Monthly Archives: December 2011

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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The Descent

(Previously posted at, Sept. 18, 2011) For let this mind be in you which also was in Christ Jesus, who subsisting in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, having become in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, having become obedient until death, even the death of a cross. – Philippians 2:5-8 (Green) The journey of the Son of God from heaven to earth can be described in one word: humbling. The One who created … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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… Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. – John 1:38-39 (ESV) At this point, John’s ministry begins to fade and Jesus’ ministry starts to grow. Read the gospels, especially Mark, and you’ll notice Jesus’ following increasing exponentially. One day He’s virtually unknown, and a week later great … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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First Followers

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29 (ESV) John was busy. His ministry had really taken off. Great crowds were coming to him to be baptized (Luke 3:7), and he had a number of disciples under his teaching. Many had heard John speak of the coming Messiah, and were eagerly hoping for His arrival. Some had actually seen Him and witnessed the extraordinary events at His baptism. But afterwards, nothing was heard or seen of Jesus until over a month … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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