SparkPeople A Bible Study on the Book of James and other Books Team Messageboard Making a daily journey verse by verse through Scripture and carefully reading with deep meditation can add much value to our Christian lives as we LIVE OUT what GOD REVEALS.. SparkPeople A Bible Study on the Book of James and other Books Team Messageboard Week of December 3: John 6:1-21 Jesus Feeds Five Thousand <BR> <BR> 1 After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we b... Tue, 1 Dec 2020 20:07:10 EST Week of November 26: John 5:31-47 31 “If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid. 32 But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true. 33 In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true. 34 Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved. 35 John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message. 36 But I have a gr... Sun, 15 Nov 2020 07:09:48 EST Week of November 19: John 5:16-30 16 So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. 17 But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” 18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God. <BR> <BR> 19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does... Sun, 15 Nov 2020 07:08:44 EST Week of November 12: John 5:1-15 1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” <BR> <BR> 7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the p... Sun, 15 Nov 2020 07:08:10 EST Week of November 5: John 4:43-54 Jesus Heals an Official’s Son <BR> 43 At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee. 44 He himself had said that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown. 45 Yet the Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything he did there. <BR> <BR> 46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard t... Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:29:10 EST Week of October 29: John 4:1-42 Jesus and the Samaritan Woman <BR> 4 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. <BR> <BR> 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about n... Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:27:45 EST Week of October 22: John 3:22-36 22 Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people. <BR> <BR> 23 At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. 24 (This was before John was thrown into prison.) 25 A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. 26 So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rab... Sat, 10 Oct 2020 10:09:35 EST Week of October 15: John 3:1-21 1 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” <BR> <BR> 3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” <BR> <BR> 4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?... Sat, 10 Oct 2020 10:08:15 EST Week of October 8: John 2:13-24 Jesus Clears the Temple <BR> <BR> 13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who ... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:06:26 EST Week of October 1: John 2:1-12 1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” <BR> <BR> 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” <BR> <BR> 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” <BR> <BR> 6 Standing nearby were six stone water ... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:05:14 EST Week of September 24: John 1:35-51 John’s Disciples Follow Jesus <BR> <BR> 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” <BR> <BR> 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” <BR> <BR> They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” <BR> <BR> 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” <BR> <BR> So they went and saw where ... Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:13:36 EST Week of September 17: John 1:19-34 John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah <BR> <BR> 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” <BR> <BR> 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” <BR> <BR> He said, “I am not.” <BR> <BR> “Are you the Prophet?” <BR> <BR> He answered, “No.” <BR> <BR> 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those ... Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:12:09 EST Week of September 10: John 1:1-18 The Word Became Flesh <BR> <BR> 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. <BR> <BR> 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so ... Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:10:51 EST Week of September 2: Philippians 4:10-23 Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts <BR> <BR> 10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything th... Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:00:52 EST Week of August 26: Philippians 4:1-9 4 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work. <BR> <BR> Words of Encouragement <BR> <BR> 2 Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. 3 And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-worke... Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:00:05 EST Week of August 19: Philippians 3:12-21 Pressing toward the Goal <BR> 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.... Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:59:24 EST Week of August 12: Philippians 3:1-11 The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ <BR> 1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. <BR> <BR> 2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 thou... Sun, 2 Aug 2020 07:42:35 EST Week of August 5: Philippians 2:19-30 Paul Commends Timothy <BR> 19 If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along. 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. 21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News. 23 I hope to send him to you just as ... Sun, 2 Aug 2020 07:40:57 EST Week of July 29: Philippians 2:12-18 Shine Brightly for Christ <BR> <BR> 12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. <BR> <BR> 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining l... Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:23:01 EST Week of July 22: Philippians 2:1-11 Have the Attitude of Christ <BR> <BR> 1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. <BR> <BR> 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own inte... Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:22:05 EST Week of July 15: Philippians 1:20-30 Paul’s Life for Christ <BR> 20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far b... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:31:02 EST Week of July 8: Philippians 1:12-19 Paul’s Joy That Christ Is Preached <BR> 12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters,[c] that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard,[d] knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers[e] here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message[f] without fear. <BR> <BR> 15 It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry.... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:30:27 EST Week of July 1: Philippians 1:1-11 Philippians 1 New Living Translation (NLT) <BR> Greetings from Paul <BR> 1 This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. <BR> <BR> I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders[a] and deacons. <BR> <BR> 2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. <BR> <BR> Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer <BR> 3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests ... 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