Hymn Story: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by William Williams Pantycelyn. Williams was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1717. He was the son of John and Dorothy Williams. His father was a prosperous farmer. He grew up as an Independent and Calvinist. He intended to be a doctor, but upon hearing Howell Harris preach he became a Christian.  He […]

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John, after the Transfiguration

The book of Acts opens with the transfiguration and then the men return to the upper room to wait. John is mentioned along with the other disciples. While in the upper room the Holy Spirit comes upon them. “Many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”  {Acts 2:43} John was with Peter, when his friend performed his first miracle.  […]

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John, If I Want Him to Remain

Jesus asked Peter “Lovest thou me?” and tells him how he will die. {John 21:12-19} So, Peter is like so many of us. He wants to know about his friend. He looks over at John and asked “what about him?” How did Jesus answer? “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that […]

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John, At the Resurrection

Jesus has been crucified and the disciples are probably feeling lost and questioning everything that happened the last three years. We do not know where they are or who else is with them, but we do know they are together. Mary Magdalene runs up to them and tells them the stone has been moved from the tomb. The two men […]

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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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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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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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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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John, part of the Inner Circle

Jesus has called his twelve disciples, however of these men he has a closer, more intimate inner circle.  He has three with whom he is very close. These men often go with him when the other men do not.  Why these men? Scripture doesn’t tell us. Maybe they hit it off better than the others.  We have some friends we […]

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James and John, the Sons of Thunder

Last week, we met James and John with their father, Zebedee.  Jesus has called James, John and Simon {Peter} who was with them as fishers of men.  However, he has a special command for these men also. “James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder.”  {Mark 3:17} […]

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John, the Fisherman

We are continuing our Eyewitness to Easter series with the apostle John.  Like Peter, John was a fisherman. When we meet John, he is going about his trade. “Jesus went on a little farther. He saw James and his brother John who were sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat mending their nets.”   {Mark 1:19} John is with his […]

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Names of God: Creator

A creator is someone who brings something into being. In the book of Genesis, we are told “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” {Genesis 1:1} The Lord is referred to as the creator thirteen times throughout the scripture. A few of these passages include: and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,     Creator […]

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Hymn Story: Take the Name of Jesus with You

Lydia Baxter lived her life in bed as an invalid for the majority of her adult life. However, she is said to have had a “cheerful and patient” manner. She was born on September 2, 1800 to Jonathan and Mary Odell. Lydia and her sister are said to have been responsible for establishing the Baptist church in Petersburg, New York, […]

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Behind the Christmas Carol: Carol of the Bells

Carol of the Bells is another popular Christmas Carol, but actually began as a New Year’s song. The song was composed by  Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914.  He was approached by the Conductor of the Ukrainian Republic Choir Oleksander Koshyts to create a song based on traditional Ukranian folk chants. The original folk song was written in a pre-Christian […]

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Heroes of the Faith: John Gibson Paton

John Gibson Paton greatly improved life in his missionary work in the South Pacific. He was born on May 24, 1824 in Braehead, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was the oldest of eleven children born to James and Janet Paton. At the age of twelve, he began to learn his father’s stocking manufacturing business. He worked fourteen hour days beside his father […]

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Lessons from King David: A Revolt

Absalom killed his half brother, Amnon, for raping his sister, Tamar. For three years he lived in exile, before King David allowed him to return home. However, it was another two years before David agreed to see his son. Yet, the trouble with Absalom was far from over. Absalom decided that the time has come for him to become king. […]

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