Bill's Blog for April 2017


  • Jeremiah 17:13refers to the LORD as the Spring of Living Water.

  • Revelation 7:17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd;

He will lead them to Springs of Living Water.

  • Revelation 22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the Water of Life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb


Throughout the Scriptures we read of Jesus being ‘Living Water-River-Stream-Spring’. I see us jumping in the River of Life when we become Christians.  Washed clean, spotless.

I’ve read a devotion on the power of a River.  You literally can’t stop it.  No matter what obstacle a river comes up against it will find a way over, around, under, or through it. Even dams are designed with flood gates.  A River is powerful!

I used to love to take groups white water rafting.  My favorite place was the Ocoee River.  The course actually started at the base of a dam (That the river flowed over.)  The water at the top was calm and peaceful.  They actually let you practice paddling there.  Then you went to the bottom of the dam.  There the river was pretty swift.  Mainly class 2-3, an occasional 4 rapids. (They go to 5) It was always so much fun to maneuver down the river. 

There was a point about ¾ of the way down called the ‘Doldrums’.  It was a stretch of peaceful water where they would actually tell you to jump out of the boat, lay back on your lifejacket, and just peacefully float downstream.

Get that picture-I’m afraid that’s how too many of us live our Christian lives.  We jump in the “River of Life” and enjoy the ride.  But many of us get real comfortable and float down stream.  And Jesus is the Spring…the Source.  The farther we ‘float downstream’ the farther we get from Him.

Unfortunately, the Christian life is not promised to be easy. It cost Jesus His life!  It’s a constant ‘swim’, hard work, to stay near the source.  Otherwise we float downstream enjoying the view.

1 Timothy 6:11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.   12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Flee Evil, certainly, but it’s not enough to just stay on the positive side of the field.  We are to PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS. It’s a fight to take hold of the eternal life to which we are called.  Get in the River by all means, but know Jesus expects us to swim upstream, toward Him or we’ll end up far away…and wonder what happened.   I don’t want to be there.

Bill Parnell

Minster of Senior Adults, Older Singles and Missions

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