Category Archives: 1John

Six More Words

John explicitly gives two reasons for writing his first letter. First, so that “joy may be complete” (1Jn. 1:4). There’s some question as to who’s joy is being talked about; whether it’s “our joy”, the joy of those proclaiming the … Continue reading

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An Overcomer

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat defeated. Not a good way to start the day. And I’m not even really sure why. Perhaps it’s a combination of feeling a bit panicked at what’s on my to do list, a bit … Continue reading

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As He Is So Also Are We

It’s one of those “in the shadow” verses. A verse which, at least in my experience, more often than not is eclipsed by the better known verse which follows it. So often, I can be in such a rush to … Continue reading

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We Should Love One Another

I know I should probably open my bible in the morning before I open my laptop, but that’s not my morning routine. Get up, get a coffee, flip open the laptop and check out the latest headlines on my news … Continue reading

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And So We Are

Identity. Much discussion these days on our identity. For many, over the past several weeks the focus has been whether there’s an (R) or a (D) after someone’s name. People so labeled by partisan politics that to attach a letter … Continue reading

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Passing Away

The verses pop this morning. Maybe not surprising given it’s the eve of an election that I can’t imagine anyone — not even the most politically disinterested — not having their eye upon. Beyond the “who wins” there’s so much … Continue reading

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That Brother

It’s a command to obey. A long, protracted, extensively argued, command to obey. And honestly, the more you chew on 1John 4:7-21, the less wiggle room there is to let yourself off the hook and just “mostly obey.” Beloved, let … Continue reading

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A Staff of Reed

I was taught as a young believer, and have believed ever since, that in the Scriptures ancient Egypt is a type of the world. That this land of great power is but a land of slavery and bondage. That though … Continue reading

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An Arbiter or An Advocate

Job thought he needed an arbiter. John says we have an Advocate. Job was looking for someone to act as judge between himself and God so he could plead his case. John knew our need for Someone to draw alongside … Continue reading

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Actions and Attributes

Kind of a mash-up this morning. Two very different readings coming together to help make some sense of what, on the surface, makes no sense. Not overly concerned about the context of the Word, but comforted this morning by its … Continue reading

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