Pioneer Devotionals

Pioneer devos for MNU students and friends

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“Neither do I condemn you”
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Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
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Is Jesus the Christ?
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Jesus Teaches at the Feast
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Jesus Goes to the Feast of Tabernacles
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Many Disciples Desert Jesus
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His Body & His Blood
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Jesus the Bread of Life
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Jesus Walks on the Water
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Jesus Feeds the 5,000

“Neither do I condemn you”

John 8:2-11 By Mary Fry 6b But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. Jesus was teaching in the temple and people were gathered around to hear what he had to say.  Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees interrupted this teaching by bringing a woman caught in the act of adultery.  It was obvious[…]

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Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders

John 7:45-52 By Mary Fry 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?” The temple guards and the religious leaders argued about what to do with Jesus.  But Nicodemus was different.  He was a Pharisee and a religious leader, but he was counted as one of Jesus’ own.  Remember, Nicodemus came earlier to see Jesus (John 3:1-10) and he asked Jesus some pointed questions.  Nicodemus believed Jesus was different than just a teacher of[…]

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Is Jesus the Christ?

John 7:25-44 By Mary Fry 28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.” In the children’s book Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, a tadpole and a minnow were friends.  The tadpole grew into a bullfrog and left his friend in the water.  One day he returned briefly to the water and told the[…]

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Jesus Teaches at the Feast

John 7:14-24 By Mary Fry 14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” Remember Jesus told his brothers he was not going to the Feast because his time had not yet come.  However, he went in secret.  When he arrived at the Feast, Jesus waited until halfway through to begin to teach others. This Festival of Booths or Tabernacles was a Fall Celebration associated with God’s provisions during the Israelites journey in[…]

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Jesus Goes to the Feast of Tabernacles

John 7:1-13 By Mary Fry 8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. Jesus was staying in the area of Galilee to keep a low profile among the Jewish people.  His brothers thought he should go public and travel the 2 ½ days to Judea so others could see his miracles. What did Jesus mean when he said his time had[…]

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Many Disciples Desert Jesus

John 6:60-71 By Kelvin St John 63 …The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. Ever since my youth, I have been aware that some people believe Jesus is Lord and some do not. The writer, John, is very careful to help us understand two things. First, Jesus himself clearly understands that, even though his words are full of Spirit and life, there remain some who do[…]

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His Body & His Blood

John 6:48-59 By Kelvin St John 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” The Jews, who heard Jesus teach in the Capernaum synagogue, questioned his teaching on Communion. Various opponents of the Early Church accused Christians of cannibalism. Communion was confusing. Bible scholar N.T. Wright recommends taking a look at an incident that happened before David became king (see 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11). One year during harvest, David and his band of mercenaries, were in their stronghold, while a garrison of Philistines had set up[…]

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Jesus the Bread of Life

John 6:25-47 By Kelvin St John 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Jesus used just five barley loaves and two fish to feed a multitude. The next day when the crowd did not find Jesus where they thought he would be, they jumped into boats and went to the other side of Galilee. When they found Jesus, they pretended to take interest in him, “When did you get here, Teacher?” Jesus saw right through the innocent question and pointed out that they were only looking for him so they could eat another free meal. He told them to[…]

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Jesus Walks on the Water

John 6:16-24 By Kelvin St John 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading. I did a non-scientific Google investigation on “Christ walking on water.” All the artists, who were fortunate enough to be highlighted in the search, had painted all their boats with masts. Some had the sails deployed; most did not. The problem with sails is, if the wind is blowing hard from the direction you are headed, you’ll need to rely on either[…]

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Jesus Feeds the 5,000

John 6:1-15 By Kelvin St John 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” Here is an astounding miracle for several reasons. First, there were approximately 5,000 men present. Someone must have counted and perhaps rounded to the nearest 1,000. For equity sake, add in 5,000 women. It would seem a safe estimate to add another 10,000 or 15,000 for the children who came along. Granted, their appetites would not have been that large. Since this[…]

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