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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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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Faithful Heroes: Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall was the wife of Dr. Peter Marshall and author of the popular novel, Christy. Catherine Sarah Wood was born on September 27, 1914 in Johnson City, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Rev. John Ambrose and Leonora Whitaker Wood. The family served a church in Keyser, West Virginia from the time she was nine until after her high […]

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Lessons from King David: A Hero

David has defeated the Philistine giant, Goliath. Saul sets David over “the men of war” and the people love him. As they are going through the city, the women come out to greet them. “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” {1 Samuel 18:7} Saul is […]

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Faithful Heroes: Martin Luther

Martin Luther broke free from the Roman Catholic Church to open the doors for the Protestant movement to begin. Martin Luthern was born in Saxony, the Holy Roman Empire on November 10, 1483. He was the eldest son of Hans and Margarethe Lindemann Luder {later Luther}. His father worked as a leaseholder of copper mines and smelters. Martin had several […]

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Faithful Heroes: John Wesley

John Wesley is considered the father of Methodism. However, his religious training began as a young child under the tutelage of his mother, Susanna. John Wesley was born on June 18, 1703 in Epworth, England. He was the fifteenth child born to Samuel and Susanna Wesley. His mother is described as “She was a woman of deep piety and brought […]

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Faithful Heroes: John Newton

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July tomorrow, I thought it would be fitting to study a faithful hero who was both a slave and a slave trader, before he gained freedom in Christ.   He then worked to abolish the institution of slavery in Great Britain.   Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound that saved a wretch like […]

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