Sheep Questions

Sheep Questions

For the past several weeks we have been looking at the teaching and events of Jesus’ life in the 2 months that took place in between the Feast of Booths and the Feast of Dedication (which is today known as Hanukah). Luke filled us in on the details of this 2-month time period, and now we turn back to John to tell us of the events that took place during the Hanukah celebration.

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The Absurdity of Prayer

The Absurdity of Prayer

Many of us struggle with the idea of prayer. We wonder does God really hear us? We wrestle with the thought of “who are we to ask the Almighty God for something?” Many would prefer to not pray out loud, perhaps fearing saying the wrong thing, or asking for the wrong thing, or fearing the possibility of being judged by others if what they ask for doesn’t appear to come about.

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The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

In our chronological walk through the gospels, we had last looked at how Jesus sent out 70 messengers ahead of Him as he was traveling down towards Jerusalem. And those 70 returned back with joy, despite having probably just experienced uncomfortable life circumstances, having been sent out as lambs in the midst of wolves. They returned excited at how they had witnessed spiritual victory.

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The Joyful 70

The Joyful 70

Last week we saw in our studies that Jesus is now heading from the northern Galilee area of Israel, down south through Samaria towards the southern region where Jerusalem is located. And at this point he’s traveling with a large group of followers. He had sent messengers ahead to make arrangements in a Samaritan village they would be passing through along the way, but the village rejected them.

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The Truth Shall Set You Free

The Truth Shall Set You Free

I really enjoyed looking last week at the powerful statement Jesus made in John 8:12, declaring that He is the Light of the world. In the setting where He was, He was basically declaring to the nation of Israel that He was God’s presence returned, the presence of guiding light that had once disappeared because of the nation’s sin. His light is greater than the light that once guided Moses and their ancestors to their homeland.

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“Like Children”

“Like Children”

I’m still not over what Jesus did in the passage that we looked at last week, in providing the temple tax from a fish that Peter caught on a hook. I hope that passage has been fresh on your minds too this week. In every unsettling circumstance, may we remember God’s great oversight and knowledge of our past, present, and future; and may we trust him to bring the coin to the fish to our fishing hook in just the right timing.

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