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God the Father

Here is a thoughts from our John reading today….

One of the things that is standing out to me as I read through John this season, is the relationship between Jesus and God. Jesus was very serious about doing only what his Father wanted. Jesus really did have a very deep Father-Son relationship with God.

Part of this relationship is described to us in John 14:8-14. Jesus, at one point, says to Philip, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” Jesus will not do anything without knowing that it is what his Father wants him to do! It’s an amazing relationship…

It makes me wonder what would be different for me if I worked on deepening my relationship with God…

John 14:8-14

English Standard Version (ESV)

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

One of the things that has been standing out to me during my readings through the book of John, is Jesus’ relationship with the Father. Jesus sincerely relied on God the Father. Here are a couple of passages where I see this. What do you think? What do you learn from them?

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. (John 5:19-27 ESV)

And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge;the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment— what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” (John 12:44-50 ESV)

Week Three, Engage the Word

I hope your journey through Engage the Word is going well. I know it can be very busy and it’s easy for reading scripture to get pushed out of your day. But one of the things I continue to realize is that listening to God through scripture is one of the key things that keeps me focused through the busyness of life.

Here are the passages for this week and below are a few questions for you to think about as you read this week:

Monday: 1 Kings 2:1-3:28 (Give your servant an understanding mind)
Tuesday: Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
Wednesday: Psalm 51:1-19 (Have mercy on me)
Thursday: Proverbs 1:1-4:27 (Trust in the Lord)
Friday: Proverbs 16:1-18:24 (Commit your work to the Lord)
Saturday: Malachi 1:1-4:6 (I am sending my messenger)
Sunday: Matthew 13:1-58 (The Kingdom of heaven)

What stands out to you as the “big idea” from this passage?
What do you think God wants us to learn from this passage?
Does this story or your discussion change they way you think, or what you knew, about the Bible?
What is Jesus teaching you from the Engage the Word passages?

More About Abraham

Today’s Lent reading is from Romans 4:1-25. It is a passage that reflects on the life of Abraham and his relationship with God in light of Jesus.

Here are my “take-a-ways” from the passage… What are yours?

  • Believing in God is a big deal. (4:3-9)
  • Life is not about an outward sign, the right actions, or religious act; it’s about my heart condition. It’s about my relationship with God. (4:10-13)
  • God is faithful- don’t ever forget it. Believing in God is not a waste. (4:20-25)

Run, run, run

I do not like running. I never have. But lately something strange has happened. I’ve taken up running… I do use that word loosely, but nonetheless, it has happened. It really started with moving to a new location. I have gotten connected with a great group of friends and one of the things we all do together is workout. Running often comes mixed in the routines we do and at first I would just walk that bit of the routine. But slowly I began to run.

Then came the week most of the group was registered to run The Dirty Dash, a mud run. Well, they had one slot left on the team and guess who they talked into running. Yup. But it was a mud run and completely just for fun- no pressure of time or anything like that. So I did it. It was kind of fun. Really challenging for me but fun. And I discovered something: I discovered someone in our group who I could keep pace with really well. Our running level is about the same. It was perfect! But I thought that would pretty much be it for me and running.

Then came the Run for the Hills. A community run for a totally good cause. I had planned on walking in the 5k but as my friend and I talked, we realized we could probably run it together. If we tried on our own, then likely it would not happen, but maybe together… after all, we did the mud run with obstacles! And again, nearly the whole group of friends was registered for the run, so we did it. It was not easy. But we did it! And honestly, I was pretty sure I was done with running until maybe next year’s Run for the Hills. But no.

Most of the group was planning on participating in another community run. I had no intention of participating because of other events on the same weekend. Then something really wild happened about four weeks ago. Some of the group registered for one race but through mass confusion my one friend ended up registered for a different race. Well, she definitely didn’t want to run alone, and I didn’t really want to leave her to run alone because I would never want to have to run alone, so I registered for the Farmstead 5k. And then something even more wild happened… we actually spent time over the four weeks preparing for the run. And we did really well in the run. The rest of our group came out and cheered us on before their race- which was awesome. And we totally shaved off time from the Run For the Hills time. It was great!

At the beginning of the Farmstead I realized something… you see, a college friend had once tried to explain to me the incredible experience of running in a community. I never understood what she was talking about until the Farmstead. As we started running through the corn field, I got it. It was no longer about running. It was about setting out with my community to experience, accomplish, and live life together. (And there is something about physically pushing yourself through running.)

About the time we were running the last 1/4 mile I began thinking about how this parallels with our walk with Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…. I kept thinking about how following Jesus through life is like a long-distance race. But it is not one we do alone… We have have a community that watches us, cheers for us, and even runs with us. And for us, our goal is Jesus. Do you seen that?  “We are surrounded… let us run with endurance… We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…”

I would never, ever have started running except for my community. It is in community that it has become significant. In the same way, I need to run my race towards Jesus in community. I need to be with other people who will push me, cheer for me, pace with me, and help me keep my eyes on Jesus. Actually, I think that is what we all need… What do you think?

The Greatest Sermon Ever, pt2

Matthew 6:5-7:29 continues the Sermon on the Mount. Again, can you imagine sitting through this sermon? Wow!

There is something that stands out to me about this sermon: Jesus is talking about relationship. Our relationship with God and with other people.

So what do you learn? What does Jesus describe about good relationship with God and with others? What do you learn from part 2 of the sermon?

King David

The passage for today is kind of long… but it gives us an amazing look into King David’s life.

2 Samuel 5:1-7:29

What stands out to you? What do you learn from the relationship between God and David? How does it challenge you? It’s 7:25-26 that stands out to me…

Spend time in prayer today too– What can you praise God for each day? Are you waiting to see God’s work in your life somewhere or in someone else’s life?