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


Now there was a man named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees and was a leader among the Jews.


For God's message is alive and full of power in action, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the depths of soul and spirit, to the dividing of joints and marrow, and passing judgment on the thoughts and purposes of the heart.


He came for the purpose of testifying, to testify to the light, so that everyone through him might come to believe.


So He made a lash out of cords, and drove them all, together with the sheep and cattle, out of the temple court, scattered the money-changers' coins and upset their tables.


You must consider it the purest joy, my brothers, when you are involved in various trials,


After saying this, He was taken up while they were looking at Him, and a cloud swept under Him and carried Him out of their sight.


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


The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. That is just the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."


The sick man answered, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is moved, but while I am trying to get down, somebody else steps down ahead of me."


So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in Him, "If you live in accordance with what I teach, you are really my disciples,


that you may better know the certainty of those things that you have been taught.


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


since you have learned by experience that the Lord is kind.


because of the truth that lives on in our hearts and will be with us forever:


"Keep on asking, and the gift will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and the door will open to you.


He came to Jesus one night and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that you have come from God, for no one can perform the wonder-works that you are doing, unless God is with him."


Having heard, they began to leave one by one, starting with the eldest, until only Jesus was left with the woman.


Now the birth of Christ Jesus occurred under these conditions: After His mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, but before they had lived together, she was found to be an expectant mother through the influence of the Holy Spirit.


Just then an expert in the law got up to test Him by asking, "Teacher, what shall I do to get possession of eternal life?"


Also we do not want you to have any misunderstanding, brothers, about those who are falling asleep, so as to keep you from grieving over them as others do who have no hope.


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


My brothers, what good is there in a man's saying that he has faith, if he has no good deeds to prove it? Such faith cannot save him, can it?


Or, do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into union with Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?


the older women, too, to be reverent in their deportment, and not to be slanderers or slaves to heavy drinking, but to be teachers of what is right,


What is our conclusion then? Are we to continue to sin for His unmerited favor to multiply?


But a time is coming -- indeed, it is already here -- when the real worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and reality, for the Father is looking for just such worshipers.


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


"You keep on searching the Scriptures, for you yourselves suppose that you will get possession of eternal life through them; and yet they are witnesses that testify to me,


Stop being surprised at this, for the time is coming when all that are in the graves will listen to His voice,


"Stop criticizing others, so that you may not be criticized yourselves.


For I passed on to you, among the primary principles of the good news, what I had received, that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the Scriptures,


They are children of the world; this is why they speak what the world inspires, and why the world listens to them.


In the evening of that same first day of the week, even with the doors of the room bolted where the disciples had met for fear of the Jews, Jesus went 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 exactly as it was from the beginning of creation!"


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


"Go in by the narrow gate, for broad and roomy is the road that leads to destruction, and many are going in by it.


Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot again enter his mother's womb and be born, can he?"


Keep on obeying this message; do not merely listen to it, and so deceive yourselves.


Then He said: "There was a man who had two sons.


For everyone who keeps on asking, receives, and everyone who keeps on seeking, finds, and to the one who keeps on knocking, the door will open.


Yet it is nothing but the truth I now tell you, that it is better for you that I should go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come into close fellowship with you, but if I do go away, I will send Him to be in close fellowship with you.


"You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its strength, what can make it salt again? It is good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden under foot.


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


On the first day of the week, 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 the tomb.


Philip answered Him, "Forty dollars' worth of bread is not enough to give them all even a scanty meal apiece."


One Sabbath, when He went to take a meal at the house of a Pharisee who was a member of the council, they continued to watch Him closely.


So He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and as His habit was on the Sabbath, He went to the synagogue and stood up to read.


So Jesus answered them: "I most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, except as He sees the Father doing it, for whatever the Father is in the habit of doing the Son also persists in doing.


Now when Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Judea in the days of King Herod, stargazers came from the East to Jerusalem


because you recognize this truth above all else, that no prophecy in Scripture is to be interpreted by one's own mind,


"I make this petition, not for them only, but for all who ever come to believe in me through their message,


Jesus answered her, "If you just knew what God has to give and who it is that said to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have been the one to ask Him, and He would have given you living water."


That night at once the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea, and on arriving there they went to the Jewish synagogue.


For I have full assurance that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor the present nor the future


I wrote my first volume, Theophilus, about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning


Afterward Jesus found him in the temple court, and said to him, "See! You are now well. Stop sinning or something worse may befall you."


spiritual blessing and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


So everyone was going to his own town to register.


Have you suffered so much for nothing? If it really is for nothing.


Now as they were journeying on, He came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him to her house.


So, my dearly loved friends, as you have always been obedient, so now with reverence and awe keep on working clear down to the finishing point of your salvation not only as though I were with you but much more because I am away;


and you pay special attention to the man who wears the fine clothes, and say to him, "Sit here in this fine place," and say to the poor man, "Stand up, or sit there on the floor at my feet,"


Jesus answered him, "If anyone really loves me, he will observe my teaching, and my Father will love him, and both of us will come in face-to-face fellowship with him; yes, we will make our special dwelling place with him.


Once He was praying in a certain place, and when He ceased, one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."


Now He told them the following story to show how necessary it is for people always to pray and never to give up:


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


So, if there is any appeal in our union with Christ, if there is any persuasive power in love, if we have any common share in the Spirit, if you have any tenderheartedness and sympathy,


Now great crowds were going along with Him, and all at once He turned and said to them:


After they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, are you more devoted to me than you are to these things?" Peter answered Him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I tenderly love you." Jesus said to him, "Then feed my lambs."


So I tell you, stop worrying about your life, as to what you will have to eat or drink, or about your body, as to what you will have to wear. Is not life worth more than food and the body worth more than clothes?


Then the Jews addressed Him and asked, "What sign can you show us that you have authority to act in this way?"


It is what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have beheld, what our own hands have touched, about the very message of life --


Now Saul, as he was still breathing threats of murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest


The man who had been cured did not know who He was, for since there was a crowd at the place, Jesus had slipped away.


This is why God has given them up to degrading passions. For their females have exchanged their natural function for one that is unnatural,


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


"Fellow Israelites, listen to what I say. Jesus of Nazareth, as you yourselves well know, a man accredited to you by God through mighty deeds and wonders and wonder-works which God performed through Him right here among you,


Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and for forty days He was led about in the desert under the Spirit's guidance,


So some of His disciples said to one another, "What does He mean by telling us, 'In just a little while you will not see me, and yet in just 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 and Him who was seated on it, from whose presence earth and sky fled away, no more to be found.


He answered them, "The man who cured me said to me, 'Pick up your pallet and go to walking.'"


And He had to go through Samaria.


Since many writers have undertaken to compose narratives about the facts established among us,


After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on before Him, two by two, to every town or place which He was going to visit.


When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain. After He had taken His seat, His disciples came up to Him.


And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both of them were far advanced in years.


Now on the Sabbath they rested, in accordance with the commandment, but on the first day of the week at early dawn they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.


Since then we have in Jesus, the Son of God, a great High Priest who has gone right up to heaven itself, let us continue to keep a firm hold on our profession of faith in Him.


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


Now let me remind you, brothers, of the essence of the good news which I proclaimed to you, which you accepted, on which you now are standing,


Now after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God:


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


I most solemnly say to you, whoever perseveres in believing in me can himself do the things that I am doing; yes, he can do even greater things than I am doing, because I am going to the Father.


Though He was existing in the nature of God, He did not think His being on an equality with God a thing to be selfishly grasped,


But I say to you who listen now to me, practice loving your enemies, practice doing good to those who hate you,


The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ.


'It will occur in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will have visions. Your old men will have dreams.


There appeared a man named John, sent from God.


And the ground for the sentence is this, that the light has come into the world, and yet, because their actions were evil, men have loved darkness more than the light.


But now God's way of giving men right standing with Himself has come to light; a way without connection with the law, and yet a way to which the law and the prophets testify.


Practice forgiving others, and you will be forgiven. Practice giving to others, and they will give to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, people will pour into your lap. For the measure you use with others they in turn will use with you."


If I could speak the languages of men, of angels too, and have no love, I am only a rattling pan or a clashing cymbal.


while all the throng of people were praying outside at the hour of the incense burning.


And once while He was eating with them, He charged them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. "You have heard me speak of it," He said,


By the help of the Lord always keep up the glad spirit; yes, I will repeat it, keep up the glad spirit.


But He said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or umpire in your affairs?"


And He is Himself the atoning sacrifice for our sins; and not for ours alone, but also for the whole world.


Once when he was acting as priest before God, when his division was on duty, it fell to his lot,


Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who is called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen who was an intimate friend of the governor, and Saul.


Then He took a loaf, gave thanks, and broke it in pieces, and gave it to them, and said, "This is my body which is to be given for you. Do this as a memorial to me."


because His divine power has given us everything that is needful for life and piety, through our full knowledge of Him who through His glory and excellence has called us to Him.


No one must say, when he is tempted to do evil, "I have a temptation from God to do evil," for God cannot be tempted to do evil, and He never tempts anyone to do so.


to my dearly loved child, Timothy: spiritual blessing, mercy, and peace be with you from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.


And so there sprang from one man, and that dead as to any prospects for offspring, a people as numberless as the stars in the sky and as the sands beside the seashore.


To some people who were confident that they themselves were upright, but who scorned everybody else, He told the following story:


When the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to Him, "They have no wine!"


"For it is just like a man who was going on a long journey from his homeland, who called to him his slaves and turned his property over to them.


Aram the father of Aminadab, Aminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,


Once as the crowd was pressing against Him to hear the message of God, He found Himself standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret.


Is any one of you suffering ill-treatment? He should keep on praying. Is anyone in a happy mood? He should keep on singing praise to God.


Now there was but one heart and soul in the vast number of those who had become believers, and not one of them claimed that anything that he had was his own, but they shared everything that they had as common property.


By no means, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.


When Zechariah saw him, he was agitated, even overwhelmed with fear.


So those who were present began to ask Him, "Lord, is this the time when you are going to set up the kingdom again for Israel?"


"Therefore, let all the descendants of Israel understand beyond a doubt that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ."


One Sabbath He was teaching in one of the synagogues,


Jesus answered, "The first one is, 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,


Such a man, indeed, a person with two minds,


Now through the unmerited favor God has shown me I would say to every one of you not to estimate himself above his real value, but to make a sober rating of himself, in accordance with the degree of faith which God has apportioned to him.


Then He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you, that everything which is written about me in the law of Moses, in the prophets, and in the Psalms, had to be fulfilled."


But a man named Ananias, in partnership with his wife Sapphira, 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 get a look at the tomb.


Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would have been fighting to keep me from being turned over to the Jews. But as a matter of fact, my kingdom does not come from such a source."


When the Sabbath had ended, Mary of Magdala, Mary, James's mother, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint Him.


Many of you, my brothers, should avoid becoming teachers, because you know that we teachers are going to be judged with stricter judgment than other people.


for you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true."


For this is the way the pious women of olden times, who set their hope on God, used to adorn themselves.


Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,


And this is the message that we have heard from Him and now announce to you: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in Him.


For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, and its flowers wither, and its beauty fades away; so will rich men fade away in their pursuits.


On that very day, strange to say, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,


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


He is the One who was face to face with God in the beginning.


For our appeal did not originate from a delusion or an impure motive; it was not made in fraud;


And the King will answer them, 'I solemnly say to you, every time you did a good deed to one of these most insignificant brothers of mine, you did a good deed to me.'


The younger men, however, got up, wrapped up his body, carried it out, and buried it.


I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy contained in this book that if anyone adds anything to it, God will add to him the plagues that are described in this book;


Then one of the scribes, on hearing them arguing, came up, and since he saw that Jesus had answered them properly, he asked Him, "What sort of command is the first of all commands?"


which reached you, and since it is bearing fruit and growing among you, just as it is all over the world, from the day you first heard of God's favor and in reality came to know it,


knowledge with self-control, self-control with patient endurance, patient endurance with piety,


"So everyone who listens to my words and practices their teaching, will be like a prudent man who built his house on a rocky foundation.


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


But this I tell you, brothers: Our physical bodies cannot take part in the kingdom of God; what is decaying will never take part in what is immortal.


For the account that I passed on to you I myself received from the Lord Himself, that the Lord Jesus on the night He was betrayed took a loaf of bread


but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never, no never, be thirsty again, for the water that I will give him will become a spring of water that keeps on bubbling up within him for eternal life."


After this I looked, and there was a vast throng that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,


"I most solemnly say to you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs over at some other place is a thief and a robber.


This is a saying to be trusted: "Whoever aspires to the office of pastor desires an excellent work."


It was while Apollos was in Corinth that Paul, by passing through the inland districts, came to Ephesus. He found a few disciples there


"Also, whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, to attract the attention of people. I solemnly say to you, they already have their reward.


"You have heard that it was said, 'You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'