The Sea of Galilee in the northern part of the Israel is vibrant and full of life and for centuries has provided a living for fishermen like the disciples Peter, James, and John. The Dead Sea, positioned to the east and southeast of Jerusalem, has its name for a reason. It is so salty that not much can live in it and a human being can float with little effort.
The freshwater Jordan River flows south from the Sea of Galilee and straight into the Dead Sea. So why is the Sea of Galilee so vibrant and the Dead Sea so dead? Why is it roughly nine times saltier than Earth’s oceans? Because the Sea of Galilee has outlets whereas the Dead Sea has none. Water flows into the Dead Sea, but nothing flows out. The water settles into a lake that, at 1,407 feet below sea level, is the planet’s lowest elevation point on land.
We should pray for God to make us a river, for his living water to flow through us and impact others for his glory. Jesus alone is the source of our strength and hope, and Romans 5:5 gives us the incredible promise that “hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
This same Holy Spirit is the living water that flows through us, spilling out God’s love as it overflows from his heart through our hearts and into others’ lives. One verse after Jesus claims to be the source of eternal living water, John explains what he meant: “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive.” (John 7:39)
The point of doing the very next thing for Jesus is not to dream up ideas on our own. Rather, we are to stay intimately connected to the Lord by spending time in Scripture, prayer, and worship, and to live with an eternal perspective. That means keeping our hearts and minds on things above, where our destination is, and not on earthly, fleshly pursuits. Then we will see where Jesus is at work and where people are low and hurting as surely as water finds its way to the lowest point.
Casting Crowns Daily Devotional
November 23, 2016
Big Things For God
Whenever most believers read through Scripture, most of us grasp it, take it to heart, and believe it. We’re just not sure where our lives meet up with it.
For instance, I know I need to trust God with my life. That’s a big, giant concept. I know I need to be a leader—but I’m not always sure what that means. I know I need to be on fire, I need to be all in, I need to do whatever it takes, I need to cross the line, and I know I need to measure up to all of these huge slogans we hear.
We all believe it and we all want it. We’re just not sure what we’re supposed to do with it. We’re not sure what following God looks like from where we are. We have an idea of this awesome walk with Jesus out there somewhere, but we’re looking for the bridge to get over to it. Exactly what does following Jesus look like?
It’s just doing the very next thing he says. The. Very. Next. Thing. Serving God isn’t this giant dream about something that will happen a year from now. It’s not a goal he’s going to have you fulfill in a month. It’s right now.
“Big things for God” is not something you do after you graduate or move on to the next position or get a promotion. “Big things for God” is the person sitting next to you right now. God put breath in your lungs to sit next to that person right now, and you can do something right now.
The very next thing is the act of kindness you put off last week. Do it now—all in the name of Jesus. It’s the phone call you need to make, the note you need to send, the meal you need to provide, the pat on the back you need to give, the hard work you need to put in, the hospital visit you need to make, the bill you need to pay, the Scripture you need to quote in love, the forgiveness you need to grant, the forgiveness you need to seek.
We can make a relationship with Jesus too complicated by dwelling on nonessentials. Following God is just the very next word of love that you need to speak to somebody, to the very next broken heart that needs to be encouraged. Ministry isn’t limited to Sundays. It’s not on a stage. It’s not with certain gifts by certain people with certain personalities and a microphone. It’s you, where you are, doing the next thing God tells you to do.
By Todd Starnes | FoxNews.com
Published November 22, 2016
Whenever you hear a liberal talking about cultural diversity and sensitivity it normally means something insensitive is about to happen to Christians.
The latest case in point: Bloomington, Indiana – the home of Indiana University and a nesting place for a gaggle of intolerant liberals.
Mayor John Hamilton recently announced that are renaming two paid holidays for city workers — in an effort to respect “differing cultures.”
Columbus Day will henceforth be known as “Fall Holiday” and Good Friday will be known as “Spring Holiday.”
Mayor John Hamilton told Fox 59 the name change will “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace.”
According to our Fox television affiliate — some folks around town got upset when City Hall posted a closing sign referencing specific holidays.
“As a mayor we are in charge of government. We do not set religious policies, we are not supposed to be part of religion and we are just trying to make sure that our government is open to all people and inclusive,” the mayor told the television station.
And apparently the only way to achieve cultural diversity and sensitivity is by disrespecting Italians and Christians.
“It was not necessary and just stands to divide rather than unite when it comes to Good Friday,” the Herald Times wrote in a staff editorial.
The newspaper said a case could be made for changing Columbus Day.
“To some in our country the idea of celebrating him is akin to celebrating a marauding invader who sought to destroy a culture,” they wrote.
But Good Friday?
“It’s a day important to the faith of many in this country,” they wrote. “The idea of acting as if city leaders don’t acknowledge its existence and would rather stick a “Spring Holiday” name on it is insensitive to those for whom it means a lot. It’s an unnecessary poke in the eye to many Christians.”
Well said, editors!
Mayor Hamilton may not be aware but Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. It’s about remembering that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
Good Friday is a holy day — not a day to frolick around a maypole in a field of pansies.
And to be honest – I’ve grown weary of boorish bureaucrats trying to whitewash our faith from the public marketplace all in the name of tolerance and diversity.
They never touch the Muslim holidays, do they? When was the last time you saw a liberal lawmaker launch a crusade to rename Ramadan?
You’d have a better chance of spotting Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail.
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Every time I look at my children I see God’s art. He is good and wonderful.