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Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

John 5:14 (NIV)

Among the Gospels, I’d have to say that my favorite is John. As I was reading through this today, several verses stuck out to me in chapter 5. One of which is verse 4, which may or may not be in your Bible, depending upon your translation. Of the 25+ versions that I normally review on, thirteen contain this verse. If you’re reading a printed form of the Bible then you’re likely to have a footnote where verse 4 should be explaining that some manuscripts have this verse in them while others do not, unless your version has this verse. The verse that’s been left out in many versions is here below:

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blonde roses bask
in golden beams, sparkling
dust floats; blinking
sun still streams,
bouncing blue eyes,
cloud filled, cumulus skies-
terracotta houses dot
verdant, broad
palm patches, swaying-
blustery tips touch
toucans, squawking-
all rejoice, in
this Day.

And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.

2 Chronicles 33:13 (NIV)

What will it take for you to believe in the power of God? When Jesus walked the earth so many people wanted to see signs and wonders to believe. Even the apostle Thomas, someone who had followed Jesus during His earthly ministry, who had seen the sight of the blind restored, the leprous made clean, deaf ears opened, and the dead raised, said, when He was told that Jesus was alive, after having seen Him die, “unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25 NIV).

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So many voices,
shouting, look at me!
You, see us all.