaking down the first question “Why are you afraid?”

In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples find themselves in a windstorm amongst the sea. As fear grows amongst them, Jesus rebukes the wind, and says the sea, “peace be still.” The disciples are amazed as God’s power and reign go beyond what they can see or even imagine.

As a reminder, here are the three questions we ask each show:
1. What does the passage say?
2. What's the backstory, what's the context?
3. What does it mean? What are the principles of this passage?

Today's Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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Erin Rose is a real estate agent in Richmond, VA, who also serves as a pastor and worship leader. She’s part of Urban Doxology, a worship group dedicated to writing songs of reconciliation for the urban context. Listen in and discover their music at @urbandoxology.

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July 19, 2021
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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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