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Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.”
Genesis 1:26a

I admit it. I have projects around the house that I have started and not finished. Truth be told, I will probably never finish some of them! I start something, get discouraged or get distracted, and do not see it through to completion. When God starts something He always finishes! Nothing is left dangling; there are no loose ends. This includes God’s eternal purpose for you and me! God is never put off or discouraged by weaknesses and failures. The apostle Paul assures us of God’s tenacity in working with us: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). This is all brought about “according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Today’s scripture pictures God at the drawing board, so to speak, setting forth His eternal purpose for our lives: to make us like Him. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit resolve, “Let us make humankind in our image.” This is a project started, and a project that will be completed. God, who is love, longed to share His very life with us so He set about to make us like Him. Even when sin and rebellion broke out, God was not to be deterred. God sent His beloved Son Jesus to take on our sin and rebellion, imparting to us His very life. God did this so that we might “become participants in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4c), fulfilling His purpose for us.

I know that God will complete what He has begun in me. God stays with it. I sometimes get discouraged and distracted, but God doesn’t. Through all of my ups and downs, God is carrying out His purpose to make me like Jesus. Scripture assures, “What we do know is this: when Christ is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is” (1 John 3:2b). From eternity past to eternity future God is working His purpose for me: I will be like Him and share His life and glory!

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You will bring water from rock for the community.
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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