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In The Light

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John 12:34-50  Christmas lights are popping up all over. I saw a story on the news of a home with so many lights and such loud music that the neighbors complained! And many of you know about Clark Griswald’s lights on HIS home! I enjoy Christmas lights (on other people’s homes), but Christmas is less […]

Planting Wheat

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John 12:12-33  The Palouse Country of Eastern Washington is covered with wheat fields as far as you can see. Just before the harvest, you see a scene similar to what Katherine Bates, the author of “America the Beautiful”  had in mind when she wrote, “O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.” The […]

Giving Her Best

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John 12:1-8  I managed the computer systems for Phoenix Seminary for several years. We had a small office, so we only had about a dozen computers on the network. One day, the Director of Development (aka, the person who raised funds for the school) came to me excitedly. “This person donated a computer to the seminary! […]

I Am The Resurrection And The Life

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John 11:1-5, 17-32  The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead was a family affair. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, were in mourning at the loss of their brother. Jesus used the circumstances to teach them about who He was – something crucial for us today!

A Tale Of Two Lazarus’s

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John 11  Did you know… the name “Lazarus” appears in only two accounts in the Bible: John 11-12 and Luke 16:20-25. No, they are not the same Lazarus. But there are some fascinating parallels between the two accounts. What can we learn from this last miracle recorded by John before Jesus’ crucifixion?

In The Grasp

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John 10:22-42  We often see in movies and TV shows someone who is falling, likely to their death, being rescued at the last minute by the grasp of someone reaching over the brink. And I usually think “not likely!” But there is a hand that rescues and holds on no matter what. Join us to […]

The Good Shepherd

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John 10:1-21  “I am not a Shepherd, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.” Okay, that makes no sense as a sentence. But to most of us, the idea of “shepherd” is a foreign concept. Yet, in Jesus’ day, everyone knew the work of a shepherd, and Jesus Himself uses the imagery of […]

Once I Was blind

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John 9:1-41  My left eye was covered with a protective cup and gauze. I couldn’t wear my glasses over the cup, so I was stuck ‘seeing” with my right eye. The problem? My left eye is my dominant eye (backwards for a right-handed person), and my right eye needs the most correction by the lens. Everything […]

When Things Go Wrong

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John 9:1-3  Hurricanes, earthquakes, medical issues, accidents, violence… why do bad things happen? It’s not always – in fact rarely – God “punishing us.” Join us this week as we see what is going on “when things go wrong.”

Before Abraham Was…

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John 8:33-59  The debate continues.  Jesus says He speaks in perfect accord with His Father. The Jews claim he is illegitimate, is a Samaritan, is demon possessed. These same Jews assert THEY are descendants of Abraham… a true statement, but without the benefit they expect. Jesus ends the debate with a clear statement – before […]