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Minister’s Message: Spring forth

The Bible talks about water springing forth

By Mitch Glover

Spring is a lively time of the year. I’m glad to see the longer daylight, the warmer temperatures, snow and ice melting away, the leaves shooting out, and the fish and fowl returning, but not the mosquitoes. I’m always amazed at how the deciduous trees can get a green hue from the leaves sprouting almost overnight.

There are other signs of spring I have noticed. Motorcycles, classic cars, “muscle” cars and hot rods, even convertibles with the top down; all are appearing on the roads again. Temperatures that are a bit cool don’t stop them.

Graduations are taking place in the spring from preschool to universities. A hearty congratulations to each one celebrating an accomplishment at each level of education!

Another sign of spring is firefighting equipment like helicopters and trucks from Alaska Forestry showing up. Hopefully, there won’t be any big fires, or many wildfires, this year. As much as I enjoy the sunshine, showers are necessary too. A snow shower on Friday the 13th was quite a surprise though!

The Bible talks about water springing forth; not necessarily in the seasonal sense but often refreshing water in the natural and the spiritual sense for the needs at the time.

The Israelites in the wilderness twice had water spring forth from a rock. Another time they sang, “Spring up, O well” when they dug a well in the desert.

The Scripture promises new things the Lord will do, including a “way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” These provisions would “spring forth” to meet the needs.

Jesus spoke to a woman in Samaria at the well. Their conversation led to Jesus giving the promise, “…the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” This prompted the woman to say, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” She needed clarification that the water Jesus was speaking of was a spiritual blessing, not natural water. Her request was a good one though. The 8th chapter of Acts tells of a great revival resulting in great joy in that city. Maybe it was due in part to the testimony of this woman and others about Jesus.

Just as spring weather can change the landscape from dead grass and brown trees to green leaves and blossoming flowers, even if they are dandelions; so can the Lord make things better for us. Many help with picking up the trash and debris on the side of the road. It reminds me that God can help remove the garbage that gets piled up in our lives by wrong choices.

I like to read this promise for encouragement and I hope it encourages you, “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11 NLT).

Mitch Glover pastors the Sterling Pentecostal Church. Sunday Bible class at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. are live-streamed on Facebook as well as the Thursday Bible study at 7:00 p.m. Visit the services and sterlingpentecostalchurch.com.

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