• Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

        and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

    They are a garland to grace your head

        and a chain to adorn your neck.

    Proverbs 1:8-9

     

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  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7


    I remember when I first started taking piano lessons. (more)

  • As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

     

    So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.  Mark 10:46-50


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  • Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”  “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:4-6

     

    "Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him."  That's a really telling statement from the gospel writer John about Jesus especially with what's about to happen. (more)

  • Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-3


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  • Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35


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  • Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. John 10:7


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  • 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

    It's been called the "gospel in a nutshell".  John 3:16 is one of the more familiar passages in the Bible whether people know the Bible or not. (more)

  • And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20


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  • Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

     

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  • “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:10

    I looked around and didn’t recognize where I was.  Unfortunately, this was in the age of no cell phones and no Google maps.  I was trying to get to a friend’s house and the directions didn’t make sense.  It was my first time going to this friend’s house so I was going on the directions someone gave me and they weren’t very good.  I was lost. (more)

  • For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45


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