Category: John

If We Have Love For One Another

John 13:31-35 This last Sunday night we spent some time thinking about forgiveness with our confirmation youth. Specifically, we were focusing in on the petition of the Lord’s Prayer where we pray, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” To bring the learning home, one of the exercises we shared …

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Tell Us Plainly

John 10:22-30 If I’m honest, on some days I can certainly resonate with those who demanded that Jesus ‘tell them plainly’ who he was. In fact, sometimes I have a hard time fully understanding the people around me, much less those who walked among us thousands of years ago. In fact, this challenge of understanding …

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Back to Where They Began?

John 21:1-19 At least the disciples have managed to get themselves out from behind locked doors. For as you may recall, when last we met up with them in John’s Gospel, that is exactly where they were when they last encountered Jesus. Paralyzing fear can do that to us, of course, and perhaps it is …

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Belief and Doubt and Forgiveness of Sins

John 20:19-31 It came across my news feed this week. A young friend from another time and place is in distress. I would not venture to offer the multiple causes of her worry, however there was this. An older friend suggested she might think about coming back to church for the support of God’s people …

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The Anointing

John 12:1-8 It was some years ago now that I went to call on a man who was in his last hours of hospice care. I made my way in through the side door into the kitchen for his hospital bed was blocking the front entry. When I entered I found his wife of 60 …

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