“How Did Jesus Die?” John 19:17-42 This week, England’s Prince Harry made the news as he talked about his struggles of coping with his mother, England’s Diana, Princess of Wales’, tragic death near Paris on August 31st, 1997. Prince Harry was only 12 years old at the time. Her death was just too much for…

John 17:9-26 The Bible is filled with memorable and significant prayers. Moses’s farewell in the latter part of Deuteronomy contains a prayer (chapters 32-33) that remarkably parallels Jesus’ prayer in John 17. Joshua included a prayer in his farewell address in Joshua chapters 23-24. Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the new Temple is a…

Easter Sunday, 2017 John 18:1-19:16   Welcome to Easter Sunday at Ridgewood! We are very honored that you have chosen to join us. Millions of Christians the world over are gathering today to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact of the resurrection changed everything that Jesus’ disciples had come…

John 16:4-33 We learned two weeks ago that the conversation between Jesus and his disciples had moved from the Upper Room in Jerusalem (see 14:31) and was heading toward the Garden of Gethsemane. As was suggested, perhaps Jesus stopped every so often and offered additional comments for the benefit of his quiet and somber disciples….

We have just read a lengthy portion of Scripture. Sometimes we can get lost in the details of a passage, especially a lengthy one. But there is definitely something special happening in this exchange between Jesus and his disciples in the upper room. The goal of Jesus from the very first words he spoke after…

It was Thursday evening of Jesus’ Passion Week. So many things had happened that the disciples were almost punch drunk with confusion. The thrill of Sunday’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on the most holy of all holy weeks for the Jews, the Passover festival, was almost euphoric. They had enjoyed sweet fellowship with Mary, Martha,…

Billy Renstrom was a blind singer whom I met as a teenager working at the Bill Rice Ranch near Murfreesboro, TN. Billy had a son named Scott who was my age and we became friends working together at the camp. Billy lost his sight in 1944 serving in Patton’s army in France. He was clearing…

I hope to surprise you in today’s message. I’m just putting you on notice. Most of you are very familiar with our text. As soon as we start talking about Jesus washing the disciple’s feet we have a good idea of what the sermon will have for us. On top of that, when you read…

After taking several weeks off we are returning this morning to our study through the Gospel of John. Chapter 12 is a transition chapter. We are here reading the conclusion of “The Book of Signs” in preparation to enter “The Book of Glory.” It would be impossible to understand the significance of this chapter without…

“The last enemy to be conquered is death.” If you recognize that sentence, it might be because you’ve read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the book, Harry and Hermione find the quote inscribed on the tombstone of Harry’s parents, Lily and James. But J.K. Rowling is not the original author of that phrase….

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