God So Loved the World

January 21, 2019

John 3:9-17 Do you ever feel as if God couldn’t possibly love you? Maybe you think you’re too messed up, that you could never get into the Lord’s good graces. But “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” […]

You Must Be Born Again

January 14, 2019

John 2:23 – 3:8 People can be religious and not be born again. They can go to church and do the things that people expect Christians to do. What does it mean to be born again? Jesus, now in Jerusalem, did many more signs, and people believed in Him. But the literal translation of John […]

Zeal for God’s House

January 7, 2019

John 2:12-22 God doesn’t like a mess in His house—whether in the church collectively or in Christians individually. Sooner or later, if we don’t clean up the clutter in our lives, God will deal with it. After the wedding in Cana, Jesus and His disciples headed back to Jerusalem for the Passover. But when they […]

The Joy of the Lord

December 31, 2018

John 2:1-11 God is so often misrepresented. When Jesus came, this was happening in the extreme. The religious leaders, intent on their own agenda, were burdening people with guilt and condemnation, making God out to be angry with them. But that is not at all the picture of God that Jesus revealed. In Jesus’ day […]

Christmas: God’s Great Rescue Mission

December 24, 2018

“She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” … All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they […]

Called to Discipleship

December 17, 2018

John 1:35-51 When you hear the word “Christian,” what do you think of? Many people today don’t have the slightest idea what it means to be a Christian. Being a Christian is more than embracing an intellectual belief—it means following Jesus closely as a disciple. John the Baptist, the herald of the Messiah, stood one […]

The Silence Is Broken

December 10, 2018

John 1:19-34 How do you feel when you’re promised something and end up waiting a long time for the promise to be kept? Seasons of silence can rattle our nerves—and stretch our faith. The Jewish people knew about waiting. In 538 BC the Jews, who had been captive in Babylon for seventy years, began returning […]

The Tabernacle of God Is with Men

December 3, 2018

John 1:14-18 Trying to please the Lord isn’t always as easy as we might like. Inevitably we fall short in our efforts. But God sent Jesus to meet us at our point of need. John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The word “dwelt” means “to tabernacle among” or […]

As Many as Received Him

November 26, 2018

John 1:6-13 Within every one of us is an innate desire for spiritual reality. We all want life and peace. Yet apart from Jesus, we are in darkness—our sin blinds us. How does a person come to know God? Before Jesus came, God bore universal witness of Himself. He could be seen above: “The heavens […]

The Word Became Flesh

November 19, 2018

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 If we were to write someone’s biography, we would naturally begin with the person’s birth. But for one person in history, life did not begin at birth. Jesus Christ, before being conceived of the Holy Spirit […]