Why Did Jesus Send the Spirit?

John 16:8-11

When you read through any of the Gospels in the Bible, it’s pretty apparent that sometimes Jesus’ disciples could be pretty clueless. From the parables to his relationship with the Father, to the purpose of his ministry, to their future role in his kingdom, there was much that they did not understand. On the night he was betrayed, Jesus told them all that was about to change.

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Jesus Reigns for Us

Ephesians 1:15-22, Ascension

St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians begins with praise for God and the marvelous purpose and grace which had been working in the lives of his readers. In this lesson he goes on to share with them the content of his prayers for them. He prays for three things: for their eyes to be opened to what God is doing, for the wisdom to understand it’s significance, and that through this that God would reveal to the them his great power and love for them.

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Pictures of the Good Shepherd

John 10

The imagery of the 23rd Psalm and Jesus’s teaching in John 10 have captured the imagination of Christians for centuries. I’ll be talking about four pictures of Jesus the Good Shepherd. Each captures different aspects of our relationship to Jesus and each calls for a different emotional response.

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