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How can we know that is God using us to accomplish His purposes?

September 18th, 2014


There’s usually a time span between sowing a seed and reaping a crop. In the case of the woman from Samaria, though, midday sowing resulted in mid-afternoon reaping. “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’ They came out of the town and made their way toward him.”


Jesus conversation with such an unlikely “missionary” and the resultant interest of the townspeople represented a “same-day” harvest.

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What lessons can we learn from an abandoned water jar?

August 31st, 2014


The Samaritan woman would never have imagined that, before the day was out, she would be returning the way she came, without the water jar.  It would never have occurred to her that she would be telling the townspeople about a man who exposed what she so desperately tried to hide.


A solitary “water jar,” sitting next to the well at midday, tells the story.

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Does God use fear to motivate obedience?

August 6th, 2014


“The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming.  When he comes, he will explain everything to us.’  Then Jesus declared, ‘I who speak to you am he.’”  John 4:25-26


While the northern Samaritans and the southern Israelites had their differences, they both regarded Moses as God’s spokesperson.  This being the case, they both awaited the Messiah he promised would come. 

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