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The Living Water

Romans 8:12-17


The flesh v. spirit battle is real and difficult, but if we can live in this promise, we have all that we need: The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17). This is our identity. It is not what we do, have done, will do, or even who we are - it’s WHOSE we are and who Jesus says we are! This is the answer. HE is the answer. In HIM is the answer.


Being a mom has taught me so much so far. Mostly, it has revealed my flaws. My kids see me - the real me. Oh, how ugly I can be. And it is this ugliness revealed that makes the living water and Jesus’ brutal death and resurrection all the more beautiful. I need it! I have to have it. I will literally die without it. Sin leads to death and destruction (Romans 6:16). This water, this living water that we thirst for, leads to life.


So I must die to live? Yes! Because every natural, sinful, innate fiber of my being is drenched in sin. This sinful nature came with the gift of free will and the fall of man. Not only do I need this water to live, I need it to wash me clean and purify me (1 John 1:9). I need it to refresh me (Acts 3:19). I need it to baptize me (1 Peter 3:21). I need it to remind me of His unfailing love (Psalm 13:5). I need it to restore me (1 Peter 5:10). I need it to encourage me (Romans 15:4). I need it so that I can share Jesus with others (Matthew 28:18-20).


This living water is real and it will never leave us thirsty again! Jesus shares this gift with the woman at the well and he offers it to ALL of us. Will we open our hands to receive it?


Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.’” (John 4:13-15)


In Him,

Katie Karlson

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3228 Gatewood Ave, Indian River, MI 49749, USA

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Show a three-year-old a rainbow and his eyes pop open, he laughs and murmurs something that sounds semi close to English; that's wonder. Show a third grader how pleasing God connects to honoring her parents and she will most likely look at you funny and continue eating her pizza; that's discovery. As a teacher, church leader, or parent you want a curriculum that will help you connect the love and worship of God to good decision-making for your elementary school students. You want something that will help them see the value of respecting authority and treating their friends like they are human, not SpongeBob®. You need it to be simple. You would love it to be flexible. You want it to suit your individual needs. Time to go to the basics. What if by the time your child reaches 6th grade they will know these five core truths:

God is the Holy Creator.
I can trust God's Word (Bible).
I can trust Jesus with everything.
I should try to live like Jesus lived (make wise choices by His Word).
The world/culture does not usually agree with God's Word.

 

Most kids form their entire idea of who God is, and choose whether nor not they'll have a relationship with Him before leaving 5th grade!

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Each week the kids (ages 0-9) join us for worship in the sanctuary. After worship, the kids head to their respective classrooms to learn more about God and how to apply His word to our lives. 

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