Nothing Wasted

After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples,“Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves. (John 6:12-13) Read: 2 Samuel 24:1-25, 1 Chronicles 21:1 – 22:19 Relate: One of the joys of…

John 6:1 (After This)

After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. (John 6:1) Read: 2 Samuel 5:14-16, 11:1 – 12:25, 1 Chronicles 3:5-9, 14:3-7, 20:1, Psalm 51 Relate: After this. If I were to say, “I am going to the store, and after this I am going…

John 4:28 (Greater Need)

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, (John 4:28) Read: Joshua 18:1 – 19:48 Relate: My cousin posted a picture of a modern version of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs today that earned a chuckle and probably got me thinking along these lines. I’ve seen this pyramid since…

John 4:13-14 (Never Thirst)

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14) Read: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19 Relate: This morning I had a mug of dark roast coffee before leaving the…

John 4:7-8 (Position of Need)

Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. (John 4:7-8) Read: Deuteronomy 6:1 – 9:29 Relate: I don’t like being needy. Maybe it’s an American thing with our idealization of…

On A Thousand Hills

  From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. (John 1:16) Read: Genesis 30:25-31:55 Relate: I had a professor in college who would have made the perfect spy. He could blend in at a black tie dinner and he could blend in at an auction. He just had a way about him that…

Never Sleeps (12/2/13)

Read: Daniel 9:1-11:1, 1 John 2:18-3:6, Psalm 121:1-8, Proverbs 28:27-28 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:2-3) Relate: The craziest thing happened to me last night. Well, it might be crazy for others, but unfortunately it seems to happen to…

The Throne (11/2/13)

Read: Ezekiel 3:16-6:14, Hebrews 4:1-16, Psalm 104:24-35, Proverbs 26:27 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we…

Exodus 28:29 (Over My Heart)

In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chest piece over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord. (Exodus 28:29) Read: Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalm 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13 Relate: I’m flipping over…