Newsletter, October 2013

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Dear Friends,

 

With Bible in hand, I propped myself up on my bed and looked up “weary” in the concordance.  I found some wonderful favorites such as the following:

Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land. (Prov. 25:25)

 

He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.

Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength, they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Is. 40:29-30)

 

Come to Me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28)

 

I was being blessed, but the next scripture really woke me up because it’s part of the story that I plan to share at the upcoming conference Springs of Living Water.

 

…. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, was sitting by the well.  It was about the 6th hour. (Jn. 4:6)

 

This is one of the most interesting stories in the New Testament, but I had not given a great deal of thought to the fact that Jesus was weary as the story begins, nor to what it was that completely revived Him.  His disciples had gone off to buy food.  They were in Samaria and the disciples were feeling uncomfortable, since Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans.  Generally the Jews would have taken a longer route to avoid Samaria.

 

Jesus is left at the well and a woman comes to draw water in the middle of the day, which is not the usual time. However, this woman’s reputation was not the best and she was shunned by the women of the village.  Jesus asks her for a drink of water. She replies, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?”

He answers, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?”

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

 

They get into a discussion concerning her five husbands and the one she has now that is not her husband, as well as where people are to worship.  She finally states that she knows that the Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); and He will declare all things to them.

Jesus states, “I who speak to you am He.”

At this point the disciples return and they are dumbfounded to find Him talking to a woman, and a Samaritan, but they don’t say anything.  The woman leaves and the disciples urge Jesus to eat, but he says, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

The disciples don’t get it.

Jesus says to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.”

 

Jesus ate and slept for the sake of His human body, because He came in a human body so that He might relate to us.  Jesus did get weary, but it was doing the will of God that revived Him.

 

The other fascinating part of this story is that the woman returns to the village and speaks to the men, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?”

She must have been transformed in a manner that the men of the village could see, because many believed because of what she said.  Jesus was asked to stay with them and many others believed because of His word.

 

The men said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”

(John 4:6-42)

 

The final scripture in my search on weary – And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. (Gal.6:9)

 

Please get your reservation in by Oct. 12th

 for the

Springs of Living Water

One day retreat

Oct. 19th

 9 am. To 5 pm.

At the Days Inn in Sutter Creek

 

Music

Rachel Joslin

Michelle Van Heiningen

 

Speakers

Shellie Carlson – speaker, missionary kid, guest on AWST

Patsy Oda – speaker, teacher, author of Heart’s Desire & many booklets

Norma Bonds – speaker, author, artist, host of

A Woman’s Special Touch

 

Come refresh your soul.  Drink from the springs of living water.

Bring your Bible.

 

$25 includes lunch

 

If you want to spend the night contact the Days Inn

209-267-9177

 

www.awomansspecialtouch.com

209-772-2449

awstradio@gmail.com

 

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Praise and Prayer

 

Pray for the Lord’s blessing on the one-day retreat coming up October 19th.

 

Please pray for the radio programs - that they will touch lives and bring people to Christ.

 

Thank you for your prayers and financial support.  We can’t do it without you.

We appreciate any support you can give.  All contributions are tax deductible

 

In His bonds,

Norma Bonds