Monthly Archives: November, 2009

A new week–ushering in December

It is hard to believe how quickly this year has gone.  Thanksgiving saw 26 people here for lunch, and it was all good.  Now we get back into our routine of reading through the book of John. John 3 Jesus Teaches Nicodemus 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of …

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Give thanks with a grateful heart…

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.” For a long time, I had trouble with this verse.  After all, there is not one adult person whom I have met who has not gone through a difficult if not nearly impossible life event.  Whether death, divorce, illness, or …

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This is my Father’s house

Today we look at John 2:12-25. 12After that He went down to Capernaum with His mother and brothers and disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.13Now the Passover of the Jews was approaching, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14There He found in the temple [[a]enclosure] those who were selling oxen and sheep and …

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I am the vine…

Carol J. Grace, vine, fruit, church, growth

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The chosen ones

Today I diverted my attention to 1 Peter 4 and 5, the subject of tomorrow’s Sunday School lesson.  Since we have been studying the book “Enough” the last few weeks, we have not used our Sunday School quarterlies.  Rather than picking up with the November 15 lesson, I decided to do a synopsis of the …

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Veteran’s Day–thank you for your sacrifice

It is 4:45 and I am just now sitting down to read and reflect on the Word.  Since it is Veteran’s Day, I would like to begin by thanking our veterans and service members for their sacrifice for our country.  God bless America, and all those who love her and serve her. We move on …

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Making church comfortable

I am departing from the first chapter of John today to address a comment I heard at church.  We were talking about what churches are doing to accomplish growth.  I kept hearing how they are changing their worship services, sometimes forming a blended service of choir, praise team, organ, instruments, and bells.  That didn’t sound …

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Another shocking tragedy

Yesterday the news was dominated by yet another tragedy.  A military man at Ft. Hood, Texas, apparently upset that he was going to be deployed to the Middle East, fired upon men and women, killing 13 and injuring 31.  Although Muslim, the man was born in Maryland–he purportedly shouted “Allah is good” before firing upon …

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We have found the Messiah

I read John 1:41 where Andrew tells his brother Simon Peter, “We have found the Messiah,” and I am filled with awe and wonder. Andrew had been a follower of John the Baptist who had identified Jesus as the Lamb of God. Andrew immediately called Jesus Rabbi, which means teacher, and followed Him. Not only …

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The voice of one crying in the wilderness

John 1:22-23 says:  22 Finally, they said, Who are you?  Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us.  What do you say about yourself.  23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of the one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way for the Lord.” …

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