John 4:1-3 (Baptizing)

Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. (John 4:1-3) Read: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:20 Relate: At the end of Matthew sits one of the final, and one of the most famous, commands of Jesus.…

John 2:18-19 (Respect My Authority)

But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.” “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:18-19) Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 39:32 – 40:38, Numbers 9:15-23 Relate: I don’t even watch the show. I…

John 1:49 (The Real Deal)

Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!” Daily Bible Reading: Exodus 4:18 – 7:13 Relate: I am a Syracuse fan. What I mean by that is that I recognize that the Syracuse University Orangemen have the greatest basketball program in the history of college athletics. We are the best. I am…

Andrew (John 1:40-42)

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. (John 1:40-42) Read: Job 30:1 – 31:40 Relate: When Billy Graham is going to be…

Follow (John 1:37)

When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. (John 1:37) Read: Job 19:1 – 21:34 Relate: I’m a chicken. There is no other way around it. I am just too scared to step out and do what I believe God is truly calling me to do. For years now my heart has been to just pack…

Break Me Down (10/11/13)

Read: Jeremiah 16:16-18:23, 1Thessalonians 4:1-5:3, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 25:6-8 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. (Jeremiah 18:3-4) Relate: Army Ranger training…