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Luter examines storms of life

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)–Speaking from experience, both literally and figuratively, Fred Luter from Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans advised a seminary audience what they should do amid the storms of life.

Storms will come to everyone, regardless of station in life, profession or age.

“To be honest with you … my concern this morning is not that we have storms,” Luter said April 17 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. “My concern this morning is not that we have troubles and trials and tribulations in life…. But my concern, Southeastern, is what do we do when the storm comes. How do we deal as pastors, as preachers, as professors, as denominational workers, as students — how do we deal with tough times in life? …

“Many of us still do not know what to do when the storms of life are raging.”

Luter examined the effects the storms of life have on believers and gave examples from his own ministry since August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.

Luter, who lost his home in the flooding caused by the storm, has been preaching to members of his congregation in New Orleans who are meeting at a sister Baptist church and to members now situated in Houston, Texas. Eighty percent of the church members remain displaced following the catastrophe, and the flood-damaged church facility in New Orleans has not been rebuilt yet.

“I have discovered that when storms come our way, faith is the first area that the enemy works on,” Luter said.

Rough times often seem unexplainable, and believers’ first reaction is to rail out at God, Luter said, noting that it’s during those times when Christians have to obey God, let go of the branch they are hanging on to and just trust Him.

“Every now and then, for whatever the reason, God will allow you and I to get in a situation where He says, ‘Let go of the branch,'” Luter said. “Oh, my brothers and my sisters, faith is the first area that the enemy works on because if you don’t have faith, you’re in fear and fear is of the enemy.”

Luter voiced three words about Jesus Christ to the seminarians that he said they should never forget when the storms of life come: His promises, presence and power.

Reading from Mark 4:35-41, Luter said that Jesus, just like He did with the disciples in the boat before the storm, promises His followers that they are going to the other side.

Jesus stayed with the disciples, just as His presence remains with believers today.

And Jesus showed His power over the storm many years ago, Luter said, and He continues to do so today.

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