Archive for April, 2008

Apr 29 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapters 19, 20, & 21



Welcome to the study summary of John Chapters 19, 20, & 21.  Please read these Chapters of John before reviewing this summary.

John 19:17-24  Jesus is crucified at a site known as Golgotha.  See  Matt. 27:33-37; Mark 15:22-26; Luke 23:32-38

John 19:25-27  Jesus’ mother and two other women – Mary the wife of Cleophas and Mary Magdalene – look on as Jesus is crucified.  Jesus commends His mother to the care of His disciple John ” the disciple standing by, whom He loved”.  See Matt. 27:55-56; Mark 15:40-41; Luke 23:49

John 19:28-30  Jesus dies on the cross after the soldiers give Him vinegar to drink as a painkiller.

John 19:31-37  After Jesus dies, soldiers pierce His side with a sword to make sure He is dead.  Jesus had died quickly, so it was not necessary for the soldiers to break His legs to hasten His death.  This fulfills the Scripture that no bones of the sacrificial lamb offered during the Passover were to be broken.  See Exo. 12:46;  Num. 9:12

John 19:38-42  Joseph of Arimathea, a secret follower of Jesus, claims His body to give it an appropriate burial.  Joseph is assisted by Nicodemus ( John 3:1-21 ), who brings perfume and spices to anoint the body.  They bury Jesus in a new tomb that has never been used.  See Matt. 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-54

John 20:1-2  Mary Magdalene discovers the body of Jesus is missing when she visits the tomb on Sunday morning.  She reports this to His disciples Peter and John.  See Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-8

John 20:3-10  Peter and John rush to the tomb to check out Mary’s report that Jesus’ body has been taken away.  See Luke 24:9-12

John 20:11-18  Mary Magdalene remains outside the tomb after Peter and John leave.  Two angels tell her that Jesus has been resurrected from the dead.  Then Jesus appears before Mary and reveals Himself clearly as the risen Christ.  She reports this to His disciples.  See Mark 16:9-11

John 20:19-25  The resurrected Jesus appears to His disciples in a place where they are hiding because of their fear of the Jewish religious leaders.  He convinces them He is the risen Christ by showing them the wounds on His hands and side.  Jesus’ disciple Thomas is not present during the appearance.  He refuses to believe that Jesus is alive until He can see Him with his own eyes.

John 20:26-31  Jesus appears among His disciples when Thomas is present.  He deals with Thomas’ skepticism by inviting Him to touch the wounds in His hands and side.  Believing, Thomas declares, “My Lord and my God”. 

John 21:1-14  Jesus appears to seven of His disciples at the sea of Galilee.  He prepares and eats a meal with them to prove they are not seeing a ghost or a vision. 

John 21:15-19  Jesus forgives Peter for his denials and reinstates him to full service as His disciple, charging him to “feed my sheep”.  He predicts that Peter will suffer persecution and death because of his faithfulness to the risen Lord.

John 21:20-23  Jesus deals with Peter’s question about how long His disciple John (“the disciple whom Jesus loved,”) will live.

John 21:24-25  Jesus’ disciple John, the author of this Gospel, vows that the things he has written about Jesus are authentic eyewitness accounts.  He also declares that Jesus did many things he has not included in this Gospel.  If he had written about all these events, John says, “the world itself could not contain the books that should be written”.


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Apr 27 2008

Piney Grove Recreation Area – Piney Grove Campground – New Site, MS


The Piney Grove Campground is located on Bay Springs Lake, along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, in Northeast Mississippi.  The campground is open March 1st to mid-November each year and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The campground has 144 sites and each site has a picnic table, grill, fire ring, lantern post, water, electrical hookups (including 50 amps) but unfortunately has no sewer hookups.  Cell phone coverage was excellent.

We enjoyed this six day trip very much.  Our site was right on the water.  The weather was superb and the wind was motionless.  On our last two trips we had to fight 30-40 mile-per-hour winds.  The temperature range was ideal with highs in the seventies and lows in the low sixties.  Our site was surrounded by beautiful dogwoods.  At times it seemed to be raining dogwood flower petals all around us.   

The only thing that keeps this campground from a perfect five is the fact that they do not have sewer hookups. GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  4****        

 Park Phone:  1-662-728-1134

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Apr 16 2008

Lake Chicot State Park – Lake Village, AR

Lake Chicot State Park    Lake Chicot State Park is located on Ark. 144 eight miles northeast of Lake Village, Arkansas.  Lake Chicot is Arkansas’s largest natural lake.  Cut off centuries ago when the Mississippi River changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching.  Fishing for crappie, bass, and bream is popular on the lake, especially on the upper end of Lake Chicot during spring and fall.  Fishing for catfish is great throughout the year.  The park offers lake tours, levee tours, and other opportunities for you to view a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Nestled in a pecan grove, the park offers 122 campsites.  The store/marina offers food, gifts, fuel, and bait for sale.  Our only complaint was the high price for premium campsites which was about $27 per night.  We felt this was over-priced.  Contact information:

2542 Highway 257  Lake Village, AR 71653   870-265-5480 

GreatOutdoorBlessings star rating out of 5 ***** is a  4****


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Apr 07 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapters 17 and 18

Welcome to the study summary of John Chapters 17 and 18. Please read these Chapters of John before reviewing this summary.

John 17:1-26  These verses are known as Jesus’ “high priestly prayer.”  He prays for Himself, that He will glorify the Father in His suffering and death which are now just a few hours away,  John 17:1-5  for His disciples, John 17:6-19 and for all future believers.  John 17:20-26

John 18:1-12 Jesus is arrested by officers from the Jewish Sanhedrin after Judas leads them to the spot where He can be found, the Garden of Gethsemane (parallel passages: Matt. 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53 ).

John 18:13-14  Jesus appears first before Annas, father-in-law of Caiaphas the high priest.

John 18:15-27   Jesus next appears before Caiaphas the high priest and the rest of the Jewish Sanhedrin.  Standing outside the house of the high priest, Peter denies that he knows Jesus (parallel passages:  Matt. 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62).

John 18:28-John 19:6   Jesus appears before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, who sentences Him to death by crucifixion (parallel passages: Matt. 27:11-26; Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23: 13-25 ).


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Apr 05 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16


Welcome to the study summary of John Chapters 13,14,15, &16. Please read these Chapters of John before reviewing this summary.

John 13:1-20   Jesus and His disciples observe the Passover by eating a meal together.  He teaches them the meaning of humble service by washing their feet.  This was a menial chore that only the most lowly slave would perform for their household guests. 

John 13:21-30   During the Passover meal, Jesus predicts that one of His diciples will betray Him.  He identifies this disciple by dipping a piece of bread into a bowl and giving it to Judas   (parallel passages:  Matt. 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:21-23). John 13:31-38   Jesus gives His disciples a new commandment:  John 13:34  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  He also predicts that Peter will deny Him three times  (parallel passages:  Matt. 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38 ).  

John 14:1-16  John 14:33  Jesus delivers a long, extended farewell to His disciples.  He tells them He is going to prepare a place for them,  John 14:3-4  promises to send the Holy Spirit to guide them after He is gone,  John 14:16-18  John 14:26  John 16:7-13  encourages them to abide in Him as the true vine,  John 15:1-8 and assures them that the persecution they will experience in the world will be bearable since He has overcome the world.  John 16:32-33

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Apr 03 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapter 12


Welcome to the study summary of John Chapter 12. Please read the 12th Chapter of John before reviewing this summary.

John 12:1-8 Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Martha, anoints Jesus with an expensive perfume.

John 12:9-11 The religious leaders continue their plot against Jesus, even including Lazarus in their acusations because he is responsible for causing many people to believe in Jesus.

John 12:12-19 Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a young donkey.

John 12:20-50 A group of Greeks (Gentiles or non-Jews) ask to see Jesus. They had probably heard about His miracles and unique teachings in regions beyond the Jewish nation. Jesus takes this as a sign that the time of His death is drawing near. He declares that He is the light sent by God to provide salvation for Gentiles as well as Jews-that is, the entire world.

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Apr 02 2008

Mother’s Day

“A Mother’s Day Prayer” from  Thank you Andie, May GOD bless you on Mother’s Day as well.  Click here:

Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Most countries including the United States, Australia, Canada and India celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis. The Resolution for having a
dedicated ‘Mother’s Day’ was signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mother’s Day with joy and devotion.

Mother’s Day Prayer
I love you, Mom. I love your aliveness, your joy in living, your understanding, your giving.
And what I love best of all is that you love me. God of all Mothers, thank you for my mom!
– by Gaynell Bordes Cronin
From the book Friend Jesus: Prayers for Children

“All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.” Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

George Washington, U.S. President

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

“There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness… The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.” Andrew Jackson, U.S. President

What does Almighty God tell us to do?                                                                                                   

The Ten Commandments

Look at Exodus 20:12 for your instructions… “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Happy Mother’s Day to Katherine Williams of Cleveland, MS and Beulah Weems of Forest, MS.  We love and honor both of you!          


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