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Day 27 of Lent

John 13:34

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Today is day 27 of the 40 Days of Lent reading plan on www.youversion.com. I hope you are keeping up with the reading plan.  Lent is the 40 days leading up to the cross of Calvary.

Today’s reading is about the Last Supper and has lots in it – make sure you read the whole reading below or on www.youversion.com.  The verse I picked to reflect upon in near the end of the reading for the day – verse 34.  Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  We are called to love others – one another – as Christ loved us.  The example of His love was just foretold as He talked about His betrayal and death.  Jesus’ love is even for those who would turn against Him – if they repent and return to Him.  He even loved us – Scripture says – before we loved Him.  Something to think about today!

Today’s entire reading is John 13:18-38 – 18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.’  19I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. 20 I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” 21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” 25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. “What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him, 28 but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. 31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!”

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March 19, 2012 Posted by | Encouragement, Faith Journey, Lenten Thought | | Leave a comment

Does God Really Exist?

Psalm 14:1a

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

I would imagine that most of us have had friends or have friends even today who do not believe in God.  Maybe even some who are reading this have their questions.  Rather than use the Bible to prove that God is real – which might be considered circular reasoning – I want to point to a few other thoughts – and if you have any – please share them with our readers.

The non-Biblical example that first comes to mind is the created order itself.  The picture is a depiction of God at creation – putting together the created order.  I said order – not chaos or random chance.  The little science studies I did through school always told me that things left on their own without outside influence in nature tend to decompose or become less complex rather than more complex.  To believe that the universe developed the complexity we see by random chance seems farfetched to me – and the mathematical chance that it could happen are astronomical to say the least.  As I look outside and see nature unfolding before my eyes on this warm day – I am drawn to a master planner – a master architect.  There is an order about creation!

Speaking of math – I was told there are only four options to consider.  If we had a four square of options – labeled I believe and I don’t believe across the top and there is a God and there isn’t a God down the left side – there are only four options.  Decide where you fall in that square of choices.  If I believe and there is a God is my selection – I’m OK.  If I believe and there isn’t a God is my selection – I’m OK still – what did it hurt to live my life believing in God and eternity?  If I don’t believe and there isn’t a God – I’m OK.  But – if I don’t believe and there is a God – I’m in big trouble.  So mathematically – the only unsafe choice among the four choices we have seems to be to not believe in God and there really is a God!  The Psalmist wrote: The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

What are some other non-Biblical examples you can think of today?  Have you ever wondered how a hummingbird can exist let alone fly?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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