Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Congratulations!

What a year it was!

I find myself sitting here thinking, what should I say? What do I do now?

Well, first let me commend you if you made it to the end… I know many who… just couldn’t do it. Many who did the reading, but gave up on the journaling…

Frankly, I understand.

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I want everyone to keep in mind that I have been publicly committed to this. That doesn’t make it any easier, but it does up the commitment level considerably.

I almost started to say, “I had no choice.” But I did.

I guess I could have stopped…

(Honestly, there were plenty of times I wanted to…)

Not the reading… but the journaling. Many days I felt uninspired, but was keenly aware that there were many sets of eyes on my blog.

Knowing that inspired me to keep going.

The final tally of views of the blog?

78,000!

Let me temper that number a bit… that’s 213 views per day, every day. We averaged 100 unique viewers per day, who each viewed it 1.5+ times… (Probably due to revisiting when it wasn’t posted by 8:00 AM a few times per week?)

All I really know is every week I had someone approach me to say thanks for the blog. That it inspired them to keep going. Or that they would do their journal then compare it to mine.

I also discovered early on that most viewers don’t like to comment. I understand that feeling of vulnerability… I experienced it many times over the past year. Almost daily.

I had to fight feeling like I sounded like a broken record! I mean, I have only so many stories and insights. Only so many themes to write about!

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Having said, that, this was transformational for me. I have a better understanding of the entire Bible than ever before. I did more personal research and reflection than ever before. I learned a lot along the way… about myself.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Life Journal Celebration Wednesday, January 09, 2013  6:30PM – 8:30PM at our Beavercreek campus!

Happy New Year!

God bless,

Scott

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Day 365!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Welcome to Day 365 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 19; Revelation 20; Revelation 21; Revelation 22 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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Revelation 19:6, “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.”

Revelation 20:10, “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Revelation 21:6, “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Revelation 22:12, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

20 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ [quickly]

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

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I love how Revelation culminates with the declaration of Christ’s return!

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Actually, the NIV translation of “soon” is not great. The KJV or NASB both prefer “quickly.” “Speedily” (without delay) is even better than “soon.” It’s more HOW he will come than the timeframe in which it will happen.

Having said that, it’s been 2,000 years! What’s he waiting on??

He is waiting for the spread of the Gospel all across the earth.

The earth’s population is around 7 billion at this time. The highest in history. More souls on this earth than ever. More believers than ever.

More sin than ever…

2 Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

When Jesus spoke of his return in Matthew 24…

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42

“Therefore keep watch,

… because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because…

the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

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Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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Day 364

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Welcome to Day 364 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 15; Revelation 16; Revelation 17; Revelation 18 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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Revelation 15:3, “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. 4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Revelation 16:16, “Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”

Revelation 17:14, “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Revelation 18:14, “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.'”

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In spite of all the death and destruction in the end times, Jesus is victorious and will restore all things!

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Today’s application is pretty simple.

Jesus reigns!

No matter where one is in the world… no matter if you are rich or poor… The end is the same for all of us.

Everyone left alive will experience the same end… and will see firsthand Christ being exalted above all things.

More than drought or famine, even 100 lb. hailstones, once the dust settles, Christ will be on the throne.

“Every eye will see him.” Revelation 1:7

This is not going to happen in secret, this is going to be a worldwide event, seen by all. There will be no question as to what has happened… it will be clear and understood.

Christ will reign…

1 Thessalonians 4:13, “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that,

we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

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Amen.

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Day 363

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Welcome to Day 363 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 10; Revelation 11; Revelation 12; Revelation 13; Revelation 14 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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Revelation 10:11, “Then I was told, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.'”

Revelation 11:16, “And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God…”

Revelation 12:10, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.”

Revelation 13:10b, “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”

18 “This calls for wisdom.”

Revelation 14:13, “‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'”

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I always love the passage about the 24 elders falling down to worship God.

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Worship is always a good response to God.

There’s a whole lot of worship happening in heaven… Elders, creatures, all the believers who have gone before us…

I would use the term 24/7, but I’m not sure it really applies…

How about “round the clock?” I’m guessing there is still “time” in heaven, but no clocks?

Is there night and day? Hmmm…

The light in heaven protrudes from the throne… No need for sun or moon…

It’s funny how caught up we get on “time.” How long should worship be? 45 minutes? An hour? Is 30 minutes or 20 minutes adequate? Does it really matter how long worship is?

Probably, on our end… but not his.

It may take us a while to engage in worship… a song or two… It may take a certain amount of time for us to feel like we have adequately worshiped, but I think that’s all on our end.

Because in the scope of eternity, 45 minutes or 20 minutes would be the same “blip.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love 45 minutes of worship… or an hour… even 90 minutes at a conference or Stirring the Waters meetings that we do.

I’m talking strictly from God’s perspective…

If I never fully engage, then it doesn’t matter if it’s 20 minutes or an hour. But if I’m fully engaged from the git-go… It could be just a song or an hour? Because I engaged.

Not sure if this is making sense…

I guess all I’m saying is that time is more important to us than Him…

We should never get caught up in the length, but the quality.

Songs, instrumentation all may help us engage, but it really shouldn’t matter who is leading, what songs they are playing, or if there is a lead guitar player…

The key word: “Shouldn’t.”

P rayer

Lord, help me to always fully engage in worship, even if it’s just one song… May my life be one long act of worship.

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Day 362

Friday, December 28, 2012

Welcome to Day 362 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 5; Revelation 6; Revelation 7; Revelation 8; Revelation 9 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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Revelation 5:5, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Revelation 6, six of the seven seals are opened. For more detail, see the Life Journal from Day 240. (This is our second time through the New Testament/Revelation.)

Revelation 7:11, “All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!”

Revelation 8:13, “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

Revelation 9:12, “The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.”

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This glimpse of “the future” given to John is pretty intense. The seals, the trumpets, the woes…

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I decided to approach Revelation differently this time through. Not getting so hung up in all the detail as I did last time. I really wanted to dig deep and understand more clearly the book of Revelation. This time, however, I just want to take it at face value and approach it in a more relaxed way. More of a 30,000 foot fly over as it were.

Revelation, when you boil it down, is all about Jesus being the only one who is worthy.

Worthy of what?

All praise and honor and glory and power.

The only one worthy to open the scroll, break the seals.

The first time Jesus came, it was as “the Lamb of God.”

His next coming will be as “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!”

We can put our trust and hope and faith in Him!

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Lord you are the one who is worthy!

I give you all my worship and praise!

 

 

Day 361

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Welcome to Day 361 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Revelation 1; Revelation 2; Revelation 3; Revelation 4 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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Revelation 1:1, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and

blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,

because the time is near.”

11 “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Revelation 2 (To the church in Ephesus) 4 “You have forsaken your first love.”

(To the church in Smyrna) 10 “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.”

(To the church in Pergamum) 14 “You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. 15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.”

(To the church in Thyatira) 20 “You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.”

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3 (To the church in Sardis) 2 “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.”

(To the church in Philadelphia) 11 “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”

(To the church in Laodicia) 16 “because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 4:8, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

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Interesting to read all the different points the Lord is making with each of the churches.

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Seems a common theme is “I know your deeds…” (And they are good!)”

“However…”

Inevitably, I end up wondering what the Lord’s “howevers” would be in my life?

I know your deeds, Scott… your concern for the poor. Your love for people… for my word.

Who know, He may not even agree with my perception of myself, my deeds and what I consider good?

Don’t get me wrong, this is just a little soul-searching. I know he loves me and enjoys watching me do what I do… just as I love seeing my kids do what they do.

And I brag on them…

I’m pretty sure He brags on me! (That’s my boy!)

But, just like the Rich Young Ruler, if I were to ask, “What do I lack?” He would have an answer for me. Not in a condemning way… but in a way that He wants the best for me, so He would let me know what I need to work on to continue growing…

I mean, we all always lack something. We are still human… (Just for the record, though, the churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia, as a whole, had nothing mentioned against them…)

See a chart of the Seven Churches in Revelation.

Instruction to each of the churches…

Repent and do the works you did at first.

Remain faithful.

Repent.

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Repent.

Strengthen what little faith remains.

See that open door before you…

Turn from indifference. Repent.

Sounds like sound instruction for me… for each of us as we head into a new year!

P rayer

Lord, as Jesus did, I want to continue growing in wisdom and stature, with You, and with men…

Day 360

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome to Day 360 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Psalm 117; Psalm 119:81-176; 2 John 1; 3 John 1 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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Psalm 117:2, “Great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.”

Psalm 119:81-176, (Precepts, laws, commands, your word, decrees, promises).

130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

2 John 1:8,

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

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“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

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That is a pretty straightforward verse… cautionary in content.

Watch out…

Do not lose what you have worked for.

I always take note when I read verses like that. It’s a reminder that I have worked hard for many, many years… and it could all be lost.

That verse is not talking about our salvation. It’s about respect… and trust.

I once did an for Huntington Bank. (I may have blogged about this before…) The headline was, “Wealth, like a good reputation, is more easily made, than kept.”

We are all building our reputation on a daily basis, if not moment by moment, even.

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

While most people may not have the “pastor” reputation to live up to, what about what the people we work with think about us. What would they think if they knew we were a Christian and cheated on our spouse, or lied on our taxes, or had some hidden addiction?

We all are ambassadors for Christ.

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I don’t live under the pressure of that statement. It’s just a reality for all of us.

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

Good reminder.

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Lord I pray that you would strengthen each reader of this blog today… to live for you. That we would represent you well as we live our lives.

Day 359… Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Welcome to Day 359 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 1 John 1; 1 John 2; 1 John 3; 1 John 4; 1 John 5  2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 2:1, “If anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ.”

15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”

1 John 5:3, “This is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

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The word “love” is used 27 times in 1 John!

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“This is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

It’s so easy to reduce “Christianity” down to a creed to live by or a list of rules to keep.

Go to church.

Pray.

Give.

Serve.

Read my Bible.

Etc…

But it really is about love. God’s love for us… our love for him. And each other.

Jesus said he did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it. (Matthew 22) He said the two great commands are to…

1. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Paul commented on this in Romans 13, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor.

Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

1 John 3:16, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”

Jesus demonstrated his love for us by laying down his life for us.

God demonstrated his love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…

I love how there is a qualifier in that verse… “While we were yet sinners.” Not just that Christ died for us… Not just that he demonstrated his love for us… but it’s that he did it while we were yet sinners.

Not that we aren’t still sinners…

But once a person accepts Christ, we go from being “sinners” to “saints.” (Not like in the Catholic church.) But Paul would start his letters, “To the saints in Ephesus…” Saints are the Believers…

(I love this stuff!)

1 John is pretty clear anyone who says he doesn’t sin is a liar.

Ouch.

BUT, but when we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father. Jesus Christ.

We are no longer “positionally” sinners. We are saints. That’s how God sees us.

But we still sin… Saints that sin? Hmmm…

Most of you probably won’t read this until after all the gifts have been opened and the turkey has been dissected. But as you reflect on the day’s events with family and friends, score yourself on how you did at loving the people around you… Sometimes it’s hardest to love the people closest to us.

I figured out long ago it’s easy to love the people I give groceries to… I don’t live with them. I don’t have history with them. I have never been hurt by them, or they by me.

It’s the people closest to us that can often challenge our ability to love…

Right?

I hope you have (had) the best Christmas ever!

God bless us all, everyone!

P rayer

Lord, thank you for sending your son for me, while I was yet a sinner. For not just telling me you love me, but for demonstrating it.

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Day 358

Monday, December 24, 2012

Welcome to Day 358 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: John 19; John 20; John 21 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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John 19:16, “Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.”

John 20:24, [Thomas] “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

John 21:6, “He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.”

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I love how Jesus revisits the miracle of a large catch of fish. Great symmetry.

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In Luke 5, Jesus was teaching by a lake and asked Peter if he could teach from his boat…

Peter agreed, then, after Jesus was finished teaching, he told Peter to go to deeper water for a catch, to which Peter replied that they had fished all night with no luck.

Jesus told Peter to let down his nets and he caught such a large number of fish that his nets began to break!

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Then, after the Crucifixion, Jesus appeared to the disciples as they were out fishing, again, all night, with no catch, until Jesus showed up and told them to let down their nets on the right side of the boat. They caught 153 LARGE fish. (I love that they counted them!)

I love the symmetry in this story… but more than that, it’s a great story of what can happen when Jesus shows up in a life.

I can be doing what I am good at, but when Jesus shows up, after I have fished all night with no catch, he can fill my nets in one moment.

When you get discouraged and tired, remember, “153 LARGE fish.” Recite this to yourself… “153 LARGE fish.”

“153 LARGE fish.”

“153 LARGE fish.”

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When it happens, you will know… it’s Jesus.

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Thank you Lord that I can trust you every step along the way!

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Day 357

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Welcome to Day 357 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: John 15; John 16; John 17; John 18 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

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John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches.”

26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.”

[Father, Son, Spirit in one verse.]

John 16:15, “All that belongs to the Father is mine.”

33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

5 “Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” 17…

“Your word is truth.”

John 18:37, “Jesus answered, “You are right in saying

I am a king.

In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world…”

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Father, Son, Holy Spirit: Water, ice, steam is a pretty good example of “the three in one.”

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I am never quite sure in what direction to go…

Options: The Trinity, trouble, truth…

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I have never had a problem accepting what the Bible says as truth. Like the Trinity, for instance.

Only makes sense to me. The Father sent his only Son. Then the Son returns to the Father and sends the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth to abide with us and to teach us.

What a deal!

The Son is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me? And for all believers??

What a deal!

And the Holy Spirit is going to guide me? And teach me?

What a deal!

Are you kidding me??

This is incredible! And you don’t believe… Why??

My question is, why don’t you believe?

Because there is evil in the world? Because you can’t see him with your eyes? Because what could the death of a man 2,000 years ago have to do with you?

Jesus said, “Your word is truth.” (Funny, he told his disciples this just before Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”)

The truth is, according to John 3:16, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that

whoever

believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Whoever. Who is whoever? You… me… everyone, everywhere.

This grace is available to all…

All one must do is believe on the one whom God sent.

Jesus.

P rayer

God I thank you that you sent your only son for me!

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