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John 21

John 21

What does it mean to follow Christ? Several years ago, I was talking with a friend of mine at university who was not a Christian but was very spiritually minded. After attending one of our Campus Bible Studies, she said that she would become a Christian if the cost was not so high. She said that she knows the Bible is true, but she would lose too many friends if she admitt...

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John 20

John 20

There are several views that have come down to us about the after-life. If we were to categorize them, the main ones are as follows: 1. Reincarnation2. Purgatory3. Annihilationism 4. Alternative Worlds5. Universalism 6. Soul Sleep However, the Bible does not teach any of these views. Instead it teaches what is known as a resurrection. It says that some time after death w...

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Jesus' Final Words

Jesus' Final Words

The last words of a dying man are a sacred thing, especially when that Man is the Son of God. The Bible tells us that there were 7 things that Jesus said from the cross as He was dying. They comprise His final words, and they are as follows: 1. A plea for forgiveness: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). 2. A promise of salvation: "Truly I...

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John 19:23-42

John 19;23-42

The thief on the cross is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. Not because we know so much about him but because we know so little. We only read a few short verses about his life but they tell us enough. Luke 23:42 says that, as he died, he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" And Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with...

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John 19:1-16

John 19;1-16

In 1653, the Dutch painter Rembrandt painted a piece called "The Three Crosses" that depicted Jesus dying on the cross between two thieves and the crowd below looking on. And next to all of that, in the shadows, he drew an obscure figure that was difficult to make out. For years, no one knew who it was until it was discovered that it was Rembrandt himself. He put himself i...

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John 18:12-40

John 18;12-40

In a Peanuts Cartoon, Charlie Brown was once asked if he knew what love was. And he said, "Yes I do. Love is a man named Jesus." He is right. Jesus personified the word "love." In His life and ministry, everything He did and everything He said was to show love and kindness to others. This was demonstrated at the cross. The cross was as a symbol of the love that God has fo...

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John 18

John 18

It has been said that people often die the way they lived. For example, Merriwether Lewis, the famous explorer, died while exploring North America and Socrates died while promoting his philosophy. Leon Trotsky, the famous revolutionist, died while plotting a revolution and Marie Curie, the discoverer of radioactivity, died of radiation poisoning. Mahatma Gandhi died while ...

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John 17

John 17

During his lifetime, John Knox earned the nickname "the Fiery Reformer" for his boldness in the pulpit and his courage in leading Scotland out of the Middle Ages. Mary Queen of Scots actually said about him that "I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe." But, like many men, he was anxious about dying. He was concerned about passing on t...

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John 16

John 16

The Holy Spirit has been called the "Cinderella Member of the Trinity" because much of what He does is a mystery. He has also been called the "Holy Ghost" or the "Holy Breath" for the same reason. He is unseen. He is invisible. He operates behind the scenes to save and rescue sinners. However, this does not mean that what He does is unimportant. The Bible tells us that He...

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John 15

John 15

Several weeks ago, I told the story about a man who was pulled over by a police officer. The man asked why, and the police officer said that he had seen the man utter some angry words at an intersection and pound on his steering wheel during a traffic stop. His face had flushed red with anger when he had to wait at a red light and, the police officer added, that he had a "...

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