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

07/22/2019

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 #59 Taking Control

07/18/2019

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

07/17/2019

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

07/16/2019

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

07/15/2019

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 […]

Know God in a Year #55 Relax and Believe

07/14/2019

Jesus can’t turn away from anyone who clings to him in need. He sees the officer’s horror in confronting himself, and with tenderness says, “Go home. Your son lives.” Relief floods the father with a peace and joy he has never felt. He could have ridden hard and reached  home that night, but so great […]

Know God in a Year #54 A Flash of Insight

07/11/2019

After Samaria, Jesus heads back to Cana, but passes by Nazareth,  saying a prophet is honored everywhere but his hometown. Word quickly spreads that Jesus is back in Judea. A Jewish gentleman, an officer of the king, has a son in Capernaum who is dying. The doctors have given up on him, when his father […]

Know God in a Year #53 Radically Changed

07/10/2019

As Jesus’ friends walk up, the woman leaves. Forgetting Jesus’ thirst, what she was doing, and her water jug,  she runs to the leading men of the city with her discovery, “Come and see a man that told me my life, could this be the Messiah?” Only looking at her they perceive a change; she […]

Know God in a Year #52 God Reveals a Secret to an Outcast Woman

07/09/2019

Jesus’ answer to the Samaritan woman is full of courtesy but he doesn’t hide. He allows her to steer the conversation away from her, and he steps right into centuries of controversy with decisive words, watching for an opening to get back to her heart. “The time is coming when the place of worship won’t matter, […]

Know God in a Year #51 Hide and Seek

07/08/2019

Jesus knows this woman is seeking. So his answer engages her, “If you knew what God has for you, and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” She is intrigued and takes the bait. “How can you offer me water when you have nothing to draw with? Are […]