Posts from April 2017

Posts from April 2017

April 28, 2017

Friday  1 John 2: 15-17   When, in our hearts, we love God and we love people, there is no room for a love of this world. While we may enjoy parts of it (God did intend for us to be here) we know it is broken and we know it’s not our home. We have a place with Jesus and with the church. In light of that, how would we love such a broken, evil place?   It happens…

April 27, 2017

Thursday 1 John 2:7-14 John encourages believers that they should be walking in the same way Jesus walked and then continues his discussion by explaining what a life lived like Jesus looks like. “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.” When we think about loving like Jesus most of the time we think of discipline, or self restraint, or…

April 26, 2017

Wednesday 1 John 2: 1-6 John addresses the same topic as he did in chapter 1, but from a different perspective this time. He assures us in chapter 1 that we’re forgiven, and we no longer need to carry the weight, burden, and darkness of sin, but that we can confess these sins and He will forgive us. He encourages us that all sin, and if we think otherwise we’re sadly…

April 25, 2017

Tuesday 1 John 1: 5-10   If someone told me today that I was being given one hundred million dollars, I’m pretty confident I’d leave my job. Actually, I’m positive I  would leave my job. I would (I hope) put in my notice, make sure my customers were in good hands, and at the end of two weeks, I’d walk my butt out the front door, smiling the entire way. As soon as the…

April 24, 2017

Monday 1 John 1:1-4 1 John 1:1-4   We all define ourselves in different ways. Sometimes we define ourselves by our careers, other times it’s by our financial status, other times it’s our moral integrity. We all define ourselves different ways, based on what we assume to be the most important and valuable parts of our character. We take the things we think are most…

April 21, 2017

Friday – Philemon 1:23-25 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.   The final greetings are so important here because after Paul makes a major request of Philemon, to take back in a thief, he closes with greetings from…

April 20, 2017

Thursday – Philemon 1: 17-22 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in…

April 19, 2017

Wednesday – Phil 1:8-16 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,b who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but…

April 18,2017

Tuesday – Philemon 1: 4-7 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and…

April 17, 2017

Philemon 1:1-3 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker—also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home: Grace and peace to youa from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The opening chapter of this small book explains who the letter is to, and who the…

April 14, 2017

A Prioritized Christian Moves Forward – In Chapter 5 James lists several things that often get out of order and thereby hold us back from moving forward. If we allow money, personal grudges or illness to become more important then the priorities that God has established in our lives we will truly be doomed to sadness and misery on this earth. Relationship with God, first.…

April 13, 2017

A Praying Christian Moves Forward – From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. – James 4:1-2 I just finished reading Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds and was reminded once…
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