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.

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

 

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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?

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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?

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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?

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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?

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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?

Friday

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.

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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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