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The River that Nourishes: Ezekiel 47:1-12

The river that flows from the temple….

It makes me think of the potential that exists in the church for a river of life and healing to flow from it out into the community.

The river nourishes the sea and the trees along the banks of the river. The sea produces fish in abundance, and the trees produced fruit likewise.

Everything will live where the river goes; and the river flows from the temple.

The interesting, exciting, and fascinating thing is that the river nourishes everything around it. But those things it nourishes aren’t part of the temple, from which the river flows.

It speaks to me of the grace of God flowing through the community and nourishing it. The grace of God is the river that flows from the temple. Likewise, the life of the church needs to flow out into the community and nourish it. And because of the nourishment it receives from God, the community will be a healthier and happier place to be.

Would that more churches would flow out from their temples for the sake of blessing their local communities….

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January 4, 2007 - Posted by | contemplative, culture, god, mission

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  1. In my last comment I wondered what the big talking point was between Christians during the Christmas season? For me the big event for Christians was the visit of four of Britain’s most prominent religious figures to the Middle East. Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury), Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (Catholic Archbishop of Westminster), David Coffey (Free Churches Moderator), Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian (Primate of the British Armenian Church) all went to see the effects of the various wars going on there at first hand. There could have been many more British Church leaders in attendance, but I suppose the thinking was that this would draw attention to the fact the Christian Community is even more divided than the Islamic Community

    To the cynics who say nothing can be done, I would point out that the same people were saying the same things about Northern Ireland thirty years ago when rival religious groups of Christians were shooting and blowing up each other, and killing many innocent civilians in the process. There is now an uneasy peace in Northern Ireland – thanks in part to our much derided politicians. But more thanks to the “ordinary people” in Northern Ireland who from time to time bravely, and often with resultant oppression and threats to themselves and their families, stood up against the gunmen of all sides and said
    “This must stop”

    I wonder how much the horrors in the Middle East have actually anything to do with religion. The majority of Muslims in the middle East are just “ordinary people”, who want to lead their lives and practise their faith in peace, just as the majority of Christians in Northern Ireland wished to do the same.

    Ordinary people do feel powerless in these situations. We do not know the answers to these very complex situations. But Tony talked in his article of the potential which exists in the Church for a river of life and healing to flow from the Christian Church in Walthamstow out into the community. The British Church leaders gave a lead in this matter. Did all the Christians listen and learn from what they said during their tour of the Middle East, including:
    “The eyes and the hearts of the world must be opened to what is happening here.”
    “Israelis and Palestinians needed international support to solve their problems.”
    Were these comments the major talking point of Walthamstow Christians at Christmas? After all, this was the time where the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago in this very region was being celebrated.

    LIVE – Feel Connected (sometimes) – Be Joyful (sometimes)
    Lawrence

    Comment by Lawrence Woods | January 7, 2007 | Reply

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