Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means? The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus approached Jesus at night. He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.
Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).
Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law. He was a respected leader of the Jewish community. No doubt he was a fine man. Yet something was lacking. Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ. Phrases like “I pray regularly” or “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.
New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner. Because of sin, we are spiritually dead. For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary. God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.
The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23). Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners. To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16). Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).
To believe in Jesus is to be born again. Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).
From Open Windows
A Guide For Personal Devotions
Fall 2016 Lifeway
Dangerous Trends 2017
Disney Now Has Cartoon Showing Homosexuals Kissing
The popular children’s entertainment company Disney aired its first-ever same-sex kissing scene on [February 28] during a broadcast of its television cartoon Star vs. the Forces of Evil, raising concerns from Christian and family groups who are calling upon parents to kiss Disney goodbye….
Homosexual advocacy groups cheered the inclusion, stating, “We’re getting there, one kiss at a time.”
…However, others expressed concern, stating that Disney should not be pushing the homosexual agenda on children.
“This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation,” One Million Moms wrote on their website….
Editor’s Comments: Again Disney is promoting an agenda that is antifamily. Parents should think twice about allowing their children to watch anything currently coming from them.
UK, Australia Won’t Fund Free Abortions After Trump Defunds International Planned Parenthood
The United Kingdom and Australia did not give money to a new global abortion fund [early March], despite intense pressure from abortion activists worldwide.
The new “She decides” abortion fund comes in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting American taxpayer funding to groups that promote or perform abortions overseas.
USA Today reports representatives from more than 45 countries attended a meeting about the new abortion fund on [March 2] in Brussels, Belgium. About a dozen countries and several private donors pledged money totaling 181 million euros (about $190 million), according to the report.
While the UK and Australia sent representatives to the meeting, neither country promised money.
“Straight Pride” Fliers Removed From School
“Straight Pride” fliers were removed [March 3] by an Indiana high school before the students arrived [at] school. The 16-year-old….student who created and hung “Straight Pride” fliers in an Indiana high school has spoken out since officials took them down….and fellow students hosted a pro-acceptance gathering over the weekend in response to the incident.
The fliers ….read, “Celebrate being straight at JHS by not annoying the heck out of everyone about your sexual orientation!” along with “We are taking back the rainbow” and “Brought to you by all the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT Pride.” -theblaze.com
Sixty percent of “millennials” are living with their parents or other relatives or are sharing living quarters with a roommate (USA Today, 3/21/17. Source, Trulia Analysis of Census data).
“Millennials” they call them. They’re between the ages of 18 and 35.
We will admit that certain circumstances in anybody’s family could create the necessity for staying at home. That could be true at almost any age, but 60 percent is three out of five. That’s a perplexing statistic.
Why aren’t these birds leaving the nest? Is it because they have not learned to fly? Have we failed to get them ready to make it on their own?
Financial issues will account for some of this; but knowing the way our society is being shaped, it is pretty clear that the bigger issue is young people who are unready to be adults.
Christian families need to be alert to how they are raising their offspring.
This article is another reason I believe this could be the terminal generation. Absolutely any people with convictions about anything whatsoever, will be able to supersede this clueless and feckless generation who lack personal values, integrity, and cannot even pull their own weight. Pastor Steve
An enemy said of Spurgeon, “Here is a man who has not moved an inch forward in all his ministry. At the close of the nineteenth century he is teaching the theology of the first century and is proclaiming doctrine current in Nazareth and Jerusalem in the first century!” Spurgeon considered it his greatest compliment.
What is the profit to America by having endless economic prosperity, computers and a hundred channels of television in every home…if our families are shattered and our children corrupted? -Former Senator Bill Armstrong
A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a devil. -James A. Garfield
I will blaze the trail, though my grave be only a steppingstone that younger men may follow and make Christ known where He is unknown. -C. T. Studd
Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image. A.W. Tozer
Perhaps you have never been stalked by a bloodthirsty beast of prey. Nevertheless, there is a wild beast on your trail. Swift and pitiless, retribution trails you. “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
I don’t want anybody falling over me into Hell, saying, “Brother Curtis preached it but didn’t practice it.” -Curtis Hutson
Remember, you are your own doctor when it comes to curing cold feet.
And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. Luke 22:15
Not “the” Passover but “this” Passover-the last Passover before the cross. The Lord fully knew what awaited Him after the supper; “before I suffer”. He knew all about the arrest, the unrighteous trial, the mockery, scourging, thorns, cross and death that loomed before Him. Yet there would be resurrection and joy too. But before all of that, He earnestly desired this last supper with His own. What about us? Our Lord is alive and today may we say to Him, “Lord, with desire have I desired to eat this supper, to remember you, thank you, and worship you. -Carl Knott
Break ye the bread and pour the wine, as ye have seen your Master do; This body and this blood of Mine, is broken and shed for you. -John Pierpont
Because of God’s love, we are never truly alone.
INSIGHT: The circumstances that took place on the night of Jesus’s betrayal seemed to be confused, chaotic, and out of control. But our Lord’s measured words in facing His betrayer showed His understanding of the big picture of God’s sovereign plan. Without the cross we could not be redeemed. Dennis Fisher
My favorite all time quotation of Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
A quote from Charles Spurgeon on the unmatched-supremacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
Oh! down, down, down, with everything else, but up, up, up, with the cross of Christ! Down with your baptism, and your masses, and your sacraments! Down with your priestcraft, and your rituals, and your liturgies! Down with your fine music, and your pomp, and your robes, and your garments, and all your ceremonials. But up, up, up, with the doctrine of the naked cross, and the expiring Saviour. Let the voice ring throughout the whole world, “Look unto Me and live!” There is life in a look at the Crucified One!
~Charles Spurgeon (Christ, The Glory Of His People 826.464)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.—Luke 23:34
discoveryseries.org/hp071. < Key this link for more on forgiveness.
Even on the cross, Jesus forgave those who hurt Him.
INSIGHT: In the first century, the common attire for a Jewish man included five pieces of clothing—shoes, turban, belt, loincloth, and outer tunic. After crucifying Jesus, the soldiers divided the Savior’s garments as their spoils for performing the task. After each took a portion of clothing, one remained—the tunic. This infers that even the loincloth was taken—and Jesus’s last shred of human dignity with it. In a heartbreaking fulfillment of David’s messianic song, they stripped Jesus naked and then gambled for the tunic. In Psalm 22:17-18, where crucifixion was prophetically described some 600 years before it was invented, David said it would be so: “All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” The soldiers gambled for all they could get, unaware of the fact that mere feet away Christ was freely forgiving and giving all He had out of love for them. Bill Crowder ~ Our Daily Bread / Radio Bible Class