by Tony Nester

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Title: Scriptures That Have Touched My Life: Born Again
Part 1 of 5
Pastor Tony Nester
Text: John 3:1-16

Today I'm beginning a new message series. I want to explore
with you some of the Scriptures that have touched my life.
We each have our own life with God. Our spiritual journeys
are not the same even though they are led by the same
Sprit. I'm going to share some of my story.

I'm starting with the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in John

1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the
Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi,
we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for
no one can do these signs that you do apart from the
presence of God."

If I had been born as a person from the Bible I might well
have been Nicodemus. Nicodemus and I have a lot in common.

Nicodemus was a Pharisee. I could have been a Pharisee.
Pharisees were the people who took religion seriously. They
didn't treat religion as something you did when you had
time, or only when you needed something from God. For the
Pharisees God was a full-time concern.

I can't explain why, but I have been seriously interested
in God since I was a young boy. While other children my age
would be bored in Sunday School, I was interested in
learning more about God. It wasn't coming out of guilt for
fear - I just was interested in knowing more about God. I
was eager to hear Bible stories. I began reading the Bible
early in my life. Like Nicodemus I wanted to know
everything I could about God.

Nicodemus had a sharp mind. He recognized that Jesus had
something important to say about God. Nicodemus had
observed the miracles that Jesus had performed and
recognized that Jesus had a definite connection with the
power of God.

When he went to see Jesus he addressed Jesus as a rabbi who
had come from God. That was a high compliment. He set the
tone for the conversation he hoped to have with Jesus. ...

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