“From Sorrow to Joy,” John 16:16-22
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“From Sorrow to Joy,” John 16:16-22

The conversation was almost over. By the time we read our text it was late at night. Jesus and the apostles must have been nearing the garden of Gethsemane. Judas had probably already betrayed him. The soldiers may have already been on their way to arrest him. We know from Matthew’s account of that night...

“Listen to the Truth,” John 16: 12-15
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“Listen to the Truth,” John 16: 12-15

Just a few hours after this passage we just read, after this conversation that Jesus was having with his apostles, Jesus was arrested. He was beaten and abused and then he stood before Pontius Pilate to either be condemned to death or freed due to the accusations that were being made against him. Pilate asked...

Our Story So Far | Friday, May 8
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Our Story So Far | Friday, May 8

What a special time of prayer, worship it was as we had the opportunity to share about our building; how we had experienced God so far and the vision He had given us going forward.

“So Gentle,” John 16:12-15
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“So Gentle,” John 16:12-15

As Jesus near the end of his time with the disciples, this passage that we’ve been studying for months now, John 13-18, it began with Jesus washing the apostles’ feet. It is his last night, the upper room discourse many would have called it. It is Jesus’ last hour with his apostles. And as we...

“Conviction,” John 16:7-11
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“Conviction,” John 16:7-11

We’ve been for months now talking about the night of Jesus’ life.  The night that he was arrested, the night that he washed the disciples’ feet, he served the last supper, he served the first communion, the night that he taught so many of the things that had to be said before he departed. Earlier...

“Advantage,” John 16:1-7
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“Advantage,” John 16:1-7

There is a word in John 16:7 that I have wrestled with for almost a month. Jesus said that he was going away, his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven was to our advantage. I don’t know why but the word “advantage” often has negative connotation for me. I think of someone gaining an advantage,...

“Alive,” Romans 6:1-11
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“Alive,” Romans 6:1-11

John 19:30 says, “When Jesus has received the sour wine, he said ‘it is finished’ and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.” The Greek word that we translate “it is finished” is “Tetelestai.” It means to bring to an end, to complete, to accomplish. I love the way this word is described in...

“Remembered,” Luke 23:32-43
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“Remembered,” Luke 23:32-43

We talk fairly often about how forgetful we are. How we forget about the things we should remember, but also as we have a tendency to remember the things we should forget. God is so aware of our forgetfulness that he’s made a way for us not just to remember, but also for us to...

“A Helper in Uncertainty,” John 15:26-27
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“A Helper in Uncertainty,” John 15:26-27

Today is Palm Sunday, the day that we traditionally celebrate Jesus’ initial entrance into Jerusalem one week before his resurrection and just a few days before his arrest and crucifixion. We call that ride the triumphant entry. John’s gospel spends so much time on the night of Jesus’s arrest. Chapters 13 through 17 that many...

“The Truth for All Our Questions,” John 15:22-25
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“The Truth for All Our Questions,” John 15:22-25

I am not sure that there is a question we ask more often than “why?”. We find it important to know the reasoning behind an action. We question the motives of those we know and those we don’t know, of those we trust and those we don’t trust. This need to know, this need to...