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It's October 20; Good Morning Union

“And this IS the testimony…”      1 John 5:11

“If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word.” He can’t make it much clearer than this; it must be really important! John has been talking about the difference between the true and the not so true testimonies about God that have been floating around and he attempts to set the record straight once and for all—“And THIS is the testimony—

1.       God GAVE us eternal life

It's October 17; Good Morning Union

“When He appears we shall be like Him.”              1 John 3:2

It's October 16; Good Morning Union

“Don’t love the world or anything in the world.”                1 John 2:15

That’s a big command! But, true to my approach to God’s word—If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word, John does not leave me hanging on what he means by this huge expectation. He defined “the world” in three categories:

1.       The lust of the flesh

2.       The lust of the eyes

It's October 15; Good Morning Union

“I am writing to you children… fathers… young men…”   1 John 2:12

Different strokes for different folks—or “the mission and message don’t change, but the methods must.” This piece of John’s first epistle reminds me that even John knew that axiom to effective communication 1900+ years ago! He writes to three different groups of people with three different reasons for why he is writing, then he repeats himself to the same three groups but with another set of different reasons! Here, let me show you:

It's October 13; Good Morning Union

Welcome back! Hope you had a nice, all be it short, break and are ready for only 6 more weeks of school until a “real” break you can be “thankful” for!! J

Mercy triumphs over judgment!”             James 2:13

It's October 8; Good Morning Union

“He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

It's October 7; Good Morning Union

“If you do these things, you will never fall, AND...”           2 Peter 1:10

It's October 6; Good Morning Union

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

This must be important if Peter says, “Above all….” More important than any other character quality is the gift of love that I give to all those with whom I come in contact (and at least philosophically with all those that I don’t come in contact with!) And it’s more than “love,” it “love DEEPLY!” This is not a surface, token, symbolic, politically correct love; this is a deep and meaningful love.

It's October 3; Good Morning Union

“When you ask, you do not receive, because…”                James 4:3

Bet you’d like to know the rest of that text, wouldn’t you? Prayer is one of the greatest spiritual resources- MISUNDERSTOOD- more than any other part of the journey (in my humble opinion—maybe that’s because I find it so confusing sometimes!) This verse has helped me as much as anything I’ve read on prayer.

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