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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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A Gift that No One Else can Give

December 18th, 2016 · No Comments

John 14:27 (New Living Translation) I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Jesus gives us peace of mind and peace of heart. No one else can give that. World leaders can give what most […]

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The Simple Yet Essential Invitation

October 29th, 2016 · No Comments

John 1:46 (New Living Translation) “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. I have heard Philip described as, “The Apostle for the rest of us.” Philip provides what may be the most powerful statement in spreading the good news about Jesus the Messiah, “Come and see […]

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Forgiving Sins

October 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

John 20:22-23 (New Living Translation) 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus changes the world. He imparts the ability for a bunch of average Joes to forgive sins. Up to […]

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Friends and Servants

May 8th, 2016 · No Comments

John 15:14-15 (New Living Translation) 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. An acquaintance of mine grew up on a farm, […]

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