John, Near the Foot of the Cross

Jesus has been arrested, tried and sentenced to death. Each of the gospel accounts mention the women gathered at the cross to witness the crucifixion of Jesus, either by name or as a group.  {Matthew 27:55-56; Mark 15:40; Luke 23:49}. However, none of the other gospels mention the disciples. We know Judas is remorseful and commits suicide. Peter is remorseful […]

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The Power of Our Words

Several weeks ago, after an exhausting week I snapped at a friend of mine. Although my words were not directed towards her, they were perceived to be and taken personally. The situation escalated and almost came to an end.  Even after apologizing the situation was not easily resolved. King Solomon wrote “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words […]

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Faithful Heroes: Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activities. She was a co-founder of UNCF and one of the few women to serve as college president in the pre-Civil Rights era. She was born on July 10, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina. She was the 15th of 17 children. Her parents were slaves and she […]

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Hymn Story: I Gave My Life for Thee

An art museum in Dusseldorf, Germany has a vivid painting on display of Christ, “wearing His crown of thorns as He stands before Pilate and the mob”.  Underneath the painting, by Sternberg, are the word “This have I done for thee, what hast thou done for Me?” Francis Havergal came upon the painting while in Germany.  Sources differ on whether […]

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Names of God: I Am

The Lord often said “I Am,” which distinguishes the spiritual self from the human self. The I Am has it’s being in heaven, the realm of God and is in the will of God. God is stating that he is a being, however he is a divine and holy being. Both God and Jesus make statements which say “I Am”. […]

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John, Willing to Suffer for Jesus

The disciples did not understand Jesus purpose, nor his power at times. A crowd was following Jesus to Jerusalem.  We are told they are afraid of what’s to come. He took the twelve disciples aside and tried to prepare them for what was to come. He told them he would be beat, made fun of, spit on and killed.  {Mark […]

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Peter and John

We have been review John’s relationship with Jesus and his eyewitness to not only Easter, but the life of Jesus. However, there is one other man who is often mentioned with John and that is Peter. Clearly, we know Peter and John knew one another before they met Jesus, because Peter is with Zebedee and his sons, when Jesus comes […]

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John in the Garden of Gethsemane

After the Passover meal ended, Jesus went to Gethsemane which is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and […]

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When Others Fall

Last week, I talked about owning up to my mistakes. But what about when someone we look up to falls? Recently the news has been full of role models who made a colossal mistake. So, what can we do when others fall? First and foremost, pray for them. Pray for the Lord to: Comfort them Guide them Direct their actions […]

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Faithful Heroes: James Hudson Taylor

James Hudson Taylor was a missionary to China for 51 years and founder of the China Inland Mission. He was born on May 22, 1832 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. His father, James was a pharmacist and Methodist lay preacher. As a young man he ran away from his parents Christian beliefs. He came to Christ at the age of 17, after […]

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Hymn Story: Jesus Saves

Priscilla J. Owens was a Baltimore public school teacher for forty-nine years and often wrote hymns for children’s services. She was very involved in the Sunday School at her church. She wrote the words to this hymn for a missionary service in the Sunday School of Union Square Methodist Church. The song was “originally adapted to the chorus “Vive le […]

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Names of God: Holy One

Holy One is a descriptive name of God, which highlights his holiness.  His holiness sets him apart. Holy One derives from the Hebrew words qadosh and khasid, which refers to the Lord’s covenant keeping love. In Hebrew, holy {Kadosch} means being separated from the secular or profane and all evil. After all, Holy refers to the pure, loving nature of […]

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John, the Beloved Disciple

John was part of Jesus’s inner circle, but he also has another name he gave himself.  That of the beloved disciple. The Gospel of John is believed to have been written by John the apostle.  This is the only book of the Bible, in which the beloved disciple is referred to.  We do not know what prompted John to refer […]

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John, Preparing the Passover Meal

We know John is one of Jesus inner circle, along with his brother James and Simon Peter. James and John have been renamed the Sons of Thunder and we explored the power in their words last week. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, where they will celebrate the Passover meal. “Jesus sent Peter and John and said, “Go and get […]

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Owning Up to Our Mistakes

On two different occasions lately, I have had to own up to my mistakes.  This included taking ownership, apologizing and working to resolve the situation. Owning up to our mistakes is not always easy and in our humanness we often want to cast blame on others, instead of accepting blame and our part in the situation. Paul wrote “Brothers and […]

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As Iron Sharpens Iron

I have an individual in my life whom I have a love hate relationship with. This individual is a good friend, but on multiple occasions this person has stabbed me in the back, usually by running to my boss about some minor oversight. I wish at times I could escape her, but she lives at my workplace and it is […]

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Faithful Heroes: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian and one of the founding members of the Confessing Church. His stand against anti-Nazism cost him his life. He was born on Feburary 4, 1906 in Prussia, which was then in the German Empire {now in Poland}. His father, Karl, was a psychiatrist and neurologist while his mother, Paula, was a teacher. Dietrich […]

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Hymn Story: The Ninety and Nine

Jesus told the parable of the shepherd who left his ninety-nine sheep to go after the one lost sheep. {Luke 15:3-7} Elizabeth Clephane lived in Melrose, Scotland during the 19th Century.  She was an invalid and wrote the hymn, based on the parable, to help children remember the truths of Jesus’s words. The text to her poem appeared in the […]

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Names of God: Goel

The term Goel drives from the Hebrew word lig’ol. The term means to redeem or redeemer. “Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”  {Isaiah 41:14, NIV} The authorized version of the Bible translates this word into kinsman. This is […]

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The Alamo Bride

Ellis Dumont stumbles upon an unconscious New Orleans Grey on her Grandfather Dumont’s property in 1836. While unconscious, he mutters about treasures and war.  Ellis wonders who Clay Gentry really is, a friend or foe. She must decide if she will trust him and learn to be courageous to travel with him to Mission San Jose and help end the […]

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