Unless You Are

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The leaves have fallen to the wooden deck below.

The old leaves will be soon replaced with the new.

The old must be replaced with the new in our lives, as well.

We must be born again.

Once is not enough.

The Holy Spirit gives us a new life—a new birth.

Without it, we will never get into the Kingdom of God.

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After dark one night a Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus, a member of the sect of the Pharisees, came for an interview with Jesus. “Sir,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miracles are proof enough of this.”

Jesus replied, “With all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.”

“Born again!” exclaimed Nicodemus. “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied, “What I am telling you so earnestly is this: Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  Men can only reproduce human life, but the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven;  so don’t be surprised at my statement that you must be born again!

—John 3:1-7

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