If you are going to study the Bible, don’t skip past the hard stuff.

Have you ever thought, some passages in the Bible are easier to read, and put into practice, in the day to day, than others? Sometimes, I’ll bump into something that causes me to scratch my head, pray, pull out extra commentaries, and dig deeper for understanding. I want to carefully listen to hear the HolyContinue reading “If you are going to study the Bible, don’t skip past the hard stuff.”

Do you need to remember God hears your prayers?

John is about to end his letter with a powerful punch of truths. John would have his readers remember the confidence they have in Christ, and the confidence they can have in prayer. When John wrote his letter, Christianity was spreading like wildfire, though it was far from easy to be a Christ-follower. False teachersContinue reading “Do you need to remember God hears your prayers?”

Beware—False Prophets abound

He calls himself a Pentecostal worship leader and has garnered loads of attention for a ridiculous tweet where he said, “Jesus was ChristBuddha was Christ.Muhammad was Christ.Christ is a word for the universe seeing itself.You are Christ.We are the body of Christ.” And the thing is, many who think themselves wise, who call themselves spiritual,Continue reading “Beware—False Prophets abound”

Is this world getting you DOWN??

I’m sure every generation of Christians has said it, but this world just seems hard, crazy, to be honest. I turn on the news, or get on social media, and I’m shocked by what I’m seeing. There seems to be an all-out assault on common sense and absolute truth. It is even now frowned uponContinue reading “Is this world getting you DOWN??”

So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?

So how can we tell if someone truly loves God? John tells us they will love others and keep God’s commands. (1 John 4:20-5:3) And, he tells us, the keeping of God’s commandments won’t seem burdensome (5:3). We will have a holy “want-to”. And Jesus told us, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (RecordedContinue reading “So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?”

Many believe in a Judgment Day, they just aren’t sure how they will end up being judged.

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment. (1 John 4:17). Love has been perfected in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, and only because of Jesus, those who have called on His Name for salvation, can have boldness in the day of judgment. I don’tContinue reading “Many believe in a Judgment Day, they just aren’t sure how they will end up being judged.”

No one has seen God at anytime, however….

No one has seen God at any any time. (1 John 4:12). No one. God even instructed Moses to hide his face in the cleft of the rock, because God knew Moses could only handle a brief glimpse of the glory of the Lord passing by. (Ex 33:19-23) God is so absolutely HOLY that noContinue reading “No one has seen God at anytime, however….”

May THIS never be said of me!

John has been talking about antichrists and testing everything and then, says, “Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God.” (1 John 4:7) It’s as if he is saying, regardless of all the other stuff, you still, absolutely, got to, always, no matter what, love one another because “everyone who loves isContinue reading “May THIS never be said of me!”

How do you hold on when life is so hard?

What do you do when you get the phone call , the diagnosis, the news you never saw coming? What then? Are you destined to continually be consumed by the trouble and pain and spiral further downward into a pit of despairing emotions? Can you experience peace in the here and now despite your veryContinue reading “How do you hold on when life is so hard?”

Are you susceptible to being deceived?

John has been talking about false prophets and antichrists, then he says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) That’s powerful truth. It’s one of my favorite, keep-you-going, verses. The Holy Spirit inside ofContinue reading “Are you susceptible to being deceived?”