[Exceedingly Enough:] What Do You Want From Jesus?

June 23, 2016

Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’

(John 6:26-27 ESV)

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[Exceedingly Enough:] Why Do We Do What We Do?

May 24, 2016

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.’

(John 5:30 ESV)

If you’re interested in a humbling exercise, grab a pen and a notebook. As the day goes on, write a check mark for every decision you make. Here’s the catch: differentiate each mark by whether your decision was primarily motivated by a desire to please yourself or by a desire to please God.

If you’re anything like me, one side of your notebook will wind up with a bit more ink on it than it’s neighboring side. And it’s not the side I would have hoped for.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Importance of Prioritizing People

April 20, 2016

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’

(John 4:39-42 ESV)

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[Exceedingly Enough:] I Will Be Lifted Up For You

March 24, 2016

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

(John 3:14-16 ESV)

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[Exceedingly Enough:] “Men? Men Are Weak.”

February 24, 2016

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.”

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Language That We Use

January 21, 2016

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

(John 1:29 ESV)

First impressions mean a lot.

The Book of John opens with artistic and somewhat mystical language to describe creation and introduce God. The first 18 verses of the chapter use lofty wording, deep concepts, and move at a rapid pace, likely leaving the first-time reader with more questions than answers.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Sinners are Much More Fun

December 16, 2015

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” 

John 15:11 ESV 

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[Exceedingly Enough:] Truly Knowing Your Savior

November 18, 2015

Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?’”

(John 14:9a ESV)

It had been three years since Philip had become intimately involved in the daily affairs of Jesus. In his book Twelve Ordinary Men, pastor John MacArthur astutely notes that Philip was technically the first disciple that Jesus proactively called (John 1:43). Yet, as they sat beside one another years later in the upper room, Jesus’ words to Philip were weighty and confrontational.

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