Verse of the Day

1 John 4:20-21If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

The Book of First John

An Overview First John reveals unrest in the early church. False teachers were leading many saints astray from the truth (see 1 John 2:26; 1 John 37). The erring caused such stirs in the churches of Christ that splits occurred and they eventually left the faithful (see 1 John 2:18-19). Whether these erring brethren were Gnostics, opinion driven people, or those who invented religious ideas that became their personal convicted truths matters not. What mattered to John, as he wrote by divine inspiration, was that the true child of God let the anointing from the Holy One abide in their hearts (i.e., absolute divine revelation or truth) (see 1 John 2:20). John wrote, "And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is...
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Signs Given for Faith and Salvation

God told Ezekiel that he would "take away from you the desire of your eyes with a stroke" (Ezekiel 24:16). The "desire" of the prophet's eyes was his wife. The Lord further instructed his prophet not to cry or mourn the death of her. God stroked Ezekiel's wife the next evening and she died. Ezekiel did not cry and neither did he mourn her death. Ez...
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Life and Death

If you were asked to summarize your life to this point what would you say? Some may say that life has been very cruel. Others may say that life has been good. The elderly would have greater incite and thoughtfulness in answering such a question while the young may summarize their lives by a few words. It would be interesting to hear the assessments of life from both the young and old. There are men in the Bible that gave interesting assessments to their lives. When Pharaoh of Egypt asked Jacob how old he was the patriarch answered, "9 The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years: few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage" (Genesis...
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Thoughts on John Chapter 8

Jesus teaches men and women of every generation that if truth does not have an honest place in your mind you will never see him in heaven. Jesus speaks very harsh words to the scribes, Pharisees and Jews so that they may open their eyes to real truth. Religiously minded people often share the same problem. Those that have made up their minds regarding who Jesus is and what he preaches as truth before they actually hear and learn are doomed to eternal failure (see John 7:33-34). When one makes up their mind about a matter before the facts are heard they act and speak foolishly because they do not have knowledge. Jesus exposes the scribes, Pharisees and Jews lack of true knowledge on several occasions in this chapter (see John 8:14, 19, 37, 43, and 55). The Jews manifest their confusion and lack of knowledge by their repeated questions...
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The Significant Greek Eis in Romans

The Greek word eis (generally translated for or unto) means "to express relation, to or towards... in regard to or of a purpose" (LS 231). Throughout the Bible we find this word in some of the most significant places. The Apostle Peter said, "38 Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto (Greek eis) the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit' (Acts 2:38). The Greek word eis identifies the relationship that exists between baptism and the remission of sins. The Apostle Paul writes of Christ saying, "7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). Due to the use of the Greek word eis at Acts 2:38 1 can easily see the "relationship" between repentance, baptism, forgiveness of sins, redemption,...
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