Alright my friends, today this journey ends. Our in depth look at the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John that started six months ago and took up five posts. What an adventure it has been, right? This story that we’ve heard so many times and read so many times received new life for me back in October. I hope that the thoughts I’ve shared on this true story have done the same thing for you. But we have one more episode in this chapter.
Right this minute, our young man has been healed, abandoned by his parents, betrayed by his church, and left to his own devices. He was kicked out of church for believing the best of the man who healed him.
What would you be doing? Would you be looking for the man that healed you? Maybe you would just be standing outside the church thinking, “did that really just happen”? Maybe you’d be some place by yourself, having a cry. That’s what I’d probably be doing. But we don’t know what our friend did. The Bible doesn’t tell us. John is not concerned about what the young man did. His concern is with what Jesus did.
You know how TV shows usually have a break mid season? It’s usually a cliff hanger and leaves you hating everyone involved with the show for doing that to you. Well…I apologize for being one of those people.
Back in October of last year we started talking about John chapter 9. God blew my mind and opened my eyes (pun intended) to some amazing things in that chapter and the story we’ve all heard a thousand times. In some quiet quarantine study time I’ve decided I want to start writing through a book of the Bible, but realized I really shouldn’t start something new until we finish digging through John chapter 9. You can read (or re-read) the first three episodes by looking back at the blog or scrolling to the end of this post where I will post links. At the very least I encourage you to go read verses 1-16 right quick. That’s where we left off. Let’s pick the story back up in 17.
I love it when I’m just reading along, doing my part to stay in relationship with God and He shows up like, “Hey. Thanks for meeting me here. I know you’ve been struggling with x, y, z, and I want you to know that I see that. Here’s a gift!” Words from thousands of years ago then collide with emotions of today and something magical happens.
Which is exactly what happened for me this morning in the fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians.
I joined this small group (scrolls through Group Me for 15 minutes) in the summer/fall of last year. I had a long period where I didn’t go because I believed I could be fine without the accountability. HA!
We have discussed this a great many times on this blog, but I love Bible translations. I don’t think you can read Scripture in too many ways. The more words used to convey what the Bible is saying, the closer we come to understanding the fullness of what is said. Today, I discovered a new perfect example. Continue reading →
I want to talk about a song tonight. If you scroll to the bottom of this post, you’ll be able to read the lyrics and listen to the song/watch the video.
But for now, let’s talk about this word (which happens to be the title of the song).
Do you have any? I sure do. I’ve got a scar on my hand from where I was working out one day and actually hit my hand with my own fingernail and ripped a chunk of flesh out of my hand. I’ve got another one on my leg from my sweet, sweet pupper. And a small one on my forehead from trying to cram a car door through my eyeball. Luckily, I was unsuccessful. Continue reading →
This is a manifesto of sorts. I encourage you to go to Spotify/Apple Music/YouTube and listen to “Need You More (Live)” by Will Reagan and United Pursuit. It is the soundtrack of my revolution.Continue reading →
Good morning! I’m sure you clicked on this blog post because the title made you think to yourself, “Wow! I bet this is going to be a supremely uplifting and educational type blog post! Spiritual supremacy shall finally be mine!” Okay…maybe not. It actually could have something to do with the picture of a dinosaur emerging from a muffin (which, in fact, has nothing to do with this post. I believe the kids are calling it “click bait”). But I do want to encourage you today as you march through whatever you’re facing in your life right now. So let’s talk about you…getting over yourself. Continue reading →
This post is going to be the hardest one. I think it’s not only going to be the hardest one concerning subject matter but also the hardest one to write honestly and still be grace-filled with my words. So far we’ve talked mainly about Jesus and the blind man. Today we have to talk about our secondary characters. Today we have to talk about the blind man’s community. Today we have to talk about the church.
Yuck, ew, no! EJECT!
Can’t. Gotta write some things. Are they going to be hard things? Yes. Are they going to stab at me as much or more? You betcha! But that’s where this honesty idea comes back to bite me in my own behind!