Bubbling Spring

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.

—John 4:14



Hiding desperation.

Friendly on the outside, insecure on the inside.

Wanting to trust.



That was me before I gave my life to Jesus.

At times, I can still have feelings of loneliness or insecurity.

But it’s different.

I now have hope.

I know I’m not alone.

I know I can trust God.

I know I have eternal life.

Born to You

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. 

—Luke 2:11
This morning, after the Christmas Day church service was over, I paused as I was walking out by a  stained glass window. 

It was depicting Jesus, our Savior. 

His arms were outstretched and welcoming. 

On a night in Bethlehem, Jesus was born. 

When that happened, everything changed. 

Everything changed for all people everywhere. 

Death forever because of sin with no redemption would now be only for those who choose not to believe in Jesus. 

When Jesus was born, so was the only way to escape the punishment we deserved. 

Jesus would one day pay the penalty for our sin, offering us eternity with Him. 

A Savior—One who could save us—had come to the earth as a baby. 

Take the word, “you” out of the following scripture and insert your own name:

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to _______; He is the Messiah, the Lord. 

Born to Tom. 

Born to Robert. 

Born to Jason.

Born to Kayla. 

Born to Liz. 

Born to Kathy. 

Every name of every person on earth could be placed in that scripture and it would still be true. 

If you have not accepted Jesus’ gift of eternal life, please don’t delay. 

Pray and tell Him that you believe He died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. 

Repent of those things you have done that displeased Him. 

Ask Him to be the Lord of your life, giving you guidance. 

It’s not too late—–you can pray right now. 

A Savior has been born—to you. 


The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:17

As I walked outside just after sunset this evening, I noticed that the sky had soft pink clouds adorning its blue palette. 

Night was approaching, and the day had almost passed away. 

As the verse above reminds us, the world will actually pass away someday. 

Those who do the will of God will have eternal life forever with Him. 

Eternal Life


For God so loved the world,that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

—John 3:16

One question:

Do you know Jesus as your Savior today?


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What Shall I Do?


While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

—Matthew 27:19-25

There is a question that every person must ask themselves.

It is simply this—

What shall I do, then, with Jesus called the Messiah?

Will we believe in Him and His gift of eternal life?

Or will we refuse to acknowledge Him as the Son of God, leaving His gift for us behind?


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The Gift



We give gifts at Christmas.

We give gifts on birthdays.

We give gifts at Valentine’s Day.

We give gifts to show love.

The one who receives the gift then has something that they hadn’t before.

God did not want us to be lost forever without Him.

He didn’t want us to be separated from Him.

He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins.

Then, He offered us the gift of eternal life.

We did not have eternal life before.

There was no possible way for us to get it for ourselves.

The gift must be accepted.

What if Jesus spoke these words to you—

“My child, won’t you please accept this gift from Me?”

Would you accept?


When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

—Romans 6:20-23


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The Water I Give


Jesus traveled through Samaria and came to a town that was called Sychar.  He sat down by a well in the middle of the day when it was very hot. When a woman came to draw water from that well, He asked her to give him a drink. This is what happened next:

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

–John 4:9-14


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Whoever Rejects


John the Baptist, in speaking about Jesus, said,

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

–John 3:34-36

Jesus speaks the words of God.

Everything has been placed into the hands of Jesus by the Father.

If anyone—anyone-–believes in Jesus, they will have eternal life.

If anyone—anyone—rejects Jesus, they will not have eternal life.

If anyone—anyone-–rejects Jesus, God’s wrath remains on them.

It’s up to us.

God’s wrath.

God’s forgiveness.

Which one do you want?


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Lifted Up


Jesus had this to say:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.”

Jesus is the Son of Man. He was speaking about Himself.

He knew that He was going to be lifted up on a cross.

He knew that He would be paying the price for all our sin.

He knew that anyone who believed in Him and accepted this gift would have eternal life.

He knew that if you believed, you would live forever with Him someday.

If you believed.

Many people pass churches where crosses are fully visible.

They walk or drive past reminders of the love of Jesus.

He knew that if you believed, you would live forever with Him someday.

If you believed.

And now, the most important question—

Do you believe?


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Open Your Eyes


There are more than 7 billion people in the world.

I have read that there are just over 2 billion Christians in the world.

Consider this passage of words spoken to Jesus’ disciples:

 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.  Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.  Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.  Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

A crop for eternal life.

5 billion people.






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Everyone Who Looks


You can’t wait on anybody else.

If you are hoping that friends or family or coworkers or people in your neighborhood or even people in your church will have a change in heart and choose to follow God and then afterwards YOU will, it just isn’t the best idea.

There is only one clock of life ticking with you.

Everyone else has their own.

It’s ticking with them.

Opportunities that God is placing in front of you will come and go.

You can’t wait for someone to join you in making the decision to obey His voice or not.

It starts with committing your life to Him.

You’d better not wait until your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your spouse or your kids decide to believe in Jesus.

What if they never do?

Then, would that mean that you never do?

And, that being the case, where does that leave you?

In eternity without God.

Your “everybody else in life” may not want to commit to follow Him, go to church, study the Bible or pray.

If that happens, don’t let it stop you from listening to the call of God.

What if someone you know is just waiting for YOU to make that decision?

For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

—John 6:40

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A Love For Him


During the time of Jesus’ ministry on the earth, who did He seek out?

He chose His disciples.

He talked to crowds about the kingdom of God.

He talked individually to people, as well.

Sometimes, He talked to people who had obvious transgressions.

Tax collectors.


People known by their sin.

Sometimes, He talked to people who might not have shown any outward offense.

People like the rich young ruler who had kept laws but refused to sell all he had and follow Jesus.

Who is more broken and in need of salvation and forgiveness of sins?

The prostitute?

The tax collector?

The young ruler?

Who is more broken and in need of salvation and forgiveness of sins?


Or could it be me?

The real answer is that those who do not know Jesus as their savior are in need of His forgiveness.

We are all existing in the same need.

Once we ask for forgiveness, believing in Jesus, we are all existing in the same salvation.

We will never be a first class Christian or a second or third class.

Every life is precious to God.

Every one.

As believers, we each have a ministry on the earth.

By following Jesus, there will be those that He wants us to talk to about Him.


Tax collector?





Family member?

If we are attentive to His voice, He will let us know.

He sees the hearts of the broken even when we cannot.



As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

—Mark 10:17-22


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