Living Waters

"If you knew the gift of God, you would ask of Him, and He would give you living waters." John 4:1

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p1000232One of the best concepts we espouse in the United States is the idea of self government. At election time, it’s good to take this idea as far as possibleand remember that we all do govern ourselves—our individual thoughts and actions. No one can actually force you to do or think anything. Yes, you can choose to abdicate self-government. Yes, they can make something look so attractive that you think you can’t resist. Yes, someone can hold a gun to your head and give you strong incentive to do as they please. But, in fact, you are still in the driver’s seat in your own thoughts and responses.

Just remembering this puts other people’s actions and words in a new light. It keeps us from feeling victimized by circumstances or election outcomes because we know we can always govern our response to them.

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Modern life is full of distractions that pull us away from the concentrated prayer that heals. Such distractions have always been around, though. Jesus recognized and warned that “the cares and riches and pleasures of this world” might keep us from bringing prayerful fruit to perfection in our lives. The Bible gives lots of advice about how to keep to our tasks, “looking neither to the left nor to the right” when we are on the road toward something good and worthy.

How can we apply these principles to our prayers in the twenty first century?

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light shining in darkness

light shining in darkness

The heavy subject of atonement is nothing to make light of. But reconciling to the Being of Light  requires nothing less.

The word “atonement” means reparation for a wrong or injury. It derives from a word that denotes “unity” or “reconciliation,” especially between God and man. Its earliest form came from a now obsolete verb “to one” which meant to unite. Atonement was the combination of the word parts of at+ one + -ment.

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McKenzie River

The beautiful McKenzie river originates in Clear Lake in the Cascade mountains. It flows out of the lake big as life, and tumbles down the mountain over rocks and around curves, following the path of least resistance. Occasionally it goes into free fall over cliffs in a spectacular display of beauty and power. Once, it even goes underground for a few miles, only to reemerge in a pool of crystal clear, startlingly blue water.

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