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“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message” (John 17:20)

May 28, 2012

The night before Jesus was crucified, He prayed not only for the Twelve, but also for all of us who would believe the gospel message.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)

May 26, 2012

Christians are not called to imitate Christ. They are called to abide in Him, so that His life is manifest in theirs. Our effort is not to do Christlike things, but to tenaciously cling to the Vine, so that His life flows through us to produce spiritual fruit.

“I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (John 12:46)

May 22, 2012

Wake up sleeper. Come into the Light and walk no longer in darkness. Jesus is the Light of the world. Wake up!

“Jesus replied, ‘Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me’” (John 12:7-8)

May 21, 2012

Others may not understand, but Jesus defends the one who expresses extravagant and sacrificial love to Him.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)

May 19, 2012

The relationship between the Shepherd and His sheep described. The corollary is also true: Jesus doesn’t “know” those who don’t listen or follow. This is about relationship not religion. Does Jesus “know” you? Do you listen to His voice and follow Him?

“Jesus answered. ‘This happened so the power of God could be seen in him'” (John 9:3)

May 17, 2012

Jesus’ answer for why a man was born blind. God can use our suffering to reveal His power to the world. But how we respond to suffering matters. We can decide to become bitter or better. Don’t waste the pain! Say “God, be glorified in my life!” Then, watch God move.

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!” (John 5:39)

May 8, 2012

Jesus is the criterion by which the Bible is interpreted. He is the Living Word, the Logos, who was, and is, and is to come. Apart from faith in Jesus, the Scripture cannot be rightly understood. Hearing His voice, he opens the Scripture to us and our hearts burn with understanding (Luke 24:32).

“For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing” (John 5:20)

May 7, 2012

Rather than asking God to join us today, Let’s ask Him to show us what He’s doing and join Him there.

“And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life” (John 3:14-15)

May 3, 2012

As the bronze snake was a symbol of suffering, so Jesus foretold His intent to take on Himself the source of suffering for the world, which is man’s sin, by being lifted up on the cross.

“Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me” (John 2:17)

May 2, 2012

Jesus is passionate for God’s house. He burns with zeal for it to fulfill its divine purpose. Those who are filled with the Spirit of Christ know this. Because Christ’s zeal for the Church burns within them too!