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Weekly message audio from Daybreak Community Church in Royersford, PA. Join us every Sunday 9:30am at 775 W. Main St. Trappe, PA 19426 (Community Music School) 

Feb 17, 2008

Sitting across from someone I've just recently met, my relational nerves, deep down inside, quiver just a little. Though on the outside I seek to project "I'm calm, cool and collected," inside the butterflies flutter.  A brand new person in my world.  What's he like?  Will we enjoy each other's ideas?  I hope there's not some hidden agenda.  Is he genuinely real, authentic enough to open up?  Can I laugh with him at something that's rather trivial but seriously funny? A cup of steaming hot coffee warms my hands and helps calm my nerves as the conversation begins to unfold. We share basics; we chat about our kids. Then we laugh over some goofy shared experience, and before long, we share a little deeper. It's proving to be a real good encounter, and I find myself saying inside, "I think I like this guy."  And I'm sensing we'll become even better friends in the weeks and months to come.
Most encounters work something like that.  You're nervous; You interact; Your knowledge of one another increases; Your trust grows.  And over time, your relational strength can keep growing.  It's the same as we encounter Jesus.  Starting this Sunday and across the coming weeks thru Easter, we will experience a Sunday series entitled Encountering the Real Jesus.  Flowing from St. John's biography of Christ, we will be exploring Jesus' own claims about who He is and the personal impact He can make in our lives. This week, we'll watch his encounter with the Samaritan woman beside the ancient well (John's Gospel, chapter 4).