“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...

“Different” John 15:18-25
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“Different” John 15:18-25

Jesus always tells the truth, but he does not only say what we want to hear, he’s faithful to tell us what we need to hear. On his last night with the apostles he spent hours showing and telling them about his love for them, the Father’s love for them and their need to live...

“Fear, Caution and Friendship” John 15:13-17
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“Fear, Caution and Friendship” John 15:13-17

A month ago when our intercession topic was the coronavirus, how many of us thought that we would end up to getting to this point? The World Health Organization has deemed it a pandemic. Italy was completely taken unaware. The rumors from a friend in Spain is that starting tomorrow there may be a lawful...

“Loved to Love” John 15:12
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“Loved to Love” John 15:12

The last night of Jesus’ life, before his arrest, his death and resurrection, began with these words from John 13:1, “It was just before the Passover feast. Jesus knew the time has come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now...

“The God of Joy” John 15:9-11
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“The God of Joy” John 15:9-11

Do we allow ourselves to picture God dancing? Do we picture Him smiling? Why do most of our pictures show Him with little or no emotion? Or when we do show His emotion it is usually His anger in clearing out the temple or His agony in preparing for and enduring the cross. The way...