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God is Love

1 john 4
Bible written over the course of 1600 years
The longest longitudinal study on one subject in history
Carl Barf summed it up “Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so.
God summed it up in vs 8 and 16. “God is Love”
Is 9:6 often quoted about the character of God.
The simplest summary is right there in 1John 4:16 — “God is Love”

Some of us have much difficulty feeling that truth on a personal level.
John 3:16 — God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.
John 15:13 — No greater love than a man lay down his life…

God is the definition of tough love:
Jesus is the definition of tough love.
Carrying a 300 lb. cross beam, volunteering for 17” nail spikes in the wrist.
He paid the ultimate price, in obedience and with the hope and expectation that we would receive his offer.

For example: Mary Magdalene knew a life of trauma. In Luke 8 she was delivered of 7 demons.
John 20 Mary Magdalene was the first at the tomb and she found it empty. She was the first to see Jesus.
(She was not the prostitute mentioned near her story in the bible.)

Mary may have been a participant in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder before it was given a name.
(PTSD is a serious issue: more Vietnam vets have died from suicide than have died in action.)
We all have our demons, and key oppressive factors that we can not handle on our own.
Jesus Christ can bring the healing and restoration we need. God loves us, and God raised Him from the dead. Death has been defeated and the impossible became possible.
Romans 8:31 — If God is for us, who can be against us?
Do not be discouraged about your children, your spouse, a about illness, your finances. The God who is love is in the resurrection business.
2 Cor. 5:21 God made him who know no sin, to be sin so that I may be the righteousness of God.
Be the righteousness of God, not by your own merits but by the work of God’s begotten Son. He transferred His righteousness to me. That is the central fact of my life every day. My marriage, my kids, my career, my accomplishments may be wonderful, but they are not the central fact. Remember that we do not need to fear circumstances and difficult situations.

Bring honor to the name of Jesus.

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All Who Thirst, Come

John 4: 4-10
Jesus was recognized as the Kink of kings on the 10th day of the month of Passover.
Jesus went through Samaria and visited a town where there was Jacob’s well, and Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. She scoffed at the questions wondering how that he would ask her for a drink.
The Samaritans were despised for intermarrying with gentiles, and for refusing to recognize the temple in Jerusalem.
Jesus was thirsty at the well, but told her if she knew who she was talking to she would ask for living water.

What are you thirsting for in this dry and weary land?

If you are praying to God and you start with the phrase, “You have nothing…” recognize that the rest of that sentence will be wrong.

There are many things in this world that promise to meet your needs. Most will leave you just as thirsty. Fix your eyes on Jesus.
His well is filled with:
Hope. Peace, Wisdom, love, power, acceptance, strength, provision, direction, salvation, eternal life, courage, comfort, reward, joy, truth, miracles, freedom, satisfaction. The world can not bring these gifts for the long haul.

When Jesus was crucified, he poured out his blood and water, so that our thirst could be satisfied. As many as received him, he gave the rights to be called sons and daughters.

Rev. 7: 16-17
John saw into heaven and saw: never again will they hunger or thirst and the lamb will be their shepherd.
16Never again will they hunger,
and never will they thirst;
nor will the sun beat upon them,
nor any scorching heat.a
17For the Lamb in the center of the throne
will be their shepherd.b
He will lead them to fountains of living water,c
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’d”

John 4:
4Now He had to pass through Samaria. 5So He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Since Jacob’s well was there, Jesus, weary from His journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9“You are a Jew,” said the woman. “How can You ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11“Sir,” the woman replied, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where then will You get this living water? 12Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock?”
13Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. 14But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”
15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water so that I will not get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16Jesus told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17“I have no husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are correct to say that you have no husband. 18In fact, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. You have spoken truthfully.”
19“Sir,” the woman said, “I see that You are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21“Believe Me, woman,” Jesus replied, “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. 24God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
25The woman said, “I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
26Jesus answered, “I who speak to you am He.”
27Just then, His disciples returned and were astonished that He was speaking with a woman. But no one asked Him, “What do You want from her?” or “Why are You talking with her?”
28Then the woman left her water jar, went back into the town, and said to the people, 29“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30So they left the town and made their way toward Jesus.
31Meanwhile, the disciples urged Him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32But He told them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
—Berean Study Bible


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Church in the Wild

There is a story of a boy wanted to get a car, so he asked his dad.

Dad said he had prepared for this time in the boys life so he has a book for his son to read. After reading the book then they can talk about the boy having a car.

The son put off reading the book for months but still kept asking about getting a car. he was getting antsy about even though he had not followed his father's instructions.

Finally, after waiting all summer and pestering his dad again, the dad told his son to go get the book and open to the last page where it was written, "the keys are in my pocket and your car is in the neighbor’s garage.


Think of an elephant who gets trained to believe that a little stake in the ground can keep him restrained. The baby elephant is roped to a strong tree until it learns that escape is futile, then as an adult, the elephant assumes it still can not break away even when roped to a small stake.


We want to stop being tamed and become the church in the wild, living with all the power of God’s Holy Spirit.


When Churches make it acceptable for people to do NOTHING and call themselves Christ followers, that is when they begin do die.


1) A church in the wild chooses to see things others ignore.


Luke 10:25-35

The most important scriptures: Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Think of the story of the good samaritan who came upon a wounded victim of thieves. 


Where do we put our priorities, having money for retirement, or do we put our effort into eternal rewards?


The Samaritan saw the man in need  and took pity on him and bandaged him with his own clothes. He would know that he will never get those clothes back, and even more so, he gave his oil and wine and then paid the price for him to be restored. 

That sounds like the same thing Jesus did for us.

As followers of Christ, we need to see things that other religious people ignore.


We are relentless in pursuing things that we deem valuable.


2) A church in the Wild recognizes that God has put the power in the people.

Unlike that frustrating present I received as a child, when Jesus gives you new life, the batteries are included, and they are rechargeable.

Acts 1:8 — You will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you.

Romans 8:11 — …because of His Spirit who lives in you.

John 14:12 …anyone who believes in me… will do even greater works


3) The Samaritan took pity on the man


I have a dream that we will be a church that reaches out to the unwanted people and care for their needs.

Amy Carmichael was a woman in Ireland who wanted to be a missionary. She found an organization that would be willing to send her to India. She arrived with a  great fever, but she recovered and reached out to server the distressed children who were recruited as slaves in the temples.

She rescued over 1,000 children.


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Grace is Required

Grace is a fundamental requirement for life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Eph. 2: 8-10  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Grace is not inexpensive.
It appears only 37 times in the 39 books old testament.
It is mentioned 122 times in the new testament.
Every letter written by the apostle Paul opens with the phrase grace to you
Rom 1;7
1 Cor 1:3
2 Cor
Gal 1:3
Eph 1:2
Col 1:2

1 Thes
Titus 1:4
Philemon 1:25
1 & 2 Peter
2 John verse 3
Revelation 1:4
Rev. 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
John 1:17 The law given by Moses, Grace and truth were realized by Jesus Christ.

Stop trying to earn God’s grace, it is already yours. You are a child of God and you simply need to receive grace.
Why do many Christians struggle to receive grace? Realize that we are no more unworthy than Paul the Apostle, and yet the Lord met him on the road to Damascus and changed his life.
There is now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.

God looks on the heart and sees that the sins have been covered by the blood of Jesus

Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Rev. 3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

There is now law against the fruit of the spirit, but the fruit will not grow in you life until you submit to guidance by the Holy Spirit

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