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In the World

In the World – May 29, 2011 Natural disaster vs. Heavenly blessing: use "In the Word" to discuss Heaven & current events. SEASON OF DEATH The midwestern and southern United States have been pounded with disasters this spring. Floods and tornadoes have taken a massive toll in lives and property damage. The twister that just hit Joplin, Missouri was the deadliest in the U.S. since 1947. As the swollen waters of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers threatened population centers, the Army Corps of Engineers blew up levees and opened spillways. These actions have flooded thousands of square miles of cropland as a result. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that “floods are the deadliest weather phenomena—claiming an average of 100 lives annually.” WATER OF LIFE In the wrong measure and circumstances, water is a terrifying and powerfully destructive force. How different is the description of water in Revelation 22: no more muddy, turbulent, out-of-contro…

The Sunday School Lesson

This week’s treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson (for May 29) is written by Ron Arnold, senior pastor with Kaimuki Christian Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. ____________ Water of Life (Revelation 22:1-9, 13-17) By Ron Arnold Water department trucks in Honolulu display the slogan “Pure Water—Our Greatest Need—Conserve It” to remind the people of Hawaii to use this limited resource sparingly. This is true in the islands, and may be true in your area, if we’re talking about the physical realm. It’s only a half-truth in the spiritual realm. In the Scriptures, water is a symbol of life flowing from the presence of God, and it certainly is “our greatest need!” But God doesn’t call for us to conserve it. Rather, he urges us to give it away! The Water Flows from God (Revelation 22:1, 2) The Old and the New Testaments both use water to picture salvation, cleansing, and the Holy Spirit that comes from him. Ezekiel, in his vision, saw a river flowing from the temple of God giving…

This Week with the World

Water of life Sam E. Stone The Uniform Lesson for May 29 This lesson concludes our three-month study on the general theme, "We Worship God." We have considered guidelines for leaders, followed by reasons for praise, and finally John’s vision of worship. Today’s text comes from the portion of Revelation appropriately referred to as the conclusion or epilogue. It balances the foreword of the book (1:1-8). The vision has been revealed; the church is triumphant; the wicked are cut off. Our Lord’s return will transform everything into the ultimate "happy ending" for God’s people. The Provision/Revelation 22:1-5 In the Garden of Eden, there had been a river (Genesis 2:10). Now in the new Jerusalem, the source of life flows from the Lord’s presence providing free drink (Revelation 22:17) and life (John 4:10) for all. The river of the water of life flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of f…

Sunday Christian Lectionary Service

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011 | EASTER SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTEROld Testament Jeremiah 29:11–14 Psalm Psalm 85 New Testament James 1:22–27 Gospel John 16:23b–30 Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).