A small town at the foot of a mountain could not grow because it had no reliable water source. Then one day, two men poking around on top of the mountain found a lake of pure water. They built a channel to bring that water down to the town. Suddenly the town began to grow and flourish. The story illustrates how all humanity once suffered from having no reliable source of water to quench our spiritual thirst. Then God used the channel of His Son becoming human to bring us the refreshing water of eternal life. Christ’s coming makes it possible for all humanity to have their sins forgiven, and to have the on-going presence of God’s Spirit within to teach, encourage, and empower us to be and do our best in life. The Apostle Paul referred to this way when in Romans Ch 11, he said, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory.” God’s plan to offer us free salvation is so profound that it is hard to see how anyone could reject or neglect it.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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