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Major Themes LVII – “One Another”


JOHN 13:1-38 NKJV.   
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Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”  For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.” So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me  has lifted up his heel against Me.’  Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.  Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”  Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it. ” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the  son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”  But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those  things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night. So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.  If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.  Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you.  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

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40 Days of Lent #6


MAT 21:23-32 NKJV.   

Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things:  The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’  He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.  Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

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Evidence of Jesus by Billy Graham


REVELATION 1:18 NKJV – I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
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Evidence of Jesus

Certain laws of evidence hold in the establishment of any historic event. Documentation of the event in question must be made by reliable contemporary witnesses. There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived, or that Alexander the Great died at the age of 33. It is strange that historians will accept thousands of facts for which they can produce only shreds of evidence. But in the face of the overwhelming evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they cast a skeptical eye and hold intellectual doubts. The trouble with many people is that they do not want to believe. They are so completely prejudiced that they cannot accept the glorious fact of the resurrection of Christ on Bible testimony alone.

Daily Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know You are alive—for You live in the hearts of all those who love You!

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Daily Prayer – November 18th


Heavenly Father! I thank you for the gift of your Son, who is the Pearl of Great Price; the Hidden Treasure, which makes the soul rich forever; the Delight of Heaven; the Glory of his church; the All-sufficient Portion of his own.

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Billy Graham talks about what God is like!


PSALM 139:8 NKJV

If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

What is God Like?

I believe it is possible to know what God is like. The Bible declares that God is Spirit, that He is not limited to body; He is not limited to shape; He is not limited to force; He is not limited to boundaries or bonds; He is absolutely immeasurable. Thousands of people are trying to limit God to certain spheres, and relegate Him to certain categories that are the product of their own speculation. There is no limit to God. There is no limit to His wisdom. There is no limit to His power. There is no limit to His love. There is no limit to His mercy. Men change, fashions change, conditions and circumstances change, but God never changes.

Daily Prayer

I limit You so many times, Lord. Forgive my finite mind and fill me with Your wisdom, power, and mercy, so that I can touch those You love this day.

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Billy Graham on the Sting of Death


1 CORINTHIANS 15:55 NIV – “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

Victory Over Death

Death is the most democratic experience in life for we all participate in it. We think of its happening only to other people. We don’t like to grow old and we don’t like to die. The Bible teaches that death is an enemy of man and God. But it also teaches that this enemy, death, will ultimately be destroyed forever; that in fact it has already been defeated at the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Death, for a Christian, brings permanent freedom from evil. It also means the believer will be like Jesus. We shall be like Christ in love. So much of self is involved in what we do here; but one day, in Christ, we will have perfect love. What a glorious time it will be when we get to heaven!

Daily Prayer

Jesus, Your victory over death comforts my heart and fills me with hope.

Our Eternal Home by Billy Graham


ISAIAH 65:17 NKJV

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

Our Eternal Home

What kind of place is Heaven? First, Heaven is home. The Bible takes the word “home” with all of its tender associations and with all of its sacred memories and tells us that Heaven is home. Second, Heaven is a home which is permanent. We have the promise of a home where Christ’s followers will remain forever. Third, the Bible teaches that Heaven is a home which is beautiful beyond every imagination. Heaven could not help but be so, because God is a God of beauty. Fourth, the Bible teaches that Heaven will be a home which is happy, because there will be nothing to make it sad. In Heaven families and friends will be reunited. God’s house will be a happy home because Christ will be there. He will be the center of Heaven. To Him all hearts will turn, and upon Him all eyes will rest.

Daily Prayer

As I think of the promise of an eternal home with You and the reunion with my loved ones—I rejoice!

More on the Shattering of My Childhood Creed


The Shattering of my childhood creed was due to a lack of perspective from God’s point of view and an extreme view from my own perspective.

My perspective:  Good people go to heaven; Bad people go to Hell.  My child-like perspective skipped a lot of steps.  It’s not about good works, but whether one believes or not.  If one believes, the good works follow, but I did not observe the workings between.  John 15:5 says that we can do nothing without Him, and I was missing that.  All the good deeds in the world cannot get you into heaven, only the grace of God.  It is by faith that we are redeemed.

God’s perspective:  It’s good to have people doing good works, but it does no good if their attitude is wrong.  If we do not start with changing our nature from bad to good, we cannot please God, no matter how many good works we do.  We were made to serve God and this is our foremost duty.  If we worship in spirit and in truth, we can be transformed into new creations by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He works with us in a “partnership” to perform the work Christ would do if He were still on earth.

The folly of my perspective:  I thought I was specially blessed by God because I did good works.  I saw myself as a full heir to the kingdom of God.  But I came to a point where I was doing them in my own strength and did not understand why I was not being blessed by God for my deeds.  I thought that I had chosen the wrong good deeds.  Surely if I found the deeds God wanted me to do, I would be blessed.  I guess you know that didn’t work and for a season, I gave up on a lot of good deeds, only doing the nominal things.  After all, if there was no reward, what would be the point?

The revelation: I did not find out that God was right after all until I studied the Protestant Reformation.  The words from an obscure Old Testament Prophet:

Habakkuk 2:2-4 (ESV)
2  And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
3  For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
4  “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

…and those words, “The Righteous (or just) shall live by their faith…” became the words the Apostle Paul took for his own and eventually became the battle cry for the Reformation.  They became my own, also.  God’s perspective was on the heart attitude all along, and my perspective was on a merit chart, accumulating “attaboys” to earn my way to Heaven.

I second guessed whether it was rewarding enough for the effort to serve God.  It is rewarding when you are trusting that God’s grace will be sufficient.  From God’s perspective, it starts with a new heart,  Our perspective should be to have a new heart patterned after the Heart of God.

My prayer for you today is: ” ...that you may all have the perspective of God concerning your life, praising Him with our whole heart, and not given to doing good deeds in our own strength.”