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My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. —1 John 2:1-2 NASB     The first thing that leaps out at me from these two verses is the accountability and love that John has for those whom he is writing. It puts me in mind of how I call my son ‘my little man’ and if I am blessed to see his children, how I will probably call them ‘my little children,’ too. It’s something that is easy for me to see when looking at my kid. But, the fact that John is writing directly to these believers who are not his actual kids so that they may not sin shows how much he cares.      The second thing that jumps out at me is that he also knew they were human. He tells them that if they sin, they have Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ultimate advocate and Who better to do the advocating tha…

Sketchy Is As Sketchy Does

"These things we write so that our joy may be made complete. This is the message that we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light and there is no darkness in Him at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN.If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." 1 John 1:4-10 NASB
     It’s crazy to think of my life when I walked apart from Christ. Crazier still to know that what John calls darkness in these verses is really best described in today’s terms as being spiritually and morally shady. Nobody wants…

He Is Who They Say He Is

“And the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:2-3 NASB
     John, the Beloved Apostle, repeats and rephrases in verse two and verse three pretty much what he already said in verse one. This may seem redundant, but how many of us do that when we feel we need to get a point across? How many of us do this with our kids when we want to be sure that they understood what we were saying before we let them go off with friends, or to employees before we cut them loose to go handle a job?
     Before we dismiss this as John simply repeating himself, we have to ask why is he repeating himself? What is his point for doing this? I think that we would be right if we said that his point was to be clear that Jesus manif…

The Word of Life

“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched, concerning the Word of Life—” 1 John 1:1 NASB      This is such a profound verse to me. John was one of the 12 Apostles. He is the John, writer of the Gospel of the same name and the brother of James, both of whom are sons of Zebedee. We first meet John in a boat with his father and brother, tending to the nets (Matthew 4:21); and we realize that John and his brother James, were also partners with Peter (Luke 5:10). Yeah. The Peter. Which would mean that John knew the Apostle Andrew well, too, because, he was Peter’s brother (Matthew 10:2). So, here is a man, an entrepreneur, who was there, in the boat working as a fisherman with his brother James, his father Zebedee, and their partner Peter, and Peter’s brother Andrew at the very beginning of Christ’s ministry.
     John was called out of that boat, which was his very livelihood and he was one of the …

Ouch. The Toes!

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”—Ephesians 4:31-32 NASB
     In our culture today, as well as some of us within the Body of Christ, these two verses can smash some toes. I know that for me, I have struggled with being hateful towards people who come across as arrogant, better-than or snobbish. When I was younger, I straight up clamored against and was deliberately irreverent towards those who tried to impose their will on my life. Where I grew up, we called that having a little buck in us.
     We all struggle with these things on some level. Whether it is the resentment toward a person who gets to work a part-time job while we have to hold down three jobs and are killing ourselves to get by; or being envious that someone has a gift or talent that we don’t and talking smack about them to feel better about…