John 21
on December 31st, 2020
Today’s reading is John 21.Get out your journal or Bible to mark some observations:+ Note Peter’s response to Jesus’ instruction to cast the nets on theright-hand side of the boat.+ Mark Jesus’ conversation with Peter in verses 15-17. As a young mom, I often felt like all three kids were chattering at me continually, and I longed for some time to actually be able to hear myself think. They were co...  Read More
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John 20
on December 30th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 20.Open your journal or Bible to mark some observations: + Note who reports the empty tomb.+ Reflect on the significance of an empty tomb. Have you ever considered how much of Christianity is based upon the death of Jesus? Many other world religions place all or most of their religion's emphasis on the life of an individual. Yet in Christianity that isn’t the case. Christia...  Read More
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John 19
on December 30th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 19.Open your Bible or journal to mark some observations:+ Mark the words that Jesus spoke in this chapter.+ Mark the people that observed the crucifixion. It was a gruesome scene. I was building the framework for a new bulkhead in my basement. I grabbed one piece and clamped it with my hand to the other piece. I then grabbed my nail gun and shot a framing nail into the join...  Read More
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John 18
on December 28th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 18.Open your journal or Bible to mark some observations: + Mark the key characters of this chapter.+ Mark the words of Jesus. Here we see two men with sin problems, and Jesus entering the most vulnerable part of his journey on earth. Our author, John, shifts back and forth in this passage - from the denial of Peter, to the trial, and then back to the denial. Two significant...  Read More
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John 17
on December 25th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 17.Open your Bible or journal to mark some observations:+ Underline every appearance of the word glorify in any form.+ Who does Jesus pray for in this passage?+ What specific requests does Jesus pray? More than 2000 years ago, Jesus prayed for this Christmas Day. He prayed for you and for me, for our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren, even the ones no...  Read More
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John 16
on December 24th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 16.Get out your journal or Bible to mark some observations:+ As you read, mark every instance when Jesus uses the term “these things.”+ Mark every instance when someone talks about “figures of speech” or “figurative language.” When our daughter was in elementary school, she took everything she heard literally. One spring some of the frogs who made our driveway their persona...  Read More
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John 15
on December 23rd, 2020
Today’s reading is John 15.Open your Bible or journal to mark some observations:+ Highlight the words 'bear fruit'.+ Highlight the words 'abide'. Last Sunday night I sat down on my couch after I put my kids down to watch a little Sunday night football. I turned on my tv, but for the life of me I couldn’t get any signal. I was messing around with my rabbit ears, placing them all around the room to ...  Read More
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John 14
on December 22nd, 2020
Today’s reading is John 14.Open your journal or Bible to mark some observations: + Underline every phrase where Jesus seeks to comfort his disciples.+ Note every time Jesus uses “I am”. Think about what Jesus is trying to convey. Saying goodbye is hard. My wife and I have been fostering for a few years now. We have had a lot of kids in and out of our home, some full-time placements, some just wee...  Read More
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John 13
on December 21st, 2020
Today’s reading is John 13.Open your Bible or journal to mark some observations:+ Note what Jesus knows at the beginning of this chapter.+ Take note of what cleanliness actually means (outward vs. inward).+ Note what we discover about a couple disciples from this passage. If we were to define key components of power, it would be fair to say that money, popularity, influence, and force all contribu...  Read More
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John 12
on December 18th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 12.Open your journal or Bible to mark some observations: + Note/record the word ‘multitudes’.+ Note what you learn about the Pharisees.+ Note everything Jesus says about himself. Have you ever known someone that seemed to be living the perfect life? Newly married in my late 20’s, I was in awe of Jodi. She was a dedicated runner and married to Jeff, a very successful busines...  Read More
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John 11
on December 17th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 11.Get out your journal or Bible to mark some observations: + Note Jesus’ response to his friend being deathly sick.+ Note Jesus’ response to his friends weeping. I still remember the day my wife called to let me know my soon to be father-in-law wasn’t going to make it much longer. He was in the late stages of cancer, but we didn’t think this day would come so soon. Like an...  Read More
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John 10
on December 16th, 2020
Today’s reading is John 10.Open your Bible or journal to mark some observations: + As you read, highlight everything the shepherd does for his sheep.+ Underline every sentence that begins with Jesus saying, “I am . . .” Two years ago, our family spent Christmas in China, where we had traveled to bring home our newly adopted nine-year-old daughter. Our journey took us to the Grasslands of Inner Mon...  Read More
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