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Skipping Our Step

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments

John 2:19-20 (New Living Translation) 19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” Some very important persons were upset with how Jesus was behaving in […]

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Recognize

December 9th, 2017 · No Comments

John 1:26b (New Living Translation) John told them, “…right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize…” The word “recognize” has at least two meanings that could apply here. One is, “acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of.” John is saying, “You don’t acknowledge that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, i.e., the […]

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The not-so-secret Effort to Kill Jesus

October 29th, 2017 · No Comments

John 7:25 (New Living Translation) Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem started to ask each other, “Isn’t this the man they (our leaders) are trying to kill?…” The leaders of the Jews in Jerusalem wanted to kill Jesus of Nazareth. What is a little surprising is that lots of just plain folks seemed […]

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Knowledge and (Lack of ) Training

October 28th, 2017 · No Comments

John 7:14-15 (New Living Translation) 14 Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. 15 The people were surprised when they heard him. “How does he know so much when he hasn’t been trained?” they asked. Could Jesus read? I Googled that question and found a large number […]

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Wrought in God

October 8th, 2017 · No Comments

John 3:21 (American Standard Version) But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God. Another well-known passage in an older translation. We don’t use this language anymore. In some sense, these words have been pushed to the back corner of […]

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The Light of Men

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments

John 1:4 (American Standard Version) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Let’s look at a familiar passage in what today is an unfamiliar translation. I don’t see well in the dark. I guess that is an understatement as I can’t see anything in the absence of light. God made […]

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Pilate’s Woes; My Woes and My Blessings

September 30th, 2017 · No Comments

John 19:11 (New Living Translation) Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. Jesus is talking to Pilate. Pilate is having one of those days when you ask yourself, “What did I do to deserve this?” Pilate is hanging out in his political […]

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Believing and then Disbelieving

January 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Acts 12 (New Living Translation) 5 But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. 11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!” 15 […]

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Asleep on Death Row

January 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Acts 12:6 (New Living Translation) The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Peter is on death row. On the morrow, he was to go to trial. The outcome of the “trial” was known to all. […]

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Remaining

January 1st, 2017 · No Comments

John 15:5 (New Living Translation) Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. This is Jesus describing the Christian life. On this occasion, He is speaking to followers—those who have already accepted Him as the Son of […]

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