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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Praying Over Our Problems

As I mentioned last week, the power of my words landed me in trouble. The situation took several weeks to resolve.  This was a very stressful time and led to more than one sleepless night. I turned the only place possible. To the Lord in prayer.  I poured my heart out and begged the Lord to change the situation, but […]

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Faithful Heroes: Martha Myers

Martha Myers, was a doctor, who dedicated her life to sharing the gospel with the people of Yemen. She and two other missionaries were killed while serving the people of Yemen. Martha Myers was born on March 13, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama. Myers grew up in a Christian home and is described as “compassionate” even from a young age. By […]

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Song Story: I Will Rise

Pastor Louis Giglio and singer Chris Tomlin discussed writing a song which would help people who were walking through the valley of grief and loss. In a 2011 interview Chris Tomlin shared, “”We were sitting across a table at lunch one day and he said, ‘Man, I feel like there needs to be more songs for people who are really […]

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Names of God: I Am Who I Am

Last week, we took a look at I Am.  However, when Moses stood before the burning bush, the Lord said to Him “I Am Who I Am”. In Hebrew the phrase reads  ehyeh asher ehyeh.  The word Ehyeh is the first person equivalency to the verb to be. “ I AM is the ultimate statement of self-sufficiency, self-existence, and immediate presence”. God’s […]

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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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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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