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Recognizing God and God’s Creation

November 18th, 2017 · No Comments

1 John 3:1b (New Living Translation) But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. God is…let the world fill in the blanks here. Vengeful is often one of the answers; so is hateful. No wonder these folks don’t recognize me as a loving […]

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Tags: 1 John · New Testament

Not Fully Experienced

January 16th, 2016 · No Comments

1 John 4:18 (New Living Translation) Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. Take note, as I did, of the second sentence—particularly the last phrase. I believe this sentence […]

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Does God Live in Me?

January 9th, 2016 · No Comments

1 John 4:12 (New Living Translation) No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. The second sentence of this verse is a bit unsettling. For God to live in me, I have to love those about me. […]

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Fear of Punishment

December 27th, 2015 · No Comments

1 John 4:18 (New Living Translation) Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. A little research shows that I blogged about this verse back in 2009. Time flies, and […]

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Tags: 1 John · New Testament

Just Like Jesus?

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

1 John 3:16 (New Living Translation) We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. I find the wording of this and other translation lacking. Notice how the words “gave up his life for us” are […]

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Tags: 1 John · New Testament

Fading and Eternal

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments

1 John 2 (New Living Translation) 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in […]

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Does God Live in Me?

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

1 John 4:12 (New Living Translation) No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. The second sentence here is haunting. That is a pretty big IF. God lives in me if I love others about me. If […]

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Everything We Need to Know

May 18th, 2014 · No Comments

1 John 2:27 (New Living Translation) But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught […]

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Tags: 1 John · New Testament

Love Jesus, but not Church (?)

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments

1 John 4:19-21 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: […]

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Tags: 1 John · New Testament

Of the World

January 10th, 2009 · No Comments

1 John 2:15-17 (New International Version) 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has […]

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