"I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24 NRSV)

There are no conditions--no qualifiers. Any who will are invited to come to Jesus. Going to church every Sunday is importation, but that's not a condition to receive the living water. I hope you've always live a decent and upright life, but that's not a condition either. Neither is your financial support of Christ's work. This water that will keep you forever young within is offered with no strings attached. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ACCEPT IT. The only requirement is trust.

Perhaps you saw the adventure film, INDIANA JONES AND THE FINAL QUEST. In this action-packed thriller, Jones begins a dual search for his father and the holy grail. As you may know from your study of medieval history, the holy grail was purported to be the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper and later it was given to Joseph of Arimethea, who used it to catch some of the blood of Jesus at His crucifixion.

Regardless of the amount of truth in the storyline, it is an entertaining movie. In one scene, the Nazis are trying to secure the cup, but cannot penetrate the passageway. There are three traps that have been set to keep intruders away. Indiana Jones knows the answer to the passageway, but refuses to go in. One of the Nazis then shoots his father and says, "Now Dr. Jones, the only way to save your father is through the miraculous power of the grail." To make a long story short, Jones does get the grail and it does save his father, but it is not the cup that saves him. It is his faith in the God of the cup. Indiana Jones' father asks him, "What do you believe in now, son?"

Dear God, I believe in you. Help me to live for you today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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