When it’s wrong to want more of Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 1

If you attend church worship services, why do you go to them? Whether you wake up on a Sunday morning in time to participate, or whether you give up valuable free time on Saturday night, or any time you attend a worship service, why do you go? I suspect that there are a variety ofContinue reading “When it’s wrong to want more of Jesus – John 6:22-51, Part 1”

How supernatural does our faith need to be? – John 6:1-21, Preview

Over a decade ago, Faith Church sent a mission team to work with sister churches in another country, during which time we attended worship services in a couple local churches.  In the middle of the first worship service, the entire congregation was vigorously singing praise to God, and a worshiper one row in front ofContinue reading “How supernatural does our faith need to be? – John 6:1-21, Preview”

What is the Sabbath? – John 5:16-30, Part 2

What is the Sabbath? It goes back to Genesis chapter 2, verses 1-3.  Page #2 of your pew Bibles, so you know this is going back to the beginning.  Well, almost.  Actually, we’re going back to the story of creation, and we read it described like a week.  God creates the universe on the firstContinue reading “What is the Sabbath? – John 5:16-30, Part 2”

The food that gives Jesus life – John 4:27-42, Part 3

What gives you life? Being with friends or family? Your job? Perhaps a hobby? Serving as a volunteer? Reading? Exercise? Art? Music? As we continue studying John 4:27-42, we learn what gives Jesus life. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus had a thought-provoking conversation with a Samaritan woman. They had a chance meeting around a wellContinue reading “The food that gives Jesus life – John 4:27-42, Part 3”

What to do when you meet Jesus – John 4:27-42, Part 2

In John 4:1-42, there are two major themes running side-by-side.  The first we talked about last week: Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman about worship.  Now this week, we’re looking at Jesus’ interaction with his disciples during this episode.  They travel with Jesus from Judea, heading north to Galilee. When they arrive in the SamaritanContinue reading “What to do when you meet Jesus – John 4:27-42, Part 2”

Jesus’ description of true worship – John 4:1-26, Part 5

In the previous post, we learned that Jesus taught the Samaritan woman at the well that God is not interested in his people worshiping in a geographical location or building. God is looking for people who worship him in spirit and in truth. So that previous post talked about what it means to worship inContinue reading “Jesus’ description of true worship – John 4:1-26, Part 5”

Why Jesus walked straight into enemy territory – John 4:1-26, Part 2

Jesus makes what must have seemed to his disciples to be an odd choice. After quitting his fledgling, but successful, baptism ministry in Judea, because he wants to keep out of the watchful eye of the enemy, namely, the Pharisees, he decides to travel right into different enemy territory. Jesus goes to Samaria. In thatContinue reading “Why Jesus walked straight into enemy territory – John 4:1-26, Part 2”

That time someone said, “You’re not ready” about my church’s worship service – John 4:1-26, Part 1

A few years ago, a community family visited Faith Church, and after that visit they told me they would not be returning because in their words, “You’re not ready.”  They weren’t saying I personally wasn’t ready. They were saying that Faith Church wasn’t ready. Not ready?  What were they saying?  By declaring that Faith ChurchContinue reading “That time someone said, “You’re not ready” about my church’s worship service – John 4:1-26, Part 1″

The greatest worship experience of my life wasn’t in a church? – John 4:1-26, Preview

Bono, the lead singer of my favorite band, U2, recently came out with a memoir (which Michelle already ordered for me, and which I am excited to read!). In the meantime, I’ve been reading articles reviewing the book, reading interviews with Bono, and watching videos of him talking about the book on news and talksContinue reading “The greatest worship experience of my life wasn’t in a church? – John 4:1-26, Preview”

The important difference between Tom Brady and John the Baptist – John 3:22-36, Part 3

At 45 years old, it is astounding that NFL superstar and living legend, Tom Brady is still playing professional football at the highest level. Just last year (2021), also in his 40s, he was a Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the 7th time. As I write this in fall of 2022, though, Brady seems to beContinue reading “The important difference between Tom Brady and John the Baptist – John 3:22-36, Part 3”