John

Giving thanks for Daily Bread

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated ... He did the same with the fish. John 6:11

"In comparison with the Great Depression of the 1930s," said Norman Vincent Peale, "the recent recessions are like Sunday school picnics." Many people went hungry then, joining long lines to soup kitchens. Someone with a light touch said, "We occasionally see signs: 'Keep off the grass.' In the Depression they read, 'Don't eat the grass.'" 

Speaking Clearly

"If I want him [John] to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?

You must follow Me." John 21:22


"Reading from the same page" is an expression often used to point out the need for two (or more) persons to make sure that in the conversation they are talking about the same thing. No agreement can be reached when one is talking about apples and the other about oranges.

What Lies Beyond

John 14:5 "Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we don't know where You are going, so how can we know the way?'"

For travellers, a map is as basic and vital as the alphabet. Explorers have relied on maps to open up new worlds. The maker of an early map of Australia wrote across unknown and unexplored regions such frightful comments as, "Here there are fiery scorpions," "Here there are dangerous giants," and "Here there are dragons." A brave explorer, who was also a Christian, crossed out all these warnings and wrote in large letters, "Here is God!" 

Real Security

John 10:27-28 "My sheep listen to My voice ....I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand."

Security is important to us. Many people today have security systems to protect their homes. Businesses hire security guards. People in our nation are hoping Social Security will still be there for the

Courage

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

It takes a great deal of courage to live as a Christian in our modern world. There are so many powers at war against the life with Christ that all of us daily need His wisdom, His power, and His guidance. We need the quiet, steady courage that He alone can give through the assurance of the forgiveness of our sins. 

John, God’s Living Advertisement

And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:4

Years ago, a Christian baroness living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya, hired a young national to be her houseboy. After three months, he asked the baroness for a letter of reference. He wanted to work for a friendly sheik that lived some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave, offered to increase his pay. The lad shared he was not moving on to receive a higher salary. Some time ago he had decided to become a Christian or a Muslim; it was that search which brought him to work for the baroness. He wanted to see how Christians lived. Now he was going to work for a believer in Islam. Then he would make his decision. 

A Light in the Darkness

The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:5

Nine-year-old Brent was in second grade when most children his age were in fourth. He was big, clumsy, and learning was always a struggle. But Brent was also a gentle child who would always defend the underdog, and was well liked by his classmates. Brent’s parents encouraged him to audition for the Sunday school Christmas service. He wanted to be a shepherd, but the teacher in charge of casting made him an innkeeper. She figured Brent’s size would lend believability to the role when he refused a room to the holy family. Mother and father helped with his lines and during rehearsals all came off without a hitch. Brent was firm telling Joseph, “There’s no room in the inn.”