3/12/2013 8:59:00 PM First Southern Baptist Church News
Sunday’s message was taken from Ezekiel chapter 47, where Ezekiel saw the vision of the river flowing out of the temple, across the desert, and into the Dead Sea. Measuring out a thousand cubits they found the water about ankle deep, another thousand and it was up to the knees, another and it was waist deep. Finally after another thousand it was too deep to wade across—water to swim in.
Bro. Feral used a childhood experience of his to illustrate: that of going down to the creek on a hot summer day. Where the road forded the creek the water was shallow enough to wade in, but a little farther down stream was a hole with water deep enough to swim in. If you did not want to go any farther, you could enjoy the cool refreshing water around your ankles. But, the walking was hard because of the rocks in the creek bed and the sun was still hot on you r back. If you wanted more of what the creek had to offer it was necessary to go farther. There were two ways to get to the deep water. One was to make your way over the rough rocks or to get up on the bank to where a rope was hanging from a tree and swing out into the deep. If you were afraid to get your feet wet or that you might get in over your head, you might never experience all that was there for you.
It’s the same with God. Jesus said that He had come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. If you want the abundant life it’s possible, but you must be willing to get into the deep water.
We would like to thank our visitors today and pray that God will lead you where He wants you to worship. Also a reminder that we are having a singing next Sunday night on March 16. The Hackett’s will be here at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and we will have refreshments afterwards.