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Verses 40-42: “But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.”

My family and I were in a sports-themed restaurant watching the recent AFC Championship NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Toward the end of the game, my wife asked me about an interesting graphic that appeared on the TV screen about Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots pass-catching tight end. It was detailing not only his yards per catch, but the “yards after catch”; this was what my wife asked about. I described it was the yards that a receiver achieves after he has caught the football…the additional yards he gained during the play, not just the initial yards the ball flew from the quarterback to him. It was what he did after he caught the pass.

My wife remarked, “Kind of like what people do with Jesus after they accept Him as Lord and Savior…what they do with Him after they have been saved.” I paused from watching the game and thought, “that’s good.” I told my wife, “Honey, that’s real good!” and made a note to use that for an upcoming blog entry…which I just did. 🙂

Peter’s salvation was already assured, but he, like the other apostles, carried out Jesus’s command to the fullest, telling all the world about Him. Peter came when sent for, saw the grief of Tabitha’s (also translated Dorcas’s) friends. He prayed, and in the name of Jesus, raised her from the dead. The miracle was used to win many to believe in Jesus Christ. Like my previous post, Tabitha did eventually die and go to Heaven; Peter’s raising her didn’t give her immortality on Earth. But accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and trusting in Him does give you eternal life.

So…what are you doing after you catch the ball?

Something to think about.

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John 4:11: “The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?” ”

Anyone who has been following these email/blog entries knows that I’m a fan of old Saturday morning cartoons. Chief among my favorite cartoons growing up was Superfriends. The episode I’m referring to today was titled “The Mysterious Moles”. It had to do with a speleology professor named Maximus Mole and his wife Minimus. They had discovered a deep, underground cave world (which they named Molesville) where rocks and trees have some form of ambulatory life thanks to the water source of the area; they named this strange water “walkwater”. Using walkwater on boulders and trees in our normal above-ground world enabled them to animate the boulders and trees to “help” them in “borrowing” massive air conditioner units from skyscrapers; they were using them to try and cool the area around the volcanic vents in the cave so they could harvest massive diamonds that lay around the vents. Their thefts of the units is what brought them into conflict with the Superfriends. Such a fanciful term as “walkwater” was interesting to someone like me who enjoys comic book fantasy.

Living water, which Jesus spoke about, is no fantasy, yet was always a fascinating term to those who read the Bible story of Jesus’s encounter with the woman at the well. A water that you could drink and never thirst again? Sounded too good to be true…yet it’s true. I always enjoyed the various ways that Jesus referred to the gift He brings…the gift of eternal life through Him. He spoke in terms that you and I (and the woman at the well) can understand…but the true meaning is so much deeper and satisfying.

Even deeper than a bottomless cave called Molesville. 🙂

For your information: walkwater is a cartoon term…living water is real…and free!

Something to think about today.

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verse 4: “Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.”

I remember an episode of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (yep, another Saturday morning flashback!) that concerned a friend of the gang who always had money and toys galore; he said he always got it from his big brother. Fat Albert accidentally broke one of the toys and wanted to make it up to the kid’s brother. Long story short, Fat Albert exposes the brother as a drug dealer; the man gets arrested. The little brother is short-sightedly mad at Albert, telling him that he and the gang won’t be friends with him any more because he stopped his big brother’s “money supply”. Of course, the gang is NOT mad at Fat Albert, they knew he did the right thing and they still respected him and his friendship! In addition to the anti-drug message of the episode, the kid also thought that money could buy friendships.

Unfortunately, that’s truer in the real world than I wish it was. It does seem like money “attracts” a lot of “friends”, and the lack or disappearance of it causes those “friends” to disappear as well. We need to make sure that our friendships are genuine and not based on material things. When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t have any money, but He offered the greatest gift we could ever have: eternal life through Him. He still offers that gift today; no money necessary!

Have a blessed day!

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verses 19-20: “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.”

You go to college or trade school. You make it through 4 or more tough years of difficult classes, massive homework assignments, class projects, and more difficult instructors (don’t worry, youngsters, it’s not as bad as I’m painting it! haha) You’ll go through ups and downs in relationships and life events. It’s a different world from high school. And then you get to graduation day—cap and gown, the processional, hearing your name called, getting the diploma….and that’s it. Nothing more comes of it. Time for the next thing, if there is a next thing…

Wait, you say. That’s not right! There was a reason you went to college, right? Isn’t it supposed to prepare you or help you in your chosen career in life after school? Aren’t some of the people you meet possibly involved in your future as well?

Yes, I exaggerated that situation to make a point. College isn’t just for 4 years and that be it. It’s the education and key you need, these days, to get into almost any career. In years past, it was icing on the cake; now, it’s the cake, and you have to have it, to make it in a job (most cases any way).

So it is with our life in Christ. If all we had to live for, was just during our time on earth, how sad. All the stuff on this old planet will be gone one day. Christ said the walk we choose in Him is not easy. But it’s all preparation for the glory of the prize…eternal life in Heaven with Him! Just think about those bolded words; no more pain and suffering…we will be with Him in glory.

Like the verse from the song goes:
“When Jesus steps out,
On a cloud to call His children,
The dead in Christ will rise,
To meet Him in the air!”
Midnight Cry

When life gets you down during your “studies” today….think about Him and the prize that awaits.

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