Tag Archives: Gospel of John

Without Boots or Beards

It used to be fashionable to travel to some exotic place, climb a steep mountain and sit under the teaching of a man known to be full of spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Did you ever wonder why he was way up there?  You might think someone with spiritual wisdom and understanding would realize just how much people need such things down here in town.  People who don’t own hiking boots and have a couple extra weeks of vacation.

But what if you could have spiritual wisdom and understanding?  What if you could get your spiritual insight directly from God, Himself?  It sounds almost blasphemous  to even consider such a thing.  You would have to have a special, direct connection with God’s Spirit!

And yet, this is exactly what Paul prayed would be given to his friends, not to wise old giants of the faith, but to newbies and rookies who were just getting used to following Jesus. 

Paul wrote and told them:
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,…” – (Colossians 1:9)

Most of those folks didn’t live on mountain peaks and sport long white beards.  They looked about as much like a guru as you do. But what Paul prayed they might receive, as astonishing and unlikely as it may seem, is what Jesus promised to give to anyone who would trust Him fully. 

Jesus said:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  – (John 14:16-17)

Imagine that!  Spiritual wisdom and understanding for anyone who would trust and  pay attention.  No hiking boots needed.

Your Choice

Perhaps you have noticed the plaster dust?  “Fresh Bread of Life” is being remodeled.  We have recently posted “The Inside Story,” an audiobook with 67 audio messages about the Gospel of John.  You now have two choices for listening to this material:

  1. You can DOWNLOAD the whole book to listen at your convenience.
  2. You can listen to each message separately by STREAMING (no download necessary).

Click on the AUDIOBOOK button in the menu at the top of this page and the two options will drop down.

  • If you select DOWNLOAD, you will be directed to a page on which you will choose which format to use – Windows or iOS.
  • Because the download is so large (350 Meg) you may prefer to choose STREAMING. When you click on STREAMING you will then see links to each chapter of John.  Each of these have a few audio links arranged by the verses in that chapter.

For example, suppose you wanted to listen to a message about John 3:16.  First click on “AUDIOBOOK” at the top of the page and then on STREAMING from the drop-down menu.  Click again on John 3:1-36.  Menu Drop Down On that page, the second message, “What’s it Worth?” is about the passage beginning with John 3:16.  You start the audio by pushing on the arrow on the sound bar.

Menu Drop Down 2

Give it a try.  All the messages are not posted yet, but will be soon.  If you have problems or questions, please be sure to let us know…

Don’t Touch That Dial…

Changes are coming – big changes.  Over the last couple of years we have been working on an interactive audio ebook entitled “Who is Jesus?”.  It is almost ready!  Don’t touch that dial.   Over the next few days I’ll try to answer a few questions you may have, questions like, “What’s an ebook?” and “Who is ‘we?'”  Or, “How will I use it?”  and “What’s it going to cost?”  The last one is easy – the book will be free.  But let’s start with a more basic question:  “Who cares?”  “So what?”

The last line in the Gospel of John says this:

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)

What’s so great about yet another book – even an “ebook” – about Jesus?   Let me show you a picture I recently found amidst some family junk:Who Dat?

I had no idea who this picture was, until I spotted the names written on it.  It’s a picture of my grandparents!  But they were doing something very uncharacteristic.  In my memory, my Grandma and Grampa Andy were rather reserved and formal.  But here they are, horsing around like young lovers.  As I looked at this picture, it occurred to me that whoever took this picture probably knew some things about my grandfather that never got mentioned at family gatherings.  It would have been fun to sit down with that guy and have him tell me who my grandfather really was, what he was really like.  Friends frequently have a better understanding of someone’s character and personality than teachers, bosses, colleagues or even family members.  Friends know things…

John the Apostle knew Jesus as a friend.  His Gospel account of Jesus reads very differently from the others in the Bible.  I think that was partly because he wrote it as a friend.  If you want to know more about Jesus, you can’t do any better than listen to what John had to say.  And that is what this ebook will be all about: Who does John say Jesus is?

How do you get a copy?  Don’t touch that dial; we’ll get all the details worked out and let you know.

 

 Quotes: The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.