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Scripture Reading: John 8:31-32
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Taking a Bible verse out of context can lead to misunderstanding and may even prove perilous to spiritual health. John 8:32 is one of Jesus’ most misunderstood and misapplied statements. People often misuse this as a justification for telling you a painful truth you already know about yourself. But that just hurts without helping.
So let’s look at this in its context. Jesus has stated plainly that he is the Messiah. He has been preaching, teaching, and miracle-making to proclaim, instruct,...
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Alina had rejected God. The 22-year-old was born to a Christian family in Russia, but rejected the faith and life of her parents.
“My parents prayed for me,” she later told Back to God Ministries Russian outreach team, “but I left the church. I didn’t want anything to do with God. I did drugs and was completely sinful. I was looking for love, but...