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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 39)

The apostle John declares that “Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:5). How do we know for sure? Describing Jesus as a deceiver (“that deceiver”) or as deluded (“out of his mind”) are not new (Matthew 27:63; Mark 3:21). John wants us to know that three infallible witnesses prove that Jesus is God. “This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5). The pressures of this world overwhelm us – an unrelenting pandemic, racial injustice, power outages, employment issues, family concerns, too much month left at the end of our money. As our outer world is crushed, we’re threatened to collapse on the inside. Give up this difficult

We cannot be right with God and not be right with others. “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. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:20-21). Do you have a broken or strained relationship with any other person? When you

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14). When I think of Jesus as my Savior, my thoughts often travel in three directions – from, to, and by. I am saved FROM: •    The guilt and shame of my sin.•    God’s coming judgment.•    The root of sin.•    Satan’s power and kingdom.•    The fear of death. I am saved TO: •    Receive forgiveness for all my sins.•    Be fully accepted before God in

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:11-12). How can we show God’s kind of love to our children? I’m not sure where I got this L-O-V-E-D acronym from, but here are five practical ways to show love to our children, especially those still living at home. Labor to be there. Our children