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Summary: Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The world understands this need this thirst. There is an Ad that features Jonathan Goldsmith as "The world's most interesting man" He ends the ad by saying -Stay thirsty my friends.

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For those that are not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scripture readings before the "Message" Today's appointed readings were: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; and John 4:5-42

A small boy was sent to bed by his father....... Five minutes later.... "Da-ad...." "What?"

"I'm thirsty. ......Can you bring drink of water?"

"No. You had your chance.... Lights out."

Five minutes later: "Da-aaaad.....""WHAT?"

"I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??"

"I told you NO!".... If you ask again, ....I'll have to spank you!!"

Five minutes later......"Daaaa-aaaad.....""WHAT!"

"When you come in to spank me, .....can you bring a drink of water?"

Have you ever been thirsty?

I do not mean an average thirst ......where a drink of water sounds good after a long walk .....or after working in the yard on a hot summer day.

I mean really ..... really thirsty...where your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth. And you have to peel your lips off of your teeth ...... all you can think about is water. (Pause)

A few years ago, ......a young marine corporal named Joey Mora ......was standing on a platform of an aircraft carrier that was patrolling the Iranian Sea.

Incredibly, he fell overboard........His absence was not known for 36 hours.

A search and rescue mission began, ..... but was given up on ......after an additional 24 hours.

No one could survive in the sea .....without even a life jacket ...... after 60 hours.

His parents were notified ...... that he was "missing ..... and presumed dead."

The rest of the story is one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" ....events.

Scriptwriters would pass it up as... "not believable."

Four Pakistani fishermen found Joey Mora .....about 72 hours after he had fallen from the aircraft carrier.

He was treading water, ..... clinging to a makeshift floatation device made from his trousers.... a skill learned in most military courses on survival training.

He was delirious when they pulled him into their fishing boat. ....... His tongue was dry and cracked .......... and his throat parched.

Just about two years later, ....as he spoke on NBC News, ....he recounted.... an unbelievable story ......of a WILL.... to live.

He said it was God .... It was God....who kept him struggling to survive.

His discovery by the fishermen ..... makes searching for a needle in a haystack .....a piece of cake.

Joey said that the one thought that took over his body .....and pounded in his brain was...... Water!.... Water!

Have you ever been thirsty like that?

And I am not talking about "H2O".

We all thirst for something...

-We long to feel loved

-We long to experience happiness and joy

-We desperately search for meaning & significance.

Beloved ......when we come to church... when we come to worship .....we are surrounded .... by an ocean .....of "Living Water"

During worship .... When we sing .... We are quenching our souls ..... When we listen to the Scriptures..... they hydrate our lives ..... and yet many .....many are still thirsty!

Many have a Sahara desert soul...A dry Soul.


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