3 John

A Welcoming Heart I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 3 John 4-5 In John’s first epistle, he emphasized walking in truth and love by exhibiting koinōnia fellowship* with …

2 John

Truth Unites . . . and Separates Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 9 In John’s first epistle, the apostle emphasized that those who truly know God walk in his truth and love his children—the recipe …

1 John 4

Three Portraits of Love Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another … if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:11–12 God’s love “made complete in us.” What picture forms in your mind when you read that phrase? A bride and a groom? …

1 John 2

Is It Genuine or Counterfeit? As [Jesus’s] anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:27 My husband and I enjoy watching Antiques Roadshow. People on the show are always amazed when something they considered ugly is worth thousands of dollars. Other people are …

Introduction to The Epistles of John

Live As Jesus Lived This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:5–6 The apostle John walked with Jesus for three years. He was part of the inner circle of disciples—along with Peter and James—who witnessed Jesus’s transfiguration (Matthew 17:1), the resurrection of Jairus’s daughter (Mark …

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Proverbs 24:30-31

Avoid Sluggardly Habits I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. Proverbs 24:30–31 (NIV 1984) Nothing attractive about slugs as far as I’m concerned. These spineless, shell-less creatures can decimate a root crop, …

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Proverbs 23:26-28

Beware the Wayward My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men. Proverbs 23:26-28 “If only they came to us sooner. By the time couples come …