We make our study of John’s little letter to a friend about the need to keep on in love, in the commandments and to not support those who don’t follow along with the truth the apostles taught.
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Beginning in Ps. 103, we look at the blessing of forgiveness. We examine some poor substitutes for it, how the law pointed out how serious sin was, and end with the blessedness of true forgiveness in Christ.
A brief look at how Old Testament Israel finally rid itself of idols, and how Christians dealt with it when they preached the gospel to those who worshipped them.
As John begins to close out his epistles, he calls on the witnesses of the water and the blood, the Spirit and the Father that testify to Jesus, the Son of God come in the flesh and gives eternal life.
Groundhog’s Day came to use by a circuitous route that includes pagan rooted practices and a middle age Catholic tradition of helping the poor. What important lesson can we learn from this?
Those in Christ are invited to the greatest feed of all time — the wedding supper of the Lamb. Are we preparing for it?
A brief look at two of the Bibles great conversion stories — the king who turned from idolatry to serve the God of his fathers and the persecuting rabbi who became the foremost example of mercy and the most prominent of Jesus’ apostles.
Paul had a confident optimism for the future that not only was there the assurance of heaven, but that life on earth would be productive work too in cooperation with the brethren.
John assures us that God is love and His love is manifest in us. Thus we are to love each others as we have a relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit, and they with us and us with each other.
John admonishes the believers to “test the spirits” since many deceivers who do not confess the truth have gone out into the world. The world listen to them, but John assures us that we have overcome them.
Jesus tells us that God values even the sparrows that were so cheaply sold. So He also assures us that He cares fully for us. This is great news in a in a world of mostly uncaring people.
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Jesus did not grasp onto, hold tightly, or in anyway try to stay on in heaven instead of freely coming in the most humble way, to preform the most personally humiliating service for us.
Jesus revealed more of the personal relationship that we have with God as our father in the Sermon on the Mount than the entire Old Testament did. d
John continues to tell of the blessing found only in Christ and the truth: among them, a heart assured before God — if we keep His commands and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
After Jesus calmed the storm, the frightened disciples asked, “Who Is This?”