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Contributed on Oct 16, 2021
Second John 1-4 teaches us about living in the truth.
Scripture Last time, we completed the First Letter of John. Today, are going to begin studying the Second Letter of John. And in a few weeks, we will study the Third Letter of John. By the time John wrote these letters, he was an old man. He had been called by Jesus to serve as one of his ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2021
First John 5:18-21 gives three affirmations that Christians know regarding their spiritual status.
Scripture Today we are going to conclude the First Letter of John. Last time I mentioned that as John comes to the end of this letter, he wants to instill certainty in his readers about the assurance of their salvation. So, he takes up the theme of what it is that we know in 1 John 5:13-21. John ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2021
First John 5:13-17 shows us what we know as Christians.
Scripture The Apostle John corrects false teaching by setting down three tests by which one may evaluate whether one has a saving relationship with God. The tests are moral, social, and doctrinal, also known as tests of obedience, love, and belief. John has repeated and restated these three tests ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2021
First John 5:6-12 shows us why you should believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Scripture In the fifth chapter of the Apostle John’s First Letter, he concludes the first paragraph of that chapter with this statement, “Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). But how can any person come to believe that Jesus is ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2021
First John 5:1-5 shows us what the new birth produces.
Scripture In her book titled Stay Salt, Rebecca Manley Pippert writes about the renowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles in which he told this story in a graduate class at Harvard University many years ago: “A highly regarded psychiatrist recently told me in despair: ‘I have been doing therapy ...read more
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Contributed on Dec 19, 2009
Receiving confirmation for a significant event or activity is often important. When I was in the South African Air Force serving as an Air Traffic Controller, I used to tease the permanent force guys mercilessly. At a certain time each year they would receive news of promotions and new assignments. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2009
JOY IS BLACK I recently read the following letter that was sent to Dr. Michael Youssef, pastor of The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. The letter was sent by Mrs. Lane, who has been a primary school teacher for 38 years: Dear Michael, One day I was trying to teach my students the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
When I was in the South African Air Force I had the opportunity to march in a military tattoo. There were about 120 Air Force marchers lined up in rows of three. We drilled several hours a day for many weeks. Finally, we got to the military tattoo. It was marvelous to watch 120 Airmen dressed in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2005
I remember a speaker at one of the chapel services at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where I went to seminary. Having being introduced as our main Missions Conference speaker for the week, he asked us to pray with him. We all bowed in prayer and, after a pregnant pause, John Stensether ...read more