Thirty Days in John 15, Day 7: The Vineyard

It’s time to start digging a little deeper into this rich portion of Jesus’ words to His disciples. Today’s the day we start using Blue Letter Bible — my all-time favorite free Bible study site! The lesson will look long, but the work won’t be. I am just giving very detailed instructions for those of you who have not used Blue Letter Bible before. First, let’s take one more look at yesterday’s chart. Assignment: Pray, […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 6: The Father, Jesus, and Us

We’ve read about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We’ve read about us — Jesus’ disciples — and we’ve read about the vine, the branches, and the One who cares for the vine. Today we’re going to organize all the observations we’ve made! (If you are using the older children’s lessons, you might want to simply do your assignment along with the kids today. It will save you […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 5: Vine and Branches

We’re slowly observing this chapter, looking carefully at the text to see what is actually there before we seek to understand its meaning. So today we will continue to read and mark! Assignment: Pray for understanding and a heart that is willing to listen and obey. Then, working in your Bible or on your printout of John 15, read the entire chapter again. This time we’re going to look for […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 4: You

We’ve made some initial observations about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We’ll spend much more time with those markings and observations in future lessons. Today we’re going to continue marking, this time looking to see what Jesus says to His disciples and us, His present-day disciples. Assignment: Jesus tells us in verse 26 of our chapter, that the Holy Spirit teaches us about Him. If we fail to […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 3: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

We’ve read Jesus’ words to His disciples, calling them to serve each other as He has served them, to love one another as He has loved them, to keep His commandments because they love Him in response to His love. We have the basic setting for what we will be studying in Chapter 15. We want to remember, too, as we read, that this account is written by an eyewitness. […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 2: Catch Up and Musical Reflections

Sunday is our weekly catch-up day! Even though we’ve only had one day of study so far, you may need this day to finish reading or listening to John 13-17. If you have finished the assignment for Day 1, read Chapter 15 again, thinking about the rest of Jesus’s words and actions, as described in Chapters 13-14 and 16-17. Record any new insights or thoughts in your notebook. Then enjoy […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 1: Context, Part 2

For those of you who may not have noticed, I posted Day 1 early for the benefit of those who may struggle to complete an assignment on Saturdays. I didn’t want people to feel like they were getting behind already on the very first day! So today’s assignment is simply a continuation of what I posted yesterday. Read that post (Day 1 Preview: Context), and continue reading or listening to […]

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Thirty Days in John 15, Day 1 Preview: Context

Surprise! I’ve decided to post Day 1 of our study a day early, since July 1 falls on a Saturday. I know, for some, study time may be a bit more difficult to manage on Saturdays. So here’s Day 1. You have today and tomorrow for this assignment, plus Sundays are always our catch-up days during studies. So we should be able to manage this assignment in that time period. […]

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Be Ready to Start Studying John 15 This Saturday!

Only one more day and we’ll be starting our month-long study of John 15! If you’re looking for direction as you sit down to read your Bible, if you’re wishing you even wanted to read your Bible, or if you’re longing for that time in the Word, but discouraged about how to actually make it happen, here is your chance to dive in and join us for the month! We’ll […]

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It’s Possible to Be a Mother and Still Study Your Bible

I really enjoyed reading and studying my Bible in my single years. As a school teacher, I had summers free and I have fond memories of early morning hours with my Bible and notebook in our sun-filled “dining room” (a generous term for the eating space in our little hovel). The Word was “alive and powerful” to me in those days. Something happened when I got married. In my newlywed […]

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