“Follow Me!”
John 21:15-25

It’s hard to believe, but today we will finish our study of the Gospel of John. Our very first study, the introduction to the Gospel of John, was on Sunday, March 10, 2013. That’s just crazy isn’t it?! It has taken us almost 4.5 years to get through our study, but I have to tell you that I’ve never learned more or been more amazed, and in awe, of Jesus. I’ve never been more convinced that Jesus is who He claimed to be, that His saving grace is for all who will trust in Him, and that He calls us to follow Him with absolute commitment into a broken world to share His story of reconciliation and saving power. I sincerely hope that you have learned, grown in your walk with the Lord, and had your faith deepened as we’ve studied God’s Word together. Continue reading ““Follow Me!”
John 21:15-25”

“Catchin’ Any Fish?”
John 21:1-14

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As I was spending time this past week with our Scripture for this morning, the Lord brought an experience to mind. It was truly a pivotal experience in my life that happened about 35 years ago. Connie and I loaded up the U-Haul and our first baby and headed to Ft. Worth, Texas to go to seminary at Brite Divinity School on the campus of Texas Christian University. It didn’t take too long for me to figure out I was a stranger in a strange land. My classmates seemed so at home talking about Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich, Rudolf Bultmann, Augustine, and others while I was much more at home talking about Vince Lombardi, Walter Payton, Barry Switzer and the Sooners, and Tom Landry and the Cowboys. I should have seen the handwriting on the wall, but I was young and naive. Continue reading ““Catchin’ Any Fish?”
John 21:1-14”

“My Lord and My God!”
John 20:24-31

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There’s a change that has been underway for some time among some who identify as followers of Jesus. The change emanates from a discussion about what is most important about Jesus and for us who follow Him. Are the teachings of Jesus what is most important to us or is the death and resurrection of Jesus most vital? The discussion is not new, it has been going on for a long time, but it does seem to be building steam the more unfamiliar we become with God’s Word. Continue reading ““My Lord and My God!”
John 20:24-31”

“As The Father Sent Me, I Am Sending You”
John 20:19-23

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I’ve met a new friend this week. I’d never heard of Helen Roseveare until Tuesday morning, but I’ve spent so much time reading about her life this week that I can now call her my friend. Helen went home to be with the Lord on December 7, 2016, but she squeezed every ounce of living out of her 91 years. Helen was born on September 21, 1925 in England. When she was a little girl her Sunday school teacher taught her class about missionaries in India one Sunday and Helen resolved that she would one day be a missionary. Continue reading ““As The Father Sent Me, I Am Sending You”
John 20:19-23”

See and Believe
John 20:1-18

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In 2009, the inaugural gathering of The Festival of Dangerous Ideas took place at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. The Festival is an opportunity for some of the world’s greatest thinkers to come together and discuss their ideas. Topics can cover almost anything under the sun. Recent topics have included the economy, artificial intelligence, climate change, cybersexism, addiction, sugar, and the list goes on. Continue reading “See and Believe
John 20:1-18”

Secret Disciple No More!
John 19:30-42

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In our Scripture for this week we run into two “secret disciples” of Jesus, a man named Nicodemus and another man named Joseph who was from Arimathea. I’ve read articles and sermons detailing the scandal of their secret allegiance to Jesus. Preachers quote Jesus to condemn Nicodemus and Joseph for their secrecy. One of the most popular passages is found in Matthew 10:32-33. Take a look at it with me. Continue reading “Secret Disciple No More!
John 19:30-42”

The Remedy
John 19:16-30

We live in an interesting day. Everyone recognizes that there is something wrong with the world, but we can’t agree upon the cause of the problem. I’ve been thinking about this during the past week as I’ve been studying John 19:16-30. I’ve come to the conclusion that even though there is a wide array, a multitude of opinions about what is wrong with our world, we can really categorize the answers under two headings: It’s someone else’s fault or it’s my own fault. Continue reading “The Remedy
John 19:16-30”

“Here Is The Man!”
John 19:1-16

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Nicholas Ludwig Von Zinzendorf was born into nobility, to one of the wealthiest families of Europe. Born in Dresden, Germany on May 26, 1700, he never knew his father since he died of tuberculosis six weeks after the young Count was born. His mother married again when he was just four years old and he was sent to live with his grandmother, a godly woman who had a great influence on his life. His grandmother taught him about the things of God and the young boy showed great interest. By the time he was fifteen he was reading the Bible on his own, spending time in prayer, and able to read the New Testament in Greek. Continue reading ““Here Is The Man!”
John 19:1-16”

“Shall I Not Drink the Cup the Father Has Given Me?”
John 18:1-11

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Today we’re turning the page and beginning our study of John 18. In the past we’ve always taken two Sundays before Easter to focus on Palm Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. This year we’ve begun our Holy Week observance many months before Resurrection Sunday. The Psalm Sunday passage when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem is found in John 12:12-19, which we covered many months ago. Every study we’ve covered on Sunday morning since then has been a study of the events from the last week of Jesus’ life. This morning we’ll see Jesus and His disciples cross the Kidron Valley and make their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. Continue reading ““Shall I Not Drink the Cup the Father Has Given Me?”
John 18:1-11”