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I was recently listening to a leadership podcast and the speaker was talking about her spiritual journey. She said she had been raised in a Christian home, went to a Christian church and even attended a Christian university for 2 years. She said she realized that Christianity wasn’t for her mainly because she realized it was built on and around fear. (Insert the sound of screeching, braking tires!) I was like, wait, …wait….wait….what? And the first question that came to me, the one I want to ask her is have you ever read the Bible for yourself?

Now, let me ask you the same question; Have you ever read the Bible for yourself? Or, have you just relied on what you’ve learned in church, from other Christians, from you parents and grandparents? There’s nothing wrong with learning from others about the truth in God’s Word, as a matter of fact, we need spiritual leaders, pastors, and mentors to guide us and bring accountability into our lives. However, we CANNOT leave our spiritual journey up to just what others say. We have to read the Bible for ourselves. We need to know what it says so we don’t find our selves believing something that isn’t true.

The podcaster I mentioned above found herself trying to be a “good” Christian. She mentioned staying away from certain things and even being fearful of certain temptations. Because of all that, she concluded that her spiritual journey was centered on fear. And honestly, I would not want anything to do with that kind of spirituality either. Unfortunately, she missed the TRUE center of Christianity, it’s LOVE!

I’m inviting you today to join me in Journaling Through John. Whether you have read it before or have never opened the book, join me in discovering the greatest love story ever told! Read the Bible for yourself and find out just what it says!

Each week day during September I will be reading a chapter in John and I will post my journal entry. It won’t be a deep theological break down of the entire chapter. It’s my journal entry, what I feel the Lord is speaking to me for that day in that chapter. It may be a word, a phrase a verse or several verses. It’s a word for me for that day.

If you want to join me, subscribe to Journaling Through John and you’ll receive my post in your inbox each week day morning. I’m leaving Saturday and Sunday open so you can catch up or review some of the chapters from the previous week. Then, I would love it if you would share your thoughts and what you feel God is speaking to you in the comments below that days post. These comments are so encouraging and helpful to me and to others who are joining in. (Please note; There will not be a Facebook Group for this session of Journaling.)

Please don’t hesitate to forward this webpage to your friends, inviting them on this journey of Journaling Through John. I’m looking forward to growing with you in our understanding of the Word and what Christianity is really all about!

John 21: Follow Me

“As for you, follow Me.” John 21:20. (NLT) Jesus appears to some of His disciples for a third time. They are out in their boats and are not catching any fish. Jesus calls to them from the shore and tells them to throw their nets to the right side. They do what He says and their …

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John 20: Not By Sight

“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing Me.” John 20:29. (NLT.) “But these are written that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. And that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name.” John 20:31 …

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John 19: It Is Finished

“It is finished!  Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”  John 19:30  (NLT) Jesus was arrested and taken to Pilate.  They flogged Him with a lead tip whip.  They put a crown of thorns on His head and they mocked Him.  They cried, “Crucify Him!”  He carried His cross and they led …

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John 18: Willingly He Surrendered

“Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to Him, so He stepped forward to meet them.”  John 18:4 (NLT) Jesus and His disciples have gone off into the garden, a place they had gone   often.  There the Roman soldiers and temple guards came to find and arrest Jesus.  And without any fan fair, …

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John 17: His Prayer for Me

“I am in them 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 17:23. (NLT) This chapter is a prayer from Jesus. He knows the time has come for Him to fulfill His …

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John 16: Take Heart

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on Earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT) Jesus is with His disciples and He is telling Him He will be leaving them soon. He is going …

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John 15: Surrender to the Pruning

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:2 (NLT) This verse can easily be a verse I want to pass by. Sometimes the process of pruning can be difficult. The parts of me that are …

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John 14: The Gift of Peace

“I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT) Jesus is speaking with His disciples preparing them for when He leaves. He says He must go be with the Father and …

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John 13: Will I serve?

“And since I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. ,  I have given you an example to follow, do as I have done to you.”  John 13:14-15 (NLT)  This is Johns writing on what we know as “The Last Supper.”  Jesus is breaking bread with His …

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John 12: Hail to the King

 “The news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city.  A large crowd of Passover visitors took Palm branches and went down the road to meet Him.  They shouted, “Praise God!  Blessings on the One who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hail to the King of Israel!”  John 12:12-13. …

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