Today we are reading John 17. In this chapter we read Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. The keyword for this chapter is “ha-gi-ad-zo”. The definition is “to sanctify, to set apart and dedicate a person or thing for the service of God and to dedicate as a sacrifice.” “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John‬ ‭17:17-18‬ ‭In this context Jesus is praying for His disciples to be sanctified in the truth. His point is that they be sustained, guarded and strengthened in the truth of His word. This is the very reason we read the Bible every day. Every day the devil attacks us with the same strategy he used in the Garden of Eden. He attacks us with lies—“did God really say?”. If the enemy uses lies then we must be sanctified in the truth so that we may not lose our way spiritually. May God sanctify you in the truth today and every day! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 16. In this chapter we read about Jesus teaching and preparing His disciples for His death and resurrection. The keyword for this chapter is “ni-ka-o”. The definition is “to conquer. The tense indicates an abiding victory.” “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭ESV‬‬ So many days we have affliction. Jesus tells us to be encouraged because He has conquered the world and all its troubles. What affliction are you enduring right now? No matter what it is, Jesus has conquered it! God is bigger than our problems. Think back to other troubles you have faced…with Jesus you made it through. With Jesus you can overcome your afflictions. Walk in His victory. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 15. In this chapter we read about Jesus teaching about what our faith produces. The keyword for this chapter is “phe-ro”. The definition is “to carry, to bear”. “”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John‬ ‭15:1-2, 5, 16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ We understand that as Jesus teaches He is speaking about the good things that are part of our life as a result of our relationship with Jesus. This is the fruit we bear. We say good things. We do good things. We are involved with good things. We invest eternally. We share our faith and more people come to believe in Jesus as their Savior. By bearing fruit we are raising up the next generation of believers in Jesus. Jesus calls us to bear fruit that will last.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 14. In this chapter we read about Jesus comforting His disciples. The keyword for this chapter is “mo-nay”. The definition is, “dwelling place, permanent abiding places”. “”Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John‬ ‭14:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When we think of Jesus preparing a place for us to live in heaven, we can’t help putting it in our context of temporary. During our lifetime most of us have lived in a variety of places. In Heaven we will enjoy “home” forever. Our dwelling place is permanent. No more downsizing or relocating just peace and joy forever.  May God bless you with thoughts of your dwelling place in Heaven.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 13. In this chapter we read about Jesus demonstrating what it means to serve. The keyword for this chapter is “nip-to”. The definition is “to wash”. “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
‭‭John‬ ‭13:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In the culture of that time, it was the duty of the lowest slave to wash the feet of those who came in the home.  Jesus willingly chose to wash the disciples’ feet. What is the most humiliating task you have ever had to do? Jesus chose humility in washing feet. In the very near future He would choose humility by dying on the cross for us. In what way is God calling you to choose humility in serving Jesus? Whose feet will you wash today? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 12. In this chapter we read about Jesus visits to Bethany and His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The keyword for this chapter is “o-ra-o”. The definition is “to see”. “Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.””
‭‭John‬ ‭12:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The Greek visitors wanted to see Jesus. I think every Christian would like to see Jesus. How would your life change if you could see Jesus? When you reflect on your spiritual journey, who helped you see Jesus? How could you be used by God to help others see Jesus? May God use you to lead others to see our Savior! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 11. In this chapter we read about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The keyword for this chapter is “da-kru-o”. The definition is “to shed tears, to burst into tears”. “Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.” ‭‭John‬ ‭11:32-35‬ Can you remember a time when you “burst into tears”? What was it that caused you to weep? How does it make you feel to read that Jesus also wept? Our Lord Jesus cares about us and is aware of everything we go through. We can be confident that Jesus is always with us—even when we weep.  May the presence of Jesus comfort you and remind you that these troubles are temporary but God’s love is eternal.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 10. In this chapter we read about about Jesus describing His role as the Messiah. The keyword for this chapter is “poi-mayn”. The definition is “shepherd, the presiding leader, the pastor”. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,” John‬ ‭10:11, 14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ As Christians we are familiar with our spiritual leaders being referred to as shepherds. The tasks of the shepherd are: to watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep, to defend the sheep from attackers, to heal the wounded and sick sheep, to find and save the lost or trapped sheep, and to love them. Which of these tasks of the shepherd are most comforting and reassuring to you? Jesus is the good shepherd and does all of these tasks perfectly. We, as followers of Jesus, are undershepherds serving under Jesus. Who are the sheep that Jesus has called you to care for? May you always proudly proclaim that the Lord Jesus is my shepherd! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 9. In this chapter we read about Jesus healing a man born blind. The keyword for this chapter is is “ble-po”. The definition is “to see, to discern, to understand”. “Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.” John‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In this chapter Jesus heals a man of physical blindness but teaches about spiritual blindness. Which is a greater problem? Surgery or corrective lenses can help us to see physically. What can help us to see spiritually? May God give you the Holy Spirit who can open the eyes of your heart. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 8. In this chapter we read about Jesus debating with the Jewish religious leaders. The keyword for this chapter is “me-no”. The definition is “to remain”. “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:31-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬ To “abide” means to remain. Jesus is teaching how important it is to remain in His teaching. How do you remain in God’s word? How does this help you? How can you encourage others to remain in His word? May God guard, guide and protect you in the truth of His word. Pastor Tim