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Friday, March 8, 2019
Lebanon County farm
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"The Free Gift Of The Water Of Life"
Message summary: Today amidst the clutter of gift offers, some free and some costly, some good and some bad, this one stands out. It's the best free offer. It is entirely good. There are no catches. The offer stands steady, and millions, living and those now with the Lord can testify to its veracity.
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"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life" (Revelation 22:17).
I visited with Phil, a salesman at Smucker Home Improvement, as he emptied the water from a display of a Leaf Terminator gutter topper. He was preparing to take it to a home show this weekend. He drained the water into one of those big jugs used for drinking water and then teasingly offered it to me free. I rather thoughtlessly commented, "Well, free is good" and Marlin, who was also observing the draining process, reminded me that free is not always good!
Indeed we need to ever be on our guard against the peril of "free". We are besieged with "free offers" and we intuitively know (at least most of us do) that there's often a catch and we are conditioned to ignore them, or at least carefully scrutinize them. An example would be the offer of a street drug for free from a drug dealer with the kind sounding pitch, "the first one's on me". That's a very bad free.
But today let us consider the blessing of a type of free water that is always good!
The first daily Scripture text was one of the very first verses we committed to memory some 45 years ago, likely while we were Bible College students. (It is part of the "Romans Road", a description of the plan of salvation using selected texts from the Book of Romans.)
The words, "free gift" translates the single Greek word "charisma", (see here) which is itself derived from "charis." Charis is a wonderful word normally translated "grace" in our Bibles. In one of our companies I regularly greet a young lady named Grace using this Greek word which has on occasion prompted another employee overhearing my greeting to helpfully (they assume) correct me. Of course many will recall the simple, yet descriptive definition of grace as, "unmerited favor".
Today amidst the clutter of gift offers, some free and some costly, some good and some bad, this one stands out. It's the best free offer. It is entirely good. There are no catches. The offer stands steady, and millions, living and those now with the Lord can testify to its veracity.
Near the very end of the Book of Revelation we read, "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life" (Revelation 22:17). That's free water we should all receive.
What's your response to this free gift? We urge you to receive it today and rejoice.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Today we share a few more snow photos from the last week. Warmer weather is projected this weekend and we are sure happy about that!
Riverdale Manor an 1800's farmhouse now used as an event venue.
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Donegal Creek runs along the trail we often walk along.
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