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At the beginning of 2021, we began a 16-month series through the Gospel of John. 16 months of nothing but Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Why would we do such a thing? Max Lucado, a story-telling master, shares the following:“The story is told of a man on an African safari deep in the jungle. The guide had a machete and was whacking away the tall weeds and thick underbrush. The traveler, wearied and hot, asked in frustration, “Where are we? Do you know where you’re taking me? Where is the path?” The seasoned guide stopped and looked back at the man and replied, “I am the path.” We ask the same questions, don’t we? We ask God, “Where are you taking me? Where’s the path?” Oh, He may give us a hint or two, but that’s all. If He did give us more, would we understand? No, like the traveler, we are unacquainted with this jungle. So rather than give us an answer, He gives us a far

greater gift…Jesus gives us Himself. Why would we spend 16 months in a sermon series? Because that series is about Jesus, period. And for a time such as this, a time of hopelessness and darkness and mistrust and violence, knowing Him and walking with Him brings hope, light, peace, and the confidence to push through this jungle. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always to the very end of the age.” I don’t know about you, but I need that reminder!
Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church preaching minister


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