Posts with the category “1st-john”
1 John Devotional - Week 9, Day 5
June 30th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:21Review: John wraps up 1 John warning believers to protect themselves with watchful attention from idols. What exactly is an idol? The Amplified translation describes idols as false te...
1st John Devotional - Week 9, Day 4
June 29th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:19-20 Review: The more I live the Christian life, the more I realize that the right mindset is paramount. I’m not talking about the power of positive thinking but seeing ourselves righ...
1st John Devotional - Week 9, Day 3
June 28th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:18Review: Our new birth has permanent privileges and obligations. First, we do not sin. While we may at times fall into sin, we do not live in it. Before Christ, Christians were once "d...
1st John Devotional - Week 9, Day 2
June 27th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:16-17Review: What was the sin that leads to death that John mentioned? Is the death physical death or eternal death? Ananias and Sapphira committed a sin that led to physical death (Act...
Meet Your 1st John Devotional Writers
June 26th, 2023
Paul (along with his twin brother) was given up for adoption after a promise that theboys would be raised in the Catholic faith. Their adopted parents were not particularlyreligious, rarely attending ...
1st John Devotional - Week 9, Day 1
June 26th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:14-15Review: We all want something and often work very hard to acquire it. We sometimes take our requests to God in prayer, and we do not get what we want. The question is, what was you...
1 John Devotional - Week 8, Day 5
June 23rd, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:11-13Review: Verse 12 says that those who have the Son, have life and those who don’t have the Son, don’t have Life. Those who believe in the name of the Son of God already have eternal...
1 John Devotional - Week 8, Day 4
June 22nd, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:9-10 Review: My son placed his hand on the Bible swearing to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth. Testifying in a murder trial—key witness in the shooting of a gang member. In ou...
1st John Devotional - Week 8, Day 3
June 21st, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:7-8Review: I was listening to a podcast the other day that was presenting some information as fact. Many of the facts that were presented seemed slanted or outright inaccurate. After ...
1 John Devotional - Week 8, Day 2
June 20th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:6Review: Scholars have debated this verse for some time, but the generally accepted interpretation is that the “water” refers to Jesus’ baptism and the “blood” to His death on the cross...
1st John Devotional - Week 8, Day 1
June 19th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:5Review: John’s use of “but” in this verse should be read as “only”. Only the ones who believe that Jesus was the Son of God are able to conquer the world. That is the faith that is the...
1st John Devotional - Week 7, Day 5
June 16th, 2023
Read: 1 John 5:1-4Review: This rich passage explains how the active love for the Father that a born-again Christian has will have very real fruit in their church life. The born-again Christian will ex...
1st John Devotional - Week 7, Day 4
June 15th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:18-21Review: Living the truth of Jesus in everyday life in John’s day must’ve been very challenging. Life was characterized by ethnic division, hatred, and indifference. Unity and love,...
1st John Devotional - Week 7, Day 3
June 14th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:15-17Review: Way back in 1964, before I was a real Christian, I could have told you that Jesus is the son of God just as easily as saying Mickey Mantle was the Yankee's star batter. But...
1 John Devotional - Week 7, Day 2
June 13th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:11-14Review: John commands us to "Love one another" echoing Jesus recorded in his gospel. He should know something about that as he refers to himself as the "the other disciple whom Je...
1st John Devotional - week 7, Day 1
June 12th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:7-10Review: As a young dancer, my dream was to be on Star Search (Gen X’s version of AGT). I carefully studied tv dancers, comparing myself for progress to see if I had become like them...
1 John Devotional - Week 6, Day 5
June 9th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:6Review: John says in this verse “We are of God”. The Cambridge Dictionary says about the word “of” that it is “used to show possession, belonging, or origin”. In other words, we are ...
1 John Devotional - Week 6, Day 4
June 8th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:5Review: We would all agree that in today’s world we are barraged with information from everywhere. The news, social media and opinions from friends and family can be conflicting and co...
1st John Devotional - Week 6, Day 3
June 7th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:4Review: C.S. Lewis said, “When the whole world is running toward a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” That’s how it is for us who take 1...
1st John Devotional - Week 6, Day 2
June 6th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:2-3Review: The coming of "Jesus Christ in the flesh", refers to the great Christian doctrine called, "The Incarnation", in which the eternal Son of God became fully human. For Christian...
1st John Devotional - Week 6, Day 1
June 5th, 2023
Read: 1 John 4:1Review: In preparing their agents to spot counterfeit money, the U.S. Secret Service initially trains them to study only legitimate bills. They spend considerable time concentrating on...
1 John Devotional - Week 5, Day 5
June 2nd, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:23-24Review: The apostle John provides a simplified version of God’s will for the Christian life: 1) believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ; and 2) love one another as He commande...
1 John Devotional - Week 5, Day 4
June 1st, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:19-22Review: “Michelle, you are not enough! You fail often, you let people down constantly.” My heart’s condemnation at its finest. Condemn is defined: to express complete disapproval o...
1st John Devotional - Week 5, Day 3
May 31st, 2023
Read: 1 John 3: 16-18Review: Commotion swirls the kitchen scene as though a cyclone struck a carnival; favorable smells and people and food and words, all jumbled together in volume. A dinner party.I...
1 John Devotional - Week 5, Day 2
May 30th, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:13-15Review: Saying you love someone requires little effort, doing something costs more.Years ago, I prayed that God would help me meet a neighbor I never saw. A short time later I park...
1st John Devotional - Week 5, Day 1
May 29th, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:11-12Review: Seeds are planted, and then they grow…Cain was the firstborn of the serpent’s offspring (“seed” in Hebrew); and Jesus was the firstborn of the Father: the promised offsprin...
1st John Devotional - Week 4, Day 5
May 26th, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:7-10Review: As a college athlete, I didn’t like to practice. Practice was boring to me. Christianity requires practice, practice that I enjoy. Don’t be deceived, we must practice our ri...
1st John Devotional - Week 4, Day 4
May 25th, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:4-6Review: Yikes! This seems like really bad news because I committed a sin just this morning. Is John telling me that I do not know Jesus because I sinned? I, like Paul, do the things ...
1st John Devotional - Week 4, Day 3
May 24th, 2023
Read: 1 John 3:1-3Review: For John, as well as the apostle Paul, there exists a "now" and "not yet"; a present and future reality of what we are now and what we will then become. Paul states, "now" (...
1st John Devotional - Week 4, Day 2
May 23rd, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:29Review: Appearances often deceive. John warned of masquerading antichrists deceiving believers about their identities. Throughout his letter, John offers evidence and assurances of et...
1st John Devotional - Week 4, Day 1
May 22nd, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:28Review: In the CSB translation this scripture says, “remain in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” This makes me think of ...
1st John Devotional - Week 3, Day 5
May 19th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:26-27Review: Satan is the father of lies [John 8:44] and deceiver of the world [Rev 12:9] so we need to be aware of his deceptive tactics and rely on the Holy Spirit’s anointing to teac...
1st John Devotional - Week 3, Day 4
May 18th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:24-25Review: Earlier in the chapter, John warns against false teachers, prevalent in John’s congregation. This continues today. So often, people follow someone who can give them easy or...
1st John Devotional - Week 3, Day 3
May 17th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:20-23Review: The waitress's eyes welled up with tears at yet another demeaning tip left on the Sunday lunch ticket. She'd had a rough night, indeed a rough month and year. Working two ...
1st John Devotional - Week 3, Day 2
May 16th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:18-19Review: John tells his readers that "it is the last hour”, yet 2000 years have passed since he wrote those words. We can't say for sure how he meant those words to be understood bu...
1st John Devotional - Week 3, Day 1
May 15th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:15-17Review: John urges us to not love the world or anything in the world, but to do the will of God.The allure of the world must be looked at as something that passes away and as a fac...
1st John Devotional - Week 2, Day 5
May 12th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:12-14Review: Grandpas dozing off after a last nibble of cake, dads extolling the virtues of working hard and saving harder, college students home from break but terrified for the future...
1st John Devotional - Week 2, Day 4
May 11th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:9-11Review: Earthly families form through marriages and children. People also experience family-like connections by sharing common interests. For example, in Las Vegas, the cast of any ...
1st John Devotional - Week 2, Day 3
May 10th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:7-8Review: In this passage, John uses the same language he used to begin his version of Jesus’s life on this earth, “In the beginning was the Word”. Then, when referring to the previou...
1st John Devotional - Week 2, Day 2
May 9th, 2023
Read: 1 John 2:5-6Review: Doing what God said we should do is how we know we are spiritually maturing. We know we are maturing when we live as Jesus lived. How did Jesus live? He lived a life of love....