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Bless This Bottled Water

Forget Evian or Vitaminwater. The latest beverage trend: 'Holy Water.'

You need only go back to the first chapter of Genesis to see how elemental water is to the observance of faith: "And the Spirit of God," the Bible says, "moved upon the face of the waters." In the Torah, water is used to ordain priests and to purify the sons of Aaron before they enter the temple. In the New Testament, John baptizes Jesus with water from the Jordan River. Observant Muslims wash hands and feet before they pray, orthodox Jewish women take ritual baths once a month -- and every Christian denomination still uses water as part of its sacred rites. Mormons, when they take the weekly sacrament, drink water instead of wine.

So it's not surprising that a few savvy marketers would seize on this universal symbol of purity for financial gain. Inspired, perhaps, by vitamin and energy waters, a number of new companies have begun making more explicit claims: their water doesn't just promote good health, it actually makes you good. Holy Drinking Water, produced by a California-based company called Wayne Enterprises, is blessed in the warehouse by an Anglican or Roman Catholic priest (after a thorough background check). Like a crucifix or a rosary, a bottle of Holy Drinking Water is a daily reminder to be kind to others, says Brian Germann, Wayne's CEO. Another company makes Liquid OM, superpurified bottled water containing vibrations that promote a positive outlook. Invented by Kenny Mazursky, a sound therapist in Chicago, the water purportedly possesses an energy field that Mazursky makes by striking a giant gong and Tibetan bowls in its vicinity. He says the good energy can be felt not just after you drink the water but before, when you're holding the bottle.

Read more of this Newsweek article here

[1 Timothy 6:10 tells us "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."]

Presence brings Awareness

The title really says it all as long as you understand the context and the parties involved in presence and awareness. Simply put when we draw closer to God or rather seek His presence then and only then are we able to operate with full awareness. Awareness of His grace! Awareness of His blessings. Awareness of His mercy and long-suffering. Awareness of His desire for us to obey Him. Awareness of our need to tell others of His presence. Read what one of our missionaries wrote recently.

The book of James in chapter one and verse eighteen says that, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." It was God out of His pure love and mercy that made me realize His verdict on my awful rebellion and to feel the awful guilt that I was justly condemned because of my sins. It was His grace that stopped me in my foolish race toward separation and brought me to my knees to seek His free grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh, His great grace has set my heart on fire for Him and made me give up myself to Him forever. Oh, that we be more grateful, more aware, and walk holy in these last evil days.

George Kinsey
Missionary to South Africa

A Changing World

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This is a picture of a changing world both by societal standards and religious influence. This is a call to action, indeed!!

Plugged In

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

Americans have become very dependent on email, texting, and the internet. These tools each require electricity. Have you ever considered how you would make it through the day without electricity? What about a week or a month?

Imagine not being able to access your checking or savings account. Imagine no lights or television at night when you get home from work. Imagine that you could not get gasoline from the station. You would not be able to cook on your stove or have a hot shower. Try one hot August Sunday at church without electricity.

Our relationship with Jesus is very similar. He is our vine, our source. Without Him we can do nothing. Life without our Savior would be miserable. We would be thrown into confusion trying to figure out how to live without Him.

Of course we could live without electricity, but not without Jesus!

Stay “plugged in”.