In Summary: Keep Yourselves from Idols

enter What is an idol? An idol is any and every “little g” god. Anything that you or I put our hope and trust in—besides the “big G” God of the Bible. John concludes his letter with the words “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” Sound easy? Think again! Read 1

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Being Conformed to the Image of Christ

Jesus said “all people will know you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:35) Why did He say this? What does Jesus’ love look like in our world today? Loving like Jesus is that “nature” or “nurture?” How do the following verses help us answer the above

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No Fear

God’s Justice is Real. God’s Love and Grace are Real. Have you ever wondered which of these “orientations” is His go to response? Both are needed— but one is needed more! And that allows us to have “no fear” when we one day stand before the Judge of the whole

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Striving to Trust God’s Word

Since all Christians begin their spiritual lives as spiritual babies, they need spiritual leadership and sound teaching to help them grow. And so Jesus raised up a team of spiritual leaders, trained them carefully, and then sent them out to recruit and train other leaders who will teach. Thus the

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Look Inside: There’s More Than a Mess in There

In the shadow of lies and deceit from within the church, John has the sometimes confusing messiness of the church in view. He directs believers to find confidence about God’s saving work within themselves—the fruit of faith evident in their own lives.  Will you let yourself find joy in this

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Hate to Remain Beautiful

We are children of God…by God’s declaration in baptism.  Therefore, we cannot continue to live as if we were not.  Faith is something that shows in life—because the Spirit is working within us.  Jesus died to make a difference in your life…it’s time to start hating your sin enough to

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Watch Out for Counterfeits!

We need to watch out for those who would attack our faith! How can we stay close to Christ? Through the help of God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit! Read 1 John 2:18-28 (General Epistles People’s Bible Commentary pages 220-230) and Mark 6:14-29.

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I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

John describes the fellowship that people have to one another and to God as walking together in the light—where the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  What does it look like to “walk in the light”?  How does walking in the light relate to obeying God,

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