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Week 1: John 1-8

Welcome to Week 1 of my new blog! I'm excited to start off this New Year with our focus on "Seeking God Together". We will begin this week by reading John 1-8 together.

From the first eight chapters of John, what verse or verses stood out to you? For me, it was John 4:34-35: Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest."

Jesus said do not say four months and then the harvest. This was a proverb in Jesus' day that meant you can't rush the harvest. You have to wait until the harvest is ready. Jesus said the harvest is ready right now. It only needs people who are willing to work. Are we ready to work? What kind of harvest? The harvest are people who need Jesus which means every single person in the world because everyone needs Jesus. Who do you know that needs Jesus? Are you willing to reach out to them in 2023?

Here are a few things that can help you reach out:

  1. Pray every day for them.

  2. Invite them to church.

  3. Buy some copies of Lee Strobel's book "The Case for Christ" and give them away.

  4. Offer to pray right then and there for people who are struggling.

  5. Share with them what God has done in your life.

In 2023, don't be afraid but be bold for Jesus! Most people will react in a positive way as long as you do it in a positive way.

Prayer for the week: Jesus, help me to not be afraid but to be bold for you in 2023.

-Pastor Keith

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