NOW FOR THE ANSWERS

Last time, we took at look at God’s TRUTH.  I hope that message got you thinking and looking for God’s truths … our guide to the WAY we should go and to the LIFE we should live.

So many of us and so many times, we take LIFE for granted.  But when life is threatened it will sends shock waves of fear into the heart, if not the very souls of men. Yet this most valuable gift called LIFE, which God chose to clothed us in, is as fragile as earthen jars of clay and we must never take it for granted.

2 Corinthians 4:7

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.  

As fragile as life is, I thank God that LIFE is in strong hands, His hands.  We are to be a witness to this world that God is the giver of LIFE and LIFE ETERNAL.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS

When God created all life He created it out of one purpose, LOVE.  It was out of His great love that He made man.  He provided everything that mankind would need to sustain his life. However, His creation was not created so that the bond between mankind and his creator could ever be separated. Yet by the choice of one man’s free will to sin by disobeying, God broke that bond and left a hole in all mankind. And thus we come to the meaning of LIFE.

JESUS AND A SMARITAN WOMAN

JOHN 4:1-26

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—  although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.  So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

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Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

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

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.)

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Jul 6, 2015 - Hearing From God    9 Comments

I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

There are three questions that circle our minds everyday whether we realize it or not. What is truth?  Which way should I go? What is the meaning of life? We are faced with decisions imageall the time. It would be merely impossible to count just one day’s worth of decisions we face and make.  I guess from a worldly perspective, one man’s truth can be another man’s lie.  So how does one get to the truth?  A governor named Pilate once asked Jesus, “Are you a king?”

John 18:33-38

Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.  Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime.  Shortly after Pilate had this conversation with Jesus, Pilate released a harden criminal named Barabas instead of Jesus, in following with a Jewish custom that allowed the Jewish people to request a prisoner to be set free during Passover.  If Pilate truly wanted the truth he would had recognized who Jesus was.  Jesus answered Pilate’s question in verse 37 before he even asked it.  “I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” 

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Jun 24, 2015 - Family Matters    No Comments

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

A Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the faithful dads who read Wade in the Word!

Ephesians 6:1-4

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

CALLED TO PROTECT, PROVIDE AND TO GUIDE

Father’s Day is about honor and family.  You may have heard it said before that people can choose their friends, but they can’t choose their family.  Family is one of the most important relationships that you can have other than having a relationship with Jesus.

A father’s role is so crucial to his family.  Fathers should be the very fabric that holds the family unit together.  They are called to protect,provide and guide their families.  Fathers are to lead their families in the ways of Our Lord Jesus.  Fathers are to take hold of their children’s hands and show them the world.  It is through a father’s love that children get to see and expect what the world around them should be.

I remember when Emma Grace was born and the first time I got to see her up close.  I took hold of her little hand and she would not let go.

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Fathers, take hold of the hands of your children and show them the world.  For it is through your lovetraining and discipline that they will try to make sense of the world around them.  Yes!  Fathers who show affection and unconditional love towards their families are teaching their children how to honor their parents.  The Bible makes it perfectly clear that children are to honor their fathers and mothers.  Honoring your parents is the first commandment and is sealed with the promise of a long life that goes well for you.

Dads, at times, your role as a father will be challenged. At times, you may even feel unappreciated.  But, it’s worth it.  Be of good courage for your hard work will make all the difference in the world to your wives and children.  Lead your children well. Don’t provoke them to anger.  And most of all, love your wives sacrificially as Jesus loved the church and gave his life for it.

WHERE’S UNICORN?

I’d  like tell you a little story about a unicorn and my oldest daughter, Emma Grace.  Our Emma Grace never sucked her thumb when she was a baby.  Instead she would suck on the sleeves of her pajamas at bedtime.  Mom came up with the idea of putting a baby’s washcloth in Emma’s hand at night.  Emma loved it and we could not get her to go to sleep without her washcloth so we named them night-nights.  Wherever we went I had to bring them with me.  Thankfully there wasn’t just one night-night that she had to have.  She would accept any of the, literally, dozens of them that we had.

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As Emma got older, she graduated from her night-nights to a stuffed toy Unicorn.  She was given it as a gift for going to a friend’s birthday party.  Unicorn was made from the same material as a baby’s washcloth.  Emma would not go anywhere without it.  We lost the convenience of just grabbing any old night-night.  We had to keep track of this unicorn everywhere we went.

One night, when Emma Grace was about 4 years old, we were away on a business trip.  We went shopping at a mall about a half-hour from our hotel.  When we got back to the hotel, we could not find Unicorn.  I realized we must have left her at the last store we went to.   I was definitely not looking forward to driving all the way back to this mall but Unicorn was a member of our family.

I joked with Amy and asked her if I should call the police in file a missing Unicorn Report.  With the prospect of Emma Grace being heartbroken for her unicorn, Amy didn’t really find that funny at the time.  So I guessed you figured it out … daddy drove all the way back to the mall.  I retraced every step for over an hour until I found Unicorn in the lady’s dressing room on the bench looking up at me.  What a relief!

When I finally got back to the hotel and returned Unicorn to Emma Grace, dad was a hero.  Not only did I want Emma Grace to have her beloved Unicorn, but I wanted her to know that daddy loves her so much that he will protect, provide and guide her through life.  When fathers hold their children’s hands they not only show them the world, they make the world safe and a better place.  Even though those little hands grow, your children will always need the wisdom and guidance of their father, both their earthly father and their Heavenly Father.

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