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It's hard to explain where inspiration comes from. A great book, a hard-hitting speech, insight about a scientific breakthrough - they often come from out of nowhere. Or so it seems.

Coming to a new understanding about God is inspirational too, by definition. Prepare your heart to follow the Spirit's leading.

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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

John 3:16-17

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As a kid, I loved comic books — Spiderman, X-Men, the Hulk, you name it. I loved the comics, the characters, and the writing. Heroes defeated villains and saved the world, all while spouting witty banter and great one-liners. Often, at the end of a story, the hero or heroine would be walking off victorious into the sunset and a dialog box would simply declare: “‘Nuff said.” It took me awhile to realize this meant “enough said.” No more words necessary. Period.

I wonder if John realized when he quoted these words of Jesus that this would become one of the most well-known one-liners in history. Its phrasing is so concise that it has been called “the gospel in a nutshell.” ‘Nuff said.

How would you describe your love for God in a nutshell? Could this help you share that good news with the world?

Steve Cothran

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God, help me to love everyone in your world so much that I follow your example, giving my very best to show your love. Amen.

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Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

Romans 15:13 (The Message)

Steve Cothran

Steve Cothran serves with a terrific staff at First Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, where he is associate pastor for youth/families. His wife, Nancy, is also a minister. They are blessed with three unique children, Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.

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