Today we are reading John 14. In this chapter we read about Jesus teaching His disciples about His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. “”These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:25-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Jesus promised to send “the Helper” or Holy Spirit. Why is this a good name for the Holy Spirit? How has the Holy Spirit helped you? Jesus also promises to give us peace. Have you prayed for peace? Jesus concludes with these words, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” When you feel afraid, as Jesus to send you the Holy Spirit to comfort you. May you know His peace today! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 13. In this chapter we read about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denial and the New Commandment. “Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””
‭‭John‬ ‭13:33-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The “New Commandment” is also the summary of the commandments which focus on our neighbors. Jesus says we are to love one another just as He has loved us. That is a challenging task! How can you begin to love your neighbors sacrificially? What specific things are you doing now to love your neighbors? What are your neighbors’ needs? May God bless you with new and wonderful ideas for loving your neighbors! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 12. In this chapter we read of Jesus teaching in Bethany, near Jerusalem. “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.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John‬ ‭12:20-26‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This passage is frequently read at the graveside service of a Christian. How is your life bearing fruit? What will your spiritual legacy be? May God use you to lead many to Jesus! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 11. In this chapter we read about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.“So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”” John‬ ‭11:20-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This is an amazing story which challenges the faith of Mary and Martha. They are asked if, in spite of their grief, they believe in Jesus and the resurrection. Martha’s response is a limited “yes”. She believes Jesus is the Messiah—it seems she is reluctant to say much more. Sometimes all we can do is express a child-life faith in Jesus as we face the troubles of this life. We don’t know how it will all work out but we know God is on the throne! May God give you strength today for the challenges you face! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 10. In this chapter we read about Jesus’ declaration that He and the Father are one. “So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.””
‭‭John‬ ‭10:24-33‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Jesus clearly saying He is equal to God the Father. There are three possible explanations of this statement: 1) He is lying, 2) He is mentally ill or 3) He is telling the truth. We believe, teach and confess that Jesus is true God. Why is it so important for Jesus to be God? How does it bring you comfort to know that God became man in Jesus? May Jesus give you the strength of faith to worship Him as God and Savior! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 9. In this chapter we read about Jesus healing a man born blind. “As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 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 ‭9:1-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In the time of Jesus it was thought that having a disability was caused by sin. Jesus makes it clear that this is not the case. The same is true for us—God does not cause our misfortunes because of our sins. The man’s blindness provided an opportunity for God to display His power and glory. How has God revealed Himself in your misfortunes? What message do you discern from God’s working? May God reveal His love and mercy in all your challenging circumstances. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 8. In this chapter we read about Jesus’ ongoing disputes with the Pharisees. “Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.” John‬ ‭8:54-59‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The Pharisees and other religious leaders were skeptical of Jesus and challenged His authority. Do you submit to the authority of Jesus? Do you believe His words and claims? According to Jesus there is only one true God. According to Jesus He and the Father existed before Abraham (1700 years earlier). This is a really important point—that we trust Jesus completely. May God strengthen your faith to submit to Jesus in all things. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 7. In this chapter we read about Jesus conversations with various people, including His brothers, about His purpose and identity. “Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.” John‬ ‭7:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Jesus says that the world hates Him.  Why does the world hate Jesus? As we are serving Jesus and teaching His word, we often find ourselves at odds with the world. What are some examples of this from your own experience? How can you keep from being discouraged when you encounter opposition? May God make you a powerful witness of His love and mercy! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 6. In this chapter we read about the Feeding of the 5,000, Jesus Walking on the Water and the Bread of Life Discourse. “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John‬ ‭6:35‬ ‭ESV‬‬ It is interesting that Jesus chose to identify himself with bread. Bread is common to the people who were listening to Him. Bread is prominent in many Bible stories. Bread was common then and is common now all over the world. How does your frequent routines with bread remind of who Jesus is and what He has done for you? May the Bread of Life be the Lord of your life! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading John 5. In this chapter we read about Jesus healing a man at the pool of Bethesda near the Temple complex. “One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.” ‭‭John‬ ‭5:5-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Many years ago I heard a missionary from Africa speak on this passage. His theme was “I have no man.” This was a literal translation from the verse where the invalid says, “I have no one to put me into the pool”. I have never forgotten that message. Who are the spiritual invalids around you that have no one to guide them to Jesus? God has called you to be the one! May He give you the courage and strength to be the one today! Pastor Tim