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Love or Death (1 John 3:11–24)

The Apostle John’s first letter has been compared to a spiral staircase because he keeps returning to the same three topics: love, obedience, and truth. Each time we return to a topic, we look at it from a different point … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Christians (1 John 3:1–10)

The United States Treasury Department has a special group of men whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. Naturally, these men need to know a counterfeit bill when they see it. How do they learn to identify fake bills? … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequences (1 John 2:18-29)

“It makes no difference what you believe, just as long as you are sincere!” That statement expresses the personal philosophy of many people today, but it is doubtful whether most of those who make it have really thought it through. … Continue reading

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The Love God Hates (1 John 2:12-17)

A group of first-graders had just completed a tour of a hospital and the nurse who directed them was asking for questions. Immediately a hand went up. “How come the people who work here are always washing their hands?” a … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New (1 John 2:7-11)

I love that shirt!” “I love ice cream!” “I love my wife!” Words, like coins, can be in circulation for such a long time that they start wearing out. Unfortunately, the word love is losing its value. It is really … Continue reading

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Walking and Talking (1 John 1:5-2:6)

The life that is real has an enemy and we read about it in 1 John 1:5-2:6.  This enemy is sin.  Nine times in these verses John mentions sin, so the subject is obviously important.  John illustrates his theme by … Continue reading

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3 Vital Facts about Life that is Real (1 John 1:1-4)

“Once upon a time …”  Remember how exciting those words used to be?  They were the open door into an exciting world of make-believe, a dream world that helped you forget all the problems of childhood.  Then—pow!  You turned a … Continue reading

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Sharing Life that is Real (1 John)

Once we have experienced the exciting life in Christ that is real, we will want to share it with other people, just as the Apostle John wanted to “declare” it to all his readers in the first century.  Many people … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Leper (Luke 17:11-17)

The Bible never promises our lives will be free from pain and difficulties, instead the Bible promises we will have many trials and tribulations in this life.  The secret to a successful life is knowing where to turn for help … Continue reading

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Developing a Burden for Lost People (Luke 16:19-31)

What if you could spend 30 seconds in heaven and 30 seconds in hell? Which of the two do you think would give you a greater burden for lost people: the glory and majesty of heaven or seeing and hearing … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Neighborhood (Luke 10:29-37)

With a plain red sweater, white canvass sneakers, a warm smile, and a simple song Fred Rogers became a PBS legend.  He recently passed away, but his work still lives on because he did his best to be the kind … Continue reading

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Defining Discipleship (Luke 14:25-35)

Many people today do not understand what it means to be a genuine Christian. There are multitudes who claim to be Christians, but they do so on their terms and not God’s. They do not truly comprehend what it means … Continue reading

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Hearers and Doers (James 1:22-25)

Many people think their spirituality is based on how much they know about the Bible, not on how obedient they are to the commands in Scripture. I know many people who have superior knowledge of the Bible, but it never … Continue reading

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Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13)

“Then Jesus told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up…” (Matthew 13:3-23). In the first … Continue reading

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What Happens When I Die?

There is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. The existence of life after death is a universal question. Job asked God, “If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14). Like Job, all of us … Continue reading

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Question for Pastor Joe: “As I debate Christian theology with my Muslim friends, the issue of the cross and the atonement always seems to be a sticking point.  From their perspective they ask, ‘Why can’t Allah just unilaterally forgive my … Continue reading

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Does Jeremiah 29:11 Still Apply Today?

Question: “Can this famously quoted verse in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 29:11) be applied directly to my life today or was it only meant for Israel?” Answer: To correctly interpret this verse (or any part of the Bible for that matter), we need … Continue reading

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Faith or Presumption?

As children of God, we are free to ask Him anything we please and once we ask, we can hope He will give us exactly what we’ve asked for. But to believe He will do something He has not promised … Continue reading

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Faith’s Hall of Fame

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for” (Heb. 11:1-2). Hebrews 11 has been called faith’s hall of fame.  Some of the people named experienced … Continue reading

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Life Application

How much richer would our lives be if we left each Bible reading with a new perspective and a small change for the better?  A small change every day adds up to a changed life – and that is the very … Continue reading

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