Tag Archive: 1 John

Jun 30

Should Christians feel a little self-serving when they obey God? Do we do it to get something from him?

Are we being a little mercenary when we obey God? Do we do it for the goodies we get? Satan raised this very charge when God told him about the obedience of his servant Job. (Job 1:8-12; 2:3-6) Job lived a godly life and was a wealthy, respected man.  Satan told God that if God …

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Jul 01

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the Creator How do you begin a story with no beginning? Matthew and Luke begin with the supernatural birth. Mark begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. John’s Gospel begins at the ultimate beginning. His first words “In the beginning” jolt us to Genesis.  Jesus was the uncreated Creator God.  When time …

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Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Mar 02

Not even the apostles had perfect churches

John’s last years The Apostle John lived a long life. He lived so long that in the last chapter of his Gospel he had to correct the rumor that he would not die but would live until Jesus returned. (John 21:20-23) Near the end of his life he supervised a group of churches near Ephesus …

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Feb 25

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you?

Have you ever wanted to do something so much that nothing could stop you? Jesus lived in a dirty time and place. Animals carried people and burdens. Streets were mostly unpaved. It was a time of dust and filth and people wore sandals. Washing someone feet was the work of slaves. But it was needed …

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Jan 07

Two Reasons Why We Need to Know Who Killed Jesus

Two Reasons Why We Need to Know Who Killed Jesus We live in a blame casting and credit gathering society. We need to be sure that we can pin all the blame for bad things on someone else and that we can claim all credit for the good things. The goal is for one other …

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Jul 21

What happens when we sin?

Christians don’t lead perfect lives. We sin and each time we sin there is a choice. We can agree that it is wrong and decide not to do it again and be restored. We will sin again and the process will be repeated. We will mature and change but we will always be plagued by …

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