April 13 – 19

These are not ordinary times! We cannot continue in our old “normal.” Extraordinary times call for us to rise up, spend time with Jesus, and ask Him what we are to know and to do.  So we at JourneyEveryday are doing a new thing.

Join us as we interrupt our regular schedule and focus on Jesus. The cry of our heart is to intimately know the real Jesus – so we’ll  be reading through John, a chapter a day, and going deeper with journaling, worship songs, impactful videos, and more.  Jesus disrupts life as we know it and calls us to a new way of thinking, a new way of doing life, a new “normal.”

May we be like God’s people in Daniel 11:32, who knew their God, and so could stand firm and take action. And like the tribe of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 who understood the times and knew what to do.

All are welcome – share this with your friends and family.


MONDAY – JOHN 1

Grab your Bible and a pen or highlighter. Every day you will highlight or underline sections that especially speak to you. Play the audio in the link for John 1 below and read along in your Bible.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/John.1

Then respond. Think on this: What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

    • You can do this alone, just you and God, journaling in your room or outside in your yard. When you journal, let your words be part of a conversation with God, a conversation He initiated in today’s chapter.
    • Or connect with a friend on Zoom, FaceTime, or phone and share your journals with each other.
    • You can also share with us in the comments at the bottom of the page.
    • Families: This is designed for all ages. Give young children paper and crayons; have them draw something they hear while the family is listening. Advanced readers can look at their Bibles as the audio is played; others can just listen. After that, all can journal, simply using plain paper, and then share what they are learning.

Going Deeper:

Each day we will share ways you can go deeper with the truths from the chapter. Choose one or both, or be creative and let God’s spirit guide you in a new way to go deeper in your Journey to know the real Jesus.

    • Worship Him with this music video, “Wonderful Merciful Savior.” John cries out to us: “Behold the Lamb of God!” Lord, we want to see You.

    • If you’d like to watch something totally different and engaging, download the free app, The Chosen.  It’s important to know that while this is based on the Bible,  it’s a creative imagining of the disciples as real people, showing us what could have been, adding dialogue and backstories to the familiar text. Today, watch episode #4 “The Rock on Which It Is Built” (48 minutes) where you’ll meet Peter before he met Jesus – a desperate man who has made a mess of his life.   (We’ll schedule all 8 episodes, but out of order, so they are tied to what we are reading.)

TUESDAY – JOHN 2

Grab your Bible; you will highlight or underline sections that especially speak to you. Read and listen to John 2. Consider doing this a second time, either now or later in the day.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/John.2

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

Going Deeper:

    • Sing with this music video “Is He Worthy?” and worship the Lion of Judah, the Lamb who died to ransom us.

    • On The Chosen app, watch episode #5 “The Wedding Gift.”

WEDNESDAY – JOHN 3

Read and listen to John 3.
Audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/John.3

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

Going Deeper:

    • As you listen to this music video, “God So Loved,” let God bring to your mind specific people you know who need the new life He offers, and pray for them. 

    • On The Chosen app, watch episode #7 “Invitations.”

THURSDAY – JOHN 4

We’re going to begin a new thing today. First, watch 3 video clips — word-for-word adaptations of today’s chapter (Good News Version). Each is about 3 minutes. Watch: Samaritan Woman, Samaritan Village, Official’s Son Healed.

Read John 4 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you. (You may notice we no longer include the audio link here. We want to provide you the time you need to read the chapter and absorb it. The audio link is in “Going Deeper” if you want to listen at another time.)

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

Going Deeper:

    • Imagine the joy of the Samaritan woman after she meets Jesus. Let’s “worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth” with the music video, “Nobody Loves Me Like You.” (For lyrics, click on subtitles/closed captions.)

    • John 4 Audio
    • On The Chosen app, watch episode #8 “I Am He.”

FRIDAY – JOHN 5

Watch 3 video clips: A Paralytic Healed, Claim to Be the Son, Witness to the Son.

Read John 5 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

Going Deeper:

    • Prayer for Difficult Times: “Lord, there is no one like You to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on You, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, You are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against You.” (2 Chron. 14:11)
    • Worship Song: Be Still … and know that the Lord is in control.

    • John 5 Audio
    • On The Chosen app, watch episode #1 “I Have Called You by Name.” (We’ll schedule episodes skipped earlier.)

SATURDAY – JOHN 6

Watch 4 video clips: Feeding 5,000, Sea Walking, Bread of Life, Falling Away. 

Read John 6 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

Going Deeper:

    • Prayer: (Isaiah 30:15): Our Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, You say: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” We choose to rest in You, to trust in your strength. We repent … [continue]
    • Worship Song: Build My Life

      • John 6 Audio
      • On The Chosen app, watch episode #2 “Shabbat.”
      • Song: After viewing The Chosen, families with children may enjoy the Shabbat Shalom Song.


SUNDAY – JOHN 7

Watch 2 video clips: Confronting Hypocritical LeadersDisagreement: Who is Jesus?.

Read John 7 in your Bible, highlighting sections that especially speak to you.

Then journal and/or discuss with others – What does today’s passage tell you about Jesus? What is God saying to your heart? What do you want to say to Him? What will you do?

Going Deeper:

    • Prayer for Difficult Times: (2 Chron. 20:6-12) “LORD … You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. … If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence … and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us. … We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
    • Worship song: “I Will Wait for You” 

    • John 7 Audio
    • Spend some time outside today (rain or shine) and enjoy God’s amazing Creation.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it. – Psalm 24:1

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