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Episode 5: Is the sky falling?

Eden, Earth – And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

Episode 4: God Creates Land

Eden, Earth – Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

Life with Lively: Water, Water, Everywhere!

It’s ironic that this week’s episode of BNN is about God creating water. In the past week we have had an abundance of water here in West Texas. Normally we get a few showers here and there; just enough to nourish the crops and plants, but this year has been different. It started on July 2nd with Hurricane Alex. After making a landfill, all of her moisture came right up here where I live. We were on the western edge of the system, so in Olton we got somewhere in the area of 2 ½ to 2 ¾ inches of rain. However, just 25 miles to the east in Plainview where I work, they got 5 to 6 inches of rain at the landfill. For the Fourth of July (it was actually on the 3rd) we went to my dad’s in Lorenzo, about 50 miles southeast of my home. We got there to find a lot of water. I spent the day standing in ankle deep water stirring a pot of beans. Water, for the first time that I can remember, is in abundance in this part of the country.
I will admit it is a nice change of pace to see the lakes full, and to see creeks flowing again –although it has made for a rough week at work; just driving around the landfill has been a challenge. But God has blessed our part of the country, and for that I am thankful.
One thing that has struck me as funny has been a constant question that lots of people keep asking. “Where did all this water come from?” I can’t help but smirk at that because it brings me back to when I was in 3rd grade. My dad was in charge of the city water system in Olton when I was in school, and my teacher had asked him to come and give a talk about water and water conservation. I remember he had a mason jar filled with water, and he held it up and proclaimed it was actual water from the Great Flood mentioned in Genesis. My classmates were taken aback with how cool that was. He passed the jar around and we all looked at it like it was a museum piece. One of my friends asked my dad where he could get some water from the flood and my dad pointed down the hall to the water fountain.
It’s one of those things we don’t really think about is it? The Bible says God created everything in the first seven days. God created water on Day 2, and when he did he created enough to last the lifetime of the universe. God knew on the second day of creation how much water we were going to need on July 9, 2010; and on July 10, and July 11 and so on.
Now admittedly, we have contaminated a lot of our water, and it will take a lot of effort to clean out the impurities to make it usable, but in that statement is today’s lesson.
In John 4: 13 and 14, Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.”
Jesus has given us a pure and simple way to salvation through him. Unfortunately, sometimes we allow that living water to become contaminated. We get so tied up with other things that we lose the joy of living a life free from sin.
This week I’m subbing in a Sunday school class and the lesson is in 1 Corinthians 11:17-26. It deals with how the Corinthian church had taken something as simple and pure as taking The Lords Supper and turned it into a show of who was the better Christian. The message had become contaminated, and because of that, remembering this important time in the life of Jesus, had lost its value to the Corinthians. So many times we get so wrapped up in what image we are portraying to others that we forget the purpose of worship is to glorify God.
Worshiping “The Living Water” is in itself perfect. We don’t need to add any flavorings, or sweeteners to it. God created us for His companionship, one on one with Him. We don’t have to put on a pre-tense of how great we want God to think we are. God doesn’t see our Christian T-shirts, he sees the person wearing the shirt. He knows that person and all the dirty little secrets that he is trying to keep.
Are we really drinking in the pure living water of Jesus or have we contaminated our lives, and just keep pouring in artificial agents to try to cover up the mess? I for one know that sometimes its best to just dump out all the crud in our lives and get a fresh cup of water. That is my prayer for this week: that I clear out all the impurities in my life and worship God pure clear and unfiltered.

Brocke Lively is a lifelong Texan from a little town called Olton.
Brocke and his wife, Lela, have 5 kids, 2 dogs, 5 cats, 2 chickens, and what seems like a revolving door of neighbor kids coming over to play. As a father, Brocke recognizes that how he lives his life, and how he worships God not only reflects on his own salvation, but ripples to how his kids worship God.
Brocke attends a small town church where he is known as an on-call substitute Sunday school teacher. He recognizes that his church family is also a large part of who he is, and who he want his kids to grow up to be; God-fearing followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Episode 3: God Separates the Waters

Earth, Universe – And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

Episode 2: Let There Be Light

Universe, Existence –  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Episode 1: The Beginning

Universe, Existence – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.