Let me tell you a story Max tells in his book. A translator in the Hebrides was struggling with how to describe the word and concept "believe," a central concept to the Gospels to be sure. He came upon the answer to the problem while hunting with a local tribesman. They had bagged a large deer and carried it on a pole between the 2 men up the mountain to the translators home. When they got there the tribesman said "My, it is good to stretch yourself out here and rest." The translator
[LEFT][SIZE=2][COLOR=Blue] ... Recently, I was given demerits for telling someone that they were unsaved. I did not protest the demerits nor will I. We must, everyone of us learn to live under authority and from this incident I have learned to be more clear when I speak. What I actually alluded to was that while I might give the person claiming fellowship
"Could you ponder the words of Christ and never immerse yourself into John 3:16?" Max Lucado asks this question. And in so doing he obviously expects a negative answer. But so many of us do. Why? Because we are so familiar with the words that they have become old and, commonplace. Something we take for granted. We do so at our peril. Indeed, by doing so we miss so much that is so precious and needful in our Christian walk.
Max uses 2 illustrations to describe the importance
Updated Jun 5th 2009 at 11:55 PM by Cloudwalker
It is perhaps the most famous conversation in the entire Bible. I dare say almost every person that attends any kind of church has at least heard of it and a fair number could quote parts of it and we all use at least one phrase from it. What am I talking about? The phrase "You must be born again." In fact we use it so much that it has almost lost its meaning.
We that have been around Christian circles understand what is meant but we are so familiar with it that we
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.
John 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
John 6:66 From that [time] many