Tag Archive: John (Gospel)

Jun 30

Should Christians feel a little self-serving when they obey God? Do we do it to get something from him?

Are we being a little mercenary when we obey God? Do we do it for the goodies we get? Satan raised this very charge when God told him about the obedience of his servant Job. (Job 1:8-12; 2:3-6) Job lived a godly life and was a wealthy, respected man.  Satan told God that if God …

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Sep 21

One journey ends and another begins

The end of the first eventful journey It was about 60 miles from where John was baptizing to Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth.  He and his first disciples took three days to walk to his home.  We move at such a fast and hurried pace today that is hard to imagine what it was like when …

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Jul 01

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the Creator How do you begin a story with no beginning? Matthew and Luke begin with the supernatural birth. Mark begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. John’s Gospel begins at the ultimate beginning. His first words “In the beginning” jolt us to Genesis.  Jesus was the uncreated Creator God.  When time …

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Apr 07

How good things turn bad

We all have memories and memories are important.  But, memories can work against us. Sometimes we so focus on a memory or a relic from a past victory that we lose focus on what is really important. Moses During their wandering in the desert before they entered the Promised Land the Jewish people rebelled against …

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Feb 10

When doubts get in the way

Great Commission The Great Commission which closes the Gospel of Matthew has been powerful marching orders for the Church.  It is often preached and has motivated countless Christians to lives of sacrificial outreach. (Matthew 29:16-20) The risen Jesus appeared to the remaining eleven disciples and gave them the plan for their future and the future …

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Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Nov 27

There are different pilgrimages of faith

There are different pilgrimages of faith When we compare our spiritual lives to others we’re concerned that we do not measure up.  Other people have different journeys. They’ve done different things.  We wonder if we’ve got it right. One of the things that John did when he compiled his gospel was to record the different …

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Nov 07

People of faith are united with Jesus in his mission

People of faith are united with Jesus in his mission Vines and grapes In ancient Israel food was grown in different ways.  Some food came from plants that were planted each year.  Wheat and barley were an important part of the diet.  Other food came from trees and vines. These were planted, nurtured, and gave …

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Nov 05

People of faith are a remnant, not the majority

People of faith are a remnant, not the majority John’s Memory Over 50 years had passed since the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.  Before he died, the John put down his memories in the Fourth Gospel.  It is different from the other three in many ways.  One of them is the emphasis that John …

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Oct 22

People who find Jesus bring others to him

People who find Jesus bring others to him. John was the last of the four to write his gospel.  He filled in gaps in the other accounts. Peter stood before the followers of Jesus in the upper room. They were waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He said that Judas’s replacement …

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