Beat Off The Bugs

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5  As believers, you and I should be under the influence of the Spirit so that we can be a light in dark spaces.   I remember driving up to my home one night and noticing one of the lights in the…

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What Can I Do?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5  What can I do? What can I accomplish if I set my mind to it? These are probably questions you have asked at some…

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Claiming Your Freedom

“Jesus replied, ‘Very true I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’” – John 8:36  The abundant life for which Jesus came and died was…

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Don’t Go Back

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’” – John 5:8  Continuing our discussion from yesterday regarding the paralyzed man at a healing pool who was healed by Jesus, this was not the last time that Jesus encountered this man. In John 5:14, it reads, “Later Jesus found him at the temple…

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Get Up and Walk

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’” – John 5:8  In John 5, a paralyzed man sat at a healing pool for 38 years. Jesus was in Jerusalem for the feast of the Jews, and he decided to visit this pool, where the diseased and disabled frequented. Jesus, on the Sabbath, chose a man amongst the multitude. He asked him, “Do you want to get well?”   Why…

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Loving From a Distance

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. – John 15:12  It is easy to love someone who is loving, but what about those who you consider to be hard to love? It’s often difficult to love others because our love is conditional, based on how we feel. However, God measures love by our obedience and not our transitory emotions.1 John 5:2-3 states, “This is how we know that…

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Be A Disciple First

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” – John 12:26  What is a disciple? A disciple is a follower of Christ who studies the Word of God and seeks to live righteously. John 12:26 is articulating that in order to be a leader to…

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The Death of Self-Interest

“Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24  This might be one of the most challenging ideas in society today, the death of self-interest. In the age of social media, everyone…

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Love One Another

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)  I read an article recently about a few retired and well-off Americans who spent their retirement traveling to needy…

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Stay Connected

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the…

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