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Master the Middle

April 7, 2019 | Brad Kahler

Guest minister Brad Kahler preaches on what we can do when we’re in the “middle” of tough life circumstances. We often desire to start and end well, but don’t know how to get through the difficult middle. Using Mark 6:45-52, Brad teaches how changing our focus and embracing gratitude can invite Jesus to help us through those tough life situations.

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Sermon Notes

Master the Middle: Getting all God has for you in this season

Scripture reference:

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night[g] he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.


  • It’s easy to start well, and we know we should finish strong, but we don’t always know what to do with the middle.
  • You can’t cross the finish line until you master the middle.
  • When you are in the middle of a difficult season: Don’t focus on your lack of fruitfulness, focus on God’s faithfulness.
  • Two Keys:-Encounter


  • Replace your discouragement with an intentional awareness of the presence and goodness of God.