Encountering Jesus: True Sight

Have you ever had the experience where you know you can see, but you’re clearly missing something? Maybe you’re looking at an optical illusion, maybe you’re looking at a where’s Waldo but he’s nowhere to be found. Whatever it is, you are physically capable of seeing, but you’re aware that...

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Encountering Jesus: “I AM” Part 1 & 2

Over these past two weeks, we have been walking through this tense exchange that takes place between Jesus and the religious leaders. In John 8, Jesus is making decisive declarations about Himself while issuing forth a judgment on the people. Over the course of this discourse, Jesus is making clear...

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Encountering Jesus: The True Judge

As Jesus returns to the temple, He continues His teaching. He is interrupted by the religious leaders bringing a woman who was caught in adultery. She is nothing more than a pretext to accuse Jesus of something more serious. But what Jesus does in this account is show us that:...

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Encountering Jesus: The Bread of Life

We’ve all experienced it at some point: hunger. Just thinking about it may cause your stomach to rumble or cause you to realize it’s been longer than you’d like since you last ate anything. Whether it’s true of you now or just recalling the last time it happened, when you’re...

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True Sabbath Rest

This past Sunday we deviated away from John’s gospel to take an extended look at the concept of Sabbath. We are an exhausted people who ironically are fighting and rejecting the offer of God’s rest in Sabbath. But what we saw in Hebrews 4, is that the Sabbath reminds us...

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Encountering Jesus: Close Encounters

John Chapter 4 We encounter Jesus so that we might become worshipers, and that we might help others do the same. If you have ever watched farm machinery at work, you are aware of how complex the harvesting process really is. In John chapter 4, Jesus is teaching his disciples...

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