Water for Kids # 1 You can help these children

Some kids of villages walk hours carrying polluted water (sometimes the only water they can find) for their family to drink. If they had a local well of clean water the kids could go to school (instead of carrying water). And they and their families would not get as sick. And with local clean water and an education, the cycle of poverty may be broken for them.

I am going to walk, or walk-run a half marathon to raise money for clean water. For these kids, for their parents, for Jesus.

I am 75 pounds over my suppose-to-be weight. I haven’t exercised in decades. I’m scared to death. And I hate running.

My recruiters at my church say I’m “qualified.”

So here’s the deal. If you want to cheer me on: wonderful. If you want to pray that God would help me (and I desperately need Him): that’s wonderful too. If you want to give any amount of money (no amount too small (or big :>)) to World Vision so you can help them give clean water to these precious people and change their lives for the better: priceless.

To learn more go to: https://teamworldvision.org/participant/James-McNaughton Once on the page you can get more details on how important clean water is, and the real impact you can make in getting clean water to children that desperately need it.

Just to let you know I’m invested, my wife and I have donated $50 for one child’s clean water and paid the registration fee of $95 for me to do the half-marathon. If we (me and all of you) raise $3,000 I will donate another $100 (more details to come).

Clean-Water Update: My oldest son walked with me and we went over 2 miles. He is thinking of raising money for the kids clean water too.

You have a choice . . .

Jesus never forces Himself on anyone. He may go to extremes to get your attention, though. He gave me 10 years of mental illness (and I did not take correct meds) until He had humbled me. Jesus took away everything I had until I had nothing to lose by accepting him. I was still proud, still rude and still disrespectful. I grudgingly accepted Him and because of His great humility he gave me His Life with Him forever. I am so thankful that Jesus loved me enough to send me through suffering so that I would be able to think clearly enough to accept him. He never forced Himself on me, but He did get my attention to give me a choice.

The “Apostle Paul” was killing “Christians.” Jesus knocked the “Apostle Paul” to the ground with a blinding light and “Paul” could not see for 3 days. Jesus did not force Himself on Paul, but He did get Paul’s attention so Paul could make a choice.

It was considered the highest honor be the first to receive the bread dipped in sop. Jesus reserved this honor for Judas at the last supper. Jesus loved Judas and this was a last effort to win Judas from what Judas was about to do (betray Jesus). Jesus did not force Himself on Judas, but Jesus did get Judas’ attention so Judas could make a choice.

Jesus will not force Himself on you. Jesus may be using this essay to get your attention. If He is you could possibly skip mental illness, skip blinding light and make a better choice than Judas made.

It’s your choice.

Jesus said, How do you read the Scriptures?

I was reading a commentary on Proverbs in the Bible and a thought came to me that explained the clash between the Pharisees and Jesus.

Proverbs describes practicing its wisdom as a way to be successful. And successful is described as: a long life, riches, safety, honor, righteousness, justice, equity and every good path. The wise would not walk with sinners, because they may learn their behavior.

Jesus was not rich. And Jesus accompanied “sinners.” He even ate and drank with them. He said it is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. The Pharisees sneered at this.

Jesus loved God and people. The Pharisees loved money, power and prestige.

They read the same “Bible.” What was the difference?

When I read Proverbs I naturally read it as I imagine the Pharisees did. Riches are money. Proverbs teach how to get rich. Success is living long, enjoying good health and safety and all that money can buy.

But if I imagine looking through Jesus’ eyes at Proverbs what might I see? Being poor may be being poor in spirit, that is, acknowledging my poverty before God in the things that really matter. Riches may be my love relationship with God and love relationship with others.

Proverbs just may be teaching me how to be rich in love.

Jesus many times did the opposite of what was expected of the Messiah, because the Pharisees misread the Scriptures and expected someone like themselves. The Pharisees were expecting someone who matched their views. Jesus challenged their views; but they thought they had nothing to learn from Jesus and so they dismissed him. They couldn’t refute the miracles, though, so they said the good he did came from evil, from the devil.

So misreading the Scripture started with riches being mistaken for just money, and ended with the unforgivable sin: saying the Holy Spirit is evil.

But there were those who did read the Scriptures like Jesus.

Mark 12:32–34 (NASB95)

32 The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him;

33 and to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.

When you read the scriptures the way Jesus does he offers you Himself.

You are not far from the Kingdom of God (Jesus).

How do you read the Scriptures?

More poetry from Karen…

I Never Understood

I never understood what freedom was
Until I understood your Saving Grace.
I never understood your love
Until I felt your Spirit’s warm embrace.

And now, I know that I am yours,
That YOUR LOVE chose me first.
And I am covered by your grace,
Lost in your forgiving love, totally immersed.

I was lost, but now I’m found,
And your love will NEVER let me go.
I’ll walk this path you have me on,
Safe, through highs and lows.

You Are My Redeemer;
The Beginning and the End, The Savior of this whole wide world
And YOU have called me friend.

Written by

Karen Rawlings
5 -11-19


Every mother who decides to end her pregnancy is still deeply loved by God; just as every mother who bears her child is deeply loved by God. Both desperately need the love and care of Jesus; who died for both of them (or rather, all four of them).

The movie UNPLANNED (R) is the true story of a real woman’s journey concerning abortion. She said she was lied to by Planned Parenthood (R) and when she discovered the truth… it changed everything.

This Thursday March 28th at 7:20 pm at Celebration! Cinema (R) South and Celebration! Cinema (R) Rivertown Crossing, UNPLANNED (R) will offer truth, love and Jesus, to anyone who is willing to see, hear, and understand.

(I have no relationship with UNPLANNED (R) or Celebration! Cinema
(R) and the opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily theirs).

Overflow of reading the first half dozen Psalms

O Jesus, you are more faithful to me than I am to myself.
You alone care about me,
You alone care for me.
Though I or they speak a thousand lies as truth,
Your words alone will stand.
Come quickly to me
or I will fall.
Come quickly to me
or they will dishonor Your Name.
Vindicate me O Jesus
for Your Name’s sake.
Then I will stand and not be shaken.
Then they will know that You are God!