Pioneer Devotionals

Pioneer devos for MNU students and friends

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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
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Testimonies About Jesus
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Life Through the Son
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The Healing at the Pool
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Jesus Heals the Official’s Son
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Many Samaritans Believe

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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Testimonies About Jesus

John 5:31-47 By Pat Walsh 46 “If you believed Moses, you would believe Me.” Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a church where a formal liturgy of Word and Table is practiced. Part of that liturgy is to recite the Nicene Creed. Routinely and weekly, we as a body of believers recite the Nicene Creed. And, several years ago, I began to include the recitation of the Apostle’s Creed in my daily devotions. I used to think that repetition of prayers or creeds, scripted liturgy was vain. I was brought up to value spontaneity in prayers and worship[…]

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Life Through the Son

John 5:16-30 By Pat Walsh 24 “Whoever hears My Word and Believes…has eternal life.” I am so blessed by these words. This life is not the end of it all! All I experience here – the good, the bad, the ugly – is not the end of it all. No, I will, one of these days get to experience a new life where I will be able to pray without ceasing! I have a whole list – yes, a written list – of people that I have promised to pray for and I add to that list all the time. My[…]

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The Healing at the Pool

John 5:1-15 By Pat Walsh 6b “Do you want to get well?” What an extraordinary question, “do you want to get well?” Or, do you want to continue being comfortable in your misery? Sometimes I think that’s what I do. I become comfortable in my misery. I become comfortable with the pain. I become comfortable with the ‘known.’  Dare I say, I become comfortable with my sin. My youngest son is in his mid-thirties and has been diagnosed with ‘undifferentiated schizophrenia’ due to substance abuse. He lives on the streets somewhere in the northwest. The last time we spoke was[…]

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Jesus Heals the Official’s Son

John 4:43-54 By Pat Walsh 50b “The man took Jesus at His Word.” I am struck by this sentence. Do I take Jesus at His Word? Do I give more than mental assent to what Jesus says He can do in my life? Do I live my life truly believing Jesus’ Word? What about healing? Can we really experience healing in our twenty-first century lives? I say, YES! As a pastor, my father was faithful to lead our congregations in regular communion services. And, he ALWAYS opened the altars, following these communion services, for those who needed anointing and prayer[…]

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Many Samaritans Believe

John 4:39-42 By Pat Walsh “Many believed because of the woman’s testimony…Many more believed because of His Word.” First, the Samaritans who heard from the woman believed Jesus was the Messiah. Then, after they spent time with Jesus themselves, many more believed. They personally experienced Jesus. Their belief moved from imitating the faith of the Samaritan Woman to a belief founded on personal realization of the truth. The Samaritans made faith their own. Though we are a part of the community of faith, we must come to own our faith. This comes from experiencing Jesus and His truth, His grace,[…]

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