From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (John 6:66) There has to be a willingness to enter in. There has to be a willingness to follow NOT for my own convenience, or because I understand everything fully. I need to follow BECAUSE HE IS LIFE. I trust him,Continue reading “The steep cost of following Jesus”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16,17) The most well-known verse on theContinue reading “Life Eternal Now”
There are two passages of Scripture I came through in my reading this week that describe what I am “seeing” in prayer during this time in our culture and the American Church. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning upContinue reading “The winnowing process of the Kingdom of God”
I have reached a place in the Gospel of John that causes me to walk slowly. It’s difficult for me when I think I’m in some sort of time crunch, or in a “check off” mode. But this is holy ground.
John 6 is at once one of my favorite chapters to chew on… and the most frustrating chapter to read. It is the deep call to discipleship and full participation in Christ. This is the place where Jesus drives a crowd AWAY. In our world, that’s utter foolishness. We are so thirsty for big crowds!Continue reading “The difficulty of discipleship”
I am walking my way through the Gospel of John and there are times I find passages I’m familiar with a bit humorous. John 5 is one of them.
Yesterday was a travel day for us, so I wasn’t able to post readings for Saturday. Saturday readings: Psalm 87, 90, 136 Gen. 47:27-48:7 1 Cor. 10:1-13 Mark 7:1-23 Sunday’s readings: Ps. 66, 67, 19, 46 Gen. 48:8-22 Rom. 8:11-25 John 6:27-40 While I know it’s a need in my life to slow down whenContinue reading “The abundance of his presence”
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
If you think you don’t like “the Church” because of Christians… just wait until you actually meet Jesus.