Day 1 • The Word

John 1

Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word

1 In the beginning the Word already existed.

The Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

2 He existed in the beginning with God.

3 God created everything through him,

and nothing was created except through him.

4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,

and his life brought light to everyone.

5 The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness can never extinguish it.

6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”

“No,” he replied.

“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”

“No.”

22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”

23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,

‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”

24 Then the Pharisees who had been sent 25 asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”

26 John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. 27 Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”

28 This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.

Jesus, the Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ 31 I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. 33 I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.”

The First Disciples

35 The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. 36 As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” 37 When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.

38 Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.

They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. 41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”[m]).

42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” 44 Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

45 Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”

46 “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

47 As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.”

48 “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”

49 Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.”

  • Linda Crochet

    It is really up and running. Thanks.

  • Wayne Otto

    He is the stairway between heaven and earth,how awesome is that!

  • http://? felecia courtright

    i am lost in many ways, i start this day with this sight that GOD may lead me to where HE needs me to be.thank you all that keeps the WORD of GOD flowing

  • Ruth Sherman

    What a great way to start the New Year!!
    thank you

  • Mike Byrd

    Great start!!!

  • Gloria Crenshaw

    Love this! What a great way to start each day and the new year–studying the Word of God!
    Thanks!

  • Keisha Womack

    Thanks for the guidance and providing others the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of Christ and his awesome power. I am excited about my new beginning!

  • Sandy Beatte

    Thanks for the message. What a way to start the day!

  • jeannette

    there is an elephant at the bottom of this page!
    lets see if I can get to the bottom of it by the end of the month. (there’s a story behind that)
    I am hopeful:) Praise the LORD!
    my verse for the day-Romans 15:13
    I’m excited about this :) thanks Pastor Kerry:)

  • Skip Brower

    Thank you for sharing the powerful witness of John the Baptist – What an incredible account Ch 1 is of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry here on earth. Very powerful and touching! :)

  • Mike Falvey

    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it…BEYOND SWEETNESS!

  • Vera Wiseman

    Thank God for you Pastor Kerry. This is an awesome way to start the New Year. I’m excited to read the scripture and spend my time with
    God before starting my day.

  • Spencer Booth

    I’m so excited about this series and the Daily Encounters. Thank you!

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thanks Pastor Kerry!

  • Gayle Bradshaw

    Thank you Pastor Kerry and your team for always finding ways to motivate your brothers and sisters in Christ. God Bless you in this new year and He has blessed us through you!

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    Thanyou Pastor Kerry for this wonderful hallenge and message you provided me with. I also thank God that i have a pastor that cares about our lives like you

  • Kim Parker

    Thanks, I enjoyed starting my day today and am looking forward to the next 20 mornings. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Rick Raanes

    I am commited to walking in the light for the next 20 days. Thank you Pastor Kerry for always preparing us for a unique way to worship!

  • Bethany Burghoff-Lainhart

    Thank you Pastor Kerry, this was a fantastic way to start my day. “The Light shines in the darkness” It hit me right away, as I heard the same thing on talk radio this morning. Our character is determined in the darkness and that is where we are attacked by Satan. Let God shine his word through us so that our characters may align with Jesus Christ.

  • Jay Mickens

    What a blessing for my family & I to be apart of something so special. Thank you God for giving Pastor Kerry & team the insight to come up with challenges for us!

  • Diane Douglas

    Thank you so much Pastor Kerry and Team!! I loved the 25 Advent Adventure readings and was hoping there would be another reading soon. I am also thankful for GOD leading me to help at the LIFE HOUSE after the SUN STAND STILL series. One more quick thing….thank you so much in advance for taking my request to sing “NO MATTER WHAT” next Sunday night.
    GOD BLESS !!!!

  • Dewana Harding

    I started my day reading this passage. To be honest, it was hard for me to actually sit and read. I have become lazy in reading about the lord. This is going to be hard but rewarding. Please pray for me and others that will find it a challenge to complete this task. I am looking forward to my 21 day walk. Thank you for starting this walk Pastor Kerry.

  • ADELA WONG

    I enjoyed the reading very much what great way to star the day thanks.

  • Janie Alley

    How do we view the video?

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    Thank you so very much for this 21 day Bible Study. We are looking forward to spending each and everyday with the Lord. We are going to walk with our Lord each and every day it is going to be a life changing experience for my husband and I. Thank you and you and your family have a bless day.

  • Missy Collura

    Thanks Pastor Kerry and team! This is a great way to start the morning. :)

  • Joe J Reinecke

    I have gotten away from my daily reading of the gospel. Thank you for this challenge. I needed this to get me back on the path and remain as close as possible to my Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you again.

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    Yes it is! And you were up late enough to make the first comment! Thanks for participating.

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    @wayne awesome indeed

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    @felecia you are in the right place. reading God’s word will get you on the right path. we are praying for you.

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    @Ruth Happy New Year!

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    @mike it is going to be a great journey!

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    @gloria glad to have you along for this journey

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    @keisha you’re very welcome! we are excited about this journey through the Gospel of John

  • AJ

    Umm, told my wife about the tandem bike – she loved the idea of sitting in the front seat ! All I need now is a football helmet, and full body armour to sit in the back seat !! Just kidding – loved the sermon yesterday – Awesome job with the most interesting man that ever lived videos ! Have a blessed day ya’ll !

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    @sandy yes, always make the day better when we start it with God’s word

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    @jeannette ha! we were wondering if anyone would notice the elephant :-)

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    @skip John 1…definitely a great way to start our journey

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    @mike Sweetness!

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    @vera you’re welcome! thanks for committing to starting your days with Christ

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    @spencer agreed! it’s been fun and I think we will all learn a lot as we encounter Christ

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    @lori thank you! it’s awesome to have so many people participating in ’21 Daily Encounters With Christ’

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    @gayle we love providing resources like this to help people experience Christ

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    @ryan and we are thankful to have so many caring people at Woodlands Church

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    @kim 1 down, 20 to go!

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    @rick glad you are up for the challenge! it should be fun.

  • Sandra Gonzalez

    Thanks for this great message!! It is wonderful to start the New Year with God, Have been trying to stay in faith, this is a great way to starts!! thanks.

  • Linda Chihuahua

    I am a beautiful branch of a fruitable grape vine is a wonderful analogy I will remember to help me remember how God’s words can remain in me….apart from him I can’t do nothing…
    Thank you Father…

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    @bethany we are so thankful for all the people at Woodlands Church who let God shine through them

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    @jay definitely something special going on here at Woodlands Church. praise God!

  • Juanita Wamble

    thanks Pastor Kerry – I enjoyed reading the chapter here and in my bible. I had gotten out of my habit of reading the bible daily and this a great restart to my spiritual fitness! Blessings to all for a wonderful day. Hugs.

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    @diane that’s awesome that the ‘Sun Stand Still’ series helped you find your ministry. we are so thankful for your servant heart

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    @dewana we are praying for you, Dewana. With God’s power you can make the reading of God’s word a part of your daily schedule. we are here to support you

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    @adela glad you enjoyed it, Adela!

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    @janie the video is at the top of the post. if you aren’t seeing it or are not able to play it, you may need to install the latest version of Flash for your browser

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    @elizabeth it’s great that you are your husband are participating together!

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    @missy you’re very welcome! great to see so many people engaging with scripture through this online resource

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    @joe we all drift away from God’s word from time to time. glad this online resource was what you needed to get you back on track

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    @AJ it’s great that we can have fun while learning more about the life of Christ

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    @sandra happy new year!

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    @linda great point Linda! it’s great how God uses stories and analogies to help us understand Him more

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    @juanita glad that we could provide this resource to help get you back on track with daily scripture reading

  • Alex.J

    I visited the church for the third time on Sunday and looked forward to this 21 day challenge. I am captivated by the way John the baptist freely let go of his disciples to follow Jesus, the ultimate teacher. What humility to release things to and for Jesus’ sake.

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  • Jess

    Jesus – - 100% God and 100% Human! Amazing God we serve!

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    @Alex great observation! several times John says, “Look!”, and directs the attention away from himself and towards Jesus Christ

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    @Jess yes, Amazing!

  • Marsha

    What an awesome Pastor we have. Challenges to read scripture as this motivates and makes it a part of the day. Can we get Pastor Kerry to do this for the remainder of the year?

  • Scott

    Kerry,
    I am really excited about this lesson plan. I am really excited to get to know who Jesus truly is, and understand what The Bible says about him. This is going to be great for my personal growth this year as a Christian.

    Sic Em’

    Scott

  • Brad Holbrook

    Thank you Pastor Kerry and Woodlands Church. My walk with God is so much richer due to the wisdom that you give me every day with things just like the 21 day challenge! God Bless you all and Keep it up for US all!

  • Diana GB

    I started a “21 days” phyiscal cleansing and now I’m beginning a 21 daily spiritual encounter with Jesus Christ. What a way to rock in the New Year! John is always great reading. God Bless FOTW

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    @marsha we certainly will continue to develop online resources like this one to help people experience Christ

  • http://jwann.mentoringforfree.com John Wann

    I choose to surrender to you and your will father and follow your example found in Jesus Christ. Please help me to know your specific will in every area of my life and every decision placed before me and bless me with the courage to be obedient to you first, formost and always.

    Thank you Lord God for Your Love, Mercy and Strength.

    In Jesus Name, Amen.

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    @scott we are here to support you this year

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    @brad thanks for sharing Brad. God Bless!

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    @diana sounds like a great plan to improve physically & grow spiritually

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    @john great prayer John!

  • I.J.

    I really needed this today. Jesus is the Key!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April Green

    Thank you for the always relevant and perfect timing of these messages. Excited to be part of this each day.

  • Althea Campbell

    I truly enjoyed this reading today – it was awesome! I am looking forward to the next 21 days. I know with Jesus here beside me… I’ll be able to become a deciple for Him… allowing Him to live and love through me. Through Him, I will have the strength to make positive changes in my life for my family and for myself. You are in control Lord… I give it all to You!! :-)

    Thanks Woodlands Church – Your Awesome~

    Happy New Year to all and may you be Blessed this 2011

  • Charlotte Warren

    Oh, I’m loving this! Can’t wait until tomorrow!

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    @I.J. you’re right about that!

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    @april we are excited to have you participating!

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    @althea praying for you as you encounter Christ over the next 21 days

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    @charlotte yes, this is fun. so many people engaging with scripture together!

  • Diane

    A New Year – a fresh start. We will soon be added to Woodlands/West membership list. Have visited for a couple of months, and can’t wait to meet some of you, and develop good, strong Christian friendships. The daily studies are great! You’ve made us “excuse-less” by putting the Word of God before us. Something to carry us through each day in victory. Thanks for deciding to come to Katy.

  • Mr. Worthy

    I got through this. Even though my cats were distracting me. I called them Devil cats, cuz they were trying to keep me away from the word of God, lol. Oh to have been there…..

  • Laura Diller

    I am so excited that you are doing the 21 Encounters with Christ. It gives me a purpose and allows me to start my day off knowing He is by my side.

  • Eddie Macaluso

    That guy in the video said he couldn’t wait for Day 2. Day 1 was really awesome and the duality of Christ at first surprised me. Then I thought about it and John was spot on. I have to agree with the guy in the video. I too think each day will be a new and awesome walk with the most interesting Man/God who ever lived. Thanks Pastor K!

  • Casi

    After yesterday’s sermon, I started thinking about how grateful I am to have God in the driver’s seat as our family goes through some difficult situations that I don’t know how to handle. It is comforting to know that He knows my future and has plans for me to prosper. We are having to make some difficult decisions, though, and I always pray about them first, but I am having a hard time hearing God’s direction. Since I want to keep God in the driver’s seat, how do I know if I am making decisions that will keep me on the path that he has planned for me?

  • Theodosia

    As always Gods word is so awesome, a perfect food for the soul. Thank you and may continue to give you divine ways to reach his people….Much love

  • Maricela Campos

    I want to Thankyou! Pastor Kerry for this way of Learning the Word of God & Our Lord Jesus. I always felt that I was far away from God and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Cause I did not know what church to go to? Then I came to your church and I feel more connected & I don’t fear church anymore! I Thank you, I am glad that these 21 days I will get to learn more about God & Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • DOUG

    Thank you GOD for giving us a church that can allow us these things to be able to encourage us to read your word each day. I thank you Pastor Kerry and Woodlands Church for getting this set up for us especially now, my wife lost her job this weekend and I am very grateful to be able to start this 21 day encounter with christ, it gives me great comfort. THANKS

  • Alex Williams

    I know I love that too!!!

  • Cindy Nash

    My husband and began attending Fellowship of the Woodlands in 2006, and were the first couple baptised at the Woodlands Church for 2009. For different reasons we haven’t attended church service in quite some time. And in not doing so, a void began to develop in my heart, my life and every other aspect of who I am and I told my husband I HAVE to get back into church. We had visited other churches before becoming members of FOTW and one or two since we became members of FOTW, and not one could measure up to the feeling we receive when we come in the doors of FOTW or leave for home. I knew God had put it in my heart to go to church yesterday (1/9) and I’m glad he did. My husband and I sat together last night and for the first time in a LONG time, we made time for God and time for each other. I read the first chapter of John aloud, and we discussed it together. It was an AMAZING time, and I’m looking forward to Jude and me sharing Chapter 2 of the book of John tonight. Thank you, Pastor Kerry, for your words and your ability to share the Word of God in a manner that it can really touch a person’s soul.

  • Marsha Biles

    Pastor Kerry: Thank you for doing your best at teaching us how important it is to take time for a daily quiet time. I have been a Christian for many years but this seems to be a challenge in my busy life. It is sad that I can’t seem to take a few minutes out of my life to place importance on the One who matters most…..our loving Lord Jesus. My son is a pastor and “always” has his quiet time. What a Wonderful Difference it makes when you make this part of your daily life. Thanks again Pastor.

  • Amarisa

    I am so excited about the 21 Daily Encounters with Christ! Todays reading was amazing and I look forward to reading them all. It is a wonderful way for me to learn more about Jesus. I am thankful that I found FOTW and have never been happier in a church! My children love going too :)

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    @diane that’s awesome that you are taking that important next step of joining a church…..and we are super excited that it is Woodlands Church. great to have you at Woodlands Church West!

  • Michele

    I love this. I wish you could do this for the whole year and not just January.

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    @Mr.Worthy, that is so funny. the Bible does say “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion”

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    @laura it is going to be a great journey…..and from the looks of all these comments, it looks like tons of people are coming along for the ride

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    @eddie love the videos from Pastor Kerry. he is a great guide for this journey through John

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    @casi great question. reading God’s word like we are doing in this challenge is a great place to start. His word speaks about many issues and decisions that we face in life. However, there are many times when scripture doesn’t speak clearly about a particular issue or decision. In those cases, it is best to pray over the decision as you are doing and to seek counsel from other Christians

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    @theodosia “food for the soul”. great way to put it

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    @maricela we are so grateful that God led you to Woodlands Church!

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    @doug praying that your wife will find a new employment opportunity soon. I think you will continue to find great comfort from God’s word

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    @cindy it’s great to have you and your husband back at Woodlands Church. we look forward to hearing more from you and your husband as you work through the Gospel of John together

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    @marsha you certainly aren’t the only one who struggles with keeping daily scripture reading as a part of your daily schedule. praying that this challenge will help all of us fall in love with God’s word all over again

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    @amarisa we are thankful that you found Woodlands Church too! and we love the fact that your children love our church too

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    @michele we love this too. we will continue to offer online resources like this as often as we can. thanks!

  • Pam

    Thank you for providing us with direction to help us stay stong to handle anything and everything that comes our way. I really feel as many others do that this 21 day walk with our Lord will help us to know the word on a more personal level. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s reading!

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    This is first step i took for Jesus Christ! Now its time to learn more. Im happy that im doing this!

  • Jon

    Thanks so much for helping me rededicate myself to the teaching and life of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful journey to be on!

  • lisa bass

    i praise God in all his good works. thanks to a friend sharing this site with me.

  • Karen Vaughn

    This is a great opportunity to meditate on God’s word and find a deeper relationship with God.

  • RHONNA

    THIS IS GREAT I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO INTERESTED IN READING..DONT LET IT END!

  • Nick Hosford

    Thank you Pastor Kerry and the entire group of people that put everything together at WC. I do not have a computer so I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to view the videos or passages, but to my surprise they both work wonderfully on my phone. Thank you all again for your hard work. I look forward to the next 20 days and more.

  • Bernadette Pena

    About a month after Richard and I moved to Houston we decided as a couple to start attending Woodlands Church East..We as a family look forward to attending on Sundays..The first time we attended the service we went with my sister and brother in law and found that it was so powerful..that I broke down in tears. I have never experencied something like this before and i felt so blessed and good as a person that I left there with so much love and joy in my heart..That I knew that if I commited my life to Christ that anything would be possible..Like you had once said Pastor Kerry, you have to give up and then He will be there..I gave up on something about two weeks ago and something amazing happened..He answered my prayers and took care of me and my family. Im a true believer and I am so happy to be attending your church…I couldnt wait to start this new series with you..Im excited to see what tomorrow will bring! Thank You

  • Tony LoRicco

    This was really good. I enjoyed it and look forward to tomorrow.

  • John

    Thank You

  • Denine Temple

    Hi Keisha,
    I didn’t know you were a member. Good to know. Wonderful place to hear about the love of GOD. Good luck on your 21 day challenge.
    Denine

  • Denine Temple

    I love this I really needed some direction to start off my spiritual walk with GOD, this year. My season of change with a dose of discipline. Thanks!

  • Esther Van Blarcom

    Like many others have said, I am so thankful for this as I really needed a “project” to help me make quiet time a habit again. I really want to commit to this, and am praying to find the time it will fit best in my schedule…morning or evening. Morning seems too rushed and evening seems too tired…but I know God will bless any effort put forth to put Him first.

  • Lisa Martin

    I was in a rush to go to school to teach and wished I had the time to be with Jesus. But, Jesus found me. Right when I went into school, another teacher began talking about Jesus and the message her church gave her. She was in a wonderful mood. It was a pleasant moment of fellowship! When I got home, I enjoyed this first session. Thank you so much! I feel Jesus is right there. When my day got tense earlier in the afternoon, I just prayed for the presence of our Lord and Savior. Everything became peaceful. What power of His presence.

  • Tammy Gotreaux

    felicia, for many years i have felt lost as well. i recently divorced after 20 years of marriage. i knew that if i was going to move forward with my life, God would have to be in charge. i started attending woodlands church last sept and my life has changed so much for the better. keep seeking God and reading his word and things will become clearer and life will have so much more meaning.

  • Susan Denise

    Wow, Tammy, your story is so similar to mine. I’m recently divorced after 23 years, and I, too, turned to this church and now I am ready to turn to God. I love all the “challenges” Pastor Shook gives us. I am looking forward to this 21 days to make reading God’s word a new habit. :) ))

  • Julie

    I’m glad i have Jesus by my side because I really need him right now! Thank God for a church and a pastor that makes this so accessible to us. Bless Pastor Kerry and his family and church!

  • Theresa Rosa

    Tammy,
    I too divorced after 17 years. It sent me running back to the Lord! So I can thank God for that. It has been 5 years and God has done wonderful things. It has not always been easy but I can say that I would not trade the relationship I have with God and the dear friends I have made along this journey. If you have not been through Divorce Care please consider it. Starts up again Feb. 8th. God bless,
    Theresa

  • Theresa Rosa

    I’ll pray. I got up too late and rushed through it. 5am is when I need to start my day. Breaking old habits is hard

  • Susan Denise

    Wow, I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about our journey together. I have chosen to set my alarm for 9pm daily for this, and to stop everything else for the evening (if I haven’t gotten to this even earlier in the evening.) Although I am not starting my day off with this, it was on my mind all day and I looked forward to getting to it. By 9pm, all my daily chores are done and I can relax knowing that I can begin reading this daily Bible challenge and take my time to let it really sink in and let it be the last thing on my mind as I go to sleep. I agree with Michele above that I hope this can continue through the year, especially since we are creating a “new habit” in 21 days, LOL! Thank you so much for this opportunity to know Jesus!

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    STAY THIRSTY FOR GOD MY FREINDS

  • jennifer

    Kerry in his video stated that God and JeIf Jesus and God are the same person, then when Jesus prayed to God, was he praying to himself?

  • jennifer

    Kerry stated in his video that God and Jesus where one in the same. So, when Jesus prayed to God, was he praying to himself? I am struggling to understand how Jesus was both at the same time.

    Jennifer

  • beth reisner

    It was very up lifting and made me realize that god was truely there beside me and it is going to be a blessed 21 days to study the gospel of john

  • beth reisner

    yes thank you pastor kerry for a wonderful start to a new series and it is truely a good one

  • http://www.sylvia7.organogold.com Sylvia

    Thank you so much for helping us to know and love Jesus Christ even more! The best topic to start the year! Thank you!

  • Connie

    I feel my journey of love and understanding beginning. So much to learn and this is a wonderful way to do it.

  • martha

    There is hope for a new beginning. Thank you Lord guide me.

  • Andrea

    Thank you Pastor Kerry, you will never know how significant your word are being in my life,coming 10 years ago from other country,leaving everything overthere..family,house,friends,only one luggage for my husband,daughter and me..starting a safe life here..then all falls down, my 15 year marriage,my dreams here…divorce,etc, so one sunday in 2001 came here to see if something God sent to me..i was crying since I park my car, being only with my daughter, with no english,with no house, with no husband..but with full of light inside of me from God. Now i saw my life going trought a lot of things..but now still smiling, with the plenty knowledge that God is holding me and my daughter in his arms..He is in control always and when I forget about it He knows the way to put me in track…so is time to enjoy the journal, is time to see the trees and the birds…He is driving my way..Thank you Pastor Kerry from this Colombian woman that you never even know, I will always come to see you in my good,bad and worst times..and you always help me..like you are looking in my life and bring me God word trough you..sorry even writing my accent is a pain..but I cant stop to write and to talk..THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!!!!!!Im so happy to start this 21 days…in Gods word

  • Judy Mack

    I am so happy to have the word to read an follow every day. I want to start the New Year off right, serving God and having a intimate relationship with him everyday!

  • Jeannette

    can i tell you the reason i noticed and will always notice elephants for the rest of my life is because my mother told me that i am the elephant in her room. don’t be sad for me. i can rise above an elephant tower with the power of the Holy Spirit in me. God has something for me that is not evident yet. I’m waiting…..:)

  • Kelly

    Love this challenge. Reading this to my 4 month old daughter as well! What version of the Word is this? I really like it!

  • Woodlands Church

    @kelly that’s awesome that you are reading this to your baby girl. it’s never too early to start. the scripture is from the New Living Translation (NLT)

  • John L.

    @ Jennifer What you’re struggling with is the biblical concept of the Trinity… Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Technically, God is one in essence & three in person. That’s three distinct persons, but one unique essence. This concept is one of the many mysteries of God. I say “mystery” because as finite man, we cannot fully understand how this is possible. This is true for many aspects of our creator…for his was are not our ways. The important thing to remember is that the notion of God being both 1 & 3 is NOT a contradiction as some would tell you. 1 in person & 3 in person would , of course, BE a contradiction. 1 in essence & 3 in person is NOT… it’s a mystery. A mystery is something we don’t know the answer to… but there IS an answer. Perhaps we will know the answer when we are in Heaven. Perhaps not. What we can know for sure is we serve a great & wondrous God! I hope this helps.

  • Greg Grant

    Getting a late start, but that just means I get to read to chapters together and I like that. my only excuse is no excuse at all – Too busy, I need to slow down, drink in the word, the light has always guided me where I need to be, on the best days and the worst, His light and His hand directing my life is beyond explanation in words.

    G2

  • Jimmy Rife

    I believe that the Book of John is one of the most important Books in the Bible, and I look forward to experiencing this next few weeks of in depth in-sight from everyone and with everyone. God Bless Woodlands Church.

  • http://yahoo.com Tiffany McKenna

    @Casi – Have you read Whispers by Bill Hybels? I just finished it and it really has helped me to tune my ears to hear God’s voice.

  • Jennifer

    It does. Thank you so much.

  • Beulah

    soooo, what do you do when the 21 days is up? I read the 40 days of purpose and saw that movie about the “love dare” and the truth is, all of these “steps” to victory only lead people to trust in their own ability to read the bible, or to meditate on what you have said….when really what it is, is that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to give us the victory in our lives….for EVERYTHING. While I think studying and reading the Gospel of John is nice, and however awesome that book may be, if we don’t know the Author of the book, none of the stuff you are telling people to do is going to help them. I’m not trying to be ugly, but perhaps NOT telling people that it’s in what THEY do, but in what HE already DID….THEN people might be able to find what will ACTUALLY help them….just sayin.

  • susan

    Holy Father, Holy Spirit, Son Are one in the same.
    God sent his son so We Would Believe God Created all Creation.
    We are the Church his love.

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