Author - Kelvin St. John

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The Sweet Aroma of Love
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Have Your Own Way, Jesus
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Jesus Loves Us
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Jesus—The Resurrection and Life
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God’s Timing is Always Right
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The Unbelief of the Jews
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“I am the Good Shepherd”
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The Shepherd and His Flock
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Spiritual Blindness
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The Best Answer

The Sweet Aroma of Love

John 12:1-11 Linda Alexander 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure, and expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Our story for today tells of an extravagant gift given to Jesus. It was the type of gift to be experienced, not stored away on a shelf. It was the experience of love. Jesus was at the home of Lazarus, his friend he had called back from the dead17. Jesus was eating a meal with Lazarus and others. Enter Martha[…]

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Have Your Own Way, Jesus

John 11:45-57 Linda Alexander 45 Therefore, many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. The passage for today starts with an important word…therefore.  This transition word links a previous activity with a result.  The previous activity in this case is found in vs. 45.  “Therefore, many of the Jew who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.”  Because of Jesus’ timing in coming to help out Mary and Martha and the raising of Lazarus from the dead, many[…]

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Jesus Loves Us

John 11:38-44 By Linda Alexander 1 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. The story in our passage is one of the great stories illustrating the power Jesus possessed as the Son of God.  Jesus was in the habit of doing things no one had ever seen or experienced before… feeding 5,000 from one basket of food, walking on the water, turning water into wine and now this…. raising Lazarus from the dead.  When I read this story, in my head, I hear a big drum roll when Jesus says, “Lazarus, come out!”  I see also Jesus raising[…]

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Jesus—The Resurrection and Life

John 11:17-37 By Linda Alexander 1 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. As a gardener, I love spring.  There is something peaceful when looking at a field barren for the winter, but to see the early shoots of green appear across the field raises an expectation of spring for me.  Spring equals life to me.  Daffodils, crocuses, baby chicks, Easter and Jesus; these all speak to me of new life.  In my spirit; the deep part of my soul, sometimes I feel like winter…barren, sorrowful, dark, and cold. […]

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God’s Timing is Always Right

John 11:1-16 by Linda Alexander  4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Our ways are not God’s ways….  I’ve heard that statement many times when something did not occur like I thought it might.  I’m sure Mary and Martha were thinking the same thing in our passage for today.  Lazarus, their brother was ill and Mary and Martha knew Jesus could heal Lazarus so it was a no brainer– as they say- to call Jesus to come and help. […]

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The Unbelief of the Jews

John 10:22–42 By Mike Gough 24 “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered, ‘I did tell you, but you do not believe.’” How many times does Jesus to tell the Jews that He is the Messiah? How many miracles does He need to perform for them to believe? He had performed quite a few miracles by this time. Jesus had just healed the man born blind. He had taught them about many wonderful parables. He had just explained to them one of the most beautiful word pictures of all time: the picture of the Good Shepherd and his[…]

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“I am the Good Shepherd”

John 10:11–21 By Jamie Myrtle 11 I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.  –John 10:11 (NLT) In the previous passage, we looked at how caretaking was the job of the good shepherd.  Jesus came to give us a “rich and satisfying life”.  Jesus provides safe pasture, protection from danger and overflowing blessings.  In this passage, however, Jesus tells us of his primary purpose.  He’s going to give His life for us. If, like me, you grew up going to church, Christian parents, accepted Christ at a young age, it’s easy to take this for[…]

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The Shepherd and His Flock

John 10:1–10 By Jamie Myrtle 10 My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.  –John 10:10b (NLT) Throughout the Bible, we are taught that Christ is the “Good Shepherd”.  Unless you grew up on a farm, you probably don’t know a lot about sheep.  And even if you did grow up on a farm, you probably don’t know a lot about being a shepherd.  A shepherd cared for his sheep.  Not on farms, but on hills and mountains, often far away from towns and other people.  The shepherd also protected them from dangerous animals and made sure[…]

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Spiritual Blindness

John 9:35–41 By Mike Gough 37 “Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” This statement is much like the statement Jesus made to the “The Woman at the Well” in chapter 4. She was the first person Jesus told that He was the Messiah. She was the most improbable person to whom Jesus could tell this great news. She was a Samaritan woman whom even the Samaritan women despised. Jesus told her personally that He was the Messiah. Now again Jesus comes to an improbable person to make the same claim. Jesus[…]

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The Best Answer

John 9:13–34 By Mike Gough 25 “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”  At times, some people say they cannot be a good witness for Jesus because they don’t know what to say. They are afraid they don’t know theology well enough or they don’t have an answer for difficult questions. This passage which describes a blind man whom Jesus healed gives us a lesson in witnessing. The Pharisees wanted to find fault in Jesus for healing this man on the Sabbath. They wanted the blind man to say something negative about Jesus. They even[…]

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