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"EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!"........................(John 4:28-32, 39-42)

 This week I found myself looking at the want-ads. On the employment security commissions website, I skipped all of those cheap-paying opportunities, only to lock on to the $10 per hour and above jobs. And, I found that as the job-importance increased, they were requiring more and more EXPERIENCE; some of which would involve HANDS-ON know-how, while others would only accept a person with years of college exposure! In either case, in order to be accepted and properly function in certain working environments....I had to meet the EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT before I could even start! This samaritan woman discovered that it wasn't enough to experience the blessings of forgiveness all by herself.....good experiences are always to be SHARED with others!!!-(roller coaster/trips)

*Paul told the roman believers in ...(Rom. 5:5-that "experience" comes before "hope")

Some people who attend church don't understand that until they've experienced the saving grace of God they haven't even STARTED YET! The FIRST THING I was asked before being baptized, joining the church, being ordained into the gospel ministry....was about my EXPERIENCE OF SALVATION!

*People are interested in first-experiences in life----(The first TOOTH, STEP, WORDS-ball-dada-mama, POTTY-party!, LOVE, KISS, RELATIONSHIP, HOUSE-(Grocery receipt-Jonna)....ETC.......)

(Matt. 6:33-"But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness...")

 (1)-SEE FOR YOURSELF-(v.29-"come see a man")

(Job 19:27-"For I know my redeemer liveth....whom I shall SEE FOR MYSELF, and mine eyes shall behold; though my reins be consumed within me. ")

(2)-TOUCH FOR YOURSELF-(fire burns test!)

(Matt. 9:21-"For she said within herself, If I may but TOUCH the hem of his garment, I shall be whole.") She was simply saying, "That'll do it"!!! "I've got to get exposure to Jesus...I've got to have a personal experience....I can STAND IN THE CROWD or STOOP TO THE CHRIST!


(Rom. 10:17-"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.")


Have you ever been to Myrtle Beach at Broadway or Barefoot Landing? The fudge shops bring out free samples in order to get you in!!!-(If you don't watch it, you'll get hooked!)

(Psalm 34:8-"O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him.")

Pastor Brian Eades

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