Journaling through the Book of John: A Journey for Lent and Beyond

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It’s been a while since I have attempted any consistent blogging schedule. It’s been longer since I have done an online Bible study or devotional book group. I’ve pretty much felt like I have fallen into blog negligence over the past few years as I’ve juggled various other commitments, roles and opportunities.

BUT…I”M BACK!

 

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The Problem with Theology

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“…Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”    John 3:7-8

 

I have a personal connection to Nicodemus and his story as told by John. As a matter of fact over time I have found I have a connection to many of the individuals who live in this great holy story told in Scripture. Do you realize as Believers we are all part of the testimony of grace started at the foundation of the world? Who can comprehend it?

Nicodemus was part of the spiritual elite of his day…

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The Danger of Should: Why Positive Thinking May Not be the Answer

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A preliminary scrolling of Instagram started my day, between the morning meandering that makes up the daily routine of my life and sitting down for my first cup of coffee, I find myself under assault.

The word, should, catches my attention.

I haven’t opened my Bible yet, but fortunately I must have slept in my spiritual armor. Or maybe after years of wearing it, it finally has become my permanent garb. Or maybe it’s just that I open my Bible enough so when I am confronted with philosophies disguised as wisdom in the form of memes, posts, advertising and free offers, I recognize the not so subtle brain washing of an unseen enemy who plays for keeps.

Have I gotten your attention yet?

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Where is Your Wine for Water Need?

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Well, we’ve made it through another week of Journaling through the Book of John: A Journey for Lent and Beyond . We are not sprinting through, but instead we are lingering long, digging deep and reflecting on scripture- at this pace if you are just jumping in now, it would be easy to modify and “catch up”. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This week we’ve seen Jesus’ first miracle, stuff that makes God REALLY angry, and a Temple confrontation that leads to a bit of foreshadowing.

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Grace Upon Grace (2019)

 

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“No one has the time to listen, let alone love.

Is God now pro-exhaustion?

Doesn’t He lead people beside the still waters anymore?

-Richard A. Swenson

 

I am sharing a poem I wrote in 2015 during Lent as we conclude our first week of Journaling through the Book of John. I grabbed the quotes above from my journal archives, as I re-read a few of my entries in a 5-Year Journal of Lent and Advent I kept between 2005-2010.

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Finding Your Footing for the Journey

 

 

We are in Week 1 of Journaling through the Book of John: A Journey for Lent and Beyond and I didn’t want to leave you high and dry until Saturday. Today is Ash Wednesday and the official start to Lent.

I’d like to share a few tips for this journey for those who may be unsure of their footing, a poem I wrote back in 2013, and an incredible resource for Lent which combines all the beautiful creative things I love- art, poetry and music which you may also greatly appreciate!

Are you ready?

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