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Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
John 17:25-26

I smile remembering our ritual while tucking our boys into bed. “I love you boys more than the last number in the whole world.” To that, the little guys would feign protest: “But daddy, there is no last number in the whole world.” That was my cue: “I know there is no last number in the whole world, but that’s how much I love you!”

In today’s scripture, Jesus prays that we might know how much His Father loves us. On the night before Jesus gives His life for us, He prays that His Father’s name and love for us be known so that “the love with which you [God] have loved me [Jesus] may be in them [us].” I like the way the Amplified Bible translates this: “so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them {overwhelming their heart}…”

Here are heights and depths of love too staggering to grasp or take in: that the Father loves us as He loves His beloved Son Jesus! We would think this sacrilegious to even think or say, except that it is our Lord Jesus praying it for us. John Calvin delights that 

“the love with which God loves is none other than that with which he loved his Son from the beginning…that we might be made partakers of the same love and might enjoy it forever.”

(John Calvin, Commentary on John’s Gospel)

This is more love than I can imagine. No wonder the apostle Paul prayed that believers might know a love beyond all knowing, a love “that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19). But thankfully God sent His Holy Spirit into our hearts to help us live in God’s love and boldly pray “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). Here is something I know for sure: God loves me like He loves Jesus. God looks at me and says what He said of Jesus: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).

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Numbers 20:8

We take our name from the Bible’s story of the archetypal Exodus journey during which the people of God came to a place in the desert wilderness where there was no water. Yet, it was there in a hostile wilderness that they experienced God’s provision of water for them and leadership into a new future. We trust in a God who still provides, renews and leads His people.

Rooted in the Word

We are a ministry of Christian renewal rooted in the Living Word, Jesus Christ, as He reveals Himself through His Written Word, the Bible. Through the Written Word we encounter the Living Word in the incomprehensible wonder of His love. We are mindful that knowledge, even of the Bible, “puffs up” while love “builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). We engage the Scriptures seeking to love more and know more of love. We purpose to search out God’s Word with both our minds and our hearts.

Ecumenical in Outlook

We honor all followers of Christ who have gone before us, and all who are among us now. We have much to learn and receive from all who have a lived experience of God’s transforming love. By reaching out to embrace the universal Body of Christ we strive to balance orthodoxy (right belief) and right living (orthopraxy).

In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.
(Rupertus Meldenius, 1582 – 1651)

Experiencing the Living God

We thirst to know God and not just to know about Him. We long for a living experience of God. We believe that God breaks into our world on the holy ground of His Word, and seek through His Spirit a living encounter with Him there. We daily aim to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength (Mark 12:30).

The arms of God be around my shoulders,
The touch of the Holy Spirit upon my head,
The sign of Christ’s cross upon my forehead,
The sound of the Holy Spirit in my ears,
The fragrance of the Holy Spirit in my nostrils,
The vision of heaven’s company in my eyes,
The conversation of heaven’s company on my lips,
The work of God’s church in my hands,
The service of God and the neighbor in my feet,
A home for God in my heart,
And to God, the Father of all, my entire being. Amen.
—Fursey of Yarmouth, 6th century Irish monk

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