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Today, read John 6: 1 – 24
First, let’s consider the miracle, the “sign”, in verses 1 – 15. I wish I had been there! Did the bread “grow”? Did the baskets just stay full? What did that look like? Could you see it appear? So many questions!
Several things stand out to me as I read this event. One is the way our Lord used this opportunity to teach and train His own disciples. He knew what He was about to do. And yet He keeps asking questions of the disciples. It is the same way we teach our children when More >
Read John 6: 25 – 71
These verses contain one of the discourses (the teaching sections) of Jesus recorded by John. This one centers on His teaching about Himself being the bread of life. It contains the first of the “I AM” statements of Jesus (verse 35). Those “I AM” statements carry Jesus’ revelations about His very character … His being. Remember verse 4 tells us that it is Passover time. Therefore, the minds of the people are centered on this very important feast on the Jewish calendar. It would be spring time. Passover occurred at the beginning of the grain harvest. More >
Today our reading is John 7. Before you begin, know that it is a dialogue between Jesus and different groups of people. Identify these groups as you read. Also, note the confusion that swirls around in this chapter. The dialogue takes place during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. Let me share a little background about that particular feast before you read the chapter so that you can place yourself in the scene.
Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths or Ingathering) was one of the three pilgrimage feasts on the Jewish calendar. That means that males 19 and older, living within a More >
Philippians 4: 10 – 20
continued from Lesson 7, Post 3
I see another thing in these verses that helps us with the heart disease of discontent. Paul commended the Philippian believers for being generous toward him. He wanted them to know that he did not “need” their gifts, but he was grateful to them for the gifts. What I find most interesting is the reason why Paul was grateful – and it had nothing to do with him.
He loved these people. He loved that church. And Paul knew that being generous was good tonic for their own hearts. He knew that More >
Paul closes his letter with “greetings” to his friends in the Lord. (Philippians 4:21)
I don’t want us to blow past that word too fast. Most of us only know our own culture and language and it shapes the way we read and think. Now for us … the word “greet” often means no more than to speak to. In fact, can you follow this scenario?
Person 1: Hello. How are you? Person 2: Fine, thank you. And you? Person 1: Just fine.
And that is called a greeting.
The Greek word that Paul uses is aspazomai. It means more than we More >
Philippians 4: 10 – 20
In the first half of Chapter 4, Paul addresses the problem of anxiety – that perennial human problem that plaques our minds and robs us of peace and rest. In Posts 1 and 2 of this lesson, we considered those instructions from Paul. It is important for us to remember that they are indeed ‘instructions’ … not thoughts or ideas or possibilities … instructions for the believer.
Today, as we consider the second half of this final chapter, Paul addresses the problem of discontent – another perennial human problem. And a problem that I believe is exacerbated in western culture. More >
Philippians 4: 2 – 9
We continue our examination of Paul’s instructions for doing battle with anxiety.
Number 4 … Pray. Look again at verses 6 – 7. Pray. About anything. In everything. Can you see the discipline in this instruction? It is a decision you make to pray. Utilize this phenomenal resource! Paul tells us that part of prayer is supplication. Part of prayer is laying our requests and needs – our cares – before the Lord. We do it in faith … trusting the sovereignty and faithfulness, the love and mercy of God. Another part of prayer is thanksgiving. More >
“The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel” – 1 Kings 11:9
“I have this against you; you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:4
Backsliding is when a person who follows Christ turns away from Him. To the backslider, God is no longer the main focus of his life. Without God’s leading, the person “backslides” into his old way of life.What Causes Us To Backslide?
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18
“If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you More >
Jesus spent a great deal of time talking about the importance of forgiving others. He made it clear that forgiveness is to be a characteristic of his followers. So let’s explore what it means to forgive others, the benefits of forgiving and how to forgive.What It Means To Forgive
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
To forgive means to not seek revenge on the one who has hurt you. It means letting go of the anger More >
Philippians 4: 2 – 9
There are 2 thieves that rob us of our well-being. They steal from us the feeling of richness in our own lives, of joy and of peace. Paul addresses both of these villains in Chapter 4 of Philippians. The thieves are Anxiety and Discontent. Anxiety attacks the mind. Discontent attacks the heart. The mind and the heart are the parts of you that make life possible … meaningful … rich.
First, consider the mind. Consider the role that anxiety plays in robbing your mind. The Greek word translated, anxiety, is merimnao. One of the definitions of More >