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The Proclamation Point of View

Humility is Beautiful

October 21, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Isn’t it a beautiful thing when somebody humbles themselves in order to serve another? I mean, how about a teacher who helps a student, not only with their education, but with their life? Or a man who takes it upon himself, at personal cost, to start an orphanage for the poor? Or a nurse who willingly puts herself in harms way to love and serve her patients from disease and death? Don’t you agree that humbly serving others is beautiful?... Keep Reading

Can Not or Will Not?

October 20, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Many are those who demand proof for the truthfulness of Christianity. In fact, I was having coffee the other day with a man who said, “If you can show me beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is God, I would be happy to believe in Him.” And yet, in contradiction to his demand for proof, Jesus did many signs and wonders over the course of His ministry and yet people constantly refused to believe in Him.... Keep Reading

|Posted in: The Gospel of John |
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Jesus is the King of the World

July 29, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

How do you picture a king? Do you envision a man sitting on a throne in a large castle overseeing land and people, or maybe a knight in shining armor on a massive white horse coming back from a victorious battle with crowds of people cheering His return? Well, if that’s the case, what do we do with John chapter 12 and the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt?... Keep Reading

|Posted in: The Gospel of John

How Much is Jesus Worth?

July 27, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

How much do you think Jesus is worth? I mean, if you had to put a dollar figure on the Son of Man. What value would you give Him? And would you be willing to pay it?... Keep Reading

|Posted in: The Gospel of John |
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Out of the Mouth of Babes

July 24, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Sometimes people speak better than they know. That’s why we have sayings like “out of the mouth of babes”, an expression that we use when young and inexperienced people say things that are remarkably wise.... Keep Reading

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life

July 22, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

After Lazarus dies in John chapter 11, Jesus meets his sister Martha on the road to the tomb. Now, Martha is obviously grieving the loss of her brother. So Jesus consoles her by saying, “Your brother will rise again”. But when Martha hears that, she assumes He’s talking about the resurrection that will take place on the last day. So Jesus clarifies, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”... Keep Reading

How does Jesus demonstrate love?

July 20, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

Jesus provides us with a very strange demonstration of love in John chapter 11. In verse 5, we’re told, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister [Mary] and Lazarus. So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was.” Now, if Jesus truly loved this family, how could He possibly delay when He heard Lazarus was sick?... Keep Reading

|Posted in: The Gospel of John |
John, resurrection, Love

Good Shepherd or Bad?

July 17, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

In John 10:14-15, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” Now, how would the religious leaders in Jesus day understand that statement? Would they have a context for it? And what would come to their minds?... Keep Reading

Salvation and Safety in One Statement

July 15, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

In John chapter 10, Jesus makes this bold statement, “I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Now what a radical statement that is, but what is Jesus really saying?... Keep Reading

Is He insane or is He God?

July 13, 2015 by: Steve Thiel

In John 10:20, there is much debate over who Jesus is. In fact, “Many of the religious leaders said, ‘He has a demon, and is insane: why listen to Him?’” And if you just look at the immediate context, you can totally understand their accusation of insanity.... Keep Reading

|Posted in: The Gospel of John |
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