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

Sunday

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?

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

 

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

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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?

Friday

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.

Saturday

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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New Year’s Week — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The New Covenant — Jeremiah 31: 33.34

Sunday

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 them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.  “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we would enter anew into covenant with you.

Thought for the day:  There is no better partner in covenant than God,

Monday

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Prayer:  Lord God, your forgiving spirit moves us to humility and love.

Thought for the day:  If God is content to forget our transgressions, why would anyone be eager to remember them?

Tuesday

2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in you we find the glorious hope of a new life for God, others, and ourselves.

Thought for the day:  By God’s grace you do have it to do over again.

Wednesday

Psalm 103: 11.12 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Prayer:  Lord God, we rejoice that the terms of your forgiveness are irreversible

Thought for the day:  If your sins go east by the grace of God, then you need never fear meeting them if your travel to God leads west.

Thursday

Ezekiel 36: 26, 27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Prayer:  O God, thanks be to you that you give the strength of the Holy Spirit to lead a new life.

Thought for the day:  God is the most successful heart transplant surgeon ever.

Friday

Ezekiel 37: 26, 27 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant.  I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.  My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Prayer:  Lord God, deep within we have longed for a covenant of peace and good will among humanity.

Thought for the day:  Those who keep peace with a sword have never discovered the secret of keeping peace with a heart full of love.

Saturday

Hebrews 12: 23, 24 [You have come] to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word tan the blood of Abel.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in this new season we honor you as the mediator of the new covenant of hope and forgiveness.

Thought for the day:  When we were in a hopeless hostage situation spiritually, Jesus successfully negotiated a way out.

 

 

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Week Fifty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Ancestry of Jesus — John 1: 14

Sunday

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, in all your dealing with the poor, sick, and afflicted we find godly grace and truth.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Today I walked where Jesus walked along life’s narrow pathway.”

Monday

John 1:1, 2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word Was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Prayer: Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, you gave the greatest gift of all, when you gave your son.

Thought for the day: Jesus is the original heaven-sent missionary who would bring a message to us where we are.

Tuesday

Colossians 1:15, 16 he [Christ 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 rulers or authorities; all thing were created by him and for him.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we have seen you and your wondrous works,  we know the love of God.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “’Give me thy heart’, said the Father above. No gift so precious to him as our love.”

Wednesday

Philippians 2: 6, 7 [Christ Jesus] Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you reached way down to lift us up.

Thought for the day: You are never far from the love of heaven.

Thursday

I John 1:1, 2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the faithful apostles of Jesus who gave the Gospels to all generations to follow.

Thought for the day: When you want some accurate news  from some dependable reporters try reading the Gospels.

Friday

Hebrews 1: 1, 2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, in an hour when a prophetic word is needed we give thanks for the sermons you preached in word and deed.

Thought for the day: Some who fret about the way things will be never stop to listen to the way things are.

Saturday

Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, knowing that life begins and ends with you we place our trust in you.

Thought for the day: Many who believe they have the last word rarely do.

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Week Fifty-one — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Ancestry of Jesus — Luke 3: 37,38

Sunday

Luke 3: 37, 38 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the Son of Seth, the son of Adam, the Son of God.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, how humbled we are as we recognize the gift of your presence among us at Christmas.

Thought for the day: In Adam we are all kinsfolk

Monday

Malachi 4:1, 2 Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.  All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty.  “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.  Bu 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 for the stall.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, though we say we long for your return, we confess our unreadiness for your return.

Thought for the day: Having endless wrapping paper for presents would not make us ready for Christmas.

Tuesday

Genesis 1: 26, 27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Prayer:  Lord God, may you enable us to see in our fellow men and women your good Spirit.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “The Jesus in me loves the Jesus in you.”

Wednesday

2 Samuel 7:12,13 When your days [David] are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Prayer:  Lord God, through the centuries you have planned to give us Christ Jesus as king.

Thought for the day:  Some classic designs cannot be improved upon.

Thursday

I Corinthians 15:45 So it is written: “the first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam, a live-giving spirit.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we confess you are first from the grave to live eternally, and you are the giver of life.

Thought for the day:  To be part of the family of the second Adam, that is, Jesus, is a choice we each must make.

Friday

Romans 8:15, 16 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Prayer:  Lord God, with the gift of the Holy Spirit we humbly claim our place as children of God.

Thought for the day:  Jesus sent the Spirit as a comforter.

Saturday

I John 3:1, 2 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, the very thought that we shall be made like you thrills us.

Thought for the day:  Eternity is a fitting place for the children of God to dwell.

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Week Fifty — Verse by Verse Bible Study — The Ancestry of Jesus — Mark 3: 3

Sunday

Mark 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter?  Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?” Aren’t his sisters here with us?” and they took offense at him.

Prayer:  Jesus, we given thanks that you came into the world to share our life.

Thought for the day: Jesus was one of seven children born to Mary.

Monday

Matthew 12:48,49 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

Prayer:  Lord God, how grateful we are that you have created an eternal family for all of us.

Thought for the day: Kinship of the Spirit can be thicker than kinship of blood.

Tuesday

Hebrews 2:10,11 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.  Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.  So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, how proud we are to be called your brothers and sisters in faith.

Thought for the day:  Neither time, nor gender, nor race are barriers to the family of faith.

Wednesday

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you were the firstborn from the dead that we might follow you into eternity.

Thought for the day: When you climb Jacob’s ladder, ever rung goes higher, higher.

Thursday

Luke 1:68, 69 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.

Prayer: Ah, Lord God, you have done as you promised.   You have sent us a Savior.

Thought for the day: When you share Jesus, you share the greatest Christmas gift.

Friday

Luke 2:6,7 While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and place him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your birth reminds us of God’s incredible love for the world

Thought for the day:  Believing in God’s Son, Jesus, is an incredible gift no one should pass up.

Saturday

Hebrews 13:1, 2 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may the example of your extraordinary love inspire us daily.

Thought for the day:  Jesus never met an unlovable person.

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Adult Bible Study Outline — Mark 6: 1-6

F – I – R – S – T

Note: Both Matthew and Mark confirm that Jesus was one of seven children.  He had four brothers, and he had at least two sisters.  He was the first of Mary’s children

Family – Jesus grew up with six siblings, and he knew how to share.

Incarnation – When we speak of God in the flesh, that is, God incarnate, we should not overlook all the daily challenges that Jesus faced as one of us.

Redemption – Jesus came to fulfill the promise to David that God would redeem Israel.

Son – Jesus was the son of Mary, and he was the Son of God.

Tribute – The gift of Jesus was a tribute to God’s great love for the world. Read John 3:16.