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!"

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

back to school

Well, today was my first day back at school. It was a good day! I have several of my previous professors, all of which I liked a lot! It's kind of been the theme this week, back to school. Erik started his masters program at Vandy, and Shawn went back to school this semester also. I guess we on the Journey's staff just can't get enough of writing papers and taking exams! 

we had a great Sunday, this week. If you missed it, you can check it out on the website. Just click here. Go to "Resources" and then "Video Library". It's amazing how God is growing people. I'm reading other people's blogs and just having conversations with them, hearing them talk about how they are in a season in their lives, where God is just taking them to a whole other level. I'm finding that in my life, as well. 

For the first time in my life, I'm consumed with getting to know Him more. This has been a long process that started about two years ago. I have always considered myself as someone who tried to follow what God wanted for my life. But as I look back on the last several years of my life, I see that, that wasn't always the case. There was too much of me and not enough Him. I've never understood it, really, when John the Baptist said, "He has to become greater, and I have to become less." 

Here's the thing: I've never, until just recently, been someone who fasted. Erik really introduced this concept to me several months ago. And it wasn't just about giving up food. I always knew that part of it. But I never understood the purpose of it. Again, this past Sunday, I got to hear it again with fresh ears. (this was the topic of his sermon). And it's funny, again today, he and I had a conversation about the results of fasting. This is a discipline that I am committed to learning more about and practicing more often. I can't wait to see how God continues to grow me! 

Here's my challenge to you: Just as Erik talked about, I will ask you to prayerfully consider fasting. Do some research. Find out how to fast properly. And start small. Maybe just give up a single meal. But do it. And do it with the purpose of focusing on God, and what He wants to show you during that time. I promise, you won't regret it. 

Here's the song list from this week. Blessings! 

Happy Day (Tim Hughes), Forever (Chris Tomlin, live in Austin), Mighty To Save (Hillsong), Hungry (Joy Williams), All Because of Jesus (Fee)

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