In the beginning of John 6 Jesus performs a great miracle in taking a young boys lunch and making it into a meal for a multitude. That same multitude than seeks to make Him king, right after the miracle and even into the next day, because He seems (to them) to be someone who can … Continue reading Reader, Don’t Miss This. There’s A Chance You Could.
Here we face the difficulty of knowing who is speaking. Earlier in John 3:1-21 we had difficulty knowing whether it was the apostle John who was giving his reflection on the evening meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus in v16-21 or Jesus Himself speaking there. Here, for the second time now in John 3, we have … Continue reading 4 Reasons Jesus Must Increase
In 1917 pastor and hymn writer Frederick Lehman wrote the following words, “The love of God is greater far, than tongue or pen can ever tell, it goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell; the guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win, His erring child He … Continue reading The Six Glories of John 3:16
Having the right tool for the job is fundamental for getting the job not only done, but done correctly. I learned this firsthand in my days as a quick lube mechanic. I remember walking into the shop on my first day, sitting down with the shop manager to learn the ins and outs of how … Continue reading Confidence From Comfort With John’s Prologue
"When the people saw the sign that He had done, they said, "This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!" Perceiving then that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by Himself." (John 6:14-15) Election Day is tomorrow … Continue reading President or Savior?
John 15:4 says, "Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." Jesus uses a lot of word pictures in His teaching. This one for example is easy, but a profound lesson for us to … Continue reading “Abide in Me” – Don’t Sit on the Fence!
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Upon first reading this I think most Americans (myself included) pass over it too quickly thinking that the verse is for people suffering, not for us busy people who work everyday. But is it … Continue reading “Come to Me” – An Ironically Easy Demand
John 3:3-7 says: Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered,“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one … Continue reading You Must Be Born Again
I often find it both curious and funny when we as Christians would answer questions differently than the Bible answers questions. Let me show you what I mean by asking you a question. What happens when the Holy Spirit comes in power? What do you think most Christians would say? "Lots of stuff that we … Continue reading What Happens When the Holy Spirit Falls in Power?
John 15:2 says, “Every branch in Me that does not bring forward fruit He destroys, and every branch that brings forward fruit He prunes, in order that it may bring forward more fruit.“ I saw two things here this morning: a) No Fruit: Jesus is the true Vine, so those who believe in Him are grafted … Continue reading What’s Up With Your Fruit?