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05/22/19 – John 12:20-50; Psalm 118:19-29; Proverbs 15:27-28

We are all probably familiar with the intense prayers and requests Jesus made of His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.  For example: Luke 22: 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared

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05/20/19 – John 11:1-54; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 15:22-23

In addition to describing the miraculous and emotional story of Lazarus’s resurrection today’s reading relays more insight into the earthly reason Jesus was eventually condemned to death. John 11:47   “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and

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05/19/19 – John 10:22-42; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 15:20-21

Today’s reading contains a “word-picture” that I have always found reassuring: John 10: 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them

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05/18/19 – John 10:1-21; Psalm 115:1-18; Proverbs 15:18-19

In tomorrow’s reading we will see Jesus teach that the purpose of His miracles was to verify His authority and who He is — the Son of the Lord God, Almighty.  And we see the impact of these miracles today: John 10:  19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and

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05/17/19 John 9:1-41; Psalm 113:1-114:8; Proverbs 15:15-17

In Liz and my home town there is a very local & one person (Charles ***) operator TV “station.”  While flipping through channels one night we viewed two preachers discussing a very “fine point” of a scripture passage on this station. Well, in actuality they were not discussing.  They were arguing — loudly, red-faced (as near

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05/16/19 – John 8:31-59; Psalm 112:1-10; Proverbs 15:12-14

As Jim has been leading us through the Sunday morning study of Ecclesiastes we see Solomon making the point that our trust and our happiness cannot be on possessions or what we collect.   I think the following passage from Psalm 112 echoes this reality: Psalm 112: 6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be

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05/14/19 – John 8:1-20; Psalm 110:1-7; Proverbs 15:8-10

To me the verses in John 8:2-11 contain one of the most dramatic and emotional events in Jesus’s ministry — the trap of the woman “caught in adultery.” The very question asked is a trap: John 8: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand

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05/13/19 – John 7:31-53; Psalm 109:1-31; Proverbs 15:5-7

In today’s reading I see a reality that remains with us to this day — many people asking “who is this Jesus?” John 7: 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”  John 7:  40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this

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05/12/19 – John 7:1-30; Psalm 108:1-13; Proverbs 15:4

You have probably hard the expression “blood is thicker than water” which traditionally means that family bonds are closer than those of outsiders. But often in our loves this is just not true — the bonds with our friends we develop over years may be stronger than those of family.  In today’s verses we see

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05/11/19 – John 6:43-71; Psalm 107:1-43; Proverbs 15:1-3

There are specific verses in scripture that I read and then feel blessed that we have something the early disciples of Jesus did not have — the complete and inspired word of God and the insight it provides.  A terrific example is from today’s reading in John 6: John 6:  53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I

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05/10/29 – John 6:22-42; Psalm 106:32-48; Proverbs 14:34-35

In our reading today I think the combination of the verses from Proverbs and Psalms provide us insight into Israel’s history and the Lord’s love. Proverbs 14: 34 Righteousness exalts a nation,  but sin condemns any people. Psalm 106:   34 They did not destroy the people as the Lord had commanded them, 35 but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs.  36 They worshiped their idols, which

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05/09/19 – John 6:1-21; Psalm 106:13-31; Proverbs 14:32-33

In today’s reading we see several examples of the Jewish teaching at that time on who the Messiah would be — the leader on the “white horse” who would miraculously overthrow Israel’s enemies (Rome) and restore the nation of Israel as ruler of the area. John 6: 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because

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05/08/19 – John 5:24-47; Psalm 106:1-12; Proverbs 14:30-31

Proverbs 14: 31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,  but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. When you read this single verse does it not remind you of another passage that Artie discussed a month or so ago?  Our kindness will be repaid — on God’s timetable.   Matthew 25:   37 “Then the righteous

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05/07/19 – John 5:1-23; Psalm 105:37-45; Proverbs 14:28-29

John 5:   16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but

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05/05/19 — John 4:4-42; Psalm 105:1-15; Proverb 14:25

I found a similarity between the Samaritan “woman at the well” and Jesus’s disciples.  In this episode both overlooked the spiritual aspects of Jesus’s teaching & focused on the physical. John 4:  14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of

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05/04/19 – John 3:22-4:3; Psalm 104:24-35; Proverbs 14:22-23

Scripture constantly gives us examples for our daily living.  Today’s reading reminded me of the reality that there are times when I must humble myself, “step back,” and allow someone else to complete a mission we have both been sharing.  I think of the New Testament example of Barnabas who stepped-aside to accommodate Paul’s becoming

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05/03/19 – John 3:1-21; Psalm 104:1-24; Proverbs 14:20-21

Several weeks ago you may have read or heard that through intense research over decades scientist have found the very first image of a “black hole.”  As the researchers acknowledge the image is not actually of the “black hole” but of the gas and dust spinning around the edge and heated to billions of degrees.

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