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Morning and Evening: 07/31

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The seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John is one that we as Christians ought to re-read on a regular basis. Jesus’ prayer for you and me is to be one as he is one with the Father. Throughout the prayer Jesus pours out his heart to God ready to die in accordance to the will of the Father resulting in salvation for the elect. His prayer is that we would be in Christ and he would be in us. 

This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may roll its floods. Behold He hath set before us an open door, let us not be slow to enter. 

I love Spurgeon’s descriptive language here. I can just envision the Colorado River or the Nile or something like that as a stark contrast to the small trickling creek behind my house in August. In fact, when I was in Uganda in 2006, we went to the “Source of the Nile” at Lake Victoria. Apparently there is a deep trench there where water surges upward and outward to create the Nile. Think of the type of energy necessary to create a river as grand as the Nile! Anything less and the water remains within the boundaries of the lake. But instead the Nile snakes its way up through Uganda, Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. This force of a well (practically unending as far as I was concerned) is the same type of rush to the presence of Christ that is available to us as believers. 
While on the topic of Africa, keep the team in your prayers as you go throughout your day. I pray that God opens doors the size of the Nile for lost souls through which to enter freely by faith in Christ. I also pray that each team member sees the wonder of God around them and by God’s grace is able to connect it to a picture of what he has done in saving us. In fact, someone sent an e-mail to me yesterday essentially urging me to thank God for our salvation. I want to pass that along because it is so good to give thanks to God for salvation and to remember him as much as possible. 

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