Born Again (May 3)

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May 3
Born Again

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 65:1-8 | Judges 17:1-18:31 | John 3:1-21 | Proverbs 14:20-21

Today’s Scripture Focus: John 3

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again.” (John 3:3 TNIV)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 TNIV)

Jesus clearly teaches that we must be born again. There must be a spiritual rebirth to enter into God’s kingdom. It is a transformation that takes place when we place our trust in Christ and accept him as Savior and Lord.

It is all made possible because God loved us enough to send Jesus to die for us. He deals with our sin problem. He brings forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who believe.

It is much like the transformation of a butterfly. Beginning as a worm-like creature we enter the Chrysalis and are transformed to a new way of life. We emerge as a beautiful butterfly. So, when we come in repentance and faith and invite Christ into our lives, he transforms us and we are made new. We emerge from the experience a new creature. In the words of Jesus, we are “born again.”

Life abundant—lived to the full—and everlasting. It results from being born again by the Spirit. It begins with a simple prayer of faith where we confess our need to be forgiven and invite Christ into our lives to become our Savior and Lord.

God loves you and has done everything you need to spend eternity with him through the death of Jesus on the cross. Enter into his life and be born again to a whole new way of life. Open your heart to a relationship with Jesus.

Heavenly Father, thank you for providing a way for us to born again into your kingdom. Thank you for life eternal and all the blessings of your grace. Continue to transform me more and more so that I become like Jesus. In his name, Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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