Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 28- 3 John

Apparently John’s first letter to this group (2 John) fell on deaf ears.  So he follows it up with 3 John, this time naming names.  You can really sense John’s annoyance and frustration with Diotrephes‘ behavior.  I think it would … Continue reading

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October 27- 2 John

As I read this book in The Message today, I get a real sense of the beginning of disunity John is addressing in the letter.  Obviously the letter did not put a stop to it…hence 3 John.

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October 26- 1 John 5

V. 4- “The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.”  Usually when we think of conquering power bringing people to their knees it is through subjugation- the conqueror dominating the conquered.  In this case the … Continue reading

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October 25- 1 John 4

v. 10 “…he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.”  We always talk about Christ dying for our sins. The idea of Christ … Continue reading

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October 24- 1 John 3

v. 4- “All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order.”  Thinking about this verse in light of our recent discussion on spiritual warfare.  Since sin is “a major disruption … Continue reading

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October 23- I John 2

v. 4 The Message- “His life doesn’t match his words.”  I wonder how many times that has been said about Christians…has been said about me.  My prayer is “Lord, please make my life such that someone can’t say that about … Continue reading

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October 22- 1 John 1

I love Eugene Petersen’s paraphrase of v. 1- “ From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in.”  “Taking it all in” I think that is what all Christians should strive to do.

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October 21- John 21

I think it is interesting Thomas is mentioned in all the Gospels, but John is the only one who notes he was also called Didymus.  I wonder why that is.

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October 20- John 20

Eugene Petersen has what I think is a unique take on vv. 22-23, “Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. ‘Receive the Holy Spirit,’ he said. ‘If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you … Continue reading

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October 19- John 19

Vv. 7-8 read,  The Jews answered, “We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.  When Pilate heard this, he became even more scared.”  I think it is interesting … Continue reading

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