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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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Build on the Solid Rock

Cooper suggested a message on rain and houses.
Is the sun shinning bright on your life now, or are you weathering a storm?
Storms come and sometimes

from Sermon on the Mount
Mat 7: 24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

If you are waiting for your life to be in order before you come to Jesus, you are out of order. If you wait, you will never have that relationship.

Jesus is not put off by all the stuff that we think we have to take care of first, He wants to go through the storm with you.

October 31 at the DeVee home, Cooper at age 3 had croup, and it got worse than ever. He was struggling to breath. We tried the steam and fresh air, but it was not enough. Stephanie called 911 and the ambulance came. Barb and Jack stayed with Paige at home and I could tell we had parents and church members praying. I knew that God’s grace would see us through the storm.

Before your storm hits, you want to have your foundation built with confidence on the power and the loving grace of God.

A song, “Down” by Colton Dixon spells out our need and the grace we have in Jesus.
Call on Him, He is there and listening ready to rescue. (Ps. 34:17 [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Come to Jesus as you are.
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