John 4:19-26

"Sir," the woman said, "you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?"

Jesus replied, "Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on the tis mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming-indeed it's here now- when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

The woman said, "I know the Messiah is coming-the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

Then Jesus told her, "I AM the Messiah!"

Monday, July 14, 2008

hanging with the little man

so, today, i'm hanging out with this guy 8888888

tiffany's outta town, and last week was really busy for all of us, so today, i'm taking the day off and hanging out with my son. big day planned. i think we're gonna go see a movie. providence has free movies starting @ 10:00 a.m. on certain weekdays for kids. after that, i think we're going to PUMP IT UP, to jump around on the jumpies and tackle the big slides! from there, we're going to Ci Ci's for some pizza. after that, it's nap time. (someone gets very grumpy if he doesn't get his nap. i don't know what Cason is going to do while i'm sleeping, but.....!!!!!)  After the little man wakes up from his nap (i was just kidding...Cason is the one who will be napping!) we may jump in the pool for awhile. we will cap the day off by going to the putt putt golf course and getting in a full eighteen! (or as Cason likes to call it... golf-putt!) Then it's back to the house for some dinner and jammies. Finally, as all fathers and sons should do, we will spend the evening watching the MLB All Star Game (interrupted every three seconds as Cason makes me throw him his wiffel ball so he can hit it all over the room, knocking everthing off of shelves and tables!!!!) believe it or not, he actually can hit the darn thing!! 

i love my son. i thank God every day for him. it's funny, before we had him, tiffany and i thought that our lives were complete. i couldn't imagine myself as a father. the second he was born, it felt like i'd known him all my life and had no idea how i'd lived without him. 

if you're a parent, you know what i'm talking about. what blows my mind is, i've known ever since i gave my life to Christ what He'd done for me. but having Cason has changed the way i see it. it's not that God took on flesh and died for my sin, but that He gave up His son, to be beaten, mocked, and hung on a cross, and left to die. now i look at that and think... what if that were my son? could i let him die like that for you? 

that's how much God loves us. i pray right now, as you read this, that you understand that. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Mathew 19:14.  

We are all children in the eyes of God. the kingdom of heaven belongs to us. we just have to come to Him.




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