Weekend Guide for the week of May 13

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How did Jesus reach men like Nicodemus or Zaccheus? He engaged them through natural conversation not preaching or sermonizing. A simple reading of the gospels reveals that Jesus had no method or system save that of a genuine interest in other people and a desire to bring them into His Kingdom. Each conversation is unique and reflects the distinct personalities of the men and women He is speaking with. He was never indifferent, aloof, or patronizing. His conversations did not hide behind a shroud of small talk, religious jargon, or spiritual elitism. While he purposed to convict people of their sin and the Father’s love He never made people feel insignificant, embarrassed, or humiliated. In fact Jesus esteemed their freedom and their dignity so highly that He always left the decision with them.

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