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19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19-20) When Jesus first…

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“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19) A dear friend of mine was driving to work one morning, mentally preparing himself to dive into the pile of work waiting on his desk. He sipped his coffee while…

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“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;…

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) I love this verse! However, before we can fully appreciate it, we must understand the context. The entire book was written so believers could know they had eternal life. That’s…

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“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said, ‘It is your responsibility!” (Matthew 27:24) Pilate’s responsibility to his Roman government was to keep the peace in the…

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