Posts from May 2017 (Page 2)

Posts from May 2017 (Page 2)

May 15, 2017

1 John 5:1-5   John opens this final chapter by explaining that those “born of God” are those who believe “that Jesus is the Christ”. That love, in turn, causes us to love others in the church. And that love is a love that helps us to overcome the world with our faith in Jesus and our love for each other. It’s not a “burden” as he says it, but something we embrace as…

May 12, 2017

1 John 4:13-21   We know that God loves us, and we know that we should love others, but what keeps us from it? What stops us from being bold about our faith, and loving relentlessly? Why is it that we tend to make our grace something to be earned and our love something given with strings attached? Why are we so afraid of being taken advantage of by others? We are so…

May 11, 2017

1 John 4:7-12   Often, when we begin focusing on the knowing scripture and testing teaching, we find that also grow judgmental and cold. It’s often said seminary is the place where spirituality goes to die. Not because everyone in seminary is cold and heartless, but because when we grow in knowledge, we tend to grow less in compassion, kindness, and grace.…

May 10, 2017

1 John 4: 1-6   If you’ve ever been to another country where English is not the main language, then you know how it feels to have no one understand you. To speak, and know what you want to portray, but not be able to express it. Or maybe you took a trip and saw something beautiful. When you got back and wanted to share, you could talk about it, but you couldn’t…

May 9, 2017

1 John 3:19-24   We know that we are called to love. We’ve been given an example of love. We know that our love should be one that comes out in our actions and our deeds. How do we find assurance though? How do we know if we’ve done enough or if we’re coasting by? How do we decide if 10 pairs of shoes are too many or 50 is too many? John answers.   We often want…

May 8, 2017

1 John 3:11-15   John tells us that we must remove hatred in our heart because of what the Light is doing in us. But he doesn’t leave us there. It’s not enough to remove hate, we must act on, and live in, love.   He starts by showing us the greatest example we have of love. It comes from Jesus and the sacrifice he made for us at the cross. “We know love,” John…

May 5, 2017

Friday: 1 John 3:11-15   If we have been forgiven, brought into the light, and now have a new direction to take our life, what should that direction be? As we’ve been looking, John is teaching us that as we accept and know Jesus more, our lives should be changed. In our verses today he gives us another example of what it looks like to be walking in the way Jesus has…

May 4, 2017

  Thursday 1 John 3:4-10   My work recently switched locations. We moved from one side of town to the other and while it is about the same distance for me, it is in completely opposite directions. So obviously the first few weeks there were many times I found myself getting in the wrong lane while driving and trying to go up towards our old location instead of…

May 3, 2017

Wednesday 1 John 3:2-3   When we realize the magnitude of our relationship with God and the unchanging love that he offers to us, it truly does change the way we live. The same way if you realized tomorrow that you had inherited millions of dollars you would live differently when you realize the love and acceptance God has for you, it changes your life.   We now…

May 2, 2017

  Tuesday: 1 John 3:1   Chapter 3 should actually start at 2:28. Since man added the verse numbers much later, sometimes the main ideas don’t really match up with chapter and verse numbers. In this case, in verse 28 of chapter 2 we see John change his conversation from the struggles we face from critics and into a discussion about our relationship with God.…

May 1, 2017

  1 John 2:18-27   As we’ve been reading John, he’s been telling us about what life is like when we find Christ at the center of our hearts. The struggle between focusing on eternity and focusing on now is very real, but would anyone ever suggest you indulge now and neglect eternity?   In the text today, John references those whom he calls “Anti-Christs.”…
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