Is it wrong for Jesus to say, "if we love him, we'll obey him"? – Fourth Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 2

In the previous post, we talked about Jesus makes some promises in John 14:15-31, and the main promise takes the form of an “if-then” statement. If we do x, he promises to do y. So here is the promise: If we love him, we will obey him, and then he promises to give us whatContinue reading “Is it wrong for Jesus to say, "if we love him, we'll obey him"? – Fourth Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 2”

An amazing response to tragedy – Characters: Ruth, Part 2

Have you experienced tragedy and loss in your life? How have you responded to it? It’s not easy to respond well to the difficult situations in life. As we continue the story of Ruth, we will see an example of an amazing response to tragedy, a response we would do well to follow. In ourContinue reading “An amazing response to tragedy – Characters: Ruth, Part 2”

Mercy for those who doubt – Jude 17-25, Part 5

“Be merciful to those who doubt.”  Interesting phrase, isn’t it?  So often we conceive of doubt as a negative thing to be avoided, and the result can be that people who doubt are considered to be sinful or strange.  But is doubt wrong? As we conclude our two-week study through the letter of Jude, weContinue reading “Mercy for those who doubt – Jude 17-25, Part 5”

Keep yourself in God’s love – Jude 17-25, Part 4

“Keep yourself in God’s love.” That really sounds like a religious or spiritual thing to say, right? What comes to your mind when you read that line? In this series of posts, we have been studying some phrases that Jude writes in an ancient letter to his Christian friends. It seems that Jude is writingContinue reading “Keep yourself in God’s love – Jude 17-25, Part 4”

How to ruin a Love Feast, Jude 1-16, Part 4

Have you ever heard of a love feast? This is Part 4 in a series of posts on Jude 1-16, and we’re going to talk about people that ruin love feasts. Thus far in Parts 1, 2, and 3, we’ve been studying the ancient letter in the New Testament called Jude, and Jude has beenContinue reading “How to ruin a Love Feast, Jude 1-16, Part 4”

How to love deceivers and other difficult people – 2nd John, Part 5

In the previous post, John warned the Christians in the church about deceivers in their midst. But who was he talking about? Open a Bible or read online in 2nd John verses 10-11 to see how John describes them. Some scholars believe that he is talking about itinerant teachers who believed false doctrine.  There wereContinue reading “How to love deceivers and other difficult people – 2nd John, Part 5”

How Jesus redefines “love” and “truth” – 2nd John, Part 2

In the previous post I introduced the ancient biblical letter of 2nd John by looking at some ways that people express themselves when they are in love. Behind it all is the question, “What is love?” Though it is such a commonly used word and concept, is it possible that we might not understand it?Continue reading “How Jesus redefines “love” and “truth” – 2nd John, Part 2″

When you’re crazy in love – 2nd John, Part 1

Oh the crazy, creative, wild things we’ll do for love.  Have you ever been bonkers in love and did something like that for the one you love?  I recently heard the story of a guy who made a necklace for his girlfriend.  He carved a small pear shape out of wood, and placed a littleContinue reading “When you’re crazy in love – 2nd John, Part 1”

How to help people see things from a different perspective – Philemon 8-25, Part 1

There have been some illusions in recent years that have become internet sensations.  Like the dress that was either white/gold or blue/black, or the computer voice that says “laurel” or “yanny.”  Now there is the bird or the bunny.  Which do you see? It’s wild how the mind works!  It is actually a bird, butContinue reading “How to help people see things from a different perspective – Philemon 8-25, Part 1”

Be a Refresher of Hearts! Philemon 1-7, Part 5

How do people come away from interacting with you? Think about some of the recent times that you have interacted with people. Maybe it was your family members. Perhaps it was co-workers. Or even social media posts. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the people who were with you, or who were readingContinue reading “Be a Refresher of Hearts! Philemon 1-7, Part 5”