Category Archives: John’s Gospel

Devotionals from the gospel of John

Sunday Sermon: ‘Confident Christians in a Chaotic World’

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John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

The Christian life is not about our ability to perform. It’s about our relationship with God through the cross of Christ and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said – “Those who abide in Me shall bear abundant fruit, and those who do not abide in Me shall whither up and die.” So what does it mean to ‘abide in Christ?’

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Confident Christians in a Chaotic World’ part e

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Please take your Bible and turn with me to John 13. As you well know, today is Valentine’s Day and therefore I thought that it would be appropriate to talk about love.

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Confident Christians in a Chaotic World’ part d

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Next Saturday, February 6, will mark the ninth anniversary of my blog. I published my first post on February 6, 2007. Since then I have published over 3,000 posts, most of them being either a devotional or one of my sermons. I’m still amazed at how God uses my blog. Last year alone, over 60,000 people visited by blog, reading over 100,000 posts. At times I think about ending my blog, but then one of you says something to me about one of the devotionals you’ve just read, or I get an email from a believer somewhere in the world. On an average day I will have readers from twenty or more countries around the world. When I think about someone from Africa, Ireland or the Ukraine possibly getting something helpful from one of the devotionals I am blown away. Hopefully I’ll get to meet some of these individuals one day in heaven.

Of the many devotionals and sermons that I have posted, there is one that gets more attention than the rest. As a matter of fact, it was read over 3,000 times last year alone. There’s not a day goes by that someone somewhere doesn’t pull it up and read it. So what is this one post that gets so much attention? The title of it is: ‘Natural Man, Spiritual Man, or Carnal Man.’

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Devotional: ‘Unconditional Love’

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Suppose there were two men who had been enemies for decades. So deep was their division that when one man entered a room, the other man left. But then suppose one day one of the men showed up at the other man’s doorstep and in his hand was a towel and a basin. Humbly he would ask if he might be allowed to come in for a few moments; and after entering into the man’s home, he would then fill the basin with water and ask for permission to wash his enemy’s feet. Though the man would be shocked at what was happening, he would have to recognize that something significant had taken place in this man’s life. What kind of impact might do you suppose this would have upon their relationship? What kind of impact might do you suppose this would have upon their surrounding community? What kind of impact do you suppose this would have upon the local churches?

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Devotional: ‘For God So Loved the World’

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Suppose you wanted to test a runner’s speed – what would you do? You would have him run a race. Suppose you wanted to test a weightlifter’s strength – what would you do? You would have him to lift some heavy object. Suppose you wanted to test the measure of someone’s love – what would you do? You would challenge him to love the unlovable.

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Devotional: ‘Because – God is Love’

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On the night before His crucifixion, scripture says that Jesus took a towel and a basin of water and began to wash His disciples’ feet. (see John 13) As He did so, Simon Peter asked – “Lord, dost thou wash my feet?” (John 13:6) In other words – Why is our Master acting like He is our servant?”

Why did Jesus do what He did? Many believe that it was a lesson on the importance of humility. Without a doubt, it was an unbelievable act of self-denial for the Creator to serve the created. Yet I believe that there was another reason for Christ’s actions. I believe that Jesus was trying to reveal to us a part of the nature of God. We read from the Bible- “…God is love.” (1 John 4:8) Love is an expression of God’s eternal essence.

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Devotional: ‘The Distinguishing Mark of a Christian’

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John 13:1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Jesus did an amazing thing just before His arrest and crucifixion. Scripture says that He humbled Himself before His disciples and washed their dirty feet. Historians teach us that this was something for a common slave to do and certainly not someone whom others called their Master. Yet the Creator chose to serve His creation. Read the rest of this entry

Devotional: ‘Don’t Let the Darkness Get You Down’

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One of the worst things about winter is that the days are shorter and the nights are longer. This is especially oppressive when it gets dark so early in the evenings. Recently I read that there are actually some people who get sick because of this increase of darkness. The remedy suggested was more time in the light during the daylight hours.

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Devotional: ‘The Love of God’

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When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ”. (Source Unknown)

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Devotional: ‘Are You Abiding in the Good Shepherd?’

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John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Christ wants to give to us abundant life. The word ‘abundant’ means something that is exceedingly beyond measure; something superior and surpassing. We might say that it’s Christianity with an exclamation point!

How different that is from what many seem to experience. For many church-members, their Christianity is anything but life with an exclamation point. Why is that?

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