Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Way You Show Jesus

My daughter won a Jamie Grace CD awhile back at one of the Youth Events she had gone to, but we really only ever listen to song #2, "Hold Me", because it's so darn catchy!  And, because it shares a wonderful message about how God is always there for us.  We are His children, and He will never leave nor forsake us.


Monday, I had occasion to drive somewhere alone (I know, unusual event in itself), and my favorite radio station (Alright, it's K-LOVE) was having a weak signal kind of day, so I put in the CD.  I found that I didn't just love that song, but that there are other songs there that tell a beautiful and wonderful story about a God who loves His children, a Savior who died for us, and the way that we should "Show Jesus".  


In fact, there are several songs that I want to talk about eventually, but today I just want to think about the one that's in my head, and the message that it shares.  "Show Jesus" is a ballad that lifts up and recognizes someone who shows the love of Jesus in his or her life.  One of my favorite lines talks about how you don't even have to say a word to show the love of Jesus when you know Him, when you walk with Him.


You know love is what they heard,
And you didn't even say a word,
Ain't it funny that's the way it works,
When you know Jesus, 
  
And to me, that's what it's all about.  The love of Jesus is what draws people to us, and through us, to Him.  He wants to use us to reach others, to help others, to love others, but we need to be showing Him and shining His light out to the world.  If I'm just like everyone else, then what kind of witness am I?  If I love others, and I show others the love of Christ, then the difference is visible, and it's "It's like flippin' on the light switch, when you're walkin' into this room, It's so undeniable." 
And it is absolutely, irrevocably undeniable that people see a difference when you know Jesus, and when you "show Jesus".

God called us to love others, and to show His love to others in many places in the Bible.  Matthew 5:13-16 explains that we are the salt and the light, the flavor and the light that people see.  If we lose that flavor or we hide that light, then we are not sharing God's word and God's love with people, and we're flat out not doing the job He created us for.


13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Jesus told us that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second greatest commandment is to love others.  They go hand in hand, because if you love God, you will love others, and if you love others, you're showing your love for God!


Matthew 22:37-39  37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


God expressly gave us, His children, a direction, a calling, a commandment, a commission in Matthew 28, verses 19-20.  

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Not to mix my metaphors, but there's a quote that comes to mind.  "People don't/won't know how much you know until they know how much you care."  (I'd love to give credit where credit is due, but various wordings of this quote have been attributed to multiple individuals, from Thomas Watson, to John Maxwell, "Anonymous", "Unknown", and even Zig Zigler.)  The point is, that people won't see or care about Christ unless they know that you love and care about them.  


Do you know Jesus?  Do you show Jesus?  What are some ways that you are already showing Jesus? How can you show Jesus in your life?



Jamie Grace - Show Jesus

Say, Lalalalalala, Lalala, Yeah,

Your smile's always shining out,
And they know what it's all about,
It's now hard for them to figure out,
The way you show Jesus,
You know love is what they heard,
And you didn't even say a word,
Ain't it funny that's the way it works,
When you know Jesus,

Ooohhhh, It's like flippin' on the light switch,
When you're walkin' into this rooooom,
It's so undeniable,

I gotta tell you that I like the way,
Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
It's written all over your face,
The way you love Jesus,
And it always speaks to me,
A little joy with a touch of peace,
It's so inspiring,
The way you show Jesus,

So gimme that, Gimme that,
And show me that, Show me that,
Oh gimme that, Gimme that,
The way you show Jesus,

When I'm feelin' down on my luck,
When life's hard times get tough,
You're right there to pick me up,
When you bring Jesus,
'Cause every now and then,
We all need a really good friend,
You're always one of them,
When you show Jesus,

And ooohhhh, 
It's like flippin' on the light switch,
When you're walkin' into this rooooom,
It's so unmistakable,

I gotta tell you that I like the way,
Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
It's written all over your face,
The way you love Jesus,
And it always speaks to me,
A little joy with a touch of peace,
It's so inspiring,
The way you show Jesus,

So gimme that, Gimme that,
And show me that, Show me that,
Oh gimme that, Gimme that,
The way you show Jesus,

Ooohhhh, It's like flippin' on the light switch,
When you're walkin' into this rooooom,
It's so unmistakable,
And ooohhhh, Show up any time of day,
You can never get here to sooooon,
You're so unbelievable,
You're so unbelievable,

Just gimme that, Gimme that,
And show me that, Show me that,
Oh gimme that, Gimme that,
The way you show,
The way you show Him,

I gotta tell you that I'm liking the way,
Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
It's written all over your face,
The way you love Jesus,
And it always speaks to me,
A little joy with a touch of peace,
It's so inspiring,
The way you show Jesus,

So gimme that, Gimme that,
And show me that, Show me that,
Oh gimme that, Gimme that,
The way you show Jesus,

Oh gimme that, Gimme that,
And show me that, Show me that,
Oh gimme that, Gimme that,
The way you show Jesus,



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