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John 18:1-12

by Lon on December 1, 2011

Continuing our journey through John

1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. nike air max classic bw On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.

2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. chaussure nike air max 90 They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. nike air pegasus If you are looking for me, then let these men go.”9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. basket nike (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus.

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John 7:25-44

by Lon on December 15, 2010

Continuing our online exploration of the gospel of John

25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, a??Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill?26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. timberland discount Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ?

27 But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.a??
28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, a??Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. ugg australia I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,

29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.a??
30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.

31 Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, a??When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?a??

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. timberland pas cher Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, a??I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me.

34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.a??
35 The Jews said to one another, a??Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

36 What did he mean when he said, a??You will look for me, but you will not find me,a?? and a??Where I am, you cannot comea???a??
37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, a??If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.a??

39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. nike flyknit lunar

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, a??Surely this man is the Prophet.a??

41 Others said, a??He is the Christ.a??
Still others asked, a??How can the Christ come from Galilee?
42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?a??43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.

44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

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John 1:35-42

by Lon on December 31, 2009

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.

36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, a??Look, the Lamb of God!a??
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, a??What do you want?a??
They said, a??Rabbia?? (which means Teacher), a??where are you staying?a??

39 a??Come,a?? he replied, a??and you will see.a??
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, a??We have found the Messiaha?? (that is, the Christ).

42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, a??You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephasa?? (which, when translated, is Peter). nike roshe run

We tend to think of God by his divine will and timing calling people to himself. adidas nmd However we can see by this passage that it was Simon who had brought Peter to Jesus. nike air max 1 pas cher What if Simon had decided to ‘follow’ Jesus for himself? What if he was only concerned about his own spirituality and personal growth that he had forgotten about Peter?

The good news is that the good news is too good to keep to ourselves. A primary aspect of following Jesus involves connecting with those who have yet to encounter to Jesus themselves.

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Trusting God in Trials

by Lon on December 8, 2009

Below is a short video by Matt Chandler, a great communicator and up and coming pastor in Texas, timberland soldes who just discovered he had a tumor in his brain last week. nike soldes running

The video has been removed from youtube, nike mercurial vapor ix cr se ebay but you can find the original here.

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On Marriage…

by Lon on December 17, 2008

A question that was emailed to me that I forgot to address during our last talk on sex…

- Is it okay to long to be married?

First off, there’s plenty of scriptural support that encourages us to find contentment in all circumstances. Whether you’re single, courting, married, whatever the circumstance.

Secondly, let me go out on a limb, and say that in a very broad sense, marriage seems to be the default status God guides people towards. There are plenty, plenty, of exceptions to this in which single people live God-honoring and amazingly thriving lives. But, there does seem to be a bias towards marriage, family, child-raising, etc.

Thirdly, with that in mind, I think there’s nothing at all wrong with having a desire to be married. In fact, whether a person gets married or not at some point, I think we should all be preparing ourselves to be good husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers. If God were to bless us with something as sacred as marriage we ought to be at least somewhat ready for it. I’d encourage people to use this desire for marriage to prepare yourself to be the right person, should God bring you the right person.

Finally, above all of this, I don’t think the ultimate goal should ever be singlehood, or marriage. The goal is Christ-likeness. With Christ as our guide, I think it’ll make a number of our other decisions a bit healthier.

* I know last Sunday was really rushed. I’m more than happy to field any additional questions privately via email or for the community on this blog.

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