NT Bible Reading Blog (Page 4)

NT Bible Reading Blog (Page 4)

John 5 | Search the Scriptures

 “And you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life, and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:38-40 The fifth chapter of John is jam-packed with truth and revelation. It begins with Jesus approaching a man who had been an…

John 4 | Lift Your Eyes

Jesus was doing things all wrong: He left a fruitful and popular ministry in Judea and went where most Jews would not go: Samaria. He spoke to the wrong person (a woman) and He did it in the wrong place (in public). But in reality, Jesus was doing all the right things. He obeyed the leading of the Spirit. He saw what God was doing in a woman’s heart and he spoke to her greatest need. He allowed room for…

John 2 & 3 | The Great Contrast

John 2:11 – “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” John 3:20-21 – “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so it may be seen plainly what they have done has been done in the sight…

John 1 | Launch the New Year with the Gospel of John

How many times when you think of John’s Gospel can you visualize a sporting event such as a football game and behind the uprights see someone holding a sign that says “John 3:16”? Or for decades when someone first gets saved we tell them the next steps they should take which almost always included “start reading your Bible and begin with the Gospel of John. So why is the Gospel of John so often the launch pad for new Christians?…

Matt. 27 | Born To Die

You may have heard or sung it this week – the familiar Christmas carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The third verse of the song concludes with three crucial lines that hint at the central theme from our Scripture reading today – Born that man no more may die:  Born to raise the sons of earth,  Born to give them second birth.  While in this season, we celebrate the wonderful and beautiful truth that Jesus entered human history as a…

Matt. 21 | Will You Respond to the Truth?

From the time I was little, I grew up with a thirst for knowledge and truth. Nothing has changed; I still enjoy learning new things. I went to college in pursuit of knowledge and earned a degree and then spent most of my life working in commercial construction. I liked learning new skills, but working with an ever changing group of guys that were not believers had a drawback. Sometimes my coworkers would tell me about things that once I…

Matt. 20 | Grace isn’t fair

Matthew 20 records one of the most powerful parables the Lord ever spoke. It is known as the parable of the Vineyard Workers. A landowner went out early to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay the normal daily wage which we learn later was a full day’s wage. Later, at 9am he went to the marketplace and saw some other men standing around doing nothing, so he hired them as well. He agreed to pay them whatever…

Matt. 18 | God Of The ONE

One of the difficulties that Christians may have as they struggle to understand their relationship with God is the personal aspect of God’s salvation. I have had conversations with people struggling to believe in God’s plan of salvation for mankind where their hang-up was not that God wouldn’t go to great lengths for the majority of mankind, but rather that they were included in that group. They did not understand the personal nature of God. Jesus opens our minds to…

Matt. 16 | Upon This Rock

 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 I recall from my college marketing class, our professor taught about obtaining marketing data. Marketing, much like political polling, can be difficult to obtain factual answers from those people targeted for the survey. I remember him talking about a marketing surveying company working for one of the large automobile companies. They posed a…

Matt. 12 | Looks Like An Orange; Tastes Like A Lemon

“Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”   Matthew 12:33 In February of 1988, my younger brother and I set out from East Texas for South Florida. Some friends we had grown up with invited us to come to Florida because there was a fair bit of construction work available. We intended to come to Florida to work…