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1 John 4

Pastor Paul is suffering today… it’s moving day! Let’s pray for him and his
family, as moving can be so stressful. I have created a substitute
one-sentence summary of 1 John 4. Back to the concise Pastor Paul tomorrow,
let’s hope.

Test for the Spirit of God which confesses that Jesus Christ came in the
flesh because to deny that is the spirit of the worldly antichrist; and
love one another like God loved us – before we ever loved him – manifested
in sending his only Son so we might live and abide in Him with a confidence
and strong love that casts out fear, which is about punishment rather than
turning God’s love around onto our brothers and sisters.

Post by Ken Carlstedt



43068

Come join us for worship this Sunday.

Pastor Paul will continue in our *The Unstoppable Church* series with his
message “Church Health.”

His text will be Acts 6:1-7.

Service times are 9 and 11 am.



1 John 3

Our reading in 1 John 3 is a lovely and convicting chapter contrasting the
children of God and the children of the evil one. In addition, I like how
the ESV translates the controversial section about the one who “keeps on
sinning.” John is referring to a persistent lifestyle.

Christians are the children of God whose process of becoming like Jesus
will be completed when He appears even as they currently fight sin,
practice righteousness, and love others with words and seeds.



1 John 2

1 John 2 reads more like a traditional opening of a NT letter as John tells
us to whom he is writing and why.

Believers of every generation are not to be drawn to the fallen order of
things that are contrary to the will of God but are to abide in Christ by
remaining in His Word and practicing righteousness.



2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3 is a stirring reminder that the Day of the Lord is coming and we
should all be ready.

We are to believe the words of the prophets who predicted that Jesus will
come again (though scoffers will scoff and say ‘all things will continue as
they are’), patiently wait for the heavens and the earth to be purged by
fire and renewed in righteousness, and make it our aim to be ready by
shunning error and pursuing holiness until He appears.

This reminds me of the old song we sang in the 70’s, “Life was filled with
guns and war, And all of us got trampled on the floor, I wish we’d all been
ready.”



2 Peter 3

2 Peter 3 is a stirring reminder that the Day of the Lord is coming and we
should all be ready.

We are to believe the words of the prophets who predicted that Jesus will
come again (though scoffers will scoff and say ‘all things will continue as
they are’), patiently wait for the heavens and the earth to be purged by
fire and renewed in righteousness, and make it our aim to be ready by
shunning error and pursuing holiness until He appears.

This reminds me of the old song we sang in the 70’s, “Life was filled with
guns and war, And all of us got trampled on the floor, I wish we’d all been
ready.”



43061

Come join us for worship this Sunday.

Pastor Paul will continue in our *The Unstoppable Church* series with his
message “Consumed by Appearances.”

His text will be Acts 4:32-5:11.

Service times are 9 and 11 am.



2 Peter 2

We begin 2 Peter today. I have been struck by the gravity of Peter’s words
that just soar. Peter’s words are weighty because he is conscious his own
death is imminent.

We have been given everything we need to live a godly and effective life
for the sake of the gospel of Christ, who is the unique Son of God, to whom
the prophetic word clearly pointed.



2 Peter 1

In 2 Peter the Apostle warns about false teachers who will emerge after he
is gone. It is a remarkable passage, not only for the depiction of false
teachers, but also for the powerful images and metaphors employed.

False teachers will appear in the church who will blaspheme the truth they
once embraced, motivated by their own corrupt desires, snaring many in
their net, whom God will catch and destroy while rescuing the godly from
their trials.



1 Peter 5

Today we read 1 Peter 5 that concludes with a greeting to those in exile
from those who live in Babylon.

Lasting glory belongs to those who through God’s power choose the way of
humiity and remain vigilant in the midst of spiritual warfare.