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God is our Life

October 24th, 2014
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 Turn! Turn! Turn! Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 To view please click here.

 Part 1 Lesson from Ecclesiastes – Come to the well

 I hope all the baby boomers had a nostalgic trip with Turn , Turn, Turn.

 As we said the first the book of Ecclesiastes was read during the abundance of the Feast of Tabernacles to remind Israel of the fragility of life apart from God.

 I am sure we all have read it at different times in our life. We keep looking for something to fill our lives. It is a smart person who learns young many of the lessons from Ecclesiastes.

 John Halford  revisited the book in his seventies.

 To watch Changing Seasons please click here.

This was before John faced cancer of the oesophagus and died this last week.. Catastrophic loss is always a shock.We just don’t know the timing of our lives. So we need to appreciate what we can do today.

 But fundamental to the book is that of ourselves we just run out of steam. We are basically here today and gone tomorrow. And the world will continue to turn turn without us.

 So we must look to the one who is always present in all the cycles of every generation. And will never leave nor foresake us. Nothing creation can separate us from his love for us. Thus everything we are is in him.

 The good news is that no matter how different each generation may experience life, God is working his purpose out.

 And the really good news was given to the woman at the well:

John 4 :1-26

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

To watch Come to the Well by Casting Crowns please click here.

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Vicarious Humanity of Christ(15)

May 9th, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Galatians 6:12-18

12As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. (KJV)

Paul finishes up his epistle after warming about people who like to compel people to be circumcised to avoid persecution from the Jews and to boast over their control over others.:

14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

There is so much in that one statement. Basically all the past has died. We begin anew in Christ.

15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Paul’s not interested in religious arguments. Most of these are negotiable: Jews can remain Jews, Gentiles don’t have to become Jews. It doesn’t matter, it is not an issue. He is happy either way. What really matters is that we belong to a new creation. We are a new creation in Christ. And people from all sorts of backgrounds can be part of this.

16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

His whole life was identified with the vicarious humanity of Christ, to the point of sharing his sufferings. So just let the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Focus on your union with Christ.

Let the truth of I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me sink in.

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Vicarious Humanity of Christ(14)

May 8th, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Galatians 5:1, 13-16

1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (KJV)

Grace declares that we are the children of God. Grace is not license to sin. We are the children of God. It is a high calling. It is to live in God’s life.

14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

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