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February 2011

The "I Am" of the Gospel of John

The Gospel of John is unique in many ways, compared to the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Written by the apostle John, the same writer as the three shorter John books and the Book of Revelation, the Gospel of John follows a topical outlining of the gospel, and not a strict chronological order […]

A Midnight Friend and an Unjust Judge

In Luke 11 we see the story of the someone who receives some late night guests and has nothing to place before them, so he goes to a neighbor in the middle of the night asking for bread so he can offer it to his guests. I have heard this story preached many times, and […]

Without God, we cannot; but without us, God will not

The words of the title are from St. Augustine. They capture a great truth – a truth that needs revitalized in today’s society. In today’s world of internet and television and work and friends and family and thousands of other things, it is very easy to forget many of the facets of our true calling […]

The Vine and the Vinedresser

John 15:1-6 (New King James Version) The True Vine 1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the […]

Rejoice!

I once had a bible in which I had marked every instance of the words “rejoice” with a symbol reflecting the original Hebrew or Greek word which had been translated as such. There are several deeper meanings to the word, and as worshipers, I believe it is important that we are aware of the fullness […]