Day: November 26, 2014

John 11:25-26 (Never Die)

THE RIVER WALK

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Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” (John 11:25-26)

Read: Jeremiah 12:1 – 15:21

Relate: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…”

“That’s bull.” Jason thought. But then, when the preacher stopped and those closest to him turned to look in his direction, he realized that he had done more than think it. So he said it a bit louder and more clearly. “That’s bull. Carlie believed and she still looks dead to me.”

“Jason I’m…”

“No preacher, keep your false sympathy and your empty platitudes to yourself. It’s all bull. Believing in Jesus didn’t raise Carlie up. It didn’t protect her. Believing in Jesus…

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John 17:22-23 (Glory Given)

THE RIVER WALK

Glory Given

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. (John 17:22-23)

Read: Acts 3:1 – 5:42

Relate: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” This is probably the most famous quote of one of the greatest (imho) of the early church fathers,  Saint Irenaeus. The problem is, the text has been co-opted by a humanistic, man centered philosophy that is patently unbiblical. I don’t know if John Eldredge was the one to popularize the quote or just the first of many through whom I saw it written or heard it preached, but it seems to be everywhere now. The problem is, the way it is…

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