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January 16, 2008

Chapter-a-Day John 3

Sabbath After this conversation, Jesus went on with his disciples into the Judean countryside and relaxed with them there. John 3:22 (TM)

There's a ton of great teaching in the 3rd chapter of John. There's great theology and perhaps the best known verse of all time. Nevertheless, this is the verse that stuck out to me like a sore thumb this morning. One of the great things about the Bible is that you can read it over and over and over again and it hits you right where you are - right at that moment.

Wendy and I leave tomorrow for our own "Judean countryside." We're headed to a weekend conference for some relaxation and rejuvenation. I am one who needs constant reminders of the importance of Sabbath - not the legalistic version where you have to weigh every action on Sunday in the human mental scale to see if it weighs in as "work" or "rest". I'm talking about the "get away to Judea with the boys and relax for a bit" kind of Sabbath. My spirit needs a little refreshment and I'm looking forward to a little rest.

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KR

19-21"This is the crisis we're in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won't come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is."

After this crazy political season that has just passed in Iowa, I think this verse nails it. Those who don't want to come near the truths of Christ are fearful of being exposed. Do we want them leading us?

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