Condemnation Can Be Addictive

God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.  “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.  John 3:17-18 NLT The children of Israel […]

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The Word ‘So’ And Its Powerful Effects

For God so loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 NLT The word ‘so’ makes such an impact when speaking.  I was thinking earlier this morning about some contrasts like the ones below. My baby is hungry.  My baby is […]

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Humbled Enough To Look Up

And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.  John 3:14-15 NLT This is the Gospel.  God is holy and must deal with our sin.  God is also love and offers us mercy.  To […]

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Earth Lessons. Kingdom Lessons.

But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven.  John 3:12-13 NLT Jesus’ words to Nicodemus were upsetting.  Not only did he not believe […]

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When My will Shuts Off My Faith

Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony.  John 3:10 NLT Jesus tells Nicodemus, “We tell you what we know but you won’t believe our testimony.”  Who is the ‘we’ He is […]

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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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