Week Twelve — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 16: 19, 20


John 16:19, 20 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.  You will grieve, but your grief will tun to joy.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as your disciples of old we delight ourselves in your presence.

Thought for the day:  When the sun of springtime breaks through the clouds of winter, the birds begin to sing.


2 Peter 3:8, 9 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

Prayer:  Lord God, we confess we cannot foresee what tomorrow will bring, but we can trust you in all.

Thought for the day:  The tulip that bloomed today needed no alarm clock to awaken to the season.


Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

Prayer:  Lord God Almighty, our live are brief sparks in your eternal light.

Thought for the day:  The moments you spend with God are moments in God’s eternal joy.


Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, give us strength that we may watch and pray with you.

Thought for the day:  Question: Will morning ever come? Answer: It always has.


Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, the scriptures tell us there was a time when you gave our life as a sin sacrifice.

Thought for the day:  Today is a good day to give honor and praise to God for the gift of his son.


Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Prayer:  O God our Heavenly Father, may your presence disperse the shadow of fear and the fog of discouragement.

Thought for the day:  Never cancel God’s invitation to go with you.


John 16: 22, 23 So with you: Now is the time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy.  In that day you will no longer ask me anything.  I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as your disciples of old we, your disciples today, long to see you again.

Thought for the day:  Real joy of God cannot be taken without your permission.

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Week Eleven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 15: 4, 5


John 15: 4, 5 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Prayer:  Lord God, in Christ Jesus we would be fruitful for your kingdom.

Thought for the day:  To pray in the name of Jesus is to abide in God’s presence.


Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Prayer:  Lord God, we have always found shelter when we have rested in you.

Thought for the day:  Children adore to walk and play in the shadow of their parent.


Matthew 13: 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Prayer:  O Jesus, may we receive that good word that we might bear fruit for you.

Thought for the day:  Poor seed make poor yields even in the best soil.


Colossians 1:10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and my please him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Prayer:  Lord God, may the prayer of the Apostle be fulfilled in our lives that we live a life worthy of our Lord.

Thought for the day:  If you want to see miracles today, try praying Bible prayers over your life today.


Hebrews 12:5, 6 And you have not forgotten the word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

Prayer:  Lord God, may we see beyond the immediate to the eternal purpose you have for us.

Thought for the day:  All the hours of our lives are puzzle pieces that will fit into the grand plan of eternity.


2 Peter 1: 7,8 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Jesus, for you we would so live that we are fruitful servants.

Thought for the day:  Every deed done for Christ is a blessing for eternity.


Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, when we work for you we find and fulfill our purpose.

Thought for the day:  Public works of art amplify beauty.
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Week Ten — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 14: 2, 3


John 14: 2, 3 In my Father’s house are may rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, to be with you and the Heavenly Father shall be heaven indeed.

Thought for the day:  The companionship of a godly soul is a bit of heaven.


2 Samuel 12:22,23 He [David] answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows?  The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live. But now that he is dead, why should I fast?  Can I bring him back again?  I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as we prepare to part from this life may we find hope in you.

Thought for the day:  The old preacher was right, when he said we must all fight life’s final battle.


2 Corinthians 5: 6,7 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  We live by faith, not by sight.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in faith we believe your children shall be united with you.

Thought for the day:  The Psalmist said, “weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)


I Corinthians 15: 53, 54 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we believe God raised you to life eternal.  You have the victory.

Thought for the day: When victory is prophesied, the confirmation is doubly sweet.


Revelation 21: 1, 2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Prayer:  Lord God, Our Heavenly Father, your dwelling place shall be our heaven.

Thought for the day: Some presents are so well wrapped that no amount of shaking will reveal the contents.


I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for the promise of your return.

Thought for the day:  If you want service, do as the recording says, “Please stay on the line, and your call will be answered in the order in which it was received.”


John 14: 6,7 Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we trust you to lead us to God.

Thought for the day:  If you want to reach a new destination, find and follow someone who is going that way.

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Week Nine — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 13: 4, 5


John 13: 4, 5 So [Jesus] got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in your humble spirit we find the great love of God.

Thought for the day:  Simple acts of kindness show love of inestimable worth.


John 13: 14, 15 Not that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the Son who taught us how to live humbly.

Thought for the day:  Foot washing is most easily done by those who bow to the task.


Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in the strength of your spirit may we learn the way of self-denial for others sake.

Thought for the day: Those who would accomplish much must learn the discipline of self-denial.


Isaiah 42: 2, 3 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.  A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in humility you fulfilled the will of God perfectly.

Thought for the day:  Courage before humanity and humility before God complement one another.


Luke 9: 47. 48 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and who ever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.  For he who is least among you all – he is the greatest.

Prayer: Lord God, we present ourselves to you as little children to be cradled in your love.

Thought for the day: Finding your childhood is a great treasure.


2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in your boundless love we find our riches.

Thought for the day: What you could sacrifice easily could become the riches of another.


I Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we see and follow your steps today.

Thought for the day: If you believe you may need someone to carry you, you should walk close at their side.

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Week Nine — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 12: 7, 8

Note: As we begin the twelfth chapter of John we transition into the last period of Jesus’ earthly life.  Or guiding text for the week has Jesus at Bethany just days before the Passover.  Later in the chapter Jesus goes on the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.


John 12:7, 8 Leave her alone, Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we would honor you as the one who lived, died, and by the power of God lives evermore.

Thought for the day: Honoring the Lord is never a waste of time.


Matthew 26:13 I tell you truth, wherever this gospel is preached though out the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we thank you for the many examples of saints who have shown us how to honor you.

Thought for the day:  Think of the last time you found and followed the example of an old saint in honoring the Lord.


Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Prayer:  Lord God, your anointing is a comfort and a protection in a land of uncertainty and danger.

Thought for the day:  In the worst of circumstances Corrie Ten Boom found comfort in the protection of the Spirit of Christ.


I John 2:27 As for you the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you.  But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.

Prayer:  Jesus, may we never underestimate the great value of the Holy Spirit you give to us in faith.

Thought for the day: The anointing of the Holy Spirit was promised to all disciples, not just a few.


Luke 7:47 [Jesus said], “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much.  But he who has been forgive little loves little.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, our love grows as we consider your forgiveness of the multitude of our sins.

Thought for the day: Jesus never met a penitent sinner whom he could not help.


Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and of myrrh.

Prayer:  O God, our Heavenly Father, even at his birth your son was being prepared to go to the cross.

Thought for the day:  As the pastor said, today is a present that many will never enjoy.


Hebrews 1: 8, 9 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

Prayer:  Jesus, we believe you are the anointed one, you are the Messiah sent from God.

Thought for the day:  The thought of a leader with no term limits is reassuring only if the integrity of the leader is above reproach.
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