I mistakenly deleted some of the pictures from my phone the other day.  Who needs 11 pictures of out of focus shoes and 19 pictures of my screen shot? But the good thing that happened was I took the time to peruse through my library of phone pics.  The picture of the Sea of Galilee brought back good memories of the trip Karen and I took a few years ago reminding me of a story I filed away in my Sermon Stuff file. I just had to find it and rework just a bit.  So here is Story #4
There are two major bodies of water in the land where Jesus walked. One found in Northern Israel is the Sea of Galilee, a beautiful lake 13 miles long and 7 miles wide filled with fish and surrounded by lush foliage. In Jesus’ time, the area around this Sea was a string of thriving cities.  No wonder, the sea was teeming with life!  The fisheries of this region were famous throughout the Roman Empire and provided a robust trade.
The other body of water is the Dead Sea, 50 miles long and 11 miles wide, the shoreline of which is 1300 feet below sea level. Seven million tons of water evaporates from the Dead Sea every day. The water’s 26-35% makeup of salt, bromide, and other chemicals makes life impossible.  Geographically, these two seas are only 63 miles apart.
The Sea of Galilee is fed from the Jordan River; water comes in, water goes out. The Dead Sea also receives water from the Jordan River.  Water flows in but none flows out.  Both seas are fed by the Jordan River. There is really only one difference between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea – water flows through the Sea of Galilee, while water flows into the Dead Sea but not out!  One sea is full of flow and life… the other sea is stagnate and lifeless.

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:15-16
“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” 

Reflection Questions:
When was the last time you peruse through your pictures?
What good comes from a lukewarm temperature?
What are you “hot” about?

Prayer: Holy God, keep my energy flowing for your good and let my caring for others be life-giving.  Amen.

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