Contributed on Jan 14, 2019
Sometimes we need to strive to understand important truths more deeply. Sometimes we need to be admonished to stay true to those truths, and to interpret events through their filter. Sometimes we need to find our unity through these.
A Different Angle Introduction to I John 1. Being well-intended does not always work. One blogger writes, “Today, I found out that shutting off the heat in the rental property my parents owned was a bad idea. The water froze and the pipes burst, causing the whole kitchen ceiling to fall down. The ...read more
Contributed on Jan 21, 2019
As followers of Jesus Christ, we can never be completely pure in this life as He was pure. Just as we need showers, baths, or washings, so we need to address the stain of sin on an ongoing basis!
Forgiven Sinners in the Hands of A Gracious God (I John 1:5-10) 1. President Harry Truman snuck into church one Sunday, and a reporter met him after church. The reporter asked Truman what the sermon was about. 2. “Sin,” the President answered succinctly. 3. “And what did the pastor say about ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2019
Since both believers and unbelievers sin, how are believers different?
What Makes A Genuine Believer Different? (I John 2:1-6) 1. Just a few years ago, during Christmas caroling, we missed Doris Smith. Here is how it happened….. 2. To atone for this, I remembered that Doris loved doughnuts…so I brought her half a dozen with some fruit and sang to her… 3. Doris was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2019
Although modern Christians seem to have abandoned any ethic of avoiding worldliness, the Bible has not. But what is worldliness, and why must we avoid it?
The Spirit of the Age (I John 2:15-17) 1. People go through great lengths to avoid being proud and worldly. A rabbi and a cantor are standing in the largely empty synagogue one day, talking mystically about how, given the awesome glory of God’s Infinite Divine Presence, they are each really ...read more