I Was Blind, but Now I See.

Reading Time: 5 Minutes One thing I know. John 9.24-27 – So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing […]

The Light of the World

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Jesus pays attention to suffering people. John 9.1-5 – As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born […]

The Truth Will Make You Free

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Jesus invites us to make our home in his word. John 8.31-32 – Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” This is […]

Don't Miss Jesus in Tough Times

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Finding Jesus when it is hard to see him John 8.21-24 – Again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill […]

Why We Can Trust Jesus with Everything

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Following Jesus to the best life possible John 8.12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” The deepest longing of people is to live. Our experience with the corona […]

If Anyone Is Thirsty . . .

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Make the most of the time John 7.32-36 – The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him […]

The Best Way to Know the Truth About Jesus

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Jesus breaks the mold John 7.14-18 – About the middle of the festival Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. 15 The Jews were astonished at it, saying, “How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?” 16 Then Jesus answered them, “My teaching […]

The Spirit Gives Life

Reading Time: 5 Minutes The flesh and the Spirit defined John 6.60-65 – When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you were […]

Intimacy with God = Abundant Life

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Jesus may offend you, but he wants you to have abundant life. John 6.52-57 – The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son […]

A Difficult Discussion with a Purpose

Reading Time: 4 Minutes A short note about the “Jews.” John 6.41-42 – Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now […]

Jesus is the Bread of Life

Reading Time: 4 Minutes How am I like the “bad guys?” John 6.30-31 – So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, […]

A Banquet for 5000 (Part 2)

Reading Time: 3 Minutes A practical demonstration of the abundance mentality John 6.10-11 – Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed […]

A Banquet for 5000 (Part 1)

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Jesus explains who God is. John 6.1-3 – After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the […]

Bible Study is not Enough!

Reading Time: 4 Minutes How Bible reading sometimes falls short John 5.39-40 – “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41 I do not accept glory from human […]

Booing the Easter Bunny

Reading Time: 4 Minutes “They’d boo the Easter Bunny,” was a comment made by a sports commentator about the fans of the Philadelphia Phillies. I don’t remember anything about that particular game, but I have never forgotten the quote. Today’s Bible passage reminds me of the Phillies fans. A man who had been a paralytic […]

Do You Want to be Made Well?

Reading Time: 4 Minutes God is personal and personally concerned about you. John 5.1-5 – After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3 In these lay many […]

All Signs Point to Jesus

Reading Time: 3 Minutes A father broke the rules to get to Jesus. John 4.46-50 – Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to […]

The Power of One Woman

Reading Time: 5 Minutes How to transform a city John 4.27 – Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the […]

A Snapshot of God’s Love

Reading Time: 5 Minutes Location, location, location John 4.1-6 – Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” — although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized — 3 he left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4 But he had to […]

Humility, Wisdom and Power

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Tell the truth. Go to jail! John 3.22-24 – After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being […]

The Merry-Go-Round of Life

Reading Time: 3 Minutes The Merry-Go-Round A child was taken by her parents to the county fair. She tugged at her mother’s hand, pulling her to the merry-go-round. The ticket was purchased and the family stood in a long line with the child anxiously awaiting her ride. Mom placed her on a short, wooden Shetland […]

When Nobody Listens

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 6.8-11  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” 9 And he said, “Go and say to this people: ‘Keep listening, but do not comprehend;keep looking, but do not understand.’10 Make […]

Did Jesus Enjoy the Super Bowl?

Reading Time: 3 Minutes What did Jesus think about the Super Bowl? Like the vast majority of Kansas City area residents, I greatly enjoyed Chief’s win in the Super Bowl. Tears of joy came to my eyes during the game and the parade. It was a great day for Kansas City and the surrounding area. […]