John 5:8 (Rise)

Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” (John 5:8) Read: 1 Samuel 1:9 – 4:11 Relate: I’ve been mentally going through a list of people Jesus healed in the gospel. One after another it seems there is a common thread. Each and every time, the person being healed, or the one interceding for the healing,…

John 5:5-7 (Asking the Impossible)

One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water…

A Voice Crying Out (John 1:6-8)

Read: Genesis 15:1 – 17:27 God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. (John 1:6-8) Relate: When we speak of John we use words like: “witness”, “forerunner”, and “prophet”.…

Becoming (10/8/13)

Read: Jeremiah 10:1-11:23, Colossians 3:18-4:18, Psalm 78:56-72, Proverbs 24:28-29 Remind the people of Judah and Jerusalem about the terms of my covenant with them. (Jeremiah 11:2) Relate: One day Sheryl Harris would be a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This was not yet that day, she didn’t yet have her own column, and this was a…