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The Gift of Water and New Creation

Scripture Reading | Revelation 22:17 17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who is thirsty come! Let the one who wishes receive life-giving water as a gift.” [1] Reflections The first words of the Bible give us a vivid image. “It was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters.”[2] These words in Genesis or Israel’s story. A people in captivity drew hope from the idea that in the midst of the chaos (formless and empty) God’s Spirit was at......

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Washed with Pure Water!

Scripture Reading | Romans 6:1-4 6 So what are we going to say? Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply? 2 Absolutely not! All of us died to sin. How can we still live in it? 3 Or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore, we were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life. 5 If we were united together......

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Good Water and Bad Water

Scripture Reading | Proverbs 25:25-26 25 Good news from a distant landis like cold water for a weary person.26 A righteous person giving in to the wickedis like a contaminated springor a polluted fountain. [1] Reflections Sometimes the Bible is intensely practical. This is especially the case in the Proverbs. These verses give a wide range of general guidelines for living in the way of wisdom. These two verses seem like an odd pairing. That is, they don’t seem particularly connected apart from the use of the imagery of water. But I believe the collector......

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Shame and Living Water ... I Need You Now

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-30 Click here to read the story of Jesus and the woman at the well.  Reflections This is a story that has always gripped me. I think I see something different every time I read it. Jesus’ persistent compassion toward this Samaritan woman defies the conventional religious practices of the day. He’s breaking the rules. He’s choosing relationship over regulations. As I noted on Sunday, this woman had many strikes against her in the eyes of good Jews of the day. As a woman, she would have generally been perceived......

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Pour It Out

Scripture: Isaiah 44:3-4 3 I will pour out water upon thirsty ground and streams upon dry land. I will pour out my spirit upon your descendants and my blessing upon your offspring.  4 They will spring up from among the reeds like willows by flowing streams.   Common English Bible (Nashville, TN: Common English Bible, 2011), Is 44:3–4. Reflections: Several years ago I decided to take on running the Sugar Land Turkey Trot, a five mile race on Thanksgiving Day. There was only one problem. I had trained for the event with the understanding that it was a 5 kilometer race, not a......

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