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Hope Springs Eternal

by Tim Hall
Christ abundantly supplies that which our souls need most.
waterflow.JPGSpring was a special time for students of Chad Elementary School. Like a scene from “The Waltons”, the students of that three-room school in Eastern Kentucky rushed out the door each day for recess. Spring was a time to cast off those bulky coats and run in the sun-warmed air. We would find on these days new rivulets of water on our playground. Underground springs had swelled to the point that they had to find outlets.
Those springs didn’t last long. As spring gave way to summer, the ground became dry once more. Other places in the mountains boasted year-round springs. At any time you could find water flowing from within the earth.
God has the ability to create springs where formerly there were none. How well we remember the famous incident in the desert when Moses struck a rock with his rod. There was no water to be found moments earlier, but at God’s direction gushing streams issued forth to satisfy that multitude of people and their animals (Exodus 17:1-7Exodus 17:1-7
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17 1 All the congregation of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to Yahweh’s commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Yahweh?” 3 The people were thirsty for water there; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?” 4 Moses cried to Yahweh, saying, “What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 Yahweh said to Moses, “Walk on before the people, and take the elders of Israel with you, and take the rod in your hand with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb. You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 He called the name of the place Massah, Massah means testing. and Meribah, Meribah means quarreling. because the children of Israel quarreled, and because they tested Yahweh, saying, “Is Yahweh among us, or not?”

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God’s ability to refresh his people has not diminished through the ages. He made this promise in Isaiah: “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert … to give drink to my people, my chosen” (Isaiah 43:19,20Isaiah 43:19,20
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19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20 The animals of the field shall honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen,

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The promise in Isaiah was not meant to be interpreted literally, though God had shown his ability to bring forth water from a rock. Israel needed spiritual refreshment, water to assuage their souls. God was the source of that blessing, too. His springs would faithfully satisfy their needs.
Jesus renewed once more the offer of water for the soul: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37,38John 7:37,38
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37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! 38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.”

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“Hope springs eternal” wrote Alexander Pope in the 18th century. The source of that stream, however, began centuries before Pope. Only in Christ do we find that which our souls need most.

The Day Of Love

by Tim Hall
How can others be convinced that love is genuine?
valheart1.jpgHis love for her was greater than words can express. Words had been used, but people are prone to view them as only words. So what could he do to prove beyond doubt that he loved her?
Preparations for the day of love began well in advance. Decades earlier the tree had been planted that would provide the crossbeams. Thousands of years earlier iron ore was buried deep in the earth, providing the material for the nails. 33 years earlier a fetus was conceived in the womb of a virgin that would bring to the world a different way to live.
Then the appointed day arrived. Jesus was not ambushed. It didn’t come as a total surprise. Before taking on his body of flesh he knew what would be demanded of him. One writer described the bittersweet journey to Calvary: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2Hebrews 12:2
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2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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How could anyone view their execution with joy? Only those who know their death is the means of rescuing the one they love can experience such feelings. Jesus had spoken of his love for his church just days before: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13John 15:13
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13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

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This awesome love is a feeling shared by all in the Godhead: “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8Romans 5:8
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8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

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On February 14, men around the world scramble to find just the right gift to prove their love to the special women in their lives. But none has ever given as deeply as Jesus: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25Ephesians 5:25
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25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;

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Is Valentine’s Day the day of love? Or is it only a faint shadow of that day millennia ago when the Son of God gave his life for you and me?

Connecting The Broken Link

by Tim Hall
Is it possible for us to communicate with God?
telephoneart.gifTelephone calls are a regular part of the work day. Without thinking I pick up the ringing phone, and communication begins almost instantly. It matters not whether the person on the other end of the line is next door or across the continent. Our voices are conveyed as speedily as if we were face to face.
A recent call, however, was markedly different. I never heard the voice of the person who initiated the call. She is deaf, I learned through the operator who facilitated the call. Though she might be able to produce intelligible sounds, she would not be able to hear my reply. To make her call possible she relied on a mediator. The link that was broken by her inability to hear was reconnected by the operator.
Job wasn’t deaf, but he felt disconnected from God. For years he had served his Lord faithfully, but trials were now about to crush him. Making matters worse was what seemed to be a breakdown in communication. Here is how Job described his feelings: “For [God] is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both” (Job 9:32,33Job 9:32,33
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32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment. 33 There is no umpire between us, That might lay his hand on us both.

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We know the feeling. We’ve brought it upon ourselves by our own stubbornness and rebellion against God’s will. Isaiah stated the case clearly: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1,2Isaiah 59:1,2
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59 1 Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it can’t save; neither his ear heavy, that it can’t hear: 2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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We broke our link with God. Though we cry out to him for help, he will not hear us because of those sins on our accounts. Are we doomed forever, without any hope of reconnection?
Paul responded to Job’s despair over having no mediator: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:51 Timothy 2:5
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5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

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In our sinful condition we could not approach God directly to ask for his mercy and help. Through Jesus, our mediator, we have that opportunity. Just as the operator enabled the deaf woman to communicate with me, so Jesus enables us to approach God. And don’t miss Paul’s main point in that statement: there is only one mediator between God and men.
How we need Jesus! A person who awakens to find their house on fire depends on a live telephone connection to call for the help needed. Those who find their souls in jeopardy from sin depend on the living connection Jesus established. May we do all we can to maintain that connection with our Lord!