Which way did he go? Sounds like something you would hear in an old black and white movie. When the “coppers” were chasing Jimmy Cagney and asked a bystander “Which way did he go?”
In today’s Podcast I start with the question “Are You Pointing People to THE TRUTH? If you, like those bystanders didn’t see the way he went, you simply can’t point people in the direction of truth either. Oh, but if you watched him slip around the corner with your own eyes, your law abiding citizens duty would be to point the police officer in the right direction.
Let’s look at the Gospel of John 1:35-51 together and ,as always, I have a short Engagement with Truth assignment for you. BTW, here is a copy of the Gospel of John that you can download and print to do your markings on:
Gospel of John Observation Worksheets
1-Read through John 1 again
2-mark every reference to Jesus with a cross (use a color if you like)
- also, mark any way Jesus is portrayed (Word, Light, etc.)
- as we progress through John, take note of every way Jesus is portrayed and make a list of them in your Engagement with Truth Notebook
See…that was pretty easy. I hope you will join me for the Podcast go a little deeper into our passage with me.
Hunger! You and I have been there. Maybe in a hospital waiting or hotel room. Right down the hall there it is! A vending machine filled with sweet and salty snacks galore. Supported by some kind of spring thing, one bag of pretzels behind another. You choose a letter and number and bam…your snack falls to the bottom of this food filled contraption and you fill your cheeks with satisfying treats.
While you watch this food falling spectacle, something else takes place you may not have noticed. Another bag of pretzels moves forward into the place of the previous one. Pretzels in place of pretzels!
I love the Gospel of John, which we are studying together here in this blog and Podcast. The meaning of this verse has been quickened to my heart by God’s Holy Spirit and to it I cling.
Here it is…
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace (in the Greek literally, grace in place of grace). John 1:16
Yet unlike a faulty vending machine, which sometimes gets the snack hung up on that unpredictable spring and you have to begin the machine shaking process, the grace received by this “One” will never run out. Eventually there will be no more pretzels and someone will have to fill it back up. Never, not ever, will grace reveal an empty spring. The grace found in the Lord Jesus Christ is always available. You don’t even have to pay for it because He paid for your sin on the cross! Be satisfied in His grace in place of grace! That is my prayer for myself and you.
Here is today’s Engagement with Truth heart work.
1-Continue to mark every reference to the Word and it’s synonyms in John 1:6-18
2-Continue to list everything you learn about the Word in your Engagement with Truth notebook:
v. 7 the Word is the Light
v. 9 the Word is the true Light which, coming into the world enlightens every man
Remember, we are looking at the obvious and what you are marking is a key word. A repeated word. As you continue to make this list, please don’t paraphrase. Use words directly from the text, like I did in the example above.
3-Ask the Lord to reveal how you can apply these truths to your current circumstances and journal those thoughts. Don’t just write them down…believe God and walk in them.
Oh, GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE! GLORY TO GOD!
You walk into your local Mickey D’s. Now…close your eyes and get a mental picture of what you see. I’ve been in a host of McDonald’s and I bet I can guess what enters your mind.
EMPLOYEES AT THE COUNTER
TABLES and CHAIRS
No, I don’t read minds for a living. I just know that ninety-nine percent of the time the above mentioned examples are obvious to see at Mcdonald’s.
Let’s apply this to Bible study. When God gave us the sixty-six books of the Bible, He wrote it in such a way that you and I could know Him personally. How? By looking at the obvious! In God’s Word, the most obvious things are PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS. Jesus Christ does not desire to hide Himself in some mystical way. He wants us to know Him and His undying love for each of us.
In today’s Podcast, Engagement with Truth, I shared the first 5 verses of the Gospel of John and showed my friends how to see the…you got it…obvious. In these verses, people are what stand out.
I want to encourage you to create an Engagement with Truth notebook. It can be the 99 cent kind or whatever suits your fancy. In this notebook, you may want to stow a printed copy of these blogs and the Observation Bible Text. You can print a free copy of John 1 right here:
Here is your EWT assignment today (be sure to pray before you start your assignments and ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart):
1-Read John 1:1-5 and put a cross over every mention of the “Word”
2-In your notebook, begin a page and describe in list form what you learned about this person who is the Word (ask the 5 W’s and an H…who, what, when, where, why and how)
3-On a separate piece of paper, write down any personal applications the Lord reveals to you
That’s it for today!
If you would like to delve a little deeper, listen to today’s Podcast HERE.
What is the difference between a truism and a lie? Truth corresponds to reality and lies do not!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
Satan whispers to us, “Indeed, has God said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” And “You surely will not die!”
A lie always begins with the questioning of truth. The truth of God’s Word is reality.
How do I know this for sure? I have read, studied and applied the Bible for almost forty years and have a first hand knowledge of its life-transforming power. I have delved into the history of the Bible. I am not a scholar, just one woman in a sea of people who has been given the faith to believe.
Where did lies come in? If God is good, why does He allow lies? Isn’t this the age old question? It boils down to the freedom to choose and a loving Creator who designed us with that ability. Choose the truth of Jesus or succumb to the lies of Satan.
Satan is described by Jesus this way:
44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Today’s Engagement with Truth:
In my previous blog, I gave you a short assignment for engaging with truth. You may want to start an “Engagement with Truth Journal” to record what you learn from these brief encounters with the Word of God.
1-Read Genesis 3 (where we first see deception and lies)
2-Color every reference to the woman PINK
-Color every reference to the man BLUE
3-Mark every reference to the serpent with a red pitchfork
You can print a copy of Genesis 3 HERE for this assignment.
4-Watch the interaction between the woman, man and the serpent very closely
5-Make a detailed list of what you learn about the serpent in your notebook from John 8:44 and Genesis 3.
(As you do this, use words right from the text, don’t paraphrase)
Share some of your findings with me here in the comment section. One of the best methods of learning is to repeat what you learn and discuss it. I would love to “engage” in the discussion with you.
After you complete the lesson above, let me take you a little deeper in my new Podcast which will air tomorrow…Engagement with Truth. I will post it here on the blog.
One last thing…ask yourself the question, Am I listening to the truth of the Bible, or the lies of the evil one? If you have chosen a lie, stop in your tracks and turn back to truth. It is a matter of life and death!
Calendars! We all have at least one and for some of us two…or three!
What a busy, busy, busy society we live in today. As a result of performing a plethora of jobs at the same time, we have created a new catch phrase for our ability to perform. Multi-tasking! How many tasks can you really do well simultaneously? Who wants the pilot of a flight you are taking to be concentrating on flying the plane and teaching a course on computer programming at the same time? You get my drift. While I know multi-tasking is pretty much the way we function these days, is it important to have a set apart, devoted time to just one subject or task? Yes! If you are a Christ-follower, you have been set-apart or made holy to engage daily with the God of the universe and to fall in love with His glorious Presence.
Welcome to my new Blog and Podcast…”Engagement with Truth” where I will share with you simple tips to help you “engage” with the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life through His Word, the Bible. John 14:6
What is an engagement? Webster’s has a variety of meanings, all along the same line. “It is an appointment, betrothal, pledge or obligation.” My goal is pretty straightforward. It is to encourage you to have a daily “engagement” with God’s Word alone. Without distraction. It can happen in five minutes or proceed to five hours. The choice is yours and the time of your daily engagement will vary depending on what season of life the Lord has you currently experiencing.
In the coming days, I will be sharing life-changing “engagement” with God prompts here at the Blog and take you a little deeper through the “Engagement with God” Podcast. Stay tuned, as we will begin our journey into the Gospel of John soon.
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