God’s Obsession

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. (Luke 19:10) Read: Joshua 16:1 – 18:28, Luke 19:1-27, Psalm 87:1-7, Proverbs 13:11 Relate: I remember a time when I was walking through the mall in Syracuse, NY, and I happened to hear a mother sternly lecturing two of her children. I’m not sure…

To See Jesus

Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus. (John 12:20-22) Read: Job 34:1 – 36:33, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 22:10-12 Relate: Sometimes, it is subtle…

John 4:35-36 (Ready)

You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! (John 4:35-36) Read: Judges 1:1 –…

John 4:15 (Longing)

“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” (John 4:15) Read: Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:1 Relate: A while back I was browsing around the internet mostly just wasting time when I “stumbled upon” A website that gave twenty-three reasons to become…

John 4:10 (With Water So Close)

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10) Read: Deuteronomy 13:1 – 16:17 Relate: In a recent issue of National Geographic there was an article about Paul Salopek. He has embarked on the out of Eden…

Echoing Jesus (John 1:46)

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. Daily Bible Reading: Job 40:6 – 42:17 Relate: “What do you want?” Then “Come and see.” Later, “Your name is Simon, son of John. But you will be called Cephas.” Finally, “Come, follow me.” These four brief statements are all we…

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…