The God Who Comforts: A Forty-Day Meditation on John 14:1-16:15

The God Who Comforts: A Forty-Day Meditation on John 14:1-16:15

by Douglas D. Webster


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The God Who Comforts: A Forty-Day Meditation on John 14:1-16:15 by Douglas D. Webster

The God Who Comforts is a spiritual reading of Jesus' upper room discipleship sermon. What started out as a Passover meal became an inspiring and spiraling manifesto of comfort and challenge. Jesus propels the conversation forward into our hearts and minds. When Jesus got up off his knees and resumed his place of authority, he framed this strategic discourse in the Truth that cannot be packaged as a consumer product or programmed to fit the secular mind. Four distinct comings shape Jesus' sermon in the upper room: his final coming, the Parousia; his gift of the Spirit, the Paraclete; his death and resurrection, the Passion; and his abiding fellowship, the Presence. These four comings are the ways in which Jesus draws near to his disciples, reassuring them that they are not alone. Throughout this conversation we are in the company of the eleven, hearing Jesus speak to us as he spoke to them. This discourse continues to reset twenty-one centuries of discipleship according to the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498234405
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Douglas D. Webster is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Preface: Comfort and Challenge ix

Day 1 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 1

Day 2 So, Who Can You Trust? 4

Day 3 The Ultimate Homecoming 8

Day 4 You Know More than You Know 12

Day 5 Nobody Knows but Jesus 15

Day 6 Is Jesus Enough? 19

Day 7 The Invisible God Made Visible 22

Day 8 Greater Works 26

Day 9 To Believe is to Obey and to Obey is to Believe 30

Day 10 The Spirit of Truth 34

Day 11 Our True Friend 37

Day 12 You Are Not Alone 42

Day 13 The Holy Family 46

Day 14 Real Love 50

Day 15 New Commandment Evangelism 54

Day 16 Everything 58

Day 17 Shalom 63

Day 18 The Father is Greater than 67

Day 19 Jesus' Disciple-Making Strategy 71

Day 20 The Ruler of This World 74

Day 21 Move Out! 78

Day 22 The True Vine 81

Day 23 Organic Spirituality 84

Day 24 Cutting Off and Cleaning Up 87

Day 25 Living into Jesus 91

Day 26 Fruitful 95

Day 27 Whatever You Wish! 98

Day 28 Relax 101

Day 29 My Joy 105

Day 30 No Greater Love 108

Day 31 Chosen 111

Day 32 Hate Defined 114

Day 33 Persecution 118

Day 34 Guilt-Driven Hate 121

Day 35 Senseless Hate 124

Day 36 The Spirit of Truth 127

Day 37 The Big Picture 131

Day 38 The Spirit's Big Work 136

Day 39 In All Truth 140

Day 40 A Little While 144

Bibliography 149

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