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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Let's Get Personal"

March 2, 2004

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Today's Reading: John 4:1-30 & Psalm 122

“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” John 4:10

CALLER: Hello, Pastor! We don’t belong to a church, but we’re wondering if you’ll baptize our baby. PASTOR: I’m quite sure we could arrange that. Have you ever had a church home?

CALLER: Sure! I went to church when I was a boy and we were married in a church. PASTOR: But right now…

CALLER: We’re just not settled yet. You know, your church reminds me of my church back home. You just can’t find many churches that look like churches anymore, can you? PASTOR: True, architecture varies, but I’m sure you’d agree that the important thing about a church is its teachings. To be Christian, a church needs to be centered on Christ and His Word.

CALLER: I remember the pastor of my old church saying things like that. I also remember that church had a red carpet. PASTOR: Suppose we get back to your son’s Baptism. I’d like to stop by this week and make arrangements with you and your wife.

CALLER: This week? Well…let me get back to you, okay? Bye now!

The Samaritan woman was a bit like the caller—it’s okay to talk about religion, as long we don’t get personal. But Jesus declares Himself to be the Living Water—our personal Lord and Savior.

Prayer
Lord God, mercifully remember those who hesitate before the well of Living Water, because You desire everyone to be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Response
Does His Living Water satisfy your thirst? God is satisfied with you in, through, and on account of Jesus Christ.

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 14    Mark 8:1-21

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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