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John 15:18-25

by Lon on December 12, 2011

Continuing our journey through john

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. nike air max thea soldes As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. nike x fragment That is why the world hates you.20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. nike huarache If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin.

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Francis Chan is catching waves

by pomankwan on December 31, 2010

A new journey is going to unfold as Pastor Francis Chan has resigned from the church he launched in Simi Valley, asics pulse soldes California in 1994. Adidas Zx Flux I hope you will be inspired by the Holy Spirit which Pastor Chan got inspired. adidas homme Click the link below to check it out.

I also attached his sharing of his current emotional status and his vision from God at Cornerstone Church a week before his resignation.

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John 7:45-52

by Lon on December 21, 2010

Continuing through our reflections on the Gospel of John

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, a??Why didn’t you bring him in?a??

46 a??No one ever spoke the way this man does,a?? the guards declared. nike soldes
47 a??You mean he has deceived you also?a?? the Pharisees retorted.48 a??Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him?

49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the lawa??there is a curse on them.a??
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked,

51 a??Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?a??

52 They replied, adidas ultra boost a??Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, chaussure adidas zx flux and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.a??

Here we see a glimpse of some ‘insider’ conversation as those in power debated the implications of Jesus.

Whenever we come across something foreign, ugg femme france or something that threatens our status quo,

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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 2:13-17 – Jesus clears the temple

by Lon on December 15, 2010

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days. 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

16 To those who sold doves he said, a??Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!a??

17 His disciples remembered that it is written: a??Zeal for your house will consume me.a??

This was not an on the spot, sporadic, 2017 asics overly-emotional Jesus – it probably took more than a moment to make that ‘whip of cords’. Jesus was dead serious about his anger though.

I wonder what Jesus would drive out, scatter, nike flyknit lunar and overturn today?

Are there things that we do today, asics france in his Father’s name, nike air max classic bw soldes that would both break his heart and anger him?

Lord have mercy,

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John 1:43-51

by Lon on December 4, 2010

Continuing our journey through the gospel of John

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. asics gel lyte 3 Finding Philip, he said to him, a??Follow me.a??
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.

45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, a??We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrotea??Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.a??

46 a??Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?a?? Nathanael asked.
a??Come and see,a?? said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, a??Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.a??

48 a??How do you know me?a?? Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, a??I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.a??
49 Then Nathanael declared, a??Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.a??
50 Jesus said, a??You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.a??

51 He then added, a??I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.a??

Can anything good come from Nazareth? Obviously Nazareth did not have a very good reputation. timberland chaussure It’s uncertain whether it was due to it’s small size or unimportance, poverty or immorality. What it does affirm again, is that God shows up in unlikely places. nike air max tn soldes

In some ways as Jesus makes a positive assessment of Nathanael we should not that Jesus doesn’t dispute Nathanael’s claim. Maybe he’s right, maybe not much good does come from Nazareth, but that doesn’t prevent God himself from showing up and working.

In the same way, think through the hundreds of things, people, places, that we too are critical of.

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John 4:27-38

by Lon on December 1, 2010

Continuing our journey through the Gospel of John

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. nike air max tn But no one asked, a??What do you want?a?? or a??Why are you talking with her?a??
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,29 a??Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. adidas zx flux Could this be the Christ?a??

30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, a??Rabbi, eat something.a??

32 But he said to them, a??I have food to eat that you know nothing about.a??

33 Then his disciples said to each other, a??Could someone have brought him food?a??
34 a??My food,a?? said Jesus, a??is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.35 Do you not say, a??Four months more and then the harvesta??? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.36 Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.37 Thus the saying a??One sows and another reapsa?? is true.

38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. UGG Bottes Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.a??

It’s interesting how often this passage is spoken of how Jesus reached out to a Samaritan woman. Rightly so, because it is surprising for Jews and Samaritans to in deep conversation.

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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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