Week Eight — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 11: 24,25


John 11: 25, 26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, for life and for death we place our faith in you.

Thought for the day:  Some journeys are for believes only.



Job 19:25, 26 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the faithful like Job who show us the way of faith in darkness.

Thought for the day:  Job chose belief over excuse and complaint.


2 Kings 2: 11, As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.  Elisha saw this and cried out, My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more.  Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

Prayer:  Lord God, we know not how it shall be in eternity, but You we have come to know and trust.

Thought for the day:  A horse-drawn carriage ride in Times Square is still a romantic luxury.


I Thessalonians 4: 14, 15 We believe that Jesus died and rose again an so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

Prayer:   Jesus, Son of God, how blessed are we all who claim a hope in you.

Thought for the day:  Through hope in Jesus as the Christ the love of loved ones is never lost.


Romans 6:4,5 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, even in our initiation into the household of faith we are reminded of your gift of new life.

Thought for the day:  No winter has halted the blossoming of spring flowers.


I Peter 3: 21, 22 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body by the pledge of a good conscience toward God.  It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we await the day when faith shall become sight.

Thought for the day:  One day God’s will shall be done fully on earth as it is in heaven.


Revelation 1:17, 18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.  Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid.  I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, yours is the power of life and you wield your power in love.

Thought for the day:  You cannot give just anyone a key to your front door.

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Week Seven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 10: 10, 11


John 10: 10, 11 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks to you for offering us abundant life.

Thought for the day:  How rare is the cold cereal box that is  brimming with cereal.


Isaiah 40:10, 11 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him.  See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.  He tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Prayer: Jesus, we give thanks for all the days you have gathered us in your arms as lambs.

Thought for the day:  Even restless pets sleep well cradled in the arms of their master hearing a soothing heartbeat.


Ezekiel 34: 23, 24 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.  I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them.  I the Lord have spoken.

Prayer:  Lord God, we thank you for the servant leadership of Jesus.

Thought for the day:  When was the last time you thanked those who have care for your soul?


Jeremiah 23:2, 3 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people:  “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord.  I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.

Prayer:  Lord God, we are grateful to you for protecting your believers.

Thought for the day: God always has your best interest in mind.


Matthew 18: 12, 13 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, ad one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  Nd if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about the one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.

Prayer:  O Jesus, we give thanks that you came to seek and save the lost.

Thought for the day:  For one who knows their value souls like rare coins are worth saving.


I Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you are the prophesied Chief Shepherd, and we await your appearance.

Thought for the day:  Seasons appear in their own time right on time.


Ephesians 3:20, 21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Prayer:  Lord God, the abundance you bring to the lives of believers is amazing.

Thought for the day: As one worship leader said, “Won’t he do it?  He surely will.”
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Week Six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 8: 57, 58


John 8: 57, 58 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him,”and you have seen Abraham!”

“I tell you the truth,“ Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!“

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we believe you are the everlasting son of God.

Thought for the day: In history and in eternity our lives are oh so brief.


Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel.

Prayer: Lord God, daily we give thanks for the greatest of all Christmas gifts, the gift of your son.

Thought for the day:  From the day of his birth to the day of his death and beyond Mary treasured the life of her son as a gift from God.


Colossians 1:15, 16 He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in your love we find the love of God

Thought for the day:  If God was in Christ Jesus, and if Christ Jesus is in you, then what sort of God should we expect to see in you?


Hebrews 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died.   They did not receive the things promised, they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.  And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

Prayer: Lord God, you have blessed us to live in the age of the Gospel of Jesus.

Thought for the day:  William Tyndale sacrificed his life so that you and I could read the Gospel of Jesus.


Genesis 18:1, 2 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.  Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby.  When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

Prayer:  O Heavenly Father, may we be ready for the visitation of the Spirit and the Son in our generation.

Thought for the day:  God’s angels don’t advertise with embossed nameplates.


Daniel 3: 24, 25 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”  They replied, “Certainly, o king.”  He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Prayer: O God, in our dark and troubled hours your presence gives us hope.

Thought for the day:  When did you last look back on the event of the day and see the peaceful presence of the Lord?


John 1:14 The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have walked where we walk along life’s narrow pathway.

Thought for the day:  If Jesus was one of the neighbors, how would the neighborhood change?

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Week Five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 6: 35


John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, deep within we long to have fellowship with you.

Thought for the day:  Filling meals require no supersizing.


Exodus 16:21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, [the manna] melted away.

Prayer:  Lord God, we praise you for your daily provisions for us.

Thought for the day:  When we have learned to enjoy enough of God’s bounty this very day,  our contentment is a great blessing.


Psalm 78:24, 25 He rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.  Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.

Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the many ways you have provided for your children.

Thought for the day:  As you go through the day ask: What angels of God have fed you today?


Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Prayer:  Lord God, you are our hope, our joy, our resting place.

Thought for the day:  God welcomes your love.


Isaiah 55: 1, 2 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is god, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Prayer:  Lord God, in your presence your spirit satisfies our deepest longings.

Thought for the day: How can 8 ounces of water quench a thirst, when 32 ounces of soda cannot?


John 4:13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Prayer:  Lord God, within our hearts we know we long for eternal life with our Creator.

Thought for the day:  Purring cats and napping dogs are content in the presence of their owners.


Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we long to be part of a world order that honors uprightness.

Thought for the day: Uprightness is the surest form of sustainability.

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