Matthew 16:15-16 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” January 1! The first day of a brand new year! A fresh start! It’s time to begin a new journey. It’s time to set our eyes in the right direction. It’s time to move ahead for the right reasons. Today is the day… Continue Reading…

John 6:68-69 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” Our journey this year will be through the Gospels. This journey will take us throughout the land of Israel. We will read of Jesus’ birth, see the start of His public ministry at the Jordan… Continue Reading…

Luke 2:8-10 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Our journey together will focus on… Continue Reading…

Matthew 9:9   As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew was an outcast – banned from the synagogue, a hated tax collector. He had sold out to the Roman government that was taxing the Jews into poverty. His tax booth was located on a strategic trade… Continue Reading…

Mark 14:51-52 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. The young man in today’s passage is not identified, but many believe he was John Mark, the writer of this gospel. This story is found only in Mark’s gospel. Most agree that Mark lived in Jerusalem with his mother, Mary, during the days of the… Continue Reading…

Luke 1:1-4 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you… Continue Reading…

John 20:30-31 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John had a special relationship with Jesus. He was one of the youngest disciples and was included in the inner circle along… Continue Reading…

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The gospel writers… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In the first verse of his gospel, John introduces Jesus as the “Word.” In the Greek language that John was using, this title is a translation of the word “logos.”  John chose the title strategically. Greek philosophers regarded “logos” to be the primary principle that governed the universe…. Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:1a In the beginning was the Word . . . For many people Jesus was a man who came and went, visiting our planet for a little over three decades. For many He is the “historical Jesus,” entering as a baby in a manger and exiting on a cross. John, however, begins his gospel by blowing the temporal image of Jesus right out of the water…. Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.   If a person wants a religion that ties up nice and tight so it can fit into a little box, Christianity is not for that person. Jesus does not fit into a category that can be tucked away in the… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Response to Jesus is one of extremes: Worship Him. Kill Him. Believe in Him. Doubt Him. Follow Him. Turn and walk away. Jesus left no room for the wishy-washy middle. His statements were always bold and often controversial. Once when Jesus… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. I can grasp Jesus in a manger, a sweet baby lying peacefully in a feeding trough. I can close my eyes and imagine Him teaching the crowds from a boat rocking gently on the Sea of Galilee. In my mind I can see Him walking the dusty roads through Israel… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 Colossians 1:15-20 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. In the Greek language two words are translated “life.” “Bios” refers to natural, mortal life. We get the word “biology” from it. In today’s passage John uses the second word, “zoe.” This word means divine, immortal, eternal life. This is the life found in Jesus. Jesus is the life giver. As our Creator,… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18  John 1:4-5 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Darkness. A state absent of light. A place where we don’t want to be. A place where we don’t want to go. Darkness brings fear and confusion. What waits for us in the dark? How can we see the… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:6-9 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. Some people live their entire lives trying to figure… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:10-11 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. In his book, The Seven Time-Tested Leadership Principles, former NFL All-Pro Steeler Tunch Ilkin tells of the time when he and two other rookies were brought into the Steeler facility for… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:12-13 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you have been transformed! Brokenness is no longer the theme of your… Continue Reading…

Read John 1:1-18 John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus took on the entirety of humanity — body and spirit — and moved into our neighborhood. He was at the same time fully God and fully man. John 1:14 expresses this… Continue Reading…

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