Truth + Love

Life Lesson # 6: Truth and love must go hand in hand in our lives If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 2 John 10-11 Throughout the text in these five smallest books inContinue reading “Truth + Love”

A Tiny Message #4

Therefore, since we have these promises,dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 When you think of the word “holy” the most likely target of our thoughts is God or Jesus. But the pursuit of holiness is what is required of usContinue reading “A Tiny Message #4”

Pilgrim Not Citizen

Lesson 5: Walk in Truth through obedience to God It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 1:4 I was reading a new book recently that said, “Today, America is rich but morally rotten.  Our heads and our hands have outrunContinue reading “Pilgrim Not Citizen”

A Tiny Message #3

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27 Do you ever feel a bit foolish standing up for what you think is right? Do you ever think “who am I to speak against what someone more powerfulContinue reading “A Tiny Message #3”

One Truth

Life Lesson #4: Know the truth of God’s Word 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 We hear a lot of “my truth,” “your truth” these days.  What that really meansContinue reading “One Truth”

A Mirror for Jesus

Lesson 3: Imitate good, not evil Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.   Anyone who does what is good is from God. 3 John 11 Occasionally in our lives we are asked to state who we consider to be our “hero or who we most admire.”  According to the annual UnitedContinue reading “A Mirror for Jesus”

A Tiny Message #2

So, what do we do when a prominent member of our church or a Christian friend has fallen off  Jesus’ path?  First, let’s remember that every single person sitting in a church is actively sinning in one way or another.  As Christians, we acknowledge that Jesus didn’t come to save us so we can keep on sinning.  He cameContinue reading “A Tiny Message #2”

The Big Picture

Lesson #2: Commit to the big picture of Christ through the details of His love So when I come, I will call attention to what he (Diotrephes) is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. 3 John 10 My current Bible study, Everyday Theology, has been a great strengthening and clarification of my Christian beliefs.  Starting withContinue reading “The Big Picture”

A Tiny Message #1

Did you know that Paul was a small, in stature, man?  In fact, some of the Corinthian leaders thought less of him because of this.   You are judging by appearances.   If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. 2 Corinthians 10:7Continue reading “A Tiny Message #1”

Welcome The Stranger

Lesson #1: Show hospitality to strangers, they may be God’s heaven-sent angels Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 3 John 5 The saying goes, “A man’s home is his castle.”  And we might add to that, “surrounded by a deepContinue reading “Welcome The Stranger”