Sunday, December 19, 2010

Knowing God - ????

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Today, I'm not starting with the verse. Rather, I want you to guess the verse ...
 
Here's a few hints ...
  1. It's one of the most powerful Christmas verses of all time -- though it's not generally thought of as a Christmas verse at all.
  2. It talks about the relationship Jesus has with his Father and that his Father has with him.
  3. It talks about the relationship we can have with Jesus and how long the fruits of this relationship will be.
  4. As this final week of Advent dawns -- a week of love -- God's love for us is the centerpiece of this verse.
Have you figured it out yet?
 
See below ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
 
Read this powerful -- but almost all too familiar verse -- in light of these four clues:
  1. Read this as a Christmas verse. Doesn't that transform your view of Christmas. The greatest gift of Christmas -- given generously by God -- is a child, gift-wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. God's generous gift is his very own Son.
  2. Witness the relationship of Holy Son to Heavenly Father -- loving submission to the Father who loves.
  3. Respond to the powerful invitation to relationship with Jesus -- belief is both the key to relationship and the life-line that keeps us from eternal death.
  4. Finally, let God's love be the centerpiece of your faith ... your life ... and your Christmas.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who wants of centerpiece in my heart
instead of on my dining room table
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Why does he love us? How do we gain belief when there is so much fear, doubt and untrust?

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