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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Week Four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Gospel of John — John 4: 52, 53


John 4: 52, 53 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.”  Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”  So he and all his household believed.

Prayer:  Lord God, we believe you have only to speak and heaven and earth shall obey your command.

Thought for the day: Sometimes Cortana knows what you ask, and sometime not.


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 God, all our days and all our hours rest in your hands.

Thought for the day:  When the hourglass has run out, someone must turn it over.


Psalm 95: 7, 8 For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah; as you did that day at Massah I the desert.

Prayer: Lord God, may you forgive our stubbornness when we have resisted your leading.

Thought for the day: Flexible trees withstand hurricane winds.


Acts 10: 34, 35 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for making a place for us in your kingdom.

Thought for the day: Some passports are more costly than others.


Malachi 4: 2 But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Prayer: O Jesus, we give thanks for all the times you have healed us.

Thought for the day: Even the wound of a tiny splinter can prove fatal if left unattended.


2 Peter 1: 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we have only to read the Gospels to know that you brought light wherever you went.

Thought for the day: For a healthy dose of natural vitamin D you need sunlight.


Romans 5:6 You see at just the right time when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we think of where we could have been, we know we owe our rescue to you.

Thought for the day: Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) respond before the patient reaches an emergency room.


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Week Three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — John’s Gospel — John 3: 16, 17


John 3: 16, 17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only So, that whoever believes I him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we never forget your great love for all your children.

Thought for the day:  Why do some find it so difficult to love those who God dearly loves?


I Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable through the living and enduring word of God.

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, you have given us hope for life anew.

Thought for the day:  With the help of God we can do it over again.


I John 5:18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in you we find our eternal security and hope.

Thought for the day:  The benefits of a faith life insurance policy outweigh the benefits of a term life insurance policy or a whole life insurance policy.


Romans 6: 3, 4 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  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.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for new life in you.

Thought for the day: Fresher than new-car perfume is a new life.


Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession to the praise of his glory.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the Spirit of Christ that gives us comfort and hope.

Thought for the day:  Though it seems sweet, the fellowship of the lodge is temporal; but the sweet fellowship of the Spirit is eternal.


Jeremiah 31: 33, 34 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.  “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of the to the greatest,” declares the Lord.

Prayer:  Ah, Lord God, by the revelation of the gospel we have come to know your love.

Thought for the day:  Practical knowledge best serves hobbies and chores, but personal knowledge best serves relationships.


Matthew 5: 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Prayer:  Lord God, we would put on the purity of Christ that in him we may see you.

Thought for the day: To find your shooting star in the night sky you must know where to look.


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Week Two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — John’s Gospel — John 2: 9, 10


John 2:9, 10 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.  He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.  Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, like your disciples we discover again and again that you give the very best.

Thought for the day:  Jesus’ miracles are not half-way miracles.


Matthew 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, ”here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” But wisdom is vindicated by her children.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for reaching out to us even in our sinful lives

Thought for the day:  Ambulances and uber rides are available on demand, but only one comes on an emergency.


Matthew 9: 16, 17 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.  Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins.  If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we be so flexible that we are welcome recipients of new wine of the Gospel.

Thought for the day:  Rubber bands that lose their flexibility cease to serve their purpose.


Luke 15:1, 2 Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that you were willing bring hope to those who were in need.

Thought for the day:  Those who cannot live with others often find it difficult to live with themselves.


Luke 19:10” For the son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we praise you for sending your son to save us.

Thought for the day:  Those who would truly search for God must learn that God has always searched for them.


Ezekiel 34: 15, 16 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord.  I will search for the lost and bring back the strays.  I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.  I will shepherd the flock with justice.

Prayer:  Lord God, we rejoice at the thought that you have never forgotten us.

Thought for the day:  The woodland wanderer who becomes disoriented is advised to stop so that someone may find him or her.


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, what a glorious day it will be when Christ and the church bride are united.

Thought for the day:  All have received a personal invitation to the wedding of Christ and the church bride, if they would join in the happy event.


Adult Bible Study Outline

John 2: 1-11 – W – I — N – E

Wedding – An old preacher advised a youth that he should only attend social gatherings where he could be a witness for Christ. When Jesus socialized, he brought salvation to the party.

Invitation – Mary asked Jesus’s intervention.  If you ask Jesus’s intervention, expect a reply.

New wine – The grape vine produces the juice of grapes from sun and rain.  Jesus produces changed lives from old lives.

Emmanuel – Those who followed Jesus had the faith to discover he is God with us, Emmanuel.

Exemplary story:  When Kent and Angie decided to marry, they agreed it should be a simple affair and outdoors.  The wedding was planned to take place at an old farm.  Just before the wedding began Angie’s son and daughter, Susanna and Samuel, were playing with the goats in the goat pen.  They accidentally left the pen gate unlatched.  The wedding concluded, but not without a hitch. Once the wedding was over the guests all moved to the reception area.  In the meantime, Billy, the goat, eased his way out of the pen unseen.  He began to wander about unnoticed.  When he saw his friend Susanna on the other side of the serving table, he bolted toward her.  Crash went the punch bowl onto the lawn.  Everyone was so startled they stopped talking and turned to look at Kent.  Kent and Angie saw Billy standing beside Susanna and knew what had happened.  Kent was determined not to let the spilled punch spoil the day.  He turned to Angie and said, “We call all remember this reception as the day Billy gave the punch a real kick.” Everyone laughed as they resumed the reception that day.  The “kicker” at the wedding in Cana of Galilee was the miracle of changing water into wine.

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Week 1 — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — John’s Gospel — John 1: 33,34


John 1: 33, 34 I [John] would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘the man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

Prayer:  Lord God, having heard the testimony of John we do believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Thought for the day:  Investigations stand or fall with the testimony of one reliable witness


Exodus 12: 4, 5   If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are.  You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.  The animals you chose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for providing Jesus as a spotless sacrifice.

Thought for the day:  At half price some bruised bananas are still no bargain.


Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we be anointed with the Holy Spirit that we may be spared the baptism with fire.

Thought for the day:  Preparation for elevations begins with a spirit of humility.


Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before their shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Prayer:  Lord God, we humbly give thanks for the Son sacrificed as the unblemished lamb.

Thought for the day:  When God sacrifices, God offers only the best.


Acts 19: 4, 5 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance.  He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you are the longed-for fulfillment of prophesy.

Thought for the day:  Why settle for less than the best, if you don’t have to do so?


Hebrews 9:13-14 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.  How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience form acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you can cleans our inmost being as none other.

Thought for the day:  Clean is a superlative.


I Peter 1: 18, 19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Prayer:  Lord God, we are so grateful to be rescued from our empty way of life.

Thought for the day:  Choose carefully how you fill your life.

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