John 6 – Part One

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A few weeks ago, my good friend George Ortiz spoke for the first time at our church…George is an up and coming student pastor at Lakeside.  He called me the night before and we talked about this very passage from which he did a great job speaking the next day. From that message and our conversation, this is what I …

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John 5 – Ansley’s Beliefs

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As a Christian who grew up in the church, I find that sometimes the most encouraging passages to read are those that deal with salvation.  In the midst of a world full of Christians who constantly tell you how to live, how to serve, how to work, it’s nice to hear Jesus set the record straight again – just believe. …

John 4 – Did Jesus Ever Baptize Anyone?

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Hey I have a quick question for you bible junkies…did Jesus ever baptize anyone?  I know in chapter 3 of John it says… They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” -John 3:26 …

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John 3 – “Inclusivity”

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First, let me write down some questions I have as I read this chapter… 1) Jesus says to Nicodemus “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” (v.3).  For the Jew, what did the phrase “kingdom of God” mean? 2) Jesus starts relating being born again to the wind in …

John 2 – Jesus Goes Postal

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Hope that title doesn’t offend you.  Here’s the passage from John chapter 2… 13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple …

John 1

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One cool thing I learned today…that “in the beginning was the Word (logos)” The Greeks held that the universe was kosmos, an ordered place.  What lied behind universe and ordered it was reason, or logos.  To speak of Jesus in this way was to help them understand better exactly who he was in relation to God.  That Jesus is the …

Next Book: John

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With Becky in and out of the hospital as we prepare for our second child, Andrew, to be born, I have been longing to get back at digging into God’s Word.  I’ve been away for a couple of months now, so I’m out of practice.  I’ve decided to go to the Gospel of John for the next month or so. …

Here is Your King

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I imagine a lowly Jewish girl on the day of Christ’s crucifixion.  I imagine her seeing the crowd, the mob, making its way to the town square.  I imagine her getting caught up in the excitement, hearing the rumors, speculations on what this man did.  I imagine her even beginning to hate this man.  After all, she had grown up …

The Olive Grove

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“When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley.  On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.  Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.” It is evident from this passage, that when Jesus needed some …

How to Grow Fruit

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My dad was an apple farmer.  I wish I had been old enough to understand the job when I was younger so that I could have helped him with it.  One day I asked him about pruning.  I asked what the general idea was so that I could understand it beyond just randomly hacking off branches.  He explained that it’s …