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What does the Promise of the Spirit of Truth mean for us?
Do you wish you could have been there with Jesus, heard him teach and seen the miracles?
Jesus says you are actually better off with what you have now:
The very Spirit of God living inside you and empowering you.
How do we experience this?
My peace I give to you… Do not let your hearts be troubled or be fearful
Our connection with Christ, the vine, grows as we hear his words, believe them, and do them.
In these troubled times, chose to believe these words of peace, and walk in them, rather than words of fear.
The Flow of God’s Energy—Jesus Explains how to be Connected to the Vine
At the very centre of Christ’s last hours of teaching comes an idea that is striking and life transforming.
To enhance its vividness, and help it to stick, the thoughts are laid out in semi-poetic form.
They are like two beautiful flowers, with leaves around the outside, and vivid blooms in the middle.
If Jesus has chosen to express himself in this way, we need to give attention and listen!
The Breathtaking Invitation by Jesus into a New Dimension of Connection to God
‘If you love me, you will obey my commandments’
Do we have to perform well enough at this love to get rewarded?
The answer is both surprising and extremely encouraging!
Let not your Hearts be Troubled—Jesus Reveals Surprising Things about the Father
As he faces the most horrific death that any human faced, Jesus feelings are instead for his disciples, deeply caring for them.
But what is even more surprising is that in this act of selfless empathy, Jesus is revealing to us the heart of the Father.
The God who will Love You to the End and Wash Your Feet
Peter misunderstood foot-washing and so do many Christians, but Jesus tells us how blessed we will be if we understand and receive it.
But most of all this chapter is about how Jesus loves his own “to the end”,
and never abandon us to the end of time.
Jesus’ last days of teaching: Why so few really ‘got’ him. Can you?
Let’s walk with Jesus through his last days of teaching.
How come so very few really ‘got’ him?
Does his final challenge connect with you?
How come Jesus weeps before raising Lazarus? —The Good Shepherd in Action
Just before Lazarus is raised, Jesus weeps along with Mary. Why not just tell her everything will soon be ok?
If this account was just about Jesus’ power to raise the dead it would be told in just 7 verses,
but the other 43 tell of a Shepherd who loves each of his sheep in a unique way.
The deeper, fuller meaning of the parable of the Good Shepherd
It is easy to read through John 10 on a surface level and miss what is going on.
Here, at the final climax of Jesus’ public ministry he presents an image that will leave you enthralled with it’s beauty, and deeply moved by it’s implications.
How the Man Born Blind challenges you and me
On the surface this is a simple healing story,
but John has beautifully put together a series of events and conversations that build up to a startling revelation from Jesus
that his light can actually lead people to become blind,
and we ourselves need to pay close attention.
“The Lord is my Shepherd” brought to life with David’s Own Stories
This is David’s best loved Psalm, but how did he come to write it?
We piece together stories from throughout his life that could have provided inspiration for each part of the song.
Immanuel: Experience empathy from Jesus who is truly With Us and understands our weakness
The stories from when Jesus walked this earth with us,
show a man who experienced a full range of emotions, and was deeply empathic with those around him.
Hebrews 4 encourages us to experience this deep compassion as we engage with him in prayer.
Getting Free from the Lies that Drag us into Darkness
There is a voice inside you that is telling you lies!
Experience what it is like to have the truthful words of Jesus bringing freedom from this darkness.
If Anyone is Thirsty
Are you feeling dry and thirsty? Jesus is offering cool refreshing water—abundant, life-giving and free. Come and drink!
A deeper look at the strange words: ‘Eat my flesh and drink my blood’
These strange sounding words can be, for your, a deep source of life.
What on earth does it mean to ‘feed on Jesus’? and why this is one of the most important things you can ever learn
After feeding the 5000 and walking on water, Jesus was asked to provide more food. The answer he gave was very strange, and resulted in many people walking away from him.
New Life at the Pool - Healing followed by some radical claims
How might you be like the man at the pool?
Most of those who have studied this chapter see it as disorganized and repetetive,+but in fact there is a beautiful logic to Jesus’ reasoning.
A Challenging Story about the Journey of Faith
Even if you are a Christian, there are some deep challenges in this story.
Jesus wants to keep moving you along the journey until you really know who he is, and act accordingly.
The Woman at the Well - Jesus Sees your Deepest Need
There’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye, from why she misunderstood Jesus, to connections with several other well-encounters in the Bible, and finally all the talk about food at the end being a clue to what really satisfies us.
God’s Love for Humanity
John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the Bible, but it has a hidden depth and richness that makes it (and the rest of the passage) well worth studying.
Born from Above
Jesus challenged Nicodemus to think outside his religious box.
In a similar way he challenges us, not to live ordinary lives limited by the expectations of this world,
but to embrace the amazing reality of the age to come, now in the present.
Anger and Love in the Temple
What exactly made Jesus so angry?
Why did he gave such a strange answer to the Pharisees?
When we can truly resonate with Jesus’ anger and feel his love, we can get what this story is all about.
A Different Take on turning Water into Wine
Why does Jesus answer Mary in such an odd way? It is almost rude and seems very out of character.
Yet it turns out that this answer is what unlocks the challenge to us in the story.
Why the very first believers were so drawn to Jesus
Before Jesus even started doing miracles, John is very interested in the impact he had on people.
Some people didn’t care, but others were drawn to him powerfully.
We can engage with Jesus today like those those first followers did.
The extraordinary poem hidden in the first 18 verses of John
Be impacted by the power and the beauty of this painting of Jesus at the beginning of John. My Jesus, God from all eternity, came down to earth as a human so that I might have new life.
Jonah - More Than Just a Fish Story
Listen as Braden explains how Jonah is more than just a story about an Old Testament prophet
It’s a story that is in many ways about each one of us, and it is one that is both challenging and comforting.
The Temple, from Eden to Revelation
There are amazing connections between Eden, the Temple, Jesus’ teaching, and the book of Revelation.
Our understanding of parts of the Bible will come into sharper focus if we get these themes and connections.
Grasping the power of the temple imagery throughout the Bible will impact our own lives and mission.
A Psalm that will change your life
Psalm 90 starts out as one of the most depressing scriptures:
“You live 70 yrs and die. If you live to 80 it will just be pain, and so on…”
But by an extraordinary twist, which you need the handout to really see, everything is turned on its head.
Make sure you view the handout here: nlife.ca/…les/Psalm90-text.pdf
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