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Know God in a Year #65 Questioning Beliefs can be Healthy

07/22/2018

(continued) The church service breaks up and the people, inflamed by their self-importance, grab Jesus and take him out of town to the edge of a cliff intending to throw him over, (the first step in a stoning), when suddenly they can’t find him. His guardian angels step in and hide him. He has disappeared. […]

Know God in a Year #64 The “I Know” Mind

07/19/2018

When people think they know you, it can prevent really knowing you. Jesus had grown up among the people of Nazareth, they had watched him develop from childhood, so they were resistant to seeing him as anything but “the carpenter’s son.” They’d heard about his miracles, and were hoping for some. But there was another […]

Know God in a Year #63 Change and Pain

07/18/2018

Jesus’ heart aches when he hears about John. He knows their disciples will not understand John’s call to martyrdom for the sake of thousands who will die for their faith. Spirit shows him that some, in dungeons for years, will be greatly comforted by the memory of John’s imprisonment and death. Gently, Jesus comforts and […]

Know God in a Year #62 When Revenge was Not Sweet

07/17/2018

Herod’s wife, Herodias, wants revenge. John has raised Herod’s conscience to a new level and ruined her life. She had been successful in getting Herod to put John in the dungeon, but she knew Herod wanted to release him, and now her husband often goes and talks with him–downstairs. She begins scheming to rid herself […]

Know God in a Year #61 The Long Answer of Experience

07/16/2018

John’s disciples come to Jesus and ask, “Are you the One? Or should we look for another?” Jesus doesn’t answer immediately. He understands, but it’s still disappointing that the one man who recognized him, announced him as the Messiah, should now question, so he lets them watch and experience His ministry. They wonder why he […]

Know God in a Year #60 How to Handle Doubt

07/15/2018

John the Baptist was first to introduce Jesus to the people as their Messiah. He is also first (outside of Mary and Joseph) to share the honor of His suffering. Suffering is honor? When God trusts you, it is an honor. Herod respects John as a holy man and likes listening to him, and John […]

Know God in a Year #59 Taking Control

07/12/2018

Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin for healing the cripple; he begins by saying, “Sabbath healing is consistent with God who maintains the universe–even on Sabbath. And I work with Him.” The priests are shocked, “He claims equality with God! This is blasphemy!” They get it. He is not claiming to be God’s son as they […]

Know God in a Year #58 Irony of Satan Using Religion

07/11/2018

In the temple, Jesus sees the healed man and says, “Now that you’re well, see you don’t go back to your old ways or something worse could happen.” The man is overjoyed at seeing Jesus again. Ignorant of the hatred or the plots of the priests against him, he eagerly gives him credit and directs […]

Know God in a Year #57 Cooperation and Opposition

07/10/2018

The healed man might have sabotaged his chance for healing. He might have recited all the reasons why he believed he was doomed. Jesus hadn’t offered help. He just told him to get up and walk. But the man sets his will to do what Jesus says, and new life surges as he acts on […]

Know God in a Year #56 Disappointment Meets Compassion

07/09/2018

Jesus has come to Jerusalem for a special Sabbath. Walking alone in meditation, he comes to Bethesda. Five porches were built around a pool for protection of the sick who flocked here because of superstition: It was believed an angel agitated the water in certain seasons–and the first person to enter was healed. (An evil […]