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June 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Offense of the Gospel Of Christ

                                                                                                                   

1 Peter 2:6-8  For this is contained in Scripture: "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed."  7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, "The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone," and, "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

Jesus did not come to make our world better or to make us comfortable. Jesus came as our God and Savior. He was a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.

Our culture is not to set our religious conventions and precepts, the Bible and Holy Spirit is to do that. The Bible is ultimate authority revealing truth.

We believe in freedom of religion and we are not to try to force others to conform to our beliefs; yet, we are to speak truth from Holy Scripture. At Mars Hill Paul didn’t persecute those who believed differently or become like them, but he spoke truth to them saying let me tell you about your unknown God whom you ignorantly worship. Being ignorant of or ignoring Gods truth does not make it go away. The Bible is for every individual even if every individual doesn’t accept it. It is not our job to force Christian beliefs on others. Paul taught if anyone wants to be ignorant, let him be ignorant. (Willful ignorance)

Why are people so tough concerning bad language, gossip, filthy communication and lifestyle but when it comes to Christian principles they are offended?

The Causes of Offense:

  • No Root in themselves                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mark 4:15-17  "And these are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them.  16 "And in a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;  17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
  • People were offended because Jesus did not come according to their preconceived ideals. They expected something else. They expected the Messiah to come as a king rather than from a common family and growing up as a child.                                                                                            Mark 6:1-3  NAS And He went out from there, and He came into His home town; and His disciples followed Him.  2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?  3 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?" And they took offense at Him.
  • People were offended because of persecution and suffering.  Concerning Christ arrest and crucifixion.                                                                    Mark 14:27-30  And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, because it is written, 'I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.'  28 "But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."  29 But Peter said to Him, "Even though all may fall away, yet I will not."  30 And Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you, that you yourself this very night, before a cock crows twice, shall three times deny Me."   Peter was afraid, also spiritual darkness.                                                                                                                                                                                            Luke 7:20-23 And when the men had come to Him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, 'Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?'" (John was offended, couldn’t understand why) (Believe truth, not just your feelings.) 21 At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He granted sight to many who were blind.  22 And He answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them.  23 "And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me."             John 16:1-2  NAS John 16:1 "These things I have spoken to you, that you may be kept from stumbling.  2 "They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.                                                                       Matthew 24:9-10  "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.  10 "And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another.

When God doesn’t do what we think he should, will we still follow him? Being offended is difficult and painful. Why not determine not to be offended at God, He is always right.

God confronts with truth. His light shines into the dark imagination and deeds of their hearts. When people are offended they look for faults in others and excuses not to believe and obey God.

Let Jesus point out your own issues.  Scribes and Pharisees/Religious leaders in Jerusalem were offended because of the truth that pricked/convicted their hearts. Jesus words cut through their religious rituals to show their heart of pretense was not in relationship with God but they had only a form of godliness.                                                                                                                                                                                          Matthew 15:1-12 Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying,  2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."  3 And He answered and said to them, "And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?  4 "For God said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'  5 "But you say, 'Whoever shall say to his father or mother, "Anything of mine you might have been helped by has been given to God,"  6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And thus you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.  7 "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,  8 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.  9 'But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'"  10 And after He called the multitude to Him, He said to them, "Hear, and understand.  11 "Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."  12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?"

Remedies to stay free from offense:

  • Realize and remember that hard times come to everyone, including righteous people. Remember John the Baptist whom Jesus said of, there is none greater….He lived a sacrificial committed life to God.
  • Realize and remember that God has plans which we do not know about; He promises to work “all things” together for our good.      
  • Everyone suffers sometime. Are you suffering? There is no trial that is uncommon to man.
  • Stay free from offense. Jesus said, people will hurt /kill you and think they are Godly and right!
  • To stay free from offense! Trust God even when you hurt.
  • Expect and prepare for difficulty.
  • Don’t become or stay offended at God.
  • Jesus has sent the comforter to us.
  • Remember that you are not alone; Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit/Helper to comfort you.
  • God has sent the Holy Spirit to speak to us and reveal God and his will to us as well as the future things.
  • Keep your life conformed to God’s Word/Bible.

 John 16:1-15  NAS "These things I have spoken to you, that you may be kept from stumbling2 "They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God3 "And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me.  4 "But these things I have spoken to you, that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  5 "But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?'  6 "But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.  8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;  9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;  10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me;  11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.  12 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.  14 "He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.  15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.

One God, One sure word/faith. God’s Word is our standard.  People who reject the Bible; are rejecting God.

 Determine to live a surrendered life to the Lordship of Christ; you cannot live in true freedom if the flesh dominates over the Holy Spirit.      

A. Remember Christ’s example when facing the cross. He was surrendered to the will of his Father.    (We are not better than Christ! He suffered; we will suffer also.)

B. Remember, even your closest of friends and family will at times let you down; their flesh was weak as humans even though they were willing and wanted to do better. Even Jesus apostles let Him down at a critical time when He really needed them.Matthew 26:39-42   And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt."  40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?  41 "Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."  42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done."

What do you do when your closest friends, yes even family let you down? Hold to Gods unchanging hand and recognize like Jesus did of his disciples, “the spirit is willing but flesh is weak.”

Keep your heart free from small roots/things. Do not allow a root of bitterness to spring up and defile you.Respect discipline and the giver of the discipline.

Stay free from offense.Hebrews 12:9-15  Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.  11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.  12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,  13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.  14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.  15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it may be defiled.

C. Do allow God to discipline you and remember discipline received will bring good fruit and righteousness.

D. Strengthen your areas of weakness.

E. Make “straight paths/right plans/decision for godly living so you will be healed. 

F. Seek and pursue peace with all people. Don’t be a drama queen or hell raiser. 

G. Live a sanctified/holy life. Quit indulging in things that defile your spirit or body.

Gain your understanding of God’s Word grow every day through Bible Study and mediation with prayer and careful listening to the Holy Spirit who teaches you. As you study, ask Holy Spirit to comfort, guide and teach you so that your life is continually conformed to his pleasure.

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May 27, 2016, 2:51 PM

Is All Sin Equal?

From time to time we hear some say, "all sin is equal." Perhaps that is intended to say God is against all sin. Perhaps the statement is to imply that all have sinned and come short of God's perfection. Yes, God is against all sin and we have all sinned against God. However, to say all sin is equal, one has to ignore the Holy Scriptures that are quite clear on the matter. Make no mistake, one may fail to feed a poor person standing on the street corner or fail to do something that we should do and that is sin to us. Yet, to say sin is equal to rape, murder, abortion, etc. is going farther than the Scripture. This berief mention on the subject is not intended to stir up an argument or to belittle anyone who has made such a statement. I, myself have repeted the same thing becuase I too have heard, all sins are equal. I have found from Scripture, that statement simply is not Biblical. Please read the Scriptures below and take note. Yes, it is important what we believe and what we say.

Matthew 11:20-24  Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn't repented of their sins and turned to God.  21 "What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.  22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.  23 "And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today.  24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you."

Luke 12:46-48  The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.  47 "And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn't prepared and doesn't carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.  48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

John 19:9-11  He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave no answer.  10 "Why don't you talk to me?" Pilate demanded. "Don't you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?"  11 Then Jesus said, "You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin."

2 Peter 2:15-22   They have wandered off the right road and followed the footsteps of Balaam son of Beor, who loved to earn money by doing wrong.  16 But Balaam was stopped from his mad course when his donkey rebuked him with a human voice.  17 These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness.  18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception.  19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.  21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.  22 They prove the truth of this proverb: "A dog returns to its vomit." And another says, "A washed pig returns to the mud."




March 21, 2016, 12:18 PM

When political correctness contradicts biblical correctness we need to make a right choice!

 

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10 NAS).

 

(Acts 14:8-23)   And at Lystra there was sitting a certain man, without strength in his feet, lame from his mother's womb, who had never walked.  9 This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze upon him, and had seen that he had faith to be made well,  10 said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And he leaped up and began to walk.  11 And when the multitudes saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have become like men and have come down to us."  12 And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.  13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.  14 But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying, "Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you in order that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them.  16 "And in the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;  17 and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness."  18 And even saying these things, they with difficulty restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.  19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.  20 But while the disciples stood around him, he arose and entered the city. And the next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.  21 And after they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,  22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."  23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

A man was born lame who had never walked. Paul observed that the man believed and could be healed. When Paul commanded the lame man to rise and walk, the man jumped to his feet and glorified God. The crowd of people assumed Paul and Barnabas were “gods.” They proceeded to bring bulls with ornaments around their necks to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas.

These people had missed the point because they were simply looking for another “god/religion” to add to their list of beliefs. Paul quickly let them know that he and Barnabas was not the object of worship; they were simply humans just like the rest of them. They refused their worship and called all the attention to the One who alone can give life and hope to humankind.

Neither Paul nor Barnabas was the deliver; they simply represented the One who was the deliver. The One God who created the universe would not give his glory to another. Paul and Barnabas refused to take God’s glory to themselves. They quickly set the record straight because they were not looking for human applause bur rather the favor of God who alone lifts up and brings down. Neither were they trying to gain a crowd and be politically correct.  

They refused to allow the applause of man to be their ladder to success! They spoke the truth, even though it was unthinkable to those who sought to make them among their gods.

They spoke the Gospel which is the good news of Jesus salvation. Paul and Barnabas were not message, they were simply the messengers. The messenger’s message is giving the good news so that people will believe and know the Only One who can save and deliver them.

Paul and Barnabas said, “Turn away from these worthless gods of yours and serve the true and living God. Their message was a big insult to these idol worshippers. (Don’t allow the world to dictate your priorities!) After all, are not all religions to be embraced and respected? NO! Do not all paths lead to God? NO! As long as I believe in something and I am sincere can I go to heaven? NO, belief in something or someone is not enough!  Knowing and applying the truth of God brings people to freedom and prepares them for God and heaven. Jesus is the Way, Truth and the Life! Believing, accepting and following the good news of Jesus Christ makes a person acceptable to God.

Paul wanted them to know; there is NO salvation in any other name! God’s only plan of salvation is faith in and through the name of Jesus!

The good news is truth revealed through Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of the living God. A sincere belief in any other person or thing, no matter how great is only a false hope! Faith in the false produces deception and strongholds in the spirit realm. Faith in the true God and his Son leads to life and peace. No Jesus, no peace! No faith in Jesus, no way to God.

Paul and Barnabas were upset and they should have been. It is high time that God’s church be spiritually upset when we see people being carried away with “religion that produces no relationship with the one and only True God!

The truth is this; we are called to share the light of Jesus Christ so that men and women, boys and girls can be set free. We are not the object of Worship! We are simply his ambassadors.

Truth tellers show that only Jesus Christ is the One who saves. We have testimony and proof of God’s existence; the Scripture that works to bring light and direction to shattered lives, the healing of broken bodies, the deliverance of people who are bound by addictions and strongholds as well as the proof in the heavenliest and in the earth realm that there is One true God.

Both Paul and Barnabas taught that God no longer excuses and winks at such ignorance but commands all men everywhere to repent through Jesus Christ! The apostles suffered for the message of truth and so will we. We are not called to be popular with the God haters of the world. We have nothing in common with the God haters. We are born again from the Spirit who gives life and light. The God haters are of their father the devil. They love to indulge in the things of the world and the lust of the flesh and the eye and pride of life.

Paul was stoned and was thought to be dead but the disciples prayed to God and Paul arose and went back to the city of Lystra teaching and preaching the truth of the gospel. Praise God, Paul refused to be deterred from preaching if the Gospel because it is the power of God to them who believe. Because of their message the Disciples of Christ were encouraged and strengthened in the faith.

The precious truth of Jesus death, burial and resurrection is the truth that saves those who believe and follow Him. There is no salvation in any other name!  Paul and Barnabas refused to allow their messaged to be altered by their ego or tainted by selfish and political correctness. Their focus was to please God not people.

Now God commands all people to repent. Yes, that includes me and you! When the people are more concerned with political correctness rather than the truth, the truth tellers will suffer. The apostles suffered for the truth and so will we.

After being stoned and healed by the God whom Paul preached, Paul went back to the city of Lystra and continued teaching and preaching the truth of the Gospel. Why? Because the precious truth that Jesus saves is worth our blood, sweat and tears! It is that very truth that we are willing to defend with our very lives.

Jesus saves and there is no salvation in any other. We are not here seeking to applause of people because we, like the apostles spend time with God and our relationship with God is so satisfying that we do not have to  have the applause of men. We, like the apostles, confess; we are not the message, we simply represent the message and the God/man Jesus Christ!

We are not seeking the favor of men but rather of God who justifies those who the ungodly. “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness (Romans 4:5 NAS).

We will not be silent! We like Paul and Barnabas have and continue to share the good news, the most important message in the world, Jesus saves and there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 NAS).

 

 




February 3, 2016, 2:58 PM

Some observations when reading 1 Chronicles 22

King David saw that the ark of the Lord had been housed in tents for many years. He thought it was not right that the Lord's Holy Ark would be housed in a mere tent when he himself dwelt in a beautiful house.

Out of respect and love for God, David decided to build a great temple for the Lord God. When he told the prophet Nathan what he wanted to do, Nathan told him go ahead and do what is in his heart however the Lord spoke to Nathan and instructed him; David shall not build me a house because he is a man who has shed much blood. His son Solomon is a peaceful man and he shall build a temple for me.

Even though David was a man after God's own heart, even though David was the greatest king in Israel, even though David had a great relationship with God, even though David had done what he was supposed to do in war, God said David was disqualified because he had shed much blood.

Imagine the prophet Nathan having to go back and tell David, no, you shall not build God's temple; instead your son Solomon will build God's temple. Imagine what David probably felt. Sometimes we have to get our feelings out of the way and let the truth of God enter our heart. One cannot stay offended at God and be at peace.

David certainly was organized and skilled enough to gather the man power to build the temple. The issue was not about skills and intellect. God chooses his own man to do what He wants him to do. God chooses the individuals He wants to serve in different offices and positions. One may be disqualified from doing a certain thing and yet God still uses him or her in another area. It is not a matter of one person being better than another. One cannot read the Holy Scripture and assume that Solomon was greater than David; it is about the Lord's choosing.

David did not believe he was less than any other because God said he could not build the temple; neither should any person believe someone is inferior if God does not choose or allow him to do something or fill some office or position. David did what he could to assist his son Solomon in building the temple. David gave Solomon the design, gathered and prepared many temple materials before he died. David did not consider it so important that he build the temple; rather David considered it important that the temple would be built. Therefore David prepared with all his might to help Solomon by gathering and preparing materials for building the temple.

Whatever God has given us to do; we should do it with all our ability. Perhaps you feel disqualified to do certain things in the kingdom of God; then do what you are qualified and called to do. It may be assisting someone else as David did. We all work together and God, not man gets all the glory.

Written by Pastor Loraine Taylor 2-1-16

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January 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thoughts from John 4

    Written by Pastor Loraine  R. Taylor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

She turned her head to the left and caught a glimpse of him in the shadows. He had grown tired and was sitting alone near the well. She had hoped no one would be there where she had come to draw water.

Not what she had expected, she had seen and been with many men but this man was different. As beautiful as she was, she could tell he was not attracted to her because of her beauty. She felt no need to try to impress him. It was as though he could see straight through her. How can anyone feel so comfortable and yet so uncomfortable at the same time? She could not understand what she felt but there was a need to hear what He had to say. It was as though she had an unprecedented opportunity of importance and she must take advantage of this moment.

The water pots were empty and the well was full but her soul was thirsty for more than a drink from this ordinary well. He had a way of helping her drift into deep conversation with him. If someone else had went where he had gone she would have told them off in a hurry. She had learned to hold her own and had on more than one occasion spoke her mind to those who spoke ill to her.

But not this man, he was different. He had no condemnation, nor did he have words of commendation. He just led her down a path of her past and her present that confronted and exposed her soul hunger.

She asked, are you the one, are you the Messiah? I know the Messiah is coming. Jesus answered her," I and he." Filled with jubilation at the thought of the long awaited and sought after Messiah, she left her water pots and ran to the city. There she met one after another who had fallen through the cracks of the religious system. Not much appreciation in the Jewish camp's for Samaritans. They had made it a practice to avoid each other lest they be filled and behave with contempt.

"Come see a man who has told me all things that I have ever done." What wasn't said but was expressed, is that mercy, love and acceptance prevailed. She felt was no prejudice, no arrogance and no pretense when He spoke. How refreshed she felt! He knew it all; all of her past, all of her losses, all of her failures, all of her fears, all of her dreams, everything; He knew it all yet He still loved her.

He had no stones to throw, although He could have been justified, for she had been an unholy woman as far as her morality. He had no words to pierce her already vulnerable heart. Yet, He spoke truth concerning her wayward living. He even told her," The man you are living with now is not your husband." From him those words were different. Funny how one can speak the same thing and produce guilt, hopelessness and fear, while another speaking the same words produces hope, repentance and excitement for the change.

She would tell you, she did not have it all figured out. However she knew she was in hot pursuit for someone who was right, someone who was good for her, someone who was not a taker, but a giver. She would not keep quiet about such a wonderful man and the good news He shared with her. Others would accept it or reject it but they had to be told. She left her water-pot there at the well. It’s amazing how unimportant some things are when you find what is the most important. She ran to the city and told the ones she met.

Many left the city and followed her back to hear the one of whom she had spoken. Many believed in Him not just because of her testimony but because they too had heard and experienced real love and real life for themselves. They too, would be about the business of telling everyone Jesus is the Messiah of God.

What about you? Have you seen the Messiah? Have you heard his love story ? Here it is...Romans 5:6-10 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,  namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


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