March 18, 2018: Raising of Lazarus

Sunday:         John 11:1-44

Monday:       John 3:15-16

Tuesday:       John 4:46-54

Wednesday:   John 5:26-30

Thursday:      John 6:35-40

Friday:          John 6:61-69

Saturday:     John 12:23-26


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March 11, 2018: Living Water

Discussion Questions

“Living Water” is a term often used of flowing water, like rivers and streams, as opposed to the “still” water of lakes and ponds.  Do you have a favorite river or stream?  If so, why is it your favorite?

In what ways is the Holy Spirit like “living water”?

How does the Holy Spirit work through you?


Acting on the Word

Each day, intentionally give of yourself to someone you encounter, in the name of Jesus.  A few ideas:  pay for someone’s meal or groceries; help someone with a task or project; donate to a Christian organization that helps the poor, the persecuted, or the refugee.


Daily Readings

Sunday:         John 7:37-52     Living Water

Monday:       John 8:2-11       Woman caught in Adultery

Tuesday:       John 8:12-29     Light of the World

Wednesday:   John 9:1-41       Jesus heals the Man Born Blind

Thursday:      John 10:1-21     Good Shepherd

Friday:          John 10:22-30   Jewish opposition in the temple

Saturday:       John 10:31-39   Jesus threatened with stoning


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March 4, 2018: Bread of Heaven

Discussion Questions

What kind of bread do you like best?

How do you feel when you hear communion bread referred to as “the body of Christ, broken for you”?

Why do you think that people struggled with Jesus calling himself the bread from heaven?


Acting on the Word

Each time you eat bread* this week, take a few moments to pray to Jesus and remember that he is the bread of heaven.  *If you are unable to eat bread, choose another common food to do this with.


Daily Readings

Sunday:          John 6:35-59

Monday:         John 6:60-71

Tuesday:         John 7:1-9

Wednesday:    John 7:10-24

Thursday:       John 7:25-31

Friday:            John 7:32-36

Saturday:        Isaiah 44:3-4

Sunday-Friday:  How do people respond to Jesus?  Why?

Saturday: What does God promise in this verse?

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February 25, 2018: The Father and the Son




Discussion Questions

What was your relationship with your father like?

What feelings do you experience when you hear God referred to as Father?  Why?

What, if anything, puzzles you about Jesus’ explanation about his relationship with the Father?


Acting on the Word

Even if it is not your usual practice, address God as “Father’ in your prayers this week.  Consider journaling about that experience.


Daily Readings

Sunday:          John 5:16-29

Monday:         John 1:14-18

Tuesday:         John 3:25-36

Wednesday:    John 6:35-47

Thursday:       John 10:25-39

Friday:            John 14:6-14

Saturday:        John 17:1-8

What do you learn about Jesus’ relationship with the Father in each passage?

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February 18, 2018: Woman at the Well

Discussion Questions

What comes to mind when you think of water?

Do you like drinking water?  Why or why not?

What Bible stories do you remember that involve water?

Have you ever had a religious experience that involved water?


Acting on the Word

At least once a day, stop and take note of how you interact with water:  in the shower, as you drink it, washing dishes.  Pause and pray: thank God for the water you are using, and ask God to fill you with the living water Jesus offers.


Daily Readings

Sunday:          John 4:1-42

Monday:         John 1:26-34

Tuesday:         John 7:37-39

Wednesday:    John 13:1-10

Thursday:       John 19:31-35

Friday:            Revelation 7:13-17

Saturday:        Revelation 22:16-17

What role does water play in the passage?  How is it (or is it) a symbol of God’s mercy?  The Holy Spirit?


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February 11, 2018: Jesus Glorified

Discussion Questions

What do the words “glory” and “glorify” mean to you?

Do they have positive or negative nuances?

In what phrases or idioms do we use these words?  (for example, “guts and glory” or “a glorified ______”)

What does it mean for Jesus and/or God the Father to be glorified?

How are Jesus death and his glorification connected?


Acting on the Word

Jesus warned that those who seek to keep their lives would lose them.  What are you keeping/holding on to that is preventing you from fully serving Jesus?  How can you begin to let that go to free yourself to serve Jesus?  Identify one concrete step you can take during Lent (which begins on Wednesday) to give it up and give yourself more fully to following Jesus.


Daily Readings

Sunday:          John 12:20-36

Monday:         John 1:9-14

Tuesday:         John 13:21-32

Wednesday:    John 16:12-15

Thursday:       John 16:31-17:5

Friday:            John 17:20-24

Saturday:        John 21:15-19

What does each passage say about glory? Who is glorified?  How?

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February 4, 2018: Two Kinds of Blindness

Discussion Questions

Do you have any experience with blindness or diminished sight?  What was/it like?

Have you ever felt like someone hasn’t really seen you?

Have you ever discovered you were “blind” to a situation?  What was it like to finally “See” it?


Acting on the Word

Each day, take at least 5 minutes to pause and really see: Take note of everything in your range of vision.  Thank God for the good things; pray for those things you see that trouble you.  If you have diminished vision, try this exercise with another sense (hearing, touch, or taste).


Daily Readings

Sunday:          John 9:1-23

Monday:         John 9:24-41

Tuesday:         John 10:19-21

Wednesday:    John 11:32-37

Thursday:       John 12:36-46

Friday:            1 John 2:8-11

Saturday:        Revelation 3:14-17

What role does blindness play in this passage?  How are people blind?  How does Jesus try to help people see more clearly?


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