John Chapter 18

Bible Reading
What an interesting chapter.  There are so many storylines that we can relate to.  The reading of God’s Word is important because it is God speaking to us and giving us truth.  This is why reading and studying God’s Word is foundational.  What you learn today will be applicable to many areas of life throughout your life.  Applications of God’s Word now are wonderful, but remember we are also building up truth to be used in tomorrow’s situation as well.    (more…)
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John Chapter 17

Bible Reading
The Bible is not simply a guide for life, a collection of wise sayings and wonderful stories. It is both the meeting place and the instrument that brings you and God together. (Woodrow Kroll, in How to Find God in the Bible (taken from the insight for living daily devotions) Christ is glorified, in His human side, because He glorified the Father.  God glorifies Jesus because Jesus glorifies the Father.  Jesus goes on to say He finished what God the Father sent him to accomplish.  Paul in his writings said he finished his course, his purpose.  You and I have a purpose that is only experienced when we live to glorify God.  Life’s purpose is not being happy, or finding more things to enjoy but to bring glory to God.  God…
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John Chapter 16

Bible Reading
This Chapter is a continuation of Jesus teaching in Chapters 14 and 15.  He will end chapter 16 with 'I speak these things that you may have peace', speaking of a peaceful heart in Christ.  But Christ starts the chapter stating that some of you will die for the faith.  We must fully understand the gospel of Christ will offend people and that is okay, because it will bring conviction and salvation.  Those that do not receive salvation will seek to kill us.   (more…)
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John Chapter 15

Bible Reading
  I pray you are enjoying the bread of life, taking in daily spiritual nutrition.  Your faith is being strengthened by this the very Word of God.  God is filling you and transforming you, each and every time you take in His Word. Chapter 15 starts with us abiding in Christ.  To rest fully in our relationship with Christ.  Do not allow yourself to become disturbed by the situations of life, but rest in our wonderful relationship with God.  Now we can intellectually talk about a relationship and discuss the properties and function of a relationship, and still miss the understanding of a relationship.  (more…)
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John Chapter 14

Bible Reading
Let not your heart be troubled.  Our hearts automatically become troubled.  We have been in the state of worry for minutes before we acknowledge it.  Very quickly we proceed deep into the mire of being troubled.   So be on guard for troubled waters in your heart.  When you perceive a small ripple of concern, remind yourself that you trust in the true and living God.  Remind yourself that Jesus Christ Himself has and is preparing a place for me.  Jesus is coming back for me!  Jesus is going to take me to be with Him for all eternity.  So trouble, you’re not welcome in my life.  Trouble, you are so temporary, and my  relationship with God is eternal.  (more…)
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John Chapter 13

Bible Reading, News
The plan to bring our redemption is in place.  Jesus is ready and knows it is time.  Satan is ready and has filled Judas to be the betrayer of Christ.  Did you notice that God uses Satan as His tool?  Satan is not a god with a big G.  Satan is the prince and power of the air, a small god in this small part of the known universe.  But The God is in control and He is allowing Satan to move when He desires.  But the demons of hell are about to think they won, when in actuality they are about to finish themselves off by crucifying the Son of God.  (more…)
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John Chapter 12

Bible Reading
A few days later Jesus is having dinner with Lazarus and Mary.   Mary, who was upset at Jesus, now anointed His feet with very expensive oil.  The Jesus, who showed up “late” was now a well invited guest at the dinner table.  Don’t base Jesus on emotions or what you think He should or should not have done in your life.  Base your relationship on the sure understanding that Christ is Lord, the Son of God who is equal with God.  Christ deserves our worship for that reason alone.   (more…)
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John Chapter 11

Bible Reading
Jesus’ friend, whom He loved, was sick and Jesus waited.  Jesus waited two days before He went to Lazarus.  They sent word to Jesus, that Lazarus was sick; it was Mary, whom anointed Jesus, sending the request.  They believed the answer should have come quickly, and their request met according to their desires.  But God had a different plan.  God’s plan was to allow them to see Lazarus suffer and die.  God’s plan was to let the family mourn for the loss of Lazarus.  God’s plan was even to push them to the place where they somewhat blamed Jesus.  (more…)
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John Chapter 10

Bible Reading
It is good to hear how the church family is reading together.  The reading of God’s Word will bring us into the mind of Christ.  Reading God’s Word together will help bring our minds into unity in serving Christ.  It is awesome to see God at work in you! (more…)
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John Chapter 9

Bible Reading
Jesus heals a blind man.  The man is a one chapter object lesson for the Disciples of Christ to learn, for the Pharisees to learn, and for this blind man to learn to follow Christ.  We all fall under one of these categories and may God help us learn more about Him. (more…)
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