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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 11: Stay Focused

John 11 Earlier today I made a quick pass through my FB news feed.  I read a post from someone who was just disgusted by closed minded people. Those who only quote others and stand firm in their biases and opinions.  He then went on to say that the characteristic all of these people have, …

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John 10: He Knows My Name

“I am the Good Shepherd ; I know my own sheep and they know me.” John 10:14 (NLT) Jesus, the Good Shepard.  He knows each one by name.  He leads them to pastures.  He is the gate and through Him all are saved. They come and go freely finding good pastures. Jesus purpose is to …

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John 9: Now I See

“I know this, I was blind, but now I can see.”  John 9:225 NLT This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  A man who is born blind is healed by Jesus.  I wonder what that moment was like? Being born blind means you’ve never seen color, depth, shape or even your own …

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John 8: Stone Drop

“As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.  They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  The law of Moses says to stone her, what …

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John 7: Not Always As It Appears / Thirsty

As I was preparing for this session of journaling, I somehow ended up with 2 post for chapter 7.  I could not decide which to post, so I put them both here!  Enjoy! John 7: Not Always As It Appears “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” John 7:24 (NLT) People are gathering …

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John 6: Eternal Focus

“But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.” John 6:27 (NLT) It’s the day after Jesus fed the crowd of 5000 with just 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. A miracle of provision with 12 baskets of leftovers! …

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John 5: He’s Always Working

“My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17 Jesus just healed a man who had been sick for 38 years. Jesus told him to “stand up, pick up your mat and walk” (V. 8). It was the Sabbath and of course the Jewish leaders objected. The man was carrying his mat on …

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John 4: Living Water

“Those who drink the water that I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring with in them giving them eternal life.” John 4:14 (NLT) Jesus sat resting at Jacob’s well. In the middle of the day a Samaritan woman approached the well. Jesus spoke to her and asked her for …

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John 3: Eternal Life

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. John 3:16-17 (NLT) God sent His only Son …

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John 2: Perspective

“Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in 3 days I will raise it up.”  “What!” They exclaimed. “It has taken 46 years to build this temple and you can build in in 3 days?”  But when Jesus said “this temple” he meant His own body.”  John 2:19-21. (NLT) Jesus had just cleared the temple of …

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