Receiving from Jesus is about faith and willingness. Asking for more than we need is just greed. In these two examples we see the grace of God in action, and the necessary desire to acknowledge Him for what he has done.
We are commissioned to go out to the ends of the earth to make disciples of all nations. How far are we going? How effective are we being? How well are we being received? For Jesus and the disciples Samaria offered a world away from home, right on their doorstep.
Never being thirsty again. The satisfaction of every questing soul. It really is true that Jesus is the answer to every question. Here an opening on His encounter with a Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob.
Jesus heads north to a place of abundant water, away from the plotting of the Jewish establishment. John the Baptist shows a humility unheard of in the modern church.
It is a privilege to preach the gospel. It is a privilege to preach on these verses. It is a privilege to walk and know our merciful and loving Father in Heaven. Wherever you are, whatever you do, consider this simple truth. You walk with God or against Him, how is it working out for you?
The second chapter of this gospel opened and explored, noting how Jesus presents Himself to three different categories of people. The simple folk he came to save, the Jewish religious leadership and the hungry wolves of Jerusalem.
The building of the first church required the calling of a group of men from a variety of different backgrounds, including one that would become the betrayer of all mankind. Dealt with in greater detail in the other Gospels, nevertheless the order and calling of the disciples here gives profound insight into the way of Jesus, the Son of God.
The herald of a coming king, an itinerant preacher with a successful wilderness ministry, the cousin of Jesus, first to recognise him as a child still in the womb. The noise that always proceeds a move of God in this case, and fittingly, was a walking and talking one.
Moved to preach from the Gospel of John. Not moved to check the camera's available memory, so this is an abridged retake of the original's message, now lost to antiquity and the snippets heard by various passers by. All praise, glory and honour to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.
A follow on from the previous week's declaration that the Book Of Revelation's letters to the seven churches refer to seven apostate churches born out of the social and cultural upheaval of post industrial, and post printing press, ages.
Michael Robert Jackson was baptised in the name of Jesus in 2012, after a forty year walk in the wilderness, ten years after he first came to Christ. He is the least of God's children.