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Bread on the Brain

Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world" (John 6:32-33). Hope you had a good weekend! Welcome back to this week's Connect Devotionals! We're deep into John 6 this week, ...

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Golden Goose or ... ?

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you" (John 6:26-27). Who doesn't want miracles? Jesus heals sick and broken bodies with a word, with a touch who d...

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Jesus Isn't Calling about an Extended Warranty

"Jesus answered, 'Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.'" John 6: 26 I'll confess, I may have missed out on an amazing dealto extend the warranty on my car. The twenty-seven voicemails I received over the course of a few months made it clear that this was my last chance an...

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Hard to Believe

They asked Jesus, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered,"The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent" (John 6:28-29). Let's face it: all of us find it hard to believe some of the time, and some of us find it hard to believe most of the time.We tend to misunderstand what it means "to believe." We picture "believing" as an always secu...

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Spoiler Alert

"Well, what do we do then to get in on God's works?" John 6:28 MSG Confession: I don't like surprises. I do like movie spoilers, and I've been known to read the last chapter of a book first. (Stay with me--I promise I'm still a good person!)Not knowing anything about the movie I'm about to see, book I'm about to read, or social situation I'm about to step into is distract...

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What God's After

John 6:25-29 John 6 opens with a crowd following Jesus into a remote area because they want to hear more of his teaching, and because they are attracted to his power over sicknesses. Jesus compassionately provides food for this multi-thousands congregation. The crowd reaches the conclusion that Jesus must be the second Moses, the promised Messiah, so they try to force him...

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The Point

They saw Jesus approaching, walking on the water He said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boatreached the shore where they were heading (John 6:19-21) Jesus walked on water exactly once. Since he clearly could walk on water, why not do so often, even all the time?Just this once, when Jesus climbed i...

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Jesus! Just Get in the Boat!

"But He said to them, 'It is I; don't be afraid.' Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading." John 6: 20-21 There is a lot of disruption in the world today. We are all being impacted by the global supply chain crisis. Whether it's the company you work for, or one you depend on for your favorite thi...

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The Disciples' Boat Is Our Boat, Too

"They were willing to take him into the boat." (John 6:21) Most of us have gleaned great takeaways from sermons about Jesus walking on water toward storm-battered disciples. I've even jotted them down: When storms buffet my boat, keep rowing. Obeying Jesus doesn't mean "smooth sailing"; Jesus sent the disciples into the storm. Jesus will come; it may be in ...

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Stormy Weather

A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.John 6:18, 19 A few years ago my husband and our boys were out in the canoe on Jordan Lake, and the wind picked up significantly. They had been on the water most of the day fishing, it was g...

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