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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 23, 2010 - Living Waters

By Randy Mantik

During a summer dry spell one year, I was watering the lawn. I watched through the kitchen window as the sprinkler slowly undulated, and I made an amazing discovery when I got a glass of water. I, Randy Mantik, weak of body and bony of head, could affect the flow of a lawn sprinkler outside just by turning on the tap of the kitchen faucet inside. I didn’t even need to touch the outside faucet.

This one simple act was so revealing to me. It taught me a lot about flow in terms of the Living Waters we enjoy in our relationship with Christ. You see, if Satan can’t stop us being an influence for the Kingdom, he will try to distract us. And not always with the big vices, but with activities and relationships that can seem so important but in reality are distracting us from what God really wants us to be doing.

The flow was not needed at the kitchen sink right then. It was needed on the lawn. But, just turning on one other faucet noticeably affected the amount going to the sprinkler. Imagine multiplying that by two, three or maybe even 10 times. You can see how little flow would then get to the needed place.

I believe that is how the enemy tries to siphon off the Living Waters that are to flow out of us. He tries to get us involved in trivial conversations, worthless arguments, petty disagreements. He tries to rob us of emotional and spiritual energy.

I think the flow of loving relationships needed to draw people into the Kingdom might well be right within the people of our churches. The problem is that the flow is being misdirected.

God wants us to be rivers of living water, to flow as streams to parched and dry lives. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NRSV).

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.

 

 

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