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1 John 2: 28 – 3: 3

In this brief section, John wants his readers to know that they can be assured of their being in Christ. His previous identification of the antichrists ought not to unsettle them, but to exhort them to lean more intently (and intensely) into the One who knows them and Whom they know. They can do this…

1 John 2: 18-27

In his first letter, John has a goal to identify the people of Christ and what differentiates them from those outside of Christ. He’s talked about walking in the light, confessing sin, and loving our brothers. In this section, he examines the habits of those who are opposed to Christ, and then identifies the church’s…

1 John 2: 12-17

There’s a common and accurate saying in biblical study: the indicative precedes the imperative. In other words, the declaration of what God has done (the indicative) comes before the commands He gives to us (the imperative). Thus, we are not obeying to earn His favor or salvation; rather we are living out of the rich…

1 John 2 : 3-11

Being able to identify people is important. Mistaking someone’s identity can be embarrassing or even costly. Is there a way to identify the people called out of darkness and into Christ’s marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)? Do the gathered people of God in Christ have distinguishing, identifiable marks? John would answer, “Yes.” Listen and see…

1 John 1: 5 – 2:2

Far too often, there is a discrepancy between what we say we are (e.g. Christians) and how we act. In 1 John 1:5 and following, John says that this ought not to be so. Those who claim fellowship with the God who is light must walk in the light. Obviously, we don’t always succeed. But…

1 John 1: 1-4

In the opening verses 1 John, the Apostle John makes a staggering claim: the life has come. In this statement, John grounds Christianity neither in concepts nor in principles, but in a historical Person who is a historical fact. And this Person can and will give not merely extended life, but eternal life to all…

Jonah 4

The final chapter of Jonah’s story is simultaneously strange and beautiful. It’s strange both because Jonah seems to end as he began – trying to distance himself from God – and because it ends with a question to which we never get to hear Jonah’s answer. It’s beautiful because it shows us a glimpse of…

Jonah 3

When we think of the book of Jonah, we get so fixated on the “fish” part that we forget that there is a larger, God-given purpose to, and for, Jonah. Chapter 3 brings us back to that larger purpose: God’s grace in calling sinners to faith and repentance. We see that God delights to save sinners…

Isaiah 43:1-7

When tragedy strikes, when trials come, or when sorrow seems to overwhelm us, is there comfort to be had? The Word of God assures us that the God of the Word not only provides comfort for His people, but that He is the comfort for His people. If you’re in need of encouragement and comfort today, listen to…

Jonah 2

Jonah is neither a children’s tale nor a cartoonist’s cash cow. It is, at its heart, a story about the grace of God extended to the chief(s) of sinners. This week, in Jonah 2, we see in descriptive, watery detail the consequence of sin for all people. But it’s not all gloom! Against that dark…