Daily Readings

Daily Readings

Luke 2:13-14

Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors! (Luke 2:13-14) Pastor John’s Notes: The declaration of one angel to the shepherds broke open the doorway between heaven and earth and the shepherds beheld the glory of the whole host of heaven rejoicing. What a sight that must have been! Think of the contrast here. One baby was…

Luke 2:8-12

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you,…

Luke 2:8-20

The Shepherds and the Angels In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a…

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Pastor John’s Notes: Grace and Truth! These are two powerful spiritual forces that when used in combination bring transformation. When separated from each other and used independently, they can do great damage. Grace without truth is license, which is the belief that we will not be condemned whether or not…

John 1:12-13

John 1:12-13 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13) Pastor John’s Notes: Through Jesus Christ, God has given us a new identity: we are children of God! This new identity comes when we believe in him. It is…

John 1:10-11

He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (John 1:10-11) Pastor John’s Notes: Here is the greatest of all tragedies. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come to save the human race but was neither recognized nor received. Even God’s own people, the Israelites, to whom God had given numerous prophecies of the coming…

John 1:6-9

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:6-9) Pastor John’s Notes: God calls his people to bear testimony about Jesus, and all of us begin our journey of faith having heard the…

John 1:4-5

In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:4-5) Pastor John’s Notes: There are two words for life in Greek, the language of the New Testament. “Bios” refers to biological life. “Zoë” refers to spiritual life, and it is this word that is used in this passage. In Jesus, there is spiritual life. He has come to elevate mere biological creatures…

John 1:1-2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. (John 1:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus is the Word, that is, he is the truth of God offered to us in a way that we can understand. Jesus was with God before creation. He was an acting…

John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John.…