I finished up with Jonah this past Sunday by preaching on Jonah 3 & 4. Its not the most popular part of Jonah's story but it is important nonetheless. It's "the rest of the story" (read that in a Paul Harvey voice). After looking through those two chapters and researching and praying, I focused on … Continue reading Anger, Soul-Rot, & (Kingdom) Perspective
First, before you ready any further go to this link and watch this video: Please Christmas Don't Be Late This post will wait the 65 seconds it takes you. Thanks. I appreciate that. Read along now... “Please Christmas don’t be late.” The thought of pretty much every kid about now. My own included. I remember … Continue reading Please Christmas Don’t Be Late!
*Graphic credit: GreatExchange Church via creatsionswap.com Sometimes life is hard. I know. Hardly a news flash. But I imagine Gaius (to whom 3 John is addressed) was in the midst of a hard time when John wrote him this letter. And he receives it and opens it up and sees the warm, encouraging words from … Continue reading Saturday – 3 John – Encouragement & Confrontation
*Photo credit: Erik Thien via creationswap.com Here in 2 John we see a follow-up/reminder of John's exhortations in his previous letter. If you're anything like me, at this point you're probably saying "Geez, I get it already! Love one another!" It begs the question, why is it so important to John to repeatedly emphasize this … Continue reading Friday – 2 John – Antichrist?
Photo credit: creationswap.com Blood & water. You find these two words, these two ideas, swirling around a lot in 1 John 5. And John isn't exactly clear on what they mean. Look at verses 6-8: "This is the one who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, … Continue reading Thursday – 1 John 5 – Blood & Water
Yikes. Look at that picture. For me growing up, that was evangelism in a nutshell. Coming to Jesus was surrounded with lots of fearful talk of hell and (some) hopeful talk of heaven. So it probably comes as no surprise that my absolute favorite verses from chapter 4 are verses 17 … Continue reading Wednesday – 1 John 4 – Fear & Judgment
*Photo credit: Julie Ayers via creationswap.com Notice a theme in chapter three? You have to admit, it is hard to miss. Its right there in verse 1: "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" Children of God. Let … Continue reading Tuesday – 1 John 3 – Love, love, love…