Posts with the tag “1-john”
1 John 5
by Audrey Rogers on November 24th, 2020
1 John 5:21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. John Calvin has famously said, “the human heart is an idol factory.” There’s just no way around it. We are hard-wired for worship. If Jesus is not the object of your fierce devotion and tender affection you will manufacture little deities. Causes and careers will be your idols and icons. Hobbies and pursuits will be your gods and goddesses. P...
1 John 4
by Audrey Rogers on November 23rd, 2020
1 John 4:18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. Being afraid of someone is not a very loving thing to do. Think about that. We don’t typically equate being intimidated with being unloving, but that’s exactly what it is. If you are afraid of your neighbor because he is gruff or your boss beca...
1 John 3
by Audrey Rogers on November 20th, 2020
1 John 3:17If anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Your heart has a door. Make sure it stays propped open. You never want it to latch on a brother, especially if you possess the world’s goods. But, on the chance it does, do not be surprised if you get a knock. Scripture says, Jesus stands at the door. Don’t i...
1 John 2
by Audrey Rogers on November 19th, 2020
1 John 2:1If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous. “I can never go to church. I’m just too big of a sinner. Lord knows, I would be struck down by a bolt of lightning!” For anybody to think such a thing is clearly not acquainted with this verse. Jesus is not the sinner’s enemy; he is their advocate. He didn’t come for righteous people anyhow; he came fo...
1 John 1
by Audrey Rogers on November 18th, 2020
1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We recently had a rat living in our barbeque. I wanted to ignore the fact that he was there. So, I put it out of my mind. But after our hound kept sniffing the unit with keen interest, I finally admitted we had to take care of the problem. I knocked the grill with a broom st...
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