Luke 22:42 (Not My Will)

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine. (Luke 22:42) Read: Judges 4:1 – 5:31, Luke 22:35-53, Psalm 94:1-23, Proverbs 14:3-4 Relate: Jesus did not want to die. Did you ever think about that? In each of the Synoptics, we…

The Cost of Following

A young lady in England was considering becoming a missionary and wrote a letter to Amy wondering what the life was like. Amy simply wrote back, “Missionary life is simply a chance to die.”

Remain

I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will…

Nothing

 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be…

Love, Accept, Obey

When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them…

If You Love…

If you love me, obey my commandments. (John 14:15) Read: Matthew 2:1 – 3:17, Mark 1:2-11, Luke 3:1-22 Relate: Over and over up to this point Jesus had talked about His “hour”. More than once He was faced with a situation where people wanted to kill him. They were never able to because “His hour had not yet come”.…

Just Do It

I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. (John 13:16-17) Read: Ezra 4:6, 6:14-22, Esther 1:1 – 4:17 Relate: There are actually two different categories of…

Beyond the Jordan

He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” And many who were there believed in Jesus. (John 10:40-42) Read: 2 Kings 22:3-20,…

John 3:36 (Believe and Obey)

And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36) Read: Numbers 34:1 – 36:13 Relate: I was on a soccer team that was wasn’t all that great. No, let me be honest, we were bad. Real bad.…