John 6

Jesus feed 5000 –  The crowds were drawn to his healing power, they were not worried or thinking about lunch.  Jesus had already deccided to provide for them further, probably because of their willingness to follow him this far. Jesus “jumps the shark” – Vs. 53. ” I tell you the truth , unless you…

John 5

– Healing at the pool of Bethseda – vs. 6f.  Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well”.  The man gives an excuse but Jesus demands action as a sign of faith.  “Get up!” Jesus told him, “pick up your bedroll and walk!”.  THEN the spirit healed him.  The man’s faith was demonstrated by his…

John 4

The woman at the well (aka. the great sycharian revival) – Jesus went from Judea (Cana) to Jerusalem (Nichodemus ch. 3)  and now is headed back to Galilee in Judea.  He passes through Samaria – Samarians were looked down upon by the Jews because they came from a time when the Assyrians exiled the Israelites…

John 3

This entire chapter is about the divinity of Jesus. There are many notable verses: 3:16-21, 29, 30,36. vs 3:2 Jesus will be lifted up to heal the world- Numbers 21:8-9 vs 1-21 Nicodemus struggles with the same things as the woman at the well in chapter 4: he doesn’t understand spiritual things. One thing that…

John 2

John 2- Water to Wine and Clearing the Temple vs. 1-11 Jesus never touches the water or wine, it is simply changed by his word. vs. 1-11 It is interesting that his disciples followed him without miracles.  They believed before they saw the miracles.  That is probably why he trusted them so much. vs. 12-25…

John 1

The following are my comments on the book of John. 1-18 The eternal Jesus makes God known; He makes God visible (vs18) 19-28 Johns purpose was very important.  He was breaking up the fallow ground.  He was radical an people thought he was the Christ.  This means he was good at his job.  The better…

How to fix your family (Part 1)

I started a new sermon series this week at my church about family relationships.  I believe that the content of this series is game changing- even if you aren’t a Christian. The first topic was “raising the bar”. Simply put, how do you have high standards in your home, or business, or relationships without becoming anal…

This week’s sermon notes

I’ve started experimenting with visual notes… Not good, but clears things up in my mind, I think.

The most troubling verses in the Bible

17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. 18 But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves.  Numbers 31:17-18 Without a doubt, these are among the most troubling verses in the Bible. I have studied and…

Getting people from here to there.

Our church’s mission is to lead people from where they are to where God wants them to be.  More and more, I’m finding I have to know how to counsel one on one in order to move people from here to there.  Here are a few strategies or points that I often use to help…

Losing our religion

CNN recently reported the most obvious news story I can think of.  Here is the post. The most interesting part of the story to me is that “…according to the poll, 75% of Americans said it the country would be better off if it was more religious.” In America, following Jesus is one of the…

SOUR GRAPES ARE ATTACKING YOU

(I’ve added this new tag to my blog in order to shorten my sermons, yet still proclaim important ideas that I want to say.  So this post will directly correlate to a shorter sermon on Sunday.  You are welcome) Sour Grapes are attacking you.  You will not succeed because of sour grapes.  The term sour…

Dumb and Dumber Week – Optimism

I thought I would give some thoughts based on one of (if not THE) most incredible movies in the history of ever.So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance… I believe that He chooses to interact with His creation and that he has even resurrected the dead.  Because I believe that the power to resurrect the dead…

Hope and the Resurrection of Christ

The more and more I think about the concept of hope, the more inclined I am to insist that it must be tied to the Resurrection of Jesus.  I believe that NOBODY can live without hope.  Without hope, we will stop functioning.  Without hope, we will quit living on purpose and simply exist.  Some of…

A few reasons that I believe Jesus really rose from the dead…

In preparation for Easter, I thought I would give a few historical and logical reasons that I personally believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.1. His family (especially His brother, James)Originally, Jesus’ family did not think he was the Messiah.  In fact, they thought He was crazy (Mark 3:21)  Can you imagine trying to convince…