Oh, What a Friend We Have in Jesus! (John 15:12-17)

John 15:12-17 (ESV) 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but…

Abide In Him! (John 15:1-11)

John 15:1-11 (ESV) I Am the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I…

The Spirit Who Helps Us (John 14:25-31)

John 14:25-31 (ESV) 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the…

The Spirit of Family and the Orphan Spirit (John 14:15-24)

John 14:15-24 (ESV) Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will…

One Way (John 14:1-14)

John 14:1-14 (ESV) I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life 14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for…

Jesus’ Prediction for Peter (John 13:36-38)

John 13:36-38 (ESV) Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial 36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life…

Jesus’ Instructions Going Forward (John 13:31-35)

John 13:31-35 (ESV) A New Commandment 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. 33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said…

Jesus’ Grace in Betrayal (John 13:21-30)

John 13:21-30 (ESV) One of You Will Betray Me 21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. 23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus’ side,24 so Simon Peter motioned to…

Fasting and the Mission of God (Isaiah 58:1-12)

Isaiah 58:1-12 (ESV) True and False Fasting 58 “Cry aloud; do not hold back;    lift up your voice like a trumpet;declare to my people their transgression,    to the house of Jacob their sins.2 Yet they seek me daily    and delight to know my ways,as if they were a nation that did righteousness    and did not forsake the judgment of their God;they…

Fasting and the Restless Heart (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV) Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,    nor fruit be on the vines,the produce of the olive fail    and the fields yield no food,the flock be cut off from the fold    and there be no herd in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;    I will take joy in the God of…