Mystery Of The Wind

The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.  John 3:8  NLT God breathes and His Spirit is released in the form of a wind.  Wherever it blows, the eternal […]

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DNA ~ Physical and Spiritual

Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.  John 3:6 NLT What did Jesus mean when He talked about flesh and spirit with respect to the new birth? To be born physically, the union of a man and a woman are necessary.  Coming from them, I resemble them.  […]

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Two Change Agents

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.  John 3:5 NLT Jesus is answering Nicodemus’ questions about being born again.  He reveals that it happens through two agents:  water ~ which is the Word of God and the Spirit ~ the One […]

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It’s All Invisible

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”   John 3:3-4 NLT The kingdom-related things that take place between people and God are invisible.  The new birth is invisible.  The […]

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Jesus Makes It Personal

Nicodemus said, “We know that you are a teacher come from God.”  John 3:2 Jesus said, “You are a teacher from Israel and yet you do not know these things.”      John 3:10 It’s safe to generalize.  “We all think you should do this or that.”  Or, “We all believe this is a problem.”  The person speaking feels it’s safer to do […]

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Glam, Glitter, And Jesus

There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus.  John 3:1-2 NLT It was 2009.  My daughter, Jaime, had been asked to speak to a group of women several hundred miles away. I offered to go with her, to be her companion and […]

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When Others Fail Me

Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.  John 2:24-25 Jesus knows people’s hearts and how fickle they are.  He knows not to depend on them for what only His Father can give.  Jesus also knows the hearts of […]

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Verb Tenses And What They Mean For Us

But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.” “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  John 2:18-19 Jesus upends the crooked commerce taking place in the temple.  The innocent temple goers look on with […]

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Jesus’ Visceral Reaction

It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple.  John 2:13-15 Each of us […]

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A Miracle Turned A Hometown Upside Down

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.  After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples. John 2:11-12 NLT Before Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding in Cana, family and friends […]

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