March 7, 2017

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Reading along with us in John? Here’s today’s reading:

John 17 (ESV)

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”Continue Reading

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  1. Are we willing to take risks for God? How much are we willing to risk? Would we risk our very lives? ~ I watched a live stream from high-risk missionary Victor Marx this morning, and was reminded of a John Piper sermon I listened to a while back called “The Power to Risk in the Cause of Christ.” Looked it up and began reading the transcript, and was reminded that I NEED to read God’s Word this morning (“Squirrel!”).

    So I prayed and opened up my Bible randomly — to Daniel 3:19! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are being thrown into the furnace for refusing to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue (a false god). We all know the rest of the story — they were not only spared, but the pagan king gave glory to OUR GOD! WOW!

    Am I willing to risk my very LIFE for the cause of Christ? How far will He call me to go? I recognize that I am still so often stopped (and shut up) by fear of man…and that even a seed of fear keeps me from effective ministry and evangelism. Father, give me boldness and courage to go forward wherever you may call me, in both evangelism and witness, knowing that my life is not my own. I have YOU — a God who fears NOTHING. What (who) is there to fear? Amen! (2 Timothy 1:7-14 comes to mind now…)

  2. April 17, 2017 – I read John 17 tonight and have a list of questions I need to do some research into. This is an incredibly spiritually RICH prayer Jesus is praying, full of deep theological and doctrinal truths I don’t want to skim over in a “march to the finish” of the gospel of John.

    I’ve read this prayer many times, but have pretty much focused only on these aspects:

    1) God’s sovereignty in our salvation. (John 17:2, John 17:6, John 17:9-10)
    2) Just as Jesus is not of this world, neither are we. (John 17:14, John 17:16)
    3) The world will hate us because of God’s word. (John 17:14)
    4) Jesus really wanted His disciples (us!) to be one, just as He and the Father are one. (John 17:21-23)

    But tonight, while I want to dive much deeper into those truths, I’m also newly intrigued by John 17:11-12, John 17:19, and John 17:26.

    I may be here awhile!

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