When the First Step Ends in Failure!
April 22, 2017, 6:24 pm
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“My little children” starts off 1 John 2:1. Many Bible scholars jump pass these words to “deeper” issues but how important are these words! When I read these words, I think of “toddlers”. With three children and nine grandchildren, dealing with these precious “gifts from God” create memories which God often uses to remind us of His eternal truth. How often we try to warn them against doing something that may hurt them or teach them a new and necessary skill only to see their actions bring the very thing we wanted them to avoid or their attempts to try to use a skill end in failure, and many times tears. Think about that dear child taking that first step with our encouragement and teaching. Do you remember how that first step was so celebrated because of all the times that precious child ended on the floor? What about the warnings not to do something that are ignored, only to end in the pain we tried to get our little child to avoid? The Holy Spirit gives John the knowledge that we are “little children” of God, and even though the path to living right before God in this world is simple, it is difficult because we are little children, with a tendency to fail and fall. But take heart little children as your eyes are dried and you receive a hug from your heavenly Father and the encouragement to try again. Failure is only the final part of our story when we give up. This message from John, given to him to share by the Holy Spirit when he was the elder saint, doesn’t end here. Read the rest of the story and see the great news that destroys our fear of failure! Get up and try again! God is on our side!


It Is Test Time
April 19, 2017, 7:36 pm
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(1 John 1:5-10) “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Do you notice the “If we say” phrases in this passage. First, “if we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness”, second “if we say that we have no sin”, and third “if we say that we have not sinned”? Take time to find these phrases and notice what they reveal. “We lie, and do not the truth”, “we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”, and then “we make him a liar, and His word is not in us”. It is apparent that John is giving us test of the reality of our relationship with Christ. Can there be a more important test? Do you pass?

Bringing the Church Back Together
April 9, 2017, 12:24 am
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First John is the heartfelt writings of a man who sought to please God in all He did. Although at one time, this son of thunder, called upon Christ to bring fire down upon a group of people who didn’t receive Jesus he would have his life changed. Instead of speaking in anger, the Holy Spirit who was working in him transform him into Christ-likeness, and by the time of the epistle, he was known as the Apostle of love. His heart ached for his people to have the relationship with God that was a part of His plan. John writes to guide his people toward this relationship that brings joy and fulfillment. As a result, John write to encourage young Christians not to give up and become mediocre. Here are the four reasons for John writes the epistle:
I John 1:4- “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
I John 2:1- “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.”
I John 2:26- “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.”
I John 5:13- “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
In our world today, we have a tremendous problem with the “unchurched” or “de-churched”. Two thousand years ago, John the beloved apostle wrote to people who were facing the same problem. Seemingly, there were those within the church that struggled with sin, which hindered the Holy Spirit’s control in their life, robbing them of joy. In their desire to be happy in the midst of their persecution, the turned to false teachers who misled them as they pointed them in the wrong direction. John writes to remind these believers to focus on Jesus, the Son of God, and to realize that it was in Him and Him alone that they were given the gift of eternal life. This personal relationship with God, when cultivated and developed produces true faith, godly ethics, and a passionate love for our God and for His people.