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A Prayer for Restoration

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We are rightfully wary of any theology that turns God into a wish granting genie who exists just to please us… but we cannot let this scepticism hide the reality that God guarantees to hear and answer our prayers.  In fact we can have every confidence that whatever we ask for according to His will […]

Trustworthy Witnesses

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Right throughout this letter we have seen that John has been prosecuting a case against the false teachers who were trying to win the hearts and minds of the people away from Jesus.  Well as we come to the final chapter of the letter John is mounting his closing argument and he calls three witnesses […]

Two Ways to Love

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Whether it is love songs, love stories or the classic Disney Princess movies we are very familiar with what the world thinks of love.  Unfortunately love in the world rarely works out the way that the songs and movies seem to suggest that it will.  When John speaks of love he speaks of something far […]

The Voice of Truth

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In life there are so many voices that all promise to give us something true.  Even when it comes to church and our faith there are many different people who preach many different ideas about Jesus and salvation.  In John’s day there were numerous false teachers who were vying for the hearts and minds of […]

Gospel Empowered Love

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As we continue in John’s letter to the churches we have to remember that he is writing to people who are plagued by false teachers who were trying to capture their hearts and minds.  John has been constantly calling for the people to see the flaws in these teachers and see the hope and assurance […]

In the Father’s Footsteps

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Fatherlessness is such a huge problem in our society because without a father, especially young boys, have no tangible example of how the ethics and values of their family get lived out in the world.  This is the unique contribution that fathers make to society and in so many ways we long to follow in […]

The Love of the Father

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A lot of people think that Christianity gives you nothing but a boring life of rules and restrictions now and offers you nothing but a boring life of halo-wearing and harp-playing after death.  As we continue to walk our way through John’s letter to the churches we will see that it is nothing of the […]

Functional Antichrists

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Hearing words like “end times” or Antichrist” can send us into a bit of a spin; we either have visions of apocalyptic horror movies or visions of confusing theological debates.  Either way I think John would say that we are missing the point.  When John speaks of “the last hour” and “antichrist”, he is not […]

Taking the Gospel for Granted

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Familiarity breeds contempt… or so they say.  Basically the longer you have something or someone in your life, the easier it is to take them for granted. As John writes to the churches who are probably a few generations old now, he desperately wants them to recognise that it is very easy to take Jesus […]

The Gospel and Obedience

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I am just going to say it, most of us don’t like being told to obey.  It cuts against our preconceived idea that we know what is best for ourselves.  In many ways it is one of the big reasons that people steer clear of Christianity, because they feel like they will be forced to […]