It’s Okay to Cry

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READ : John 11:1-44 He was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. (v. 33 NRSV) In college, a friend of mine was killed in a car accident. Sometimes the grief overcame me, and I’d weep. Well-meaning acquaintances offered their condolences and tried to cheer me, saying, “It’s okay. You’ll see her again someday.” Indeed, I will. One day, when God throws open the doors of his kingdom, she and I will be reunited and the need for sorrow will …

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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READ : John 9:13-34 One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. (v. 25) The proof of the pudding is in the eating. It’s in the result that we determine the efficacy of a process. It’s in a person’s actions that we determine his or her character. And when it comes to the caliber of a healer, we make our judgment on whether or not the blind man can see. “This man is a sinner,” …

The Sent One, Part 2

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READ : John 9:1-12 “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). (v. 7) Fly a plane. Take the family to Venice and ride in a gondola. Stargaze from the darkest place on earth. Buy a lake house and kayak every morning. Had I been the man born blind, I would have dreamt of doing these things if my sight were ever restored. Remember, though, how the pool of Siloam is identified in the story: Sent. The Sent …

The Sent One, Part 1

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READ : John 9:1-12 “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). (v. 7) Since ancient times, humans have been on the hunt for a miraculous serum to reverse aging, restore health, and preserve beauty. Early mythology tells of an “elixir of life,” and the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León came across Florida on his quest to find the Fountain of Youth. Imagine stumbling upon such a fountain! Imagine bathing in its clear, bubbling waters. Imagine sipping …

Determination

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READ : John 7:10-24 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God. (v. 17) When I’m confronted with perplexing theological issues or assertions about the proper way to live as a Christian, I wish I had a computer that would allow me to input the teaching or claims to truth, analyze the data, and then print a report, detailing which parts were God’s truth and which were erroneous. This machine would …

Self-Help Shake-Up

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READ : John 5:31-47 Yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (v. 40) I’m a sucker for self-help books. I want to know the five things I can do to organize my kitchen, a simple method for improving my work habits, and seven secrets to stronger arms. I compulsively devour these lists of so-called secrets, hoping that one of these times, I’ll find the list that will fulfill me and make me whole. This kind …