Christ-like Living is Following Obediently


1 John 2:3-6 When we were children we may have played follow the leader or Simon says. The goal was to imitate the motions and action of the leader. The one who followed the closest was the winner. Jesus called his disciples by saying "come follow me". That call still remains true of those who … Continue reading Christ-like Living is Following Obediently

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Out of the Dark Waters of Sin


1 John 2:1-2 John acknowledges not only humanities greatest need, but he seems to realize just how far from perfection we really are. Sometimes living in the world is like falling off of a boat into deep dark waters. We tread water hoping for help, and in the dark we cannot even see the shore … Continue reading Out of the Dark Waters of Sin

Light Over the Darkness


1 John 1:5-7 Light and darkness are themes of the Bible, especially in how we walk within the world. When we come into a room in the dark of night and flip a light switch the darkness retreats, except into the smallest corners or under the furniture. Light seems to overpower darkness, yet we are … Continue reading Light Over the Darkness

Share the Experience


1 John 1:1-4 John opens his letter, similar to his Gospel account, at the beginning. We sometimes need to go back to where we started in order to go ahead. John went back to the beginning of the Gospel message of hope, by taking the readers back to what he knew and had experienced. It … Continue reading Share the Experience

Keep in Mind Who God is


"The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets." (Ps. 50:1 NIV)    The Psalmist Asaph begins Psalm 50 with a discourse of placing God in His proper place. Within these mere six verses he recognizes God's creativity, majesty, strength, power, and … Continue reading Keep in Mind Who God is

Dying to Live in Him


"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ( Galatians 2:20) Christ died an unimaginable death on the cross.  He willingly put … Continue reading Dying to Live in Him

Sincere Worship


Zechariah 7:4-10 Worship is often a misunderstood thing by most of us.  When we attend a worship service we hear people talk about what touched them, what inspired them, or what made them feel good.  It may be a song, a special story, or the sermon.  Other people simply show up at church week after … Continue reading Sincere Worship

Keep the Royal Law


" If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right." (James 2:8) James calls it the Royal Law, many of us may call it  The Golden Rule.  The title doesn't matter, as much as the fact that we put into practice this the "second greatest commandment", … Continue reading Keep the Royal Law

The Religion of Living


(James 1.26-27) Many people relegate religion to the practices we carry out in our worship to God.  In reality this definition can be true, but for most of us we also relegate our worship to a specified time and place.  James tells us that religion is everything from keeping control of our speech to caring for the poor … Continue reading The Religion of Living