Devotionals

  • October 17, 2017: Testimony

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 47-48, Song of Solomon 2, John 5:31-47, 1 Peter 2:9-17 John 5:31-47: The conflict is heating up, and Jesus now begins to clarify what sort of testimony there is that he is who he says he is. Unlike false religions, Christianity does not ask us “just to believe” without any evidence, facts, or testimony. The faith of the Christian is based upon truth, and—while that faith is a supernatural gift—it is in principle no different from the trust that is accorded another person when they give evidence of being trustworthy. God’s evidences to us are not the evidence of empirical science; they are the evidences of history, in which God has revealed himself; the evidences of Scripture, through which God has revealed himself; the evidences of relationship, of the God of love reaching out to his beloved that the beloved might trust him. Jesus describes the testimony of John the…

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    October 16, 2017: Honor the Son

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 44-46, Song of Solomon 1, John 5:16-30, 1 Peter 2:1-8 John 5:16-30:   Behind the opposition of the Jewish leaders (again, the “Jews” in John means not just those who are Jewish, but the particular Jewish leaders who were in opposition to Jesus), there is a deeper reason than merely the Sabbath. They discern that Jesus is claiming an equality with God. So often people pick fights over lesser matters as a wedge issue to gain leverage for reason of a more major matter in the background. At root, when someone opposes Christ, they are opposing his claim to Lordship, Sovereignty, and Divinity. Sometimes, we find ourselves baulking at a circumstance in our life, a disappointment, or frustrated by a part of the Bible that we cannot get our minds around, when really we are objecting to the Kingship claim of Jesus in our lives. Long experience of godly…

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    October 15, 2017: Sin No More

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 39-43, Ecclesiastes 12, John 5:1-15, 1 Peter 1:17-25 John 5:1-15: It’s feast time (5:1), but in the midst of this feast there is profound suffering (5:3). How often is this the case! While celebration mounts, pain increases; while parties abound, panic shouts; while the affluent indulge, the afflicted are rejected. Notice: Jesus “saw him.” Oh, afflicted one, Jesus sees you! He is not ignorant of your difficulties, blind to your tears. He keeps your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). He knows, he sees. You can trust him for a good plan, despite evil. In this world we will have trouble, but he has overcome the world! The man who was lying there had been an invalid for 38 years. No short amount of time was this. What is more, he had no one to help him attend the rudimentary, perhaps superstitious, medical treatments on offer in that place…

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    October 14, 2017: Your Son Will Live

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 35-38, Ecclesiastes 11, John 4:43-54, 1 Peter 1:10-16 John 4:43-54: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: A prophet has no honor in his own hometown; why do you think that is? Is it possible to miss what God is saying to you through the Bible through overfamiliarity? Contrast this with verse 50: the man believed. Can you this morning so reflect on what you know about Jesus that you are able to…

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    October 13, 2017: He Told Me All That I Ever Did

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 32-34, Ecclesiastes 10, John 4:27-42, 1 Peter 1:1-9 John 4:27-42: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Jesus emphasizes that real nourishment comes from doing God’s will and accomplishing God’s mission (4:34). Do you think this explains why so many people today cannot find satisfaction? We think “food,” nourishment, satisfaction, comes from “bread,” physical sustenance, material provision. But Jesus here is teaching that real nourishment is more than simply physical filling. The real…

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    October 12, 2017: Worship in Spirit and Truth

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 30-31, Ecclesiastes 9, John 4:15-26, James 5:13-20 John 4:15-26: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Jesus' comment in verse 18 is very searching. Why is it encouraging when God’s Spirit convicts of sin? How are we to respond when we are convicted of sin? If the hour will come—and now has come come—when God’s worshippers will not worship at this mountain or that mountain, but will instead worship in Spirit and in…

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    October 11, 2017: Never Be Thirsty Again

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 26-29, Ecclesiastes 8, John 4:1-14, James 5:7-12 John 4:1-14: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What do we learn from Jesus’ request for help (“give me water”) as an introduction to an evangelistic conversation? Does this reset the potential power dynamic in such a way that there might be openness hear the good news? Are we willing to talk to the “Samaritans” of our day and share with them the good news…

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    October 10, 2017: He Must Increase

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 23-25, Ecclesiastes 7:15-29, John 3:22-36, James 5:1-6 John 3:22-36: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: Baptism was practiced by John and also by Jesus’ disciples. Have you been baptized? If Jesus himself was baptized, and if Jesus’ disciples baptized, what prevents you from being baptized? Jealousy spoils so much of life. It can even spoil our witness. How does John model an open-handed, humble, and “he must become greater, I must…

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    October 9, 2017: For God So Loved the World

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading:  Jeremiah 19-22, Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, John 3:16-21, James 4:11-17 John 3:16-21: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What do these verses tell us about the nature of God? If God has such great love for such bad people, then what does this mean in terms of our joyful worship of him? What are the only two alternatives? If there is no “third way” beyond life on the one hand and condemnation on the other,…

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    October 8, 2017: Born Again

    By Josh Moody

    Today’s Bible Reading: Jeremiah 16-18, Ecclesiastes 6, John 3:1-15, James 4:1-10 John 3:1-15: Note: As we go through John’s Gospel together over the next few weeks, I refer you to fuller comments in my recently published commentary on John’s Gospel, as well as the recently published Bible study guide. In addition, at College Church we are currently working our way through John’s Gospel on Sunday mornings, and that will provide you with another take on the material. Take, then, and read a full analysis of this section of John, and this morning simply reflect on the following bullet points: What does it mean to be “born again”? Why is that we must be “born again” to see the kingdom of God? Why must we look at / believe in Jesus as he is lifted up on the cross in order that we may have eternal life? Have you been born again?   To receive God Centered…

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