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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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What right did Jesus have to change the way the world worships?

July 19th, 2014

 

The captivities that decimated the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel in the 8th and 6th centuries B.C. triggered a millennium of political unrest and religious conflict.  The creation of competing centers of worship in the north and south fueled intense hostility.  The rift between the southern Jews and the northern Samaritans appeared irreconcilable…until Jesus stepped into the breach.

 

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