Monthly Archives: October 2014

On Trial

John 18:28-40 Our story has progressed from where we left off last week.  Jesus and the disciples left the upper room and went to the garden where Jesus was arrested while at prayer.  His response to their demand for him … Continue reading

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Reflections on Autumn

When I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I always looked forward to the Fall; it has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember.  There’s so much about it to like: pumpkins, changing leaves, … Continue reading

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My Annual Post on Halloween

This is my fourth October on Word Press, and in each of the past three years I have posted something about Halloween.  I’ve noticed that there aren’t as many this year on the subject… but there’s still time, and I’m … Continue reading

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Jesus Prays

John 17 This is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in the entire New Testament.  Jesus is clearly one who prays a great deal, and we can gain a great deal of insight into prayer in this chapter.  For the … Continue reading

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Things Will Be Different (2)

Part 2 John 16:25-33 Jesus is admitting to them that He has often spoken to them figuratively, but that time is coming to an end.  The Father will not answer their future prayers as a favor to Jesus, nor will … Continue reading

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Things Will Be Different (1)

Part 1 John 16:16-24 Jesus is continuing His “Farewell Discourse” here, and today’s text is a continuation of what He was saying in our previous text.  You might recall that we ended last time with verse 16 as transition from … Continue reading

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About the Counselor

John 16:5-16 In 15:1-17 Jesus taught the disciples about relationships within the community of believers and instructed them it would be characterized by love.  In 15:18-16:4 He taught about the relationship between the community of believers and the world, saying … Continue reading

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Hated by the World

John 15:18-6:4 While the first 17 verses of chapter 15 discuss relationships within the Christian community, verses 18 and following discuss the relationship between the Christian community and the outside world.  In the first instance, the relationship is characterized by … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: October 22, 2014

  The Truman balcony was added to the South Portico of the White House during the reconstruction that began in 1948, and has served well ever since as a refuge for first families during the warm months of the year. … Continue reading

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I am the Vine, You are the Branches

John 15:1-17 Today we continue our study of Jesus’ remarks to the disciples in the Upper Room.  Our passage is one of the best known in all of Scripture in which Jesus uses the illustration of a vine to describe … Continue reading

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