Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 28- 3 John

We don’t know anything about Gaius outside of this letter from John.  John praises Gaius for his hospitality to itenerant preachers.  I wonder if John became friends with Gaius when Gaius showed John some of his hospitality on one of … Continue reading

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July 27- 2 John

“My dear congregation, I, your pastor, love you in very truth.”  Eugene Petersen, the translator of The Message, obviously believes this epistle of John is written to a church rather than to an indvidual.  The more and more I read … Continue reading

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July 26- 1 John 5

“Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways.”  So as I read this I wonder if it is a statement of fact, or a command God gives us.  There is a part of me that believes it is a statement of … Continue reading

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July 25- 1 John 4

“The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.”  The Message does not mince words.  “The command we have from Christ is blunt.”  You can’t be any clearer than that.  Loving others … Continue reading

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July 24- 1 John 3

“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is … Continue reading

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July 23- 1 John 2

Several times in this chapter John talks about, what The Messages calls, “living deeply.”  If I have one criticism against Christians (that includes myself), it is that we don not “live deeply” enough.  If we lived deeply in Christ and … Continue reading

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July 22- 1 John 1

This is a incredible image John gives us, “And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.”  Think about that…”The infinite Life of … Continue reading

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July 21- John 21

John says Peter was upset the third time Jesus asked him if he loved Jesus.  I have heard some say he was upset because Jesus had to ask three times.  I believe Peter was upset because doing this three times … Continue reading

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July 20- John 20

I wonder why John took special note of the condition of Jesus’ grave cloths, especially noting that the cloth that covered his face was folded.  I would have loved to see what the process was of that as the resurrection … Continue reading

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July 19- John 19

v. 28- “Jesus, seeing that everything had been completed so that the Scripture record might also be complete, then said, ‘I’m thirsty.’”  So here is an interesting thought.  With everything that was happening to Jesus, the flogging, beating, hanging on … Continue reading

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