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John 13:26-14:7

26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Deeper Issue

There are parts of learning that I really like. Sometimes the process of learning is very difficult, but for the most part, I enjoy it. I enjoy knowing intricacies and details. I think part of why is because learning more helps me feel better prepared to make decisions.  I also just really enjoy making a new discovery. This is one of the things I really appreciate about scripture. No matter how often I have read a passage, God will almost always teach me something new or show me a new detail.

Today I was reading in John 5 and part of the story recorded in this chapter stood out to me in a new way. The main story in the chapter is about Jesus healing a man who is described as an invalid for 38 years. Jesus heals him and then disappears in the crowd. Later, Jesus finds him in the temple and makes a very powerful statement. This is what stood out to me today. Jesus says, “Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”

What struck me about this statement was the truth of how powerful the effects sin are. It is nothing really new to me- it did not take me very long in life to realize the damage that sin causes- but there was a new comparison for me in this story that made the truth come alive. The impression left on me is that Jesus was saying to the man, “You thought being a lame, invalid for 38 years was bad… Sin is much more devastating.”

I know that “the wages of sin is death.” I know it destroys relationships and causes pain. But something about comparing the outcomes of sin to being worse than living an invalid… that connected to me. It would be really bad to be in that guy’s situation- an invalid with no help, no hope, continually being overlooked, and no one who cares. It’s a bad place to live. But Jesus says living in sin is worse…. There is a deeper issue than just being sick and invalid.

This has caused me to stop and think. During this season of Lent, part of the focus is to realize the gravity of our sin and what it cost Jesus to overcome it. This passage, in a new and fresh way, is helping me focus. I hope it maybe stands out to you as well.

Ash Wednesday

And so it begins! The season of Lent is here. The journey to the celebration of Easter has finally arrived. One of the common practices of Lent is to give something up for the 40 days that lead to Easter. I actually had a very good conversation with a group of students last week about this practice.

crossIt was really good to listen to them wrestle with the idea of sacrificing something during this season or not. What was great was listening and talking with them about the why behind the practice. Why would someone sacrifice anything during the season?

One of the best definitions of the season that I have read says this:

The tradition of Lent- a forty-day sacrifice- is one way of mourning the death that sin has caused in our lives.

I like it because I think it helps answer the question why sacrifice anything. In sacrificing, it continually reminds us something missing. Something that is a regular part of life has been taken out of life; in a way, killed off.

Sin kills our relationship with God and with others (Romans 5:17-19). For us to be made whole, something had to happen. The practice of sacrifice during Lent helps to remind us of that. Jesus made an amazing sacrifice to get rid of sin. So for the next 40 days, every time I miss what I have sacrificed, I’m hoping it calls me back to remembering the destruction of sin and the awesomeness of His sacrifice. Then on Easter, it will hopefully make the victory of His resurrection that much more astonishing! Maybe it is a practice that will hep you as well.

Fat Tuesday

Welcome to the big day before the big day! Redundant statement? Yes. Kind of fun to put together? Absolutely. Moving on now? Affirmative.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Today is known as Fat Tuesday. It is actually a rather interesting day. The tradition of Lent is to prepare for the celebration of Easter through prayer, deep reflection, and often, sacrifice. For some, Fat Tuesday (and the time leading up to it) has turned into an opportunity to go crazy before making a sacrifice on Ash Wednesday. But really, that is not what I am thinking about today.

Today, I am really curious as to what the season of Lent may hold. For me, there is something important about these seasons. They really become times that help focus my attention. So what might I learn this season? I’m not sure, but I am looking forward to it with anticipation!

Engage the Word Week 5

We are almost through the 40 days of Engage the Word. How has your journey been so far? How has the scripture come alive for you? What new things are you discovering?

Monday: Acts 13:1-14:28 (God raised him from the dead)
Tuesday: Acts 25:1-28:31 (Almost persuaded)
Wednesday: Romans 8:1-39 (No condemnation)
Thursday: Galatians 5:16-6:10 (live by the spirit)
Friday: Ephesians 6:10-20 (Be strong in the lord)
Saturday: Philippians 4:2-9 (The peace of God)
Sunday: Colossians 1:1-23 (The kingdom of the beloved son)

Week Four of Engage the Word

Remember together!
Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Entire Sanctification – We believe that after salvation, God desires each individual to be fully submitted in thoughts, attitudes, decisions, emotions, and lifestyle to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Memory Verse for the week:  “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NLT

Read Together!
Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Monday: Matthew 14:22-36 (Lord, Save me)

Tuesday: Mark 5:1-20 (What is your name)

Wednesday: Luke 10:25-37 (What must I do?)

Thursday: Luke 22:1-47 (Who is greater?)

Friday: John 18:1-40 (What is truth?)

Saturday: Acts 3:1-4:37 (By what name did you do this?)

Sunday: Acts 8:26-40 (May I be baptized?)

Talk together!
Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

Who are the characters and what happened?

Have you ever heard this story before?

What do you think God wants us to learn from this story?

Does this story or our discussion change they way you think or what you knew about the Bible?


Pray together!
Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

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?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“Jesus, I pray that __________ will allow You to show him/her how to live a holy, transformed life.” (Romans 12:1-2)

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?