December 26-31, 2021

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” December 26-31 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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How Can Christmas Make Me Happy Forever?

Christmas is meant to be a happy time, as all the commercials, music and stores tell us over and over again. The movies around Christmas encourage us that we can be happy now—we can forget real life for a little bit at least. If we do not enter into the ‘Christmas spirit,’ then we are…

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John 21:15-25: Do You Love Me?

John 21:15-25, Revelation 22, Job 42, Malachi 1-4 John 21:15-25: The end of the story, but not without a punch of rhetorical power and application impact. First, the famous three questions to Peter about whether he loves Jesus. The much misused underlying Greek differentiation between different words for “love” is not indicative of the kind of love that…

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A Christmas Story

Bill never thought much of Christianity. He hadn’t grown up in a Christian home. And for him the Christian story seemed to be for wimps. It resonated with Nietzsche’s criticism that Christianity had neutered the West of its masculinity and power. He didn’t want all that sort of die-to-yourself and take up your cross stuff.…

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John 21:1-14: Wondering, Worshiping, and at Peace

Job 41:12-34, Hosea 10-14, John 21:1-14, Revelation 21 John 21:1-14: Again Jesus reveals himself (21:1). This time his disciples are going fishing (21:3). There is no suggestion in the text that they have abandoned their vocation by going back to the fishing business and moving away from the apostle calling. They are simply going fishing.…

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John 20:24-31: My Lord and My God!

Hosea 6-9, Job 41:1-11, John 20:24-31, Revelation 20 John 20:24-31: The story of “doubting” Thomas is at once a strange one, and at the same time an encouraging one. It is encouraging because for many people they find themselves at one point or another in their lives in the shoes of Thomas. It is encouraging…

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The Message of the Angels

In this short sermon, Pastor Ben Panner, the College Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, shares the message of Christmas. What weariness are you facing today? How do you break free from it? Jesus breaks into our weariness to give us hope, help, and life.  

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John 20:19-23: The Disciples Were Glad

Job 40, Zechariah 1-5, John 20:19-23, Revelation 19   John 20:19-23: Somehow, the doors being locked, Jesus came and stood among them. Jesus’ resurrection body is recognizably him, but yet that body is now able to move through a locked door. This resurrection body is a template of the “spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:44) that those who…

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John 20:10-18: I Have Seen the Lord

Job 39, Haggai 1-2, John 20:10-18, Revelation 18 John 20:10-18: While the other disciples went home, Mary Magdalene, overcome with grief, stood outside the tomb weeping. Still weeping, she looked into the tomb and saw two angels. They were sitting where Jesus’ body had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. What a sight…

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John 20:1-9: He Is Risen

Job 38:22-41, Zephaniah 3, John 20:1-9, Revelation 17   John 20:1-9: Oh, glorious day, when the stone was rolled away! But what does it mean? Could it all have been invented? And if it was true, then what implications does it have? John introduces us to the reaction of three firsthand eyewitnesses to show us how to…

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