Author Archives: Andrew Bernhardt

The Wrong Miracle

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. … – Luke 4:16ff (ESV) “I suppose some will call it a miracle. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I can’t explain it.” “Soon after Joseph and Mary’s son moved out of town, we heard things about him. You know, news of what he did in Cana, Capernaum – those places. Amazing things! Marvelous things! But funny… it sure didn’t sound like stories of our Jesus. He hadn’t done any miracles for us when he lived here. At least, none that we could verify with our … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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An update

As I write this, there are 3 more days left in the Seeing Jesus book giveaway on Goodreads. With 10 books available, you have a fairly good chance of winning. if you haven’t entered, click on the link to the right. I am also working on an audio version of the book (read by yours truly), to be included in another Kindle version. I also plan on making a significant portion of the audio available for free here and maybe elsewhere. In case you’re wondering, I do intend to continue with the Travelogue posts on this blog. I have the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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New Book: Seeing Jesus – A Disciple’s Perspective

It’s finally done! I’ve been working on my first book for the past 4 to 5 months. The purpose for the book is to help followers of Jesus get to know Him better. The content is based on things I’ve written on here and on my main website. The writing is of better quality because I had a few local school teachers help me proof-read it! The book is called Seeing Jesus – A Disciple’s Perspective and it should be available in paperback Amazon.com in less than a week. The Kindle version is available right now by clicking on the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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What’s Up

My posting has been a bit slow lately, both here and on my main website. The reason for this is I’ve been busy putting together a book based on the contents of this blog, along with some other related articles from the main website. The book will be called Seeing Jesus – A Disciple’s Perspective. Because I intend on putting it all in print, I’m paying much more attention to spelling, grammar, overall consistency of wording, etc. Plus I’m having several others proofread it for me. This takes time, but I hope to have it out soon. I am also … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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The Kingdom Arrives

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." – Mark 1:14-15 (ESV) The people of Galilee first heard this message from the fiery preacher, John. The time of God's rule, long foretold by the prophets (Psalm 2:6-12, Isaiah 9:6-7, Ezekiel 37:25, Daniel 2:44, 7:13-14), was arriving. This was good news to an oppressed people. But it required preparation on their part: they must repent and believe. Now that John's ministry was finished, Jesus took … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Miracles And Belief

When Jesus arrived in Galilee, the locals welcomed Him back. One of their own had achieved fame in the big city. They saw the signs he performed at the temple in Jerusalem (John 2:23) and they were proud of Him. It wasn't what Jesus said that stuck in their minds. It was what He did. And now that He had come home, they hoped to see more awesome sights. So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Risk Revealed

Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. – Matthew 4:12 (ESV) At some point on His journey from the Jordan to Galilee, there came news that John the Baptist had been arrested. No doubt this upset Andrew, Philip, and John. They worried about what would happen to their former master. And they suddenly became aware there were risks to proclaiming the good news of the coming kingdom of God. What if something similar or worse happened to Jesus? …or to themselves? Our short-term mission trip ended just in time! We better head back to … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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A Necessary Encounter – part 3

When the disciples came back with lunch, they caught Jesus in a (taboo) conversation with a woman – and a Samaritan woman at that! But they didn't interrupt. After she left, they addressed the issue at hand: feeding their hungry Master. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." – John 4:31-32 (ESV) The disciples knew Jesus was hungry. They knew He hadn't eaten yet. But now He claimed to have food hidden away somewhere. Did someone drop off a meal while they … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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A Necessary Encounter – part 2

The desire for ordinary water had driven a woman of Samaria to Jacob’s well, while she was unaware of a far more serious thirst. But the Fountain of Living Water sat by the well, ready to meet that thirst. After the woman asked Jesus for the other ‘water’ He offered, He continued to direct the conversation to where she would be able to know what she just asked for. Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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A Necessary Encounter – part 1

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. – John 4:1-3 (ESV) Evidently, Jesus did not think the baptism controversy beneficial to John’s mission, so He put some space between the Baptist and Himself. He turned His face to Galilee and His disciples followed. And he had to pass through Samaria. … – John 4:4ff (ESV) Samaria wasn’t considered a prime vacation spot. This was a journey most Jews took with … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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