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21 Days in John: Chapter 21

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By Rita Leinheiser Dr. James MacDonald from “Walk in the Word” ministries titles his study on John 21, “WHEN I NEED HIM MOST”.   This essay is derived from his commentary and will always be one of my favorites. John 21 begins with the apostles being confused about “what’s next”.  They had followed Jesus for three years, they heard Him teach and perform miracles and saw Him crucified and buried. Now He was gone and things were different and they were feeling confused about their mission.  At this point they were “stuck in-between”.  They were without Jesus and they were without the promised Holy Spirit. They had no idea what to […]

21 Days in John: Chapter 20

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By Wendell Scanterbury Confused and overwhelmed don’t adequately describe how the disciples felt following Jesus’ crucifixion. Their disbelief and bewilderment only intensified with the news of his missing body. Not much made sense in light of his brutal beating and murder. It was just as unbelievable and confusing, though profoundly relieving to hear and see that he was in fact alive! What Jesus said to Mary, and later to his disciples is worth noting, as these introduce a new dynamic between Jesus and those who believed in him. “Don’t hold on to me…” “Receive the Holy Spirit…” “…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” This was the […]

21 Days of John: Chapter 16

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John 16 by Melvin Hartwick Jesus has spoken to his disciples several times in the Gospel of John about opposition or persecution and in the opening verses of this chapter, he closes out his warning from the end of the last chapter.  Why would Jesus speak so much about such a “negative” topic, even warning that some of His followers would be killed?  We do not welcome discomfort; indeed, we do all we can to avoid it.  That Jesus does not shy away from talking about it repeatedly reminds us very clearly that a worldly idea of comfort and safety is not His promise to us.  Jesus does not pretend […]

21 Days in John: Chapter 15

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By Chris Pender As I read John 15 I can’t help but think about my relationship with my own father. As a youth growing up in North Philadelphia my dad would say  “Remember that you are connected to me and my last name so make certain your conduct reflect the way you were raised and whom you were raised by.”  When Jesus said “I am the true vine, and my father the vinedresser” He was saying the same thing. We are connected to Him and through Him the Father and our life styles should reflect our relationship with Jesus.  In verse 4 Jesus say’s “Abide in me, and I in […]

21 Days in John: Chapter 14

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By Pastor Randy John chapter 14 records the continuation of Jesus conversation with His disciples regarding His imminent departure. The purpose of Jesus’ words in this chapter is to assure His disciples that they don’t need to be troubled by His departure because: He is going to return and take them to be with Him. (vs 3, 18, 28) He is going to the Father. (vs. 2, 3, 28) He will still provide for them as they ask in prayer. (vs. 13, 14)
To ask the Father for something “in Jesus name” means to ask for something as His representative and on His behalf. The meaning of verses 13-15 is that […]

21 Days in John: Chapter 13

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By Dave Biddle This is one of the chapters is the bible that every time I read it , it make me laugh. It is a very serious time and Jesus is preparing the disciples for his leaving of this world and he does it though the washing of the disciples feet. When he comes to Peter, Peter says “Lord you will never wash my feet.” Which to be honest is something I might have said. Jesus said “Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.” So Peter says “Not just my feet but my hands and head as well.” Wow, Image you were Jesus and you are […]

21 Days in John: Chapter 12

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By Wendell Scanterbury John 12 is pretty action packed; there is a lot going on in the aftermath of Jesus’ raising Lazarus. But this chapter can be seen in terms of two competing mindsets: a radical commitment to Jesus, or a concerted attempt to maintain authority and control exclusive of Jesus. These two themes are pitted against each other as we see Judas or the Pharisees with their own agendas, contrasted with Mary or the crowds who are shamelessly honoring him and proclaiming him King. Jesus himself addresses these tensions starting at verse 24 when he opens up about his death and its purpose, and what it means to follow […]

21 Days in John: Chapter 11

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By Pastor Randy The circumstances surrounding the death of Lazarus, left Mary and Martha asking a question many of us have asked: Why God? Why, did Jesus wait two days to respond to the call to come and heal Lazarus? When Jesus was brought to the tomb he wept, prompting some to say, “Look how he loved him”.  But others asked the more obvious question, “If he really loved him why didn’t he come earlier?” They were disappointed with Jesus because he didn’t do what they thought he should and would do! Jesus’ words to Martha are the key to understanding Jesus decision to allow Lazarus to die. Jesus said […]