Gnostics claimed there was no such thing as sin, therefore it was impossible to sin, for it did not exist. There was no point in seeking not to sin, because there was no such thing as “sin” or “sinning” in the first place.
John strongly contested such thinking. Continue reading 1 John 2: Stop Pretending
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
who do his commands;
seek righteousness, seek humility;
perhaps you may be hidden
on the day of the Lord’s wrath. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Zephaniah, Look Above
A life of thankfulness to God is seen partly in whether you are thankful towards the people God has placed in your life and mine who care for us. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Habakkuk, It Will Surely Come
This is good news for humankind, for we have been trying to appease angry gods for all of our recorded history. Continue reading Gospel of John: Three Concerns
was this coming from a grubby itinerant soapbox preacher, a construction worker from Galilee who fancied himself a theologian and even more, the actual son of God, the Messiah? Continue reading Gospel of John: Be Made Free
God is true to character, God is just and righteous, and calls God’s people to be the same. The Lord is also merciful. Only eternity will reveal how much and how often the Lord has spared God’s people because of the often hidden prayers offered up as intercession. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Amos, Locusts and Fire
In Genesis chapter 1, God’s word divided the light from the darkness. So now, Jesus, the Word and the Light, came into the world and divided those who love the Light from those who embrace the darkness. Continue reading Gospel of John: Choose Life
The Lord sees the evil that mars God’s creation and destroys the people God loves, and the Lord intends to get rid of it. God’s wrath consumes evil and wickedness not as the opposite of God’s love, but as the expression of God’s love. Continue reading Gospel of John: Heal, Not Hurt
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, thus must the Son of Humanity be lifted up, in order that all who believe in him will have life eternal. Continue reading Gospel of John: Sign of the Serpent
Amos condemned all those who made themselves powerful or rich at the expense of others, by cheating, by perverting justice, and by taking advantage of those with no money and no power.
It’s a timely message, isn’t it. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Amos Blisters Israel