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John 4:10-14 Spiritual Thirst


Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” [NRSV]

Give me a drink:

Give us this day our daily bread. Our bodies need water each day. The proper amount to remain hydrated is varried, but if the general consensus is that our bodies are 50%-70% based on many factors.

Water serves multiple purposes:

  • Water is the primary building block of cells.
  • It acts as an insulator, regulating internal body temperature. This is partly because water has a high specific heat, plus the body uses perspiration and respiration to regulate temperature.
  • Water is needed to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates used as food. It is the primary component of saliva, used to digest carbohydrates and aid in swallowing food.
  • The compound lubricates joints.
  • Water insulates the brain, spinal cord, organs, and fetus. It acts as a shock absorber.
  • Water is used to flush waste and toxins from the body via urine. ref

I have no bucket

Jesus knows that this woman has no bucket, because of the time of day and the lack of others at the well.

Well of Jacob – promised land: Spiritual water – a promise of eternal home.

Gushing up to eternal lifestyle not still water waiting in a well, but living water moving toward us.

What does it mean to spiritually thirst?

Spiritual thirst is the underlying motive that people have to seek after God, to start and continue their search for God.

It could be guilt over sin, it could be a longing for honest community, it could be guidance and direction, among some ideas.

It could be a stark realization that the person has made a giant mess of their life. Driven hard, past empty and now stuck.

Quenching our Spiritual Thirst

  • Living Water is the Building Block of our spiritual self
  • Living Water protects and insulates us in times of temptation and testing.
  • Living Water helps us digest, understand and apply scripture.
  • Living Water lubricates when we get stuck, dry, worn out, afraid.
  • Living Water flushes sin out of our systems and spirits.
  • Living Water is bottled, distributed and provided by God as a living presence in our lives.

So What?

  • Drink Up! Don’t be spiritually dehydrated
  • Look To Jesus and the church for the Bucket!
  • God desires to reach out to our spirit and make us whole.
  • If you find someone needing access to the well, lead them to Living Water.

 

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JOY: Day 1 of 3 “Justification” Romans 5.1-11

Justification

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while, we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. [NRSV]

Just Only John

As a child, one of the books my parents gave me was a juvenile work, a story about a little boy named John. The boy dreams of all the other things he might want to be, except for being himself. He choices to be someone other than himself left him alone, afraid, and uncertain anything but joyful when he had the choice to be himself again he chose to be Just only John, (the title the book.)

Our Look at Joy

This week I offer you a perspective on

  • our Source of Joy,
  • Obstacles of Joy and
  • Yourself as a Joyful person

Ask your neighbor: Do you see Joy in me tonight?

🎼  I’ve got the Joy, Joy! Joy, Joy, down in my heart, where? Down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart, I’ve got the Joy, Joy! Joy, Joy, Down in my heart, to stay.

Lost Down in my Heart…

The truth is that we are not always joy-filled people. Sometimes we live without the power of Joy.

Just because we don’t find the Joy doesn’t mean it is not there, or here

The camp/ VBS song we sing is sometimes the truest picture that Joy is so deep down that we lose grasp of it

Joy comes in the morning

Psalm 30.5 For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning.For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning.[RSV]

Joy is something to seek to find, wait to receive, anticipate until it is enjoyed, AND shared until Christ returns.

Will the Real Joy Stand Up

Joy comes from God through Justification.

Justification is a good Methodist Work describing what Jesus has done for us through work of grace in the cross and power of the resurrection.

Jesus makes it right.. from the song/hymn, “Have a little talk with Jesus

Eternal Joy is made By God, Through Jesus and shared by the Holy Spirit.

We might not use Justification as a theological term that often,

But we are fully away of how to justify our actions and in-actions in the world.

Problem with just only John

The problem of the lesson I learn about the childhood book I mentioned earlier is that most of the time I attempt to find joy, peace and meaning from my choices. my justifying thug d brings temporary joy

  • I will be joyful when I finish school
  • I will be joyful when I get a house
  • I will be joyful when I get a job
  • I will be joyful when I marry
  • I will be joyful when I retire
  • I will be joyful when I win the lottery

The implication is that I will not have joy until these come to pass, and if they don’t I don’t know where my joy comes from?

 

Finding the Joy.

We live in a stressful, frustrating world filled with division, fighting, and fear.

How we wish the people of ISIS would find the joy of Jesus Christ.

How we wish the people fighting over radical histories would find our joy

How we wish people in our own community would find joy even in poverty and uncertainty

How we wish we could find joy when we feel lost in grief and fear.

Sometimes we have to Swim further our and dive deeper

If joy is deep in my heart, I’ve got to go deep to get it

Jumping into the deep end of joy.

Where do we Go to find Joy?

Challenge you to find someone, in the next two days, who does not have a church home and ask them, “What would it take for you to come visit my church tomorrow night?”

  • Would it take buying groceries or putting gas in their tank?
  • Would you have to keep their kids or mow their lawn?
  • Would it take driving them a doctor’s visit?
  • You would do it for the least of these gathered here tonight, why not try it on someone else who needs a home? (Come Back to the challenge)

Jumping into our world view. How does to the world see us? Do we have the right clothes, car, hair style, jewelry, the right bumper stickers or yard signs

  • If my joy is based on money and I don’t have money, then I have no joy
  • If my joy is based on toys and I don’t have the latest toy, I have no joy
  • If my joy is based on what others think or perceive from me, and they don’t like or approve of me, then I have no joy.
  • What if my joy is founded in the one who loves me, I will always have joy
  • What if my joy is grounded in the one who made me, I can always find joy
  • What if my joy is rooting in the one who sees my brokenness and sin and still claims me as their own, Joy is always an option.

 

Tomorrow we will celebrate some JOY because you will bring the joy in the process of opening your hearts and share the search for Joy with others.

We will talk about the obstacles to JOY tomorrow.

Tonight we pray for those persons who need the JOY we know in Christ.

Tonight we pray for the JOY that will be revealed in the morning.

Tonight we celebrate that Jesus has planted JOY by Justification, but making right our broken hearts and lives.

Look at your neighbor: Tell them I want to see the JOY living in you.

Tell them: I’ve Got the JOY of Jesus Christ in my, let me tell all about it.

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Mark 6.7-11 “What Cha’ Pack’n?” 20150705 RSUMC

Packing And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the  Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff–no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them. [NRSV]

Be Prepared

As you set off on a trip from your home base to go to camp, vacation, hike the AT, or journey around the world in a solar powered air plane, you cannot take everything with you. But you take what you need for the trip.

The members of our family appear to have different definition of what is “needed” for a trip. Yet, no matter how light I might back, my suitcase ends up being the heaviest. Either there is extra room in my back that someone else has claimed with their over-flow. Or, I am packing more than I think I need but just the right amount of what I’m suppose to need. The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” In reality the motto is “be prepared to McGiver-it.”

The text from Mark’s gospel in today’s reading is about faith. Mark’s question for us is: “Is the heat your packing, faith in Jesus Christ?”

Jesus’s Carry Permit

If you emptied the contents of your pockets, purse and/or wallet onto a table and examined what you carry, what would the contents say about you?

Jesus had disciples traveling from community to community watching Jesus, but they had not made the jump to a ‘sent’ ministry. They watch Jesus’s ministry unfold, but didn’t connect Jesus with their own personal ministry. So the first question is: What is Jesus calling, sending, empowering and equipping me to do?

Carry the Holy Spirit.

 Carried by the Holy Spirit

There are times when the church’s ministry is very clear to both the world and members of the church. Many folks are unclear about what our ministry is these days. As we have all experienced in the couple of weeks the church and Jesus’ disciples have been under attack from all sides.

I talked with a man this week that summed up a conversation that I have had with many people in the past year: I don’t mind feeding the poor and helping the homeless get a job, but I don’t want to support a church. When this is the message the world and the church tells us, we have lost our identity, AND we have lost our faith.

When we loose our way and our power to change we get stuck keeping alive what has been alive and we create NO new life. This is not a time to maintain our weight, this is a time shift the focus from weight to the depth of heart. We are not called to keep the church alive, we are alive to keep the world connected with God.

Stay where you are welcomed

Take God’s work, with God’s power and stop where you are welcomed

The Use of Force

Leave When you are not welcomed

The instruction is not to find the lowest common denominator

The instruction is not to compromise so they will like you.

With boldness, anoint in the name of Jesus and if folks don’t want the free gifts of power, love and grace, then leave.

You can’t force faith, you can’t make someone love. You can’t force trust and it be genuine.

The 12 were not called to compromise the faith, but to share it boldly.

A Trail of Evidence

Leave some powder at the driveway, Make certain folks know God has been in their presence.

Leave evidence that might be listened to in the future, not quite the right time..

Buckshot

Jesus sends the 12 empowered by the charge of the holy spirit to reach the communities and where their are welcomed people were set free from the grip of evil, fear and the unknown. And, people were anointed and healed from their sickness.

 

SO WHAT?

Leave your baggage behind, allow God’s spirit to fill you, and be sent into the community to free those in the grip of fear and evil and heal the bodies and relationships where you are welcomed. Time is precious, do not linger to force when there are those who will welcome and receive.

 

 

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MySundaySermons: 2013 in review on WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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