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Jan 31, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 5:1-18

The gospel of John is filled with miracles which Jesus did.  John calls them 'signs' and his design in including them in his account of Jesus' life is to point readers to the divinity of Christ.  John is saying, in effect, "Behold, what power and majesty Jesus displays.  Surely He is the...

Jan 24, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 4:43-54

The healing of the royal official's son is yet another declaration of both the grace and power of Jesus.  Having passed through Samaria Jesus came, again, to Galilee.  In fact, He came to Cana, where He had turned water into wine.

There is a stark contrast in this account … between the...

Jan 17, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 4:27-42

John has recorded four stories, in quick succession, in which the contrast between material realities and spiritual realities is stark. The Jewish leaders thought about the physical temple when Jesus mentioned that He would raise the temple in three days (Jn 2:19,20).  Nicodemus thought...

Jan 10, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 4:24

One of the great dangers of a worship service (or even private worship) is that its activities can be done out of routine.  There is an external form of worship … singing, praying, communion, giving.  But it is possible to do all those activities without the heart being engaged.  This was...

Jan 3, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 4:13-26

One of the subjects that arose in Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman was worship.  The Samaritans had erected a temple on Mt. Gerizim so they would not have to go to Jerusalem to worship.  Jesus' response was to talk about the nature of worship.  True worship is not to be found...