John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

John 14:22-27

August 23, 2018

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me. “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Judas (not Iscariot) asks a fundamental question and one which I need to ask and dwell upon the answer. Perhaps I also need to include 'why?' in the question. Do I comprehend the depth and power of the LORD, God, the Almighty for me? Is it the driving force behind every aspect of my life? That love for His Creation, "For God so loved the world" is so powerful and intense that a member of the Trinity came as an incarnate man to take the punishment for the havoc that man wrecks on His pristine Creation.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 44

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 120

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John 14:15-17

August 22, 2018

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

I have a lawn tractor that is a very useful device. If it has fuel; if it runs out in the middle of the lawn, it is a worthless device that does not even make an attractive lawn ornament. So it is with the Holy Spirit. Without His presence, I am a useless device without any attractiveness. But with the Spirit's guidance and power, I can move mountains.

There is a very important 'if' at the beginning of the passage. If I love and obey the LORD, God, the Almighty.If I willingly Fear the Lord. He expects me to be an active participant in the work of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 43

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm

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John 7:37-39

August 21, 2018

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Rivers of Living Water flow from my heart. WOW! Have you ever seen a major river at full flood? I remember, as a teenager, standing on the bluffs on the Iowa side of the Mississippi, completely spread, 10 miles wide, to the hills of Illinois and changing everything in its path.

So does that River of Living Water as it emerges from me. It changes everything. It must; there is nothing that can stand in its way except my unbelief.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 42

Mid-day: 119:121-128

Evening: Psalm 118

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John 3:33-36 (NLT)

August 20, 2018

Anyone who accepts His testimony can affirm that God is true. For He is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God gives Him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves His Son and has put everything into His hands. And anyone who believes in God's Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn't obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God's angry judgment."

This is an important connector between salvation and obedience. If I believe in God's Son, I will have eternal, and the proof will be that I live a life of obedience to His Word. Good old basis logic: if a=b and b=c then a=c. Another confirmation that the Belief Cycle is correct. Belief=trust=commmitment=obedience=faith=belief=

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 41

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 116

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Psalm 119:82

August 19, 2018

My eyes long for your promise; I ask, "When will you comfort me?"

Lord, it is so easy for me to forget that you are always with me. It is when I ignore your presence, refuse to accept your offering hand, drown myself in a pity pot of my own making that I ask, "When will you comfort me?"

It is another way of worshiping self rather than you. And blaming you at the same time for the "self" induced misery.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 40

Mid-day: 119:105-112

Evening: Psalm 115

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John 3:5-8

August 18, 2018

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

As I looked out the window a few minutes ago, the tree's leaves were moving briskly, and the local weather reporting station indicated a wind speed of 8 mph. Yup, about right, but the leaves stopped moving for a couple of minutes. My reporting station didn't catch up, but there is no doubt in my mind that the wind is gusty this afternoon.

So it is with a being that has been born again. The individual's demeanor changes, perhaps a bit gusty, but changes. Maybe begin to cringe a bit when someone takes the Name of the LORD in jest or as a curse. Or demonstrate a peace and acceptance of circumstances that were not present before. As the leaves move when the wind blows, so the Holy Spirit begins to work change, to begin a transformation in the newly reborn.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 39

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 114

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John 3:5-8

August 17, 2018

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Flesh can only reproduce flesh. My sinful nature cannot reproduce anything but a similar nature. But that which is Spirit produces a new being, a new creature that reflects the righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Holy Spirit(Romans 14:17)

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 38

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 113

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John 3:5-8

August 16, 2018

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

"Born of water" Truly alive, a sentient being, capable of understanding and deciding. "Born of the Spirit" Transformed, changed from one who is driven by self-will into a being that seeks the Face of God and is guided by the Fear of the LORD. Both conditions must be met to allow entry into the Kingdom of God.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 37

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 112

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John 1:32-34

August 15, 2018

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John the Baptist shared an eyewitness account which verifies that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. He saw, and he witnessed. How do I share the personal account that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Master? It is through my obedience to His Word and through sharing the message of the grace, love, and mercy that His death on the cross makes available to all. I must take the message of Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me" everywhere that my feet touch or my voice reaches.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 36

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 111

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Luke 11:9-13

August 14, 2018

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

How many times have I read this passage? Many! How many sermons have I heard on this passage? Many! How many times has that last sentence soaked into my heart? 1! Now!

I believe that the Holy Spirit was given to me and every believer upon acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Master. That when I confessed with my mouth and believed in my heart that God had raised Him from the dead, that it was a done deal and the gift of the Holy Spirit was the guarantor of the completion of my salvation. But the last sentence indicates that I need to ask the LORD, God, the Almighty for the awareness of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and that I will not be refused.

LORD, God, the Almighty, grant me an awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit. Enrichen my relationship with You that Your grace and mercy may shine more brightly in my life.Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 35

Mid-day: 119:65-72

Evening: Psalm 110

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Luke 10:17-21

August 13, 2018

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spiritand said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

It is significant to me that Jesus, the Son of God communicated with God the Father through God the Holy Spirit as the Son of Man. So must I, as a child of the Father, be unswerving to speak and listen to Him through the Spirit. Rather like using modern communications technology to replace smoke signals that I try to use as I mumble to Him.

Other precious points in this passage are 1) the Lord's instruction to rejoice that my name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life rather than in anything I might accomplish in His name. Another warning against being a present-day Tommy Tucker. 2) The anonymity of the seventy-two. Ordinary Joe Bagadonuts, off the street guys, sent to apply the Kingdom of Heaven in the Here and Now. He gave them the authority and said, "Go." He gives me the authority and says, "Go.Today's readings in the Psalms:

 

Morning: Psalm 34

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 109

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Psalm 119:76

August 12, 2018

Let Your steadfast love comfort me according to Your promise to Your servant.

Lord, how often do I turn away from Your love, ignoring that it is every with me and ever at my side for comfort and solace? So as I walk through this season of turmoil and pressure, I need to be continuously coming to You to be reminded that You are always at my side. I need to be reminded to remember!

Sometimes, it is not a lack of remembering but a deliberate turning from You to resolving to address the problem in my strength. How can I expect Your comfort if I refuse Your leading?

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 33

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 108

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