November 26-30, 2021

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” November 26-30 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month.…

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Thanksgiving: Comparison or Cruciform

Today’s guest post is by Robert Krumrey who was the founding pastor of MERCYhouse in Amherst, MA and is now planting a new church in Austin, TX near the campus of the University of Texas. I’ve noticed something about Christians and their approach to Thanksgiving. They embrace this very biblical practice in a very pragmatic way. They seek to…

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John 13:31-38: Glorified

Daniel 10-12, Job 22, John 13:31-38, Jude 17-25 John 13:31-38: At this most profound turn of events—as Jesus turns his thoughts and attention decisively to the cross—he utters words that must have been deeply surprising at the time, and still a surprise today. “Now is the Son of man glorified” (13:31). Really? As he is betrayed, the Son…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer from Dr. Wendell Hawley, Part 2

Eternal God, our heavenly Father, From whom comes every good and perfect gift, we thank you and praise your name for all your mercies, and for every blessing we have received from you. We praise you, God, for health and strength, for food and raiment, for shelter, friends, and family, for comfort in sorrow, deliverance from…

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John 13:18-30: It Was Night

Daniel 9, Job 21:22-34, John 13:18-30, Jude 8-16 John 13:18-30: Strange thought. Even in the betrayal of Jesus, the Scriptures are being fulfilled. We tend to think that God has a plan for the good things in our lives, but what about the terrible things? Does God still reach to control those events that threaten us, terrify us,…

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John 13:12-17: Servant Leadership

Daniel 7-8, Job 23:1-21, John 13:12-17, Jude 1-7 John 13:12-17: Jesus now explains the reason for the foot washing. At the root of it is the importance of them correcting their misunderstanding about his Lordship, his rule, and the nature of the authority that he wields. He is the Lord, and yet his Lordship is not in diametric…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer from Dr. Wendell Hawley

Holy God, our Redeemer, We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation,  in your Word spoken through the prophets, and in the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, whom you sent to be the Savior and Redeemer of mankind. In him you have…

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John 13:1-11: Taking a Towel

Daniel 5-6, Job 20, John 13:1-11, 3 John 1-14 John 13:1-11: The washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus has taken on various kinds of meanings in popular literature and in the common imagination. But what does it mean? What was it originally intended to convey? The first thing to notice is that nowhere does Jesus institute this…

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John 12:37-50: The Glory of Jesus

Daniel 3-4, Job 19, John 12:37-50, 2 John 1-13 John 12:37-50: John, the author of the Gospel, now takes a step back to reflect theologically on what is happening in the life and ministry of Jesus. It is all fulfilling what Isaiah long ago, under God’s inspiration, predicted. They did not believe in Jesus in fulfillment of what…

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John 12:20-36: A Grain of Wheat

Daniel 1-2, Job 18, John 12:20-36, 1 John 5:13-21   John 12:20-36: Now at this great feast where Jesus was, there is a group of Greeks (12:20)—devout men and women who have come up to Jerusalem for the religious festival. They approach Philip and ask him to give them an audience with Jesus, to see him and meet…

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