Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We Have Great Value in Christ.

Nothing  that comes into my life or happens to me is of little importance to God.  If He cares for birds when they fall from their nest, surely He cares for His children when they are in trouble.

When we are afraid, He cares.  When we are alone, He cares.   When we are sick, He cares.
When we sin and become unclean in our spirit, He cares. 

When we are at our lowest, most degrading behavior, He cares and still loves us!

When we feel like He isn't even listening to us anymore, He is. 

 He cares, He loves, He answers!

 God has promised that He will never leave us or give up on us.  His love for us will never fail.
He loves us so much that He keeps count of the very hairs of our head!  Why would anyone love us that much?   If God is that concerned about us to keep up with the hairs of our head, then surely anything or anyone that is of concern to us concerns Him.

Matthew 10:29-31  Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's consent and notice.  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.

take away...

God loves you, He accepts you, just as you are! 


Do you ever feel unacceptable to God? 
I have good news for you...He's waiting for you to come to Him so that He can prove His love for you.
We are here to listen, to pray and would love to hear from you.

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He Said...She Said | The River

This is a recap of one of those conversations that Aunt Carolyn and I had "Behind the Scenes" of The Flowing Well.  We've copied some of the actual back and forth from the private Facebook group conversation.  As you read these words, please know that our hope is always that The Lord will use these words to relay His message to others.  We give Him all the credit and glory for the following words:

Jesus was always looking for someone to share the message of life and hope with.



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/ / / Carolyn: 
One day Jesus was resting by the well in Samaria at noontime, as a woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her if she would give Him some water to drink. She was startled that He spoke to her.


"Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks some of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water I will give him will become a fountain of water springing up to eternal life. John 4: 14-15


The translation of the Greek word used for "fountain" in this verse,  gives the idea of an artesian well that flows freely.

This blessed me so much, Kevin when I read this, and helped me understand why the Lord kept telling me to name the ministry "The Flowing Well", because that's what receiving Him would be like. Like water that continually pours out on whomever will receive it.

God says don't think small, He wants to reach the world!! I continually feel the largest audience will be Facebook.  He will show the way.
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/ / / Kevin: 



The continuous nature of the spring bubbling up to eternal life tells me it is a lifetime of thirst-quenching goodness and provision.


In olden days, people would settle beside rivers and entire communities (even large cities) would develop. 


It's interesting that I just got through listening to [Brother Brian] Biggers' sermon "The Prosperity Gospel"[originating from the pulpit at The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC]   He talks about how when we are walking with the Spirit, there is peace like a river. And he also talked about how Ezekiel saw the river flowing from the temple, and wherever the river went, there was life.


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/// Carolyn:


He is an awesome God!
That tells me there will never be a time when He has exhausted His supply of anything that I need, for He IS THE SUPPLY NOT JUST THE SUPPLIER.



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/ / / Kevin:


He's made that clear to me before as well. He told me that I would not have a problem coming up with things to write about...that He would supply me with all the content I could publish.



The river image to me also says no beginning and no end (when we come to it).

Imagine happening upon a river in the woods. You might not know where it starts or ends, but it flows in front of you continually. And you can drink from it, take from it, or even become one with it and let it carry you.

He gives life. He is life. He carries us through this life and into the life to come.

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/ / / Carolyn:


 That will preach ! ! !
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/ / / Kevin:


I can't stop thinking about the river image and how The Flowing Well is meant to provide the continual, thirst-quenching, pouring out of God's Word.

The water from the well takes the shape of the vessel it is being poured into. The Samaritan woman received Jesus' gift of the eternal life-giving water. She began carrying Christ's message in her being. The water met her where she was and formed to her, and in the process became life to her and all whom she told .

Back to the river. The life-giving water has cut through the landscape - Eroding soil and rock to create a new path.

Glory!

There is so much that gets washed away when we surrender to the flow of God's blessing. When we give up those little pieces of ourselves to become one with Him. It transforms everything it comes in contact with; gradually, but surely.


The life-giving water continually washes past or around or over or through creation. Where we choose to stand and how we choose to interact with it is up to us. But the river keeps on flowing. 

Thanks be to God for His goodness even in the rushed five minute sprints of life. So many lives are being transformed ahead of these words He's given us...it's overwhelming how gracious He is.

Amen


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Carolyn:

"The Lord will continually lead you; He will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water." - Isaiah 58:11

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 Kevin:






Your scripture mentioned "well-watered garden".


I posted the video above right before I began watering my garden tonight.

On my walk earlier today I thought about how we can't see the wind, but we can see evidence of it in the trees blowing.








As I was looking at the flowering tree above my tomato plants tonight, and watering the garden, the wind was blowing.
God revealed to me, ""The wind blows and there I am. The wind blows and does not know I am there. The wind blows and you know that I am here.""

As He revealed the last line, the wind shifted and began blowing directly toward me. The mist from the hose began blowing back on my face , I just stood there for about a minute, just peacefully receiving.

Tonight has been a special night.

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Carolyn:


There is nothing like His Presence.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Be(come) Thankful



     While re-listening to one of my favorite sermons ("The Prosperity Gospel" from The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC), one of the scriptures quoted struck me as perfect for the subject of a Thankful Thursday post on The Flowing Well.




     The New King James Version states it this way:

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

     I'm not sure why it spoke to me the way it did, but I'm thankful that it did.

     At first glance, the verse seems to be telling us to: 

  1. be peaceful, and don't get yourself all worked up in your heart.  That's just your mind trying to persuade you that circumstances are different than they really are.
  2. be thankful, as those around you (those Christians in the one body) are thankful
     But after pondering that verse during my walk to the post office, I wasn't quite convinced of that.


     Check out the Young's Literal Translation of the scripture:

15 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called in one body, and become thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (YLT).

     Perhaps the peace in our hearts precedes us being thankful.  Could it be that God is saying that a peaceful heart brings about thanksgiving?


     What do you think?  Leave your thoughts/insights about Being vs Becoming Thankful in the comment section below.