John Chapter 2 and 3, A Rhyming Paraphrase

I enjoyed how my rhyming paraphrase of John 1 told the story of Jesus in vibrant yet plain language, so I had to continue rhyming John 2 and 3. If you didn't read John 1, start there. Then come back to read Chapters 2 and 3.

I wrote all three chapters in Seuss-like meter so it might help engage the kids in your life (including the big ones). In the second and third chapters of John, Jesus began performing miracles, explaining He is the Savior, and foretelling His resurrection. Through Him we may have eternal life. John the Baptist announced Jesus' coming in Chapter 1, and in Chapter 3 he announced His salvation.

On to the rhymes and the truth about eternal life...

The Gospel of John Chapter 2 - He Who's the Son

A wedding occurred a couple days later.
Guests one and guests all, with joy the host catered.
Among those who came
Was Jesus acclaimed,
And men of His crew.
His mother came, too.

And wouldn't you know, they drank all of the wine.
But watch God's dear Son as He gives the…

We Thrive with Jesus

Aspen trees are possibly my favorite trees because of their picturesque trunks and delicate leaves. In most of Northern America we call them quaking aspen (or trembling aspen) because the leaves quake or tremble, even at the slightest breeze.
Did you know that an aspen grove grows from a single tree? Aspens occasionally start as seedlings, but young aspens more typically grow from underground roots, and, as the roots travel underground, more and more sprouts shoot up. (See clonal colonization.) So, the snow-nestled trees in the pictures in this post are one single organism. You might call them one single tree.

The larger tree you see in the foreground is the mother tree. All the other trees in the grove (or clone) sprouted from the roots of the mother tree. So, the entire grove grew and thrived as it remained connected to the root system of a single, life-giving tree.

Jesus said…
I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from m…


We are fearful. Our hearts are heavy. We face real issues. There are legitimate threats – perhaps monumental threats.
This is the current reality worldwide. The threat is pandemic. The fear is pandemic.
We tremble at the face of genuine risk.
How do we go on?

Goliath was an obviously formidable opponent. One look. One listen. That’s all it took to accept defeat. That’s how it was for Israel’s army because they couldn’t see past the giant to see their God (1 Samuel17:4-11).

We stand before Goliath

Do we shrink in defeat or do we rise with confidence in the LORD of hosts?

David called God the “LORD of hosts” (1 Samuel17:45). This is like calling Him the God of armies. Israel was often defeated and they were ready for a victory. They were held captive as slave laborers for over 400 years. They wandered their way to the promised land for 40 years – 40 years longer than it should’ve taken! They survived at least two multiple year famines, endured numerous battles, were overtaken by the Philistines…

A Not-So-Typical Family Vacation

It could’ve been a trip like any other, but Shauna and her family didn’t take the usual vacation. Instead, they assembled their family and friends to spend time with strangers, and they made memories for many in the process. This is because their vacation was eye-opening, heart-expanding, and life-changing. They built a house for a family in need and, more importantly, they demonstrated to this family and to themselves how profound a life with Jesus can be when it involves sacrifice.

Shauna, her husband, and their two boys, along with her parents, her brother, and family friends, sacrificed five days of their lives to serve on a Homes of Hope team in Mexico. Homes of Hope (HOH) is a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) who have been inviting youth into international missions work for 60 years!

Shauna told me how great the trip was for her family and the family they served, and I want to share their experience with you. Below is an interview with her.

Hi Shauna. You and your family did…