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Skeptics say that Jesus never claimed to be God or the Messiah. True? Listen to see what claims he made. Also, listen to see how you can win a Bible from my own personal library.

Music by Jerimae Yoder and Susan Gray.

A BRIBE!

Tell me your preference for how long you would like the Lifespring! podcast to be, and if you would like the frequency of the show to change. For instance, shorter podcasts but more than one a week (how many would you like?). Same frequency, but shorter. Shorter with less music… You get the idea.

Send your ideas to: time.lifespring (at) gmail (dot) com. (Replace the “at” and the “dot” with the appropriate symbols.)

On October 3, 2005, I will choose at random one of the responses I receive at the above address to receive the prize: a New American Standard Topical Chain Study Bible from my own personal library. I’ve had this Bible since around 1983, and it’s a great tool for study.

That’s how much I want your input on this question. So please, make your voice heard!

Scripture References:

Exodus 3:13-14 (NIV)
13Moses said to God, ?Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ?The God of your fathers has sent me to you,? and they ask me, ?What is his name?? Then what shall I tell them??
14God said to Moses, ?I AM WHO I AM.? This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ?I AM has sent me to you.??

John 6:26 through John 6:65 (NIV) EXCERPTS
26Jesus answered, ?I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.?
28Then they asked him, ?What must we do to do the works God requires??
29Jesus answered, ?The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.?
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32Jesus said to them, ?I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.?
34?Sir,? they said, ?from now on give us this bread.?
35Then Jesus declared, ?I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
***** 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
***** 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father?s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.?
41At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, ?I am the bread that came down from heaven.? 42They said, ?Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ?I came down from heaven???
43?Stop grumbling among yourselves,? Jesus answered. 44?No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets: ?They will all be taught by God.?? Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.

Some ?I AMs OF Jesus?

John 8:12 (NIV)
12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ?I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.?

John 9:5 (NIV)
5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.?

John 10:7 AND John 10:9 (NIV)
7Therefore Jesus said again, ?I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.? He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

John 10:11 (NIV)
11?I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:14 (NIV)
14?I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me?

John 11:25 (NIV)
25Jesus said to her, ?I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

John 14:6 (NIV)
6Jesus answered, ?I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 15:1 (NIV)
1?I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

John 15:5 (NIV)
5?I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

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