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Water Into Wine

August 30, 2013

Greetings,

Normally I would open here with a bible passage.  However, I can’t today because just about a half hour ago I gave away my last bible.  Now I won’t be able to afford one until I get paid next week.  I could go online and find a passage, but I just don’t have that much time right now.  If I could quote a passage here it would be the Gospel of John, the first half of chapter two.

I am just home from eating an early dinner at Applebee’s.  The restaurant was crowded so I sat at the bar to eat.  When the bartender asked how I was doing, I said overflowing with the Joy of the Lord.  She was a bit taken aback by my response, so then I added ….Jesus just makes me feel good about life.  Then she smiled at me and said, “I wish I could feel good about life too.”  I responded with….. Jesus can do that for you…can we talk?

For the next 45 minutes we had an awesome conversation as she worked.  I shared the words of Jesus with Kristen, words of truth, love, grace and life.  She wondered if Jesus could ever really love or understand someone who serves alcohol for a living.  It was then that I told her that the very first miracle Jesus ever performed was turning water into wine at a wedding banquet.  That simple fact nearly blew Kristen’s mind.

Next she told me that “Christians” have never treated her well.  That when they come there to eat after their church services they are rude and rarely ever tip well.  Kristen said that she had tried going to several churches over the years, but always left the building feeling judged and condemned instead of loved and comforted.  Right then I shocked her when I explained that I did not go to church, as she understands it, that I simply met with other followers of Jesus in homes.  

I went on to say that in home fellowship we had open and free conversations where everyone got to share,  rather than sermons given by one man in charge called Pastor.  She wanted to know more about what happens when we meet so I told her that we would pray, sing, share testimonies and read the bible together in no particular set order.  I said it was a family gathering where we ate and shared our hearts with one another in celebration of Jesus.  At which she exclaimed, “I would just love that!”

Next our conversation turned directly towards her and Jesus.  I asked her if she wanted Jesus in her life.  She said yes, but that she had so much to change in her life before Jesus would ever accept her.  I said the good news was that Jesus accepts everyone right where they are in life.   She said, but what about all my sins, poor judgment and foul behavior?  I told her that Jesus accepts her just the way she is and that in time if her behavior needed changes Jesus would help her with that all the way, no matter what!  I said we don’t change in order to be saved, but rather freely receive salvation in order that Jesus can make changes for and in us.  I told Kristen that everything begins and ends with relationship with God via Jesus Christ.  After that we prayed together and she laid her burdens down at the foot of the cross.

My heart is simply overflowing with His love.  I cannot restrain or contain it.  It is a little scary because it seems so out of control, but I can’t deny it.  I am so in love with Jesus and the Spirit has anointed me to share the Good News.  I do not know how long this season will last in my life, but I am just holding on to Him for dear life as He races before me preparing hearts to receive His love, truth, mercy and grace.  I mean this is so unbelievable and wild…every time I buy another bible He has me give it away within a week.  I guess all those people who accuse me of not valuing the bible and using it incorrectly need to just back off and shut up.  Jesus and His words are just so alive and real to me right now.  I am nothing, Christ is ALL!  Please pray for Kristen?  

Love and ….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. AWESOME!

  2. I love this, Chris. Spontaneous, life-style NT evangelism/mission in the market-place, not in church buildings. Keep it up and warm greetings!

  3. Brought tears to my eyes. This is the overflow of the aroma of Christ poured forth from you. (coming up in the Song of Songs) 🙂 I can’t tell you how much I was blessed by this. Thanks so much for sharing it. May the passion never end!

  4. Sent the New KJV, read through a couple of things, like Psalm 23 and the language is good and easy to follow, no thees, thous, ye, or stuff like the Lord is my shepherd, i am groovyl. Tracking number is 9405509699939224480940 It should arrive by Tuesday. Lost you on Facebook, but you can just delete this from here. — Terri

  5. Marc permalink

    How free…how real…how cool….what a good deal.

  6. This is the Good News in action, love it!

    Since you brought up that pesky matter of the importance of the Bible, I thought I would pass this along. I loved how he refers to the “inerrancy of Jesus” above the inerrancy of the Bible.

    http://thejesusevent.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/why-i-am-an-anabaptist/

    “Scripture is held as authoritative, but Jesus is held to be inerrant in the ways that Evangelicals believe the Bible to be.” Tyler Tully

  7. Absolutely I will be praying for Kristen. When we go in His power, we get His results! Like Pamela said, this brought tears to my eyes. So sad how we have turned away those who are seeking Him; how we have made Christianity an exclusive club. So glad she sees Jesus in you, looking forward to hearing about what He does next in your life! You are overflowing with His Living water!!!

  8. Vic kosloski permalink

    God is good. All the time. Anywhere even at a bar stool when there is a heart with holes in it He sends a messager to do the job. Great job Chris. Thank you Jesus for sending him!

  9. Well I’ve read two of your blogs so far and the second was as good as the first. I’m a fan… keep loving people.

  10. Chris, You are a real blessing IN Christ. Keep pouring out His love as He pours it in. Love you, my brother!
    Michael

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