Archives for September 2009

Grace upon grace

From [Jesus Christ’s] fullness we have all received grace upon grace. John 1.16 I love this verse…especially on days when I have a hard time seeing any grace at all. Even though Lutherans talk about grace all the time, I’m not sure we understand it. “We are saved by grace through faith.” It is most […]

The Missing Piece

(Continued from last post. Read John 10.12) So in Jesus’ story, what was the hired hand missing? What does the shepherd have that the hired hand doesn’t? Faithfulness. According to Jesus’ story, the hired hand sees the wolf and leaves the sheep vulnerable, while the shepherd with courage and faithfulness stays with the sheep when […]

Where’s the wolf and what’s missing?

Jesus told this story: The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. John 10.12 Who’s the wolf? Jesus doesn’t identify who the wolf is, but, given the conversation in John 10, […]

The least favorite verses in John 10

So, in keeping with last week’s post on an unfavorite verse in John 10, this week I was awakened in the middle of the night with another least favorite verse ringing in my ears. Now why in heck would anyone wake up with a Bible verse on their minds? Good question! This all happened last […]

Turning over a new chapter

We’re in John 10, an old favorite about sheep. But today I got stuck on this verse: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” So today I had a lot going on. Some of it was not pleasant. I could feel […]

More steps (John 9 continued)

The last step of the blind man seeing in John 9 was when Jesus found him right after he had just been kicked out of his congregation (synagogue). Jesus then told the man plainly what the man had been gradually coming to see along: that Jesus was the “son of man,” another name for God’s […]

Step by step (John 9 continued)

I can’t imagine how wonderful it was for the man born blind to have Jesus give him his sight. What a difference it made in the man’s life. For one thing, he didn’t have to beg in poverty anymore. But the chapter isn’t about the blind man now being able to physically see. Oh, it […]

Inch by inch, step by step (John 9)

“Inch by inch, step by step….” I don’t know what T.V. show, cartoon or ghost story used those words (does anyone know?), but I do remember my brothers and myself trying to scare each other with those words in post-bedtime whispers through the heating ducts. Presumably the boogie man was creeping closer by the second. […]