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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...

Dec 27, 2020

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-15

We are naturally hesitant to talk with unbelievers about Jesus Christ and the Christian faith.  In John 4, we have a wonderful story of the truth of Christ, declared to a woman who was not at all looking for the truth.

Perhaps John means to draw a contrast here, between Nicodemus in John 3...

Nov 29, 2020

Scripture Reading: John 3:31-36

"To an age which has unashamedly sold itself to the gods of greed, pride, sex, and self-will, the Church mumbles on about God's kindness, but says virtually nothing about His judgment" (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 148).

The Bible has much to say about God's wrath about rebellion against...

Nov 22, 2020

Scripture Reading: John 3:22-36

John paints two portraits in this section of his gospel.  Both are wonderful, but one is more wondrous.  One portrait is an example to follow and the other portrait is a witness of divinity which we may not and cannot possess.

What we see here is a sterling example of humility.  John the...