When I read these 8 verses I look at them in wonder as to what God can do and had already done.  Am I able with a clear head and purified heart portray these actual facts to the people? I can but it is the Holy Spirit of God who must induce them to believe.  But what a Psalm this is. We are not told who this Psalmist is.  Perhaps this man would not proclaim that he is the inspired writer.  This also speaks to me.
This write calls the people going out of Egypt the house of Jacob. The verbiage of this writer is profound. I want to write (sing) like that, but I can’t seem to get the proper words out. Like the fleeing of the Red Sea and the turning back of Jordan. My heart is full this morning.  Turning the rock into water to quench two millions thirst along with herds of cattle and sheep.  Who am I to believe that I have a God like that.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Jesus stated, “Now is my soul troubled.” As a Christian I am obligated to analyze the cross of Christ as carefully as I can.  Of course that remains true of the whole Bible but especially the cross.
When Jesus said to the Father, “Glorify your name”, the voice of the Father came to Him and said, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”  Notice Jesus said, “your name not my name.” Whose name am I to glorify? Not mine but God’s.  As people we like recognition.  Be careful!  The people heard the voice.  Jesus said to them, “It was not for me but for you.” To some it would make a difference, but not for the ones determined to crucify Him.  What difference is this to me?
Jesus speaks of Isaiah’s prophesy of the blinded ways of the Jews who would crucify Him and now I would drop down to our last verse for today.  They loved the praise of men (Pharisees) rather than the praise of God.  Again I must ask this of myself, “What do I love?”
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
These verses proclaim the so called Triumphal entry into Jerusalem answering perfectly to the date of the prophesy of Daniel 9:25 where we read, "until Messiah the Prince" which the date is perfect.  Then we have Psalm 118 where we have, "This is the day the Lord has made. We will be glad and rejoice in it." Then we have, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD."  
These are prophetic things of what happened in those two Old Testament places.  You may notice that it wasn't until Jesus was glorified after the cross and resurrection that the disciples realized the spiritual content of what really happened. (verse 16) There are times it takes a while even to get the truth of the scriptures.  All of this in God's timing.
Next we have the conversion of the Pharisees the world has gone after Jesus.  This would be wonderful today but we Christians must promote it, but usually that is not the case.  Maybe I could say shame on us.  Do we love Him enough to tell others?
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In a previous verse 35 Jesus wept.  I have thought about this as He was to bring Lazarus out of that grave.  Now in our verse we find Jesus groaning.  Many preachers have tried to explain this.  All I will say is Jesus knew how this situation came about and why.  He knew what He had to do in just a few days.  When I talk to people about the Gospel, I tell them if they pray to receive Him, they in His person, would be on that cross and so was I.  His groans were for me and Lazarus too.
Then Jesus thanks the Father that this was not for Himself but for the people at the tomb.  Jesus communication with the Father was intense and  he was there sometimes all night.  I can't explain all that now can any of us who preach, but I grasp what I can get by my divine teacher the Holy Spirit of God.  When Jesus said roll away the stone Martha was still skeptical but Jesus called out Lazarus come forth and that was it.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
Earlier in this chapter Jesus said, “My life is compared to a normal work day of 12 hours.”  He was nearing the end of His work day which was the cross.  Nothing could happen until that time.  How could Thomas know this when he said, “Let us go with Him that we may die with Him.”
I want to stop here and say that my sixty five years are my 12 hour days.  I don’t know when my 12 hours will come and my work will be finished.  It could end by my being caught up with other Christians at the coming of the Lord for His own, or I may see a casket and a grave.
Now Jesus gave Martha a profound statement, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me though he may die yet shall he live.” I am sure Martha did not know the truth of this at that time but we can know it now.  I do and I hope everyone who reads this does know it.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In our first verse we read today, we read that the Jews took up stones to throw at Jesus.  In the beginning of John we are told that Jesus was the Creator.  To me it is ironic that His chosen people should throw stones at their Creator.  More than that all His works among them were good works.  Why would you stone a man like that?  Further more He also was telling them He was as much God being sent of the Father.  I am going to leave the rest of these verses as at the end of the chapter many did believe on Him. 
Now what I want to emphasize is that even in our day, despite all the miracles I see in creation, many are oblivious to it and don't care.  I do believe that is where I was once upon a time.  Now after 65 years of faith in Jesus Christ even the very creation is very real to me.  However I also believe some would even stone Him today.
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
First of all we have to identify Jesus as the Shepherd of the sheep.  This actually means He came by fulfilled prophecy going all the way back to Genesis 3 where Jesus is the Seed of the woman etc. Then we have to ask who this doorkeeper is which I believe is the Holy spirit who is the real author of the Old Testament prophesies. By our reading of the Old Testament we can identify Jesus as the Shepherd of the sheep.
Next Jesus identifies us as His own sheep and goes before them and they follow Him.  Jesus says they follow Him and not strangers. It makes me wonder when I see someone walking off from Christ, whose voice are they following?  However it may be a lack of knowledge of the word of God.  Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Neglect of the word of God can starve the soul.
Then there is finding pasture by going in and out.  I believe Jesus meant the Old Testament Word of God prophetically.  It could  be more.
​Written by Pastor Curt Darling


 
In this starting verse these religious men called Jesus a sinner. This to me as a redeemed sinner was the height of blasphemy.  Paul a former Pharisee said that He knew no sin.  2 Corinthians 5:21  All the young man could say, "I once was blind but now I can see."  He was recognizing that there was power in Jesus.  His faith in Jesus was building up even if he never saw Him since he could see.
The unbelieving Pharisees tried to persuade him there was nothing to Jesus but his faith was building more. What I find interesting when he asks them why they are so interested.  He says do you also want to be His disciples.  I would like to have this young man around me helping me.  He could not be deterred.  I wish more of today's Christians had this kind of zeal. If the church had it something would be done.  He stuck with it so much that they threw him out of the Synagogue. 
I am asking anyone who is a Christian, "If this man could be stopped, then if we who have almost perfect freedom do not do it who will?  What is Jesus to you?"
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
This story was the content of a sermon by a preacher named Robert G. Lee titled “Payday Someday”.  I never heard the sermon but I have it in a paperback book I bought from somewhere.  This biblical story I do find interesting, but certainly does not delight me.  What I do see is that people can be covetous even when there is no real need.  Lord deliver me from two words, “I want”.
Ahab wanted the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.  Ahab wanted it for a vegetable garden.  Imagine tearing out those beautiful productive grape vines and growing vegetables.  Naboth would not sell because it was his inheritance from his father. This word inheritance was a very spiritual thing in Israel sometimes going back to entering the land of Israel.  Now I ask, “What was considered spiritual to us of Ahab & Jezebel?”  I want to pause here to say to myself, “How do I carry myself before men?”  I am sure there are men who have the same characteristics as Ahab and I am sure women like Jezebel. My concern is where I stand and how do I feel as I look at myself in the mirror every morning.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling

 
In our reading yesterday Elijah and the people, newly converted in thoughts about God being really God, killed 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah. Next he sends Ahab a message that rain was coming.  Yet according to verse 42 he seems to have no word from God.  That is real confidence that God will answer his prayer.  I smile at his prayer posture.  At 84 I don’t have the faculties but I confess I never prayed that way.  He then tells his servant to go out and look towards the sea. Now after seven times the servant sees a little cloud the size of a man’s hand.  He takes this as a sign that it will be pouring down rain very soon so he tells his servant to tell Ahab to get on home so the rain would not stop him.  When the rain came Elijah ran before Ahab’s’ chariot all the way to his home.
After that great victory Elijah gets a note from Jezebel that she was going to
kill him.  This shook him up so badly that he begins to run finally ending up at Mount Horeb, the mountain of God.
Now what of this can I get for myself?  First that Elijah was human just like me.  He does work in different ways, but He is the same God.
Written by Pastor Curt Darling