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Reflections to consider

Are you all in? Have you bet the ranch on Jesus Christ? If you’re single, are you all in when it comes to your sexual purity and your holiness? All in concerning what you see and what you hear? How about marriage? Have you bet the ranch? Do you need to say to your spouse

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John 5

Jesus makes it very clear that a date is set when EVERYONE will respond to Jesus’ voice and will rise from the dead! “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will

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John 4

“I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Jesus in this text states that two actions are required for a harvest – sowers and reapers. When it comes to reaching out to a lost world, Jesus told the disciples that they

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John 3

Jesus declares clearly for one to be “born again” and enter the kingdom they must be born of both water and the Spirit! John the Baptist had preached that the road to repentance and forgiveness of sins for Israel went through baptism of repentance in water. John also proclaimed that the Messiah’s baptism was going

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John 2

John notes that when Jesus changed the water to wine that this was the first miraculous sign performed in Cana. It is worth noting that John calls this miracle a “sign” – but a sign of what? John uses the term “signs” for Jesus’ miracles eleven times in his gospel, John notes each of these

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John 1

As we begin this gospel it is important that understand what John is declaring in this opening statement, for this statement sets the tone for the whole gospel! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is interesting that John should call Jesus the Word

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings for the week. Peter in our readings addressed Christians who were suffering for their faith. Peter challenged them to reframe what they had to face and center their focus on Jesus. It was a challenge to make Jesus their model in suffering and their purpose. When

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Reflections to consider

“Many choose not to follow Jesus because of the requirement he gives that we deny ourselves (Luke 9: 23). Jesus is honest as he explains, ‘There is a cost to following me. You’ve got to deny the hardest thing to deny, which is yourself.’ One Sunday I surprised my congregation by announcing, publicly, the church

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1 Peter 5

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This is an easy text to understand – but all too often we ignore this command! We as Christians are willing to cast all our anxiety on God

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1 Peter 4

Peter notes a number times in our reading that the Christians were facing dark and difficult days ahead. One thing that we need to realize, and that is being a Christian often brings abuse, suffering, and isolation. Our walk is very different from the world around us and that contrast often brings suffering. In fact,

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1 Peter 3

Peter continues in this reading to draw a contrast between those in the world and those of us who are in the kingdom of The Son. He talks of how our marriages will be different where husbands love and cherish their wives and wives are submissive to their husbands. Where we love one another in

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1 Peter 2

Peter reminds the Christians that they are aliens and strangers in the world. That is a very important concept for it changes how you see life and how you view the world. For we are in the world but we are not of the world! When we turn on the news and watch how the

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1 Peter 1

When Peter wrote this letter many were suffering for the cause of Christ. I am sure many were wondering why? They had been faithful to the Lord – why were they suffering? Suffering through the ages has always caused those same questions to be asked. Suffering of course should be expected because we live in

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Reflections

Today is a day to reflect over our readings. John noted a number of times in our readings that our love for the Lord will be reflected in our love for one another in the body of Christ. This journey, this walk we have been called to travel as Christians was never intended to be

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Reflections to consider

“Many people confuse temptation with sin, but it is not a sin to be tempted. When someone is being tempted, it does not mean that they are living a substandard Christian life. It doesn’t mean that they are out of the will of God. It doesn’t mean that they are being disobedient. Case in point:

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3 John

In this short letter from John we can see that there were a number of forces that were trying to destroy the church! We know that false doctrine continues to attack the church. It is the reason that John notes how he is encouraged that Gaius was faithful to the truth. Then there are those

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2 John

Though John introduces himself in the third person, “The elder,” he immediately changes to the first person “I,” which is quite characteristic of Greek writers. The phrase “unto the elect lady and her children” identifies the recipients of this brief letter. As suggested in the introduction, John is probably addressing a congregation of Christians who

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1 John 5

John in this reading reminds us that if we are in Christ – God ALWAYS answers our prayers! One of the great blessings of being a child of God is the promise that we always have God’s ear. The world does not have that promise! Often I am reminded when I face difficulties or challenges

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1 John 4

This passage should give us great confidence!! When this passage declares we “have overcome” it is basically saying victory has been achieved for us and that victory is something that we can claim today! Being victorious over the evil one and the world is something we who belong to God today enjoy. The antichrist who

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1 John 3

Just as ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ are mutually exclusive, so the practice of sin and a standing new birth relation are impossible combinations. Remember that a standing practice of sin is ‘walking in darkness,’ and that makes any claim to fellowship with God ‘a lie’ (1Jn 1:6)! Repentance from the practice of sin is prerequisite to

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