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Devotionals

Love Like Jesus

Love Like Jesus

Having spent years walking through Israel with Jesus, having listened to him teach, and having seen him heal the sick and even raise the dead, the Apostle John distilled Christ’s love into this intriguing statement: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16a). Without reference to any warm feelings or emotions, John elevates the painful sacrifice
Bearing Real Fruit

Bearing Real Fruit

Jesus said, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). That kind of straightforward evaluation should not only be applied to “them,” but also to us. In the upper room, not long before his crucifixion, Jesus told his twelve apostles, “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8). At that time, you’ll remember, one of the Twelve was secretly conspiring to betray Christ, cashing in his association with the Messiah for thirty pieces of silver. Judas wasn’t intent
Loving God

Loving God

When the call of God on our lives and the message for us in Scripture is distilled into one line it reads like this: “Love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” This was the central command of Old Testament Judaism (Dt.6:5) and it was the primary imperative...
Be Strong!

Be Strong!

We intuitively prefer strength to weakness. And we should. It is a biblical virtue to possess the strength to resiliently face life’s challenges and to “bear up under the pain” we all inevitably encounter (1Pet.2:19; Eph.6:10-13). Thankfully God is desirous of granting his children
Idolatry

Idolatry

The challenging New Testament letter of 1 John ends with the poignant summation to “keep yourself from idols” (5:21). While our minds may revert to flannel graph images of...
Christmas Giving

Christmas Giving

The relationship of Christmas with gift-giving may be bemoaned by many, but the connection is a biblical one. I am not referring to the crazed run through the mall in late December or the White Elephant gift exchange at the office party, but the concept of generously...
Fear of God

Fear of God

Here is one of the most simple, yet most serious warnings found in the Bible: “God is opposed to the proud” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). The last thing we as God’s children should want is to dabble in the archetypal sin that was the initial cause of all the rebellion and corruption in the universe (Ezekiel 28:14-17). We are shown in God’s word that pride’s antithesis and remedy is the fear of the Lord (Romans 11:20; Jeremiah 44:10; Proverbs 8:13). For those who have repented of their sins

Sermons

The Guilt Trip

The Guilt Trip

What to do When Your Heart Condemns You 1 John 3:19-20
3/24/1996
No Idols

No Idols

Guarding Ourselves Against Idolatry 1 John 5:21
6/30/1996
Tuned In

Tuned In

Making Sure that We've Been Supernaturally Rewired 1 John 5:18-20
6/23/1996
He Sinned

He Sinned

What To Do When Someone at Church Sins 1 John 5:16-17
6/9/1996
Judgment Day

Judgment Day

Preparing for the Most Important Day of Your Afterlife 1 John 4:17-18
5/5/1996
This is a Test!

This is a Test!

Evaluating the Quality of Our Love for One Another 1 John 4:7-11
4/21/1996
Caution!

Caution!

Being a Careful Student in a World of Crazy Teachers 1 John 4:1-6
4/14/1996
High Speed Love

High Speed Love

Committing Ourselves to Love Like Jesus 1 John 3:14-18
3/17/1996
Love More

Love More

How Jesus Raised the Standard 1 John 2:7-11
12/3/1995
Enemies of Love

Enemies of Love

Lessons on Hate from the Old Testament 1 John 3:12
3/3/1996
Love Each Other

Love Each Other

God's Ancient Command to Those He Loves 1 John 3:11
2/25/1996
Unchanged

Unchanged

God's Commentary on Untransformed "Christians" 1 John 3:7-10
2/18/1996
Changed

Changed

God Transforming People 1 John 3:4-6
2/11/1996
When God Shows Up

When God Shows Up

Living in Light of Christ's Second Coming 1 John 2:28-29
1/21/1996
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