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The Gospel of John 1:19-28 (Baptism)


Here is the next section, John 1:19-28:

Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

Finally, they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”

Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

“I baptize with[e] water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Questions and discussion:

Here, John plays the role of the one who will arrive before the Messiah–the one predicted by Isaiah. John said he only baptized with water.

  1. Why was Jesus’s baptism significant in his ministry?
  2. Have you been baptized?
  3. Why do you think it is important to be baptized?
  4. Novel Question: In my novel, Angelic Wars: End of the Beginning, can you name the angel that I modelled after the prophet Elijah?

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How does the Bible describe Cherubim Angels?

According to the Bible, are Cherubim little fat babies with wings and a bow? Check out how the Bible describes a Cherub.

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The Gospel of John 1:1-18 (Who is the Word?)

Here is the first assignment from the Gospel of John 1: 1-18:

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Questions and discussion:

  1. Who exactly is the WORD? What passage in this section gives you a clue of his identity?
  2. Is there anything in the Old Testament that supports the claims made in the first chapter of John?
  3. Considering the answers to my questions, do these passages and change, or help, how you think of Jesus Christ as God?  Do these passages give you more support when talking to people about Jesus?
  4. Novel Question: The Angelic Wars musical novels do not mention the name “Jesus Christ,” but the second person of the Trinity is represented. The reason is that Jesus was not born as a human and named as such. Can you name the book character?

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Welcome to the Angelic Wars Interactive Bible Study

This bible study is available to everyone. We start with the Gospel of John. I will post a piece of Scripture along with questions every week. There also may be a question or “fun facts” regarding my Angelic Wars' musical novels. I will post my comments before posting the next Scriptural section.

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Interview on the Write Stuff Podcast with Parker J about my new book, Angelic Wars: End of the Beginning

I had fun at my interview, yesterday, with Parker J on the Wright Stuff Podcast about my latest book, Angelic Wars: End of the Beginning. https://www.blogtalkradio.com/pjcmedia/2022/12/15/end-the-beginning–angelic-wars–write-stuff–12142022

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Visit me at the San Diego Bookfest this Saturday, 8/20/22

Going through a dry run of setting up the Angelic Wars musical “Heaven” castle at the San Diego Festival of Books held at the University of San Diego on August 20, 2022. #Angels #ChristianNovels #Bookfests #SanDiego #AngelicWars #MusicalNovels

If you want to see the finished product with the my music of the Angelic Wars musical novel, watch here–> https://youtube.com/shorts/TS23tGwC-ek?feature=share

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Check out my free new short story: Angel in their Midst!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to meet an angel?

Mark and Rachel set out to the  Southern Sierra Mountains in Calfiornia for a weekend get away. After dating each other for three months, Mark has intimate plans of knowing Rachel better during this time.  While hiking in the wilderness up on a domed rock, catastrophy hits, leaving Mark in a dangerous situation.  With no cell phone coverage or Ranger nearby, Rachel panics when trying to find help.  An old hiker hears her calls for help and arrives to help Mark out of his risky predicament. Trouble arises when the old, frail hiker is not an ordinary person but one that knows Mark and Rachel's darkest and most private secrets that tears into their souls.  Who is this hiker and how can he know so much about them?


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Angelic Wars, End of the Beginning is out!

After 18 month of writing, editing, composing music and many hours in recording sessions, my next musical novel is out! Angelic Wars, End of the Beginning. You don't need a CD to read the book. Just scan the QR code in paperbacks and hyperlink in the eBook to hear the angel characters sing. The opens up another dimension to characters and the effort to connect them to the readers. Click here to get your copy.

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Angelic Wars: End of the Beginning is available!

The epic war for Heaven continues. End of the Beginning is the second, full musical novel of the internal struggles and external battles among the angels for the control of Heaven during Satan’s rebellion. This novel can be read independently of the first novel, First Rebellion, though the first novel introduces readers to the characters. In First Rebellion, Azarias, the leader of the seven Septemviri, searches Heaven for rebellious angels in order to offer them God’s grace. Satan rejects Azarias’s offer and instead begins to expand his evil throughout Heaven’s districts. In the End of the Beginning, Azarias leads the Septemviri to find captured loyal angels so they can help fight Satan and eject him from Heaven (into the material world). Like all the Angelic Wars musical novels, the reader can hear the characters sing by scanning QR codes in paperbacks and clicking hyperlinks in eBooks for a unique reading experience.

Reserve your copy today on Amazon.

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Satan as the seven headed dragon


This is Satan appearing as a 7-headed dragon in the book, Angelic Wars: End of the Beginning.  The book and music will go on presale on December 20th!

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