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Two days later there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus' mother was present.


Among the Pharisees there was a man named Nicodemus, a leader among the Jews.


So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John??2 though it was not Jesus himself who baptized them, but his disciples??3 he left Judea and went back again to Galilee.


He came to give testimony, to testify to the light, so that everyone might come to believe in it through him.


So faith comes from hearing what is told, and that hearing comes through the message about Christ.


And he made a lash out of rope, and drove them all, sheep and cattle, out of the Temple, and scattered the money-changers' coins on the ground, and overturned their tables.


You must find the greatest joy, my brothers, in being involved in various trials,


A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."


The wind blows wherever it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. That is the way with everyone who owes his birth to the Spirit."


The sick man answered, "I have nobody, sir, to put me into the pool when the water stirs, but while I am getting down someone else steps in ahead of me."


So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide by what I teach, you are really disciples of mine,


so that you may be reliably informed about the things you have been taught.


"I am the true vine, and my Father is the cultivator.


Ask, and what you ask will be given you. Search, and you will find what you search for. Knock, and the door will open to you.


In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,


This man went to Jesus one night, and said to him, "Master, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can show the signs that you do, unless God is with him."


Now these were the circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ. Mary, his mother, was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married it was found that she was about to become a mother through the influence of the holy Spirit.


Then an expert in the Law got up to test him and said, "Master, what must I do to make sure of eternal life?"


We do not want you to be under any misapprehension, brothers, about those who are falling asleep. You must not grieve for them, as others do who have no hope.


and said to them, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into the sky? This very Jesus who has been caught up from you into heaven will come in just the way that you have seen him go up to heaven."


My brothers, what is the good of a man's saying he has faith, if he has no good deeds to show? Can faith save him?


For God did not send his Son into the world to pass judgment upon the world, but that through him the world might be saved.


Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into union with Christ Jesus have been baptized into his death?


Teach the older women, too, to be reverent in their behavior, and not to gossip or be slaves of drink, but to be teachers of what is right,


Then what shall we conclude? Are we to continue to sin to increase the spread of mercy?


But a time is coming??t is already here!??hen the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and sincerity, for the Father wants such worshipers.


In those days an edict was issued by the Emperor Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken.


Do not be surprised at this, for the time is coming when all who are in their graves will listen to his voice,


"Pass no more judgments upon other people, so that you may not have judgment passed upon you.


They are children of the world; that is why they speak as the world directs, and the world listens to them.


When it was evening on that first day after the Sabbath, and the doors of the house where the disciples met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came in and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you!"


and saying, "Where is his promised coming? For ever since our forefathers fell asleep everything has remained as it was from the beginning of creation!"


After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.


"Go in at the narrow gate. For the road that leads to destruction is broad and spacious, and there are many who go in by it.


Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother's womb over again and be born?"


And he said, "A man had two sons.


For it is always the one who asks who receives, and the one who searches who finds, and the one who knocks to whom the door opens.


Yet it is only the truth when I tell you that it is better for you that I should go away. For if I do not go, the Helper will not come to you, but if I go I will send him to you.


"You are the salt of the earth! But if salt loses its strength, how can it be made salt again? It is good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden underfoot.


For his disciples had gone into the town to buy some food.


On the day after the Sabbath, very early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been removed from it.


Philip answered, "Forty dollars' worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to have even a little."


One Sabbath, when he went to take a meal at the house of a member of the council who was a Pharisee, they were watching him closely.


And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went to the synagogue, as he was accustomed to do, and stood up to read the Scriptures.


I left you behind in Crete expressly to correct what defects there were, and to appoint elders in each town, as I directed you??6 men of irreproachable character, who have been married only once, whose children are Christians, free from any suspicion of profligacy or disobedience.


So Jesus answered them, "I tell you, the Son cannot do anything of his own accord, unless he sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.


Now after the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem in Judea, in the days of King Herod, astrologers from the east arrived at Jerusalem,


You must understand this in the first place, that no prophecy in Scripture can be understood through one's own powers,


"It is not for them only that I make this request. It is also for those who through their message come to believe in me.


The brothers sent Paul and Silas away immediately, in the course of the following night, to Berea. On arriving there they went to the Jewish synagogue.


For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor their hierarchies nor the present nor the future


In my first volume, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning


Afterward Jesus found him in the Temple, and said to him, "See! You are well again. Give up sin, or something worse may happen to you."


God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.


So everyone went to his own town to register.


Have you gone through so much, all for nothing???f it really is for nothing!


As they continued their journey, he came to a certain village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him to her house.


So, my dear friends, as you have always been obedient, with reverence and awe make every effort to insure your salvation, not simply as though I were with you, but all the more because I am away.


and you pay attention to the man in the fine clothes and say to him, "Sit here; this is a good place!" and say to the poor man, "Stand up, or sit on the floor at my feet,"


Once as he was praying in a certain place, when he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, "Master, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."


Jesus answered, "Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it in three days!"


So by whatever appeal there is in our relation to Christ, by whatever incentive there is in love, by whatever participation there is in the Spirit, whatever affection and sympathy,


There were great crowds accompanying him, and once he turned and said to them,


When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, are you more devoted to me than these others are?" Peter said to him, "Yes, Master, you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Then feed my lambs!"


Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about life, wondering what you will have to eat or drink, or about your body, wondering what you will have to wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body than clothes?


Then the Jews addressed him and said, "What sign have you to show us, for acting in this way?"


It is what existed from the beginning, that we announce; what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have beheld, and touched with our hands; it is the very message of life??2 for life has been revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it and announce to you that eternal life that was with the Father and has been revealed to us??3 it is what we have seen and heard that we announce to you also, so that you may share our fellowship, for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ,


Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord's disciples, went to the high priest,


But the man who had been cured did not know who it was, for as there was a crowd there, Jesus had left the place.


That is why God has abandoned them to degrading passions. Their women have exchanged their natural function for one that is unnatural,


may mercy, peace, and love be granted you in abundance.


including you who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ??7 to all those in Rome whom God loves, who are called to be his people; God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.


"Men of Israel, listen to what I say. Jesus of Nazareth, as you know, was a man whom God commended to you by the wonders, portents, and signs that God did right among you through him.


Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the holy Spirit, and he was led about in the desert


Then some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean when he tells us, 'In a little while you will not see me any longer, and a little while after, you will see me again,' and 'Because I am going away to the Father'?"


Then I saw a great white throne with a being seated on it from whose presence earth and sky fled so far that they could not be found.


But he answered, "The man who cured me said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "


Now he had to pass through Samaria.


Many writers have undertaken to compose accounts of the movement which has developed among us,


After this the Master appointed seventy-two others, and sent them on before him, two by two, to every town or place to which he intended to come.


When he saw the crowds of people he went up on the mountain. There he seated himself, and when his disciples had come up to him,


They had no children, for Elizabeth was barren; and they were both advanced in life.


but on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking spices they had prepared.


and Judah of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. And Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron of Aram,


Now I want to remind you, brothers, of the form in which I presented to you the good news I brought, which you accepted and have stood by,


After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news from God,


He said to her, "Go and call your husband and come back here."


I tell you, whoever believes in me will do such things as I do, and things greater yet, because I am going to the Father.


"But I tell you who hear me, love your enemies, treat those who hate you well,


The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.


" 'It will come about in the last days, God says, That I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind; Your sons and daughters will become prophets, Your young men will have visions, And your old men will have dreams.


There appeared a man by the name of John, with a message from God.


And the basis of the judgment is this, that the light has come into the world, and yet, because their actions were wicked, men have loved the darkness more than the light.


But now God's way of uprightness has been disclosed without any reference to law, though the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it.


Give, and they will give to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, they will pour into your lap. For the measure you use with others they in turn will use with you."


I will show you a far better way. If I can speak the languages of men and even of angels, but have no love, I am only a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.


while all the throng of people was outside, praying at the hour of the incense offering.


And once when he ate with them, he instructed them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised. "You have heard me speak of it," he said,


I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the mercy of Christ, to some different good news??7 not that there is any other, only that there are some people who are trying to unsettle you and want to turn the good news of the Christ around.


But he said to him, "Who made me a judge or arbitrator of your affairs?"


He is himself an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the whole world.


Once when he was acting as priest before God, when his division was on duty,


There were at Antioch in the church there a number of prophets and teachers??arnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the governor, and Saul.


For his divine power has given us every requisite for life and piety, through our coming to know him who through his glory and excellence called us to him.


No one should think when he is tempted that his temptation comes from God, for God is incapable of being tempted by what is evil, and he does not tempt anyone.


to my dear child Timothy; God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord bless you and be merciful to you and give you peace.


And so from one man, for any prospect of descendants as good as dead, there sprang a people in number like the stars in the heavens or the countless sands on the seashore.


To some who were confident of their own uprightness, and thought nothing of others, he used this illustration:


The wine gave out, and Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine!"


"For it is just like a man who was going on a journey, and called in his slaves, and put his property in their hands.


and Aram of Aminadab, and Aminadab of Nahshon, and Nahshon of Salmon,


Once as the crowd was pressing about him to hear God's message, he happened to be standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,


There was but one heart and soul in the multitude who had become believers, and not one of them claimed anything that belonged to him as his own, but they shared everything they had with one another.


No, I tell you; unless you repent, you will all perish as they did!


When Zechariah saw him he was startled and overcome with fear.


So those who were present asked him, "Master, is this the time when you are going to re-establish the kingdom for Israel?"


One Sabbath he was teaching in one of the synagogues,


Jesus answered, "The first one is, 'Hear, Israel! The Lord our God is one lord,


Such a man must not expect to get anything from the Lord??8 an irresolute person like him, who is uncertain about everything he does.


By the favor that God has shown me, I would tell every one of you not to think too highly of himself, but to think reasonably, judging himself by the degree of faith God has allowed him.


Then he said to them, "This is what I told you when I was still with you??hat everything that is written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must come true."


But a man named Ananias, who, with his wife Sapphira, had sold a piece of property,


After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.


Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not a kingdom of this world. If my kingdom were a kingdom of this world, my men would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom has no such origin."


When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary, James's mother, and Salome bought spices, in order to go and anoint him.


Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.


"You are right when you say you have no husband, for you have had five husbands and the man you are now living with is not your husband. What you say is true."


It was in that way in ancient times that those pious women who set their hopes on God made themselves attractive. They were submissive to their husbands,


Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, another of his disciples, said to him,


This is the message that we heard from him and announce to you: God is light; there is no darkness in him at all.


For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, and the flowers wither, and all their beauty is gone. That is the way rich men will fade and die in the midst of their pursuits.


That same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,


"Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.


It was he that was with God in the beginning.


For our appeal does not rest on a delusion, nor spring from any impure motive; there is no fraud about it.


The younger men got up and wrapping his body up carried it out and buried it.


I warn everyone who hears the message of prophecy in this book read, that if anyone adds anything to it, God will inflict upon him the plagues that are described in this book;


One of the scribes came up and heard them arguing. He saw that Jesus had answered them well, and he asked him, "Which is the first of all the commands?"


came among you, to thrive and bear its fruit among you, as it does all over the world, from the time when you first heard about the mercy of God,


knowledge with self-control, self-control with steadfastness, steadfastness with piety,


"Everyone, therefore, who listens to this teaching of mine and acts upon it, will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.


As he passed along, he saw a man who had been blind from his birth.


But I can tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God, and decay will not share in what is imperishable.


For I myself received from the Lord the account that I passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus the night he was betrayed took some bread


"I tell you, any man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place, is a thief and robber.


This is a trustworthy saying. Whoever aspires to the office of superintendent sets his heart on a fine work.


It was while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul, after passing through the interior, reached Ephesus. Finding some disciples there,


"When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the squares, to let people see them. I tell you, that is the only reward they will get!


"You have heard that they were told, 'You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'