Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless
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Judas is one of Biblical history's most unfortunate and tragic figures. He became a pawn in Satan's evil game to destroy the Messiah, an act that would ultimately fail as prophecy predicted in Genesis 3:14 - 15. Jesus invited him to be one of His original twelve disciples. It's natural for people to have strong or mixed feelings about Judas Iscariot. Some feel a sense of hatred toward him for
We often judge people by one mistake. We never let them forget it—And so often, we never let the world forget it either. When we think of David, we think of his sin. We forget what a great man he was despite his failure. When we think of Jacob, we think of how he stole his brother’s birthright. In Peter, we remember his denial. Shakespeare said, “The evil that men
John McKay, the former hall of fame coach of the University of South California Trojans once said “it is not the superstars who win the championships—It is all the average players who play their hearts out behind the scenes with no accolades, that make the superstars better and win games.” These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son
An only child often gets a bad rap—Stereotyped as entitled and self-important, people who grow up without siblings aren’t always looked upon favorably—especially by those of us with at least a sibling or two. So often we think of Jesus as an only child, but all of the evangelists who wrote the gospels make some mention of Jesus’ brothers and sisters. In Mark, a crowd asks of Jesus, “Is not
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why
Jesus calls upon twelve individuals to become His apostles—Among the twelve are James and his brother John, sons of Zebedee to whom he gave the nickname Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). You don’t get a nickname like “Sons of Thunder” for no reason. But that is how Jesus’ disciples, James and John, were known. They were rough-tough fisherman—amazing and colorful characters. They never backed away from a
Do you love to go fishing? The possibility of catching the big one can cause your adrenaline to pump at high rates. I know that I love to fish—It is always a wonderful time whether we catch anything or not. But, in our Bibles, we read Jesus’ thoughts on fishing in Mark 1:17. The verse states “Come follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.” Simon
Everything we know about Mary Magdalene is contained in a dozen references to her in the four Gospels of the Holy Scriptures. So, who was Mary Magdalene? Mary Magdalene is one of the most important women mentioned in all the Bible. She is also one of the most slandered individuals in scripture—People have been making up stories about her for over two thousand years. Much of this widespread disparagement of