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As you read through the gospel of John, every time he mentions a SIGN, it points to the belief of some and the unbelief of others.
This particular sign or miracle involves a nobleman, a high ranking public official, associated with a wicked king, he is not the likeliest candidate in which to find faith. Yet, in him we find a sincere faith. His faith stands in stark contrast to the crowds in Galilee who gather to welcome Jesus as he returns from Jerusalem, but in them we find a superficial faith.

As we look carefully at this miracle, it makes a sharp distinction between superficial faith and sincere faith, and we need to allow it to speak to our lives, that it might expose what kind of faith we have, and that it might take us deeper in our faith as it reveals Jesus to us in a greater way.

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During his earthly ministry, Jesus performed countless miracles. Interestingly, John recorded only seven of Jesus’ miracles. Under the inspiration of the Spirit, John understood the miracles of Jesus to be signs (v. 30). Someone has said that a sign is “a miracle with a message.” It is not about the event itself, but the event points beyond itself to a greater truth. Each of the 7 miracles that John recorded, points to, or reveals a greater truth about Jesus.

We are going to look at Jesus' first miracle today, which John alone records, the turning of water into wine, and see what it reveals about Jesus, and what that means for us.

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Mothers_Day_ttlb.jpgIt has been said that the quality of children reflect the quality of their home, and we see that in the life of a woman named Jochobed. All three of her children ended up in ministry, and impacted a nation and the world: Miriam was a prophetess, Aaron the first High Priest of Israel, and Moses became the deliver and leader of Israel. This certainly was a mother who did her job well.

As we look at her life this morning, it speaks to all of us to recognize and honor the influence our mother’s had in our life, and it speaks to mothers, mother’s to be, grandmothers, and spiritual mothers of the incredible influence that we can have on the lives of our children.

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I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES (John 20:30-31)
I believe in miracles, and I believe in a miracle working God who is active in the world today. Take the miraculous out of our faith and you are left with nothing but a set of ethical instructions on how to be a good person, but void of power to make a difference in our lives. Subtract the miracles and Christianity becomes just another empty and lifeless religion.

The miraculous is at the core of the good news that we share with the world, that Jesus came to earth born of a virgin, healed the sick, cast out demons, multiplied the loaves and fishes, walked on water, and rose again from the dead. His life is miraculous from beginning to end, and He is till a miracle working God. This message explores the reason why why we should still believe in and expect miracles today.

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