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An Evening With Nicodemus – part 3

It was the third time Jesus urged Nicodemus to believe the truth: Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? – John 3:11-12 (ESV) In the past, God had sent prophets who spoke of temporal issues: sin and its earthly consequences; obedience and the resultant material blessings (Deuteronomy 28, Jeremiah 6:12,7:3-7). Through the Holy Spirit, many prophets foresaw what … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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An Evening With Nicodemus – part 2

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” – John 3:9 (ESV) Jesus had just explained the spiritual birds and bees to Nicodemus, and the rabbi was struggling to understand how it all worked. This wasn’t a good thing for someone whom all Israel looked up to for spiritual truth… Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? – John 3:10 (ESV) This was embarrassing. “How can you teach if you don’t know this?” Wasn’t it obvious that God created the world in such a way that each living thing … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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First Sign – First Faith

When John wrote his gospel, he decided to include details the other gospel writers left out. It appears from Matthew’s account that John the baptist was already in prison when Jesus began His public ministry (Matthew 4:11-12), but John clarifies this misconception, filling in the missing details from what he witnessed. There was a period of time when Jesus and John the baptist were both ministering (John 3:22-23). John felt no need to repeat most of the details mentioned in the other gospels. Instead he wrote of the things he saw Jesus do that made an impact on him, hoping … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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A Skeptic Believes

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” – John 1:47-48 Andrew, Peter, John, and Philip are excited about Jesus and can’t hold it in. Nathanael – he’s more of a realist, a skeptic, someone I can identify with. And he isn’t afraid to let people know what he really thinks on the inside (… something I less identify with). “Sure, the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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