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John 3:16-21

John 3:16 is arguably the most well known verse in the Bible. (Did you memorize it in Sunday school like me?) You see it everywhere, and even most people who aren't Christians recognize the reference as being from the Bible. So all that to say, it can be pretty easy to gloss over this passage because we're so familiar with it. So as I read, I made it a point to slow down and consider each and every word. When I did that, these words from verse 18 stood out to me "but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." I went back and read John 3:16-21 several times and as I did that, I felt a growing urgency about getting out and telling the world about Jesus.

So are you with me? When you read these verses did you see the need and feel that urgency to tell someone about Christ? What kind of opportunities are you going to seize today? Tell us. Tami W.

P.S. Tomorrow is a special day around here. We're celebrating two birthdays, and you're invited to join us. Here's your invitation.

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I am definitely on board with spreading the message of salvation through Christ. I am not sure how to go about it sometimes but I am willing to go where and speak to how whoever the Lord sees fit.

My heart breaks when I read that verse (John 3:18)...
It's something how we can minister better to strangers, but the ones we love, that are closest, can't hear us..can't accept it from us. As in Mark 6 and Matthew 13, no one would listen to Christ in his hometown. I pray always that God would send the right person to help, as I might be someone elses 'right person.'

I think that being available for God to use whenever and wherever we go is important. God gives me opportunities to listen to and pray for people as I go from place to place substitute teaching. An important aspect to that is building relationships.
The opportunity that really excites me is Manitoba's Passion Play "The Carpenter". It centers on the last 2 weeks of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. There are about 70 actors involved, along with numerous volunteers. We were challenged to put it on for the students last year. Consequently, this year we are doing it Father's Day weekend. It truly is the passion God has stirred in my soul for sharing Him. (Sorry if this sounds like advertising.)

Your right the entire free world knows this verse, sometime when you try to explain the Father's unconditional love with this, you run into a deer in the headlights look. This just goes to prove what is written, that all are called but few are choosen. There are some in this world that will never hear his words because they were never ment too. However it is always our job to share the truth along with our own experiences how Jesus has touched our lives before and after we answered his call.

Tami, I am right there with you! I do see the need to spread the Gospel each and every day. Many people that I deal with feel that all I talk about is Our Lord and Savior. What else is there to talk about? I try not to gossip and not to be a part of it, so my question is again, what else it there to talk about?

I try each day to share the life of Jesus Christ with others. As long as I have breath, I going to praise Our Father. I will use any and every opportunity to share His Light, so it depends on what opportunities come my way.

Janet - I read your comment and I understand exactly what you are saying. I can tell you that I am going to speak the Word of God to everyone. It is not my concern how they receive it, but it is my commission to spread The Word. I can say that I have a few family members who didn't receive it well, but according to Ezekiel 33:9 - I am not held accountable if they don't listen to me. We are God's children and have a responsibility to share ALL of His word the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Don't be afraid to tell them, it may save them from a life separated from God.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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