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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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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 13

John 13

Feet have never been a very attractive part of the body. Throughout human history, they have been neglected, ignored, forgotten, and walked upon. We pay attention to our face but we do not pay attention to our feet. We put rings and bracelets on our hands but our feet do not get equal treatment. Which is why Jesus' actions in John 13 are so strange. Verse 5 says that, dur...

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John 12

John 12

David Livingstone was a Scottish physician, missionary, and 19th Century explorer in the jungles of Africa. He traveled the continent from east to west dispensing medicine and preaching the Gospel. In many villages, he was the first white man the people had ever seen and the first encounter they had ever had with Christianity. He led whole villages to Christ before dying a...

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John 10

John 10

A poor Indian shepherd was once asked how many sheep he had. To which he replied, "I don't know because I can't count." He was then asked how he knew that they were all there in the field. To which he replied, "Because I know their names." In John 10, Jesus says that "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me" (verse 14). He also says, "A stranger they ...

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John 9

John 9

In 1982, the Los Angles Times ran the story of a woman named Anna Mae Pennica who had been blind for 62 years. She was born with an illness that took her vision away until a doctor informed her that her condition was treatable and had been treatable for four decades. For 40 years, Mrs. Pennica had the opportunity to see but not the awareness to do so. Her story is very si...

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John 8

John 8

According to some estimates, there are currently around 4,000 religions in the world today. If you add up all the different versions of Christianity and Hinduism and Islam, the number is extraordinarily high. In fact, some say that that number covers about 84 percent of the world's population. 8 out of 10 people in the world are religious. Which makes Jesus' statement in ...

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John 7

John 7

Scientists have determined that the human body can live up to 40-60 days without food. Depending on the size of an individual's body and the health of it, we can go an entire month or more without something to eat but we cannot last more than seven days without water. The human body is made up of 65 percent water and, if we go one week without it, we will die. With that i...

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John 6

John 6

The famous Bible Scholar J. B. Phillips once wrote that: "Why is Jesus called mild? Of all the epithets that could be applied to Christ this seems one of the least appropriate . . . Jesus Christ might well be called 'meek,' in the sense of being selfless and humble . . . but 'mild,' never!" Jesus Christ was not a mild person. He was offensive at times. At times, He was blu...

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John 5

John 5

My wife worked for eight years as a spinal injury rehabilitation nurse in the United States. One of her patients was an Indian man who was paralyzed from the neck down in a traffic accident and left to die by his wife and loved ones. I asked Katie if she could describe him in one word and she said "Angry." In John 5, Jesus heals a man like that. He was angry and without a ...

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John 4

John 4

Several months ago, a local newspaper ran an obituary that caught the attention of the local news. Due to the sensitive nature of the obituary, it was later retracted and a new one was put out but it went like this: [Person's name] was born March 19, 1938 to [parent's names] in Wabasso, Florida. She married [husband's name] at St. Anne's Church in 1957 and had two childre...

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John 3

John 3

The story is told of a meeting the devil had with some of his followers to figure how to get more people into hell. "Why don't we tell them there is no God?" the devil asked. But nobody liked that idea, because the demons knew that all men know there is a God. "Why don't we tell them there is no hell then?" he said. But that was turned down too because most men know that d...

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John 2

John 2

In his book, The Healing Promise, Richard Mayhue says that healing miracles in the Bible were known by 6 characteristics. They were 1). Immediate 2). Public 3). They took place on ordinary, unplanned occasions 4). They included illnesses that were untreatable by the medical community 5). They were complete and irreversible 6). They were undeniable, even to detractors. In ...

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John 1

Jn. 1

A little girl was once asked why Jesus is called the Word of God and she replied, "Because He is all God wanted to say to us." She was right because Jesus is all that God wanted to say to us. He is all that we need. To say it another way: Jesus is sufficient. He is enough to defeat any sin, conquer any temptation, and fulfill any spiritual need. We just need to turn to Hi...

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Introduction to John

Intro to John

It has been said that most people today only have one or two titles to their name. The average person is called Mr. or Mrs., Dr. or Prof., Col. or Major (if they are in the army), but that is about it. And they are apt to lose those titles with time. A man or a woman may lose their doctorate or professorship. They may get released from the army and lose their rank, never t...

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