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I who speak to you am He. – John 4:26

Jesus knew exactly what He was doing when He decided to pass through Samaria. He had been in Judea and was returning to Galilee, and the disciples couldn’t believe He wanted to take that route. It was the shorter way home, but most Jews considered the Samaritans to be unclean. Therefore, they generally avoided the area. But not by Jesus. He had an appointment with a woman at a well, but He didn’t let His disciples in on His plan.

As He stopped to rest beside the well, they urged Him to keep moving. Finally, He sent them into the city to buy food. When a woman showed up to draw water, Jesus asked her for a drink. By simply talking to her—a woman whose life was far from pure—He violated Jewish rules. Only women who lived sinful lifestyles came to the well at midday. Yet this was exactly when and where she met the Savior and where He told her of God’s unconditional love for her.

Jesus is still willing to go anywhere to meet us. And when we come to know and experience His personal love for us, we will finally understand how to worship Him.

This woman became a believer, and her peace and faith were so powerful that those who heard her speak couldn’t wait to meet her Savior.

Remember, like the woman at the well, you are never outside the reach of God’s love. Keep your eyes open for Him. He is closer than you think.

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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