That You May Know: II
1 John 5:18-21

Bobby grew up in a dysfunctional home. He saw things take place in his home while he was growing up that no child should ever see. Because of the decisions of his parents, chaos filled every corner of the home and drained any hope of stability or sanity from the lives of those who lived in that little house on Flood Street. Bobby’s brothers and sisters saw the path that their parents had trod and followed in the footsteps of mom and dad. Bobby, on the other hand, saw the path of his parents and knew in his heart that this was not the way to walk, so he left. Bobby packed up his stuff while he was still in high school and headed out into the big world all by himself.

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1 John 5:18-21”

Praying For Saints and Sinners
1 John 5:16-17

His peers knew him as a man of God. Some even referred to him as, “A man after God’s own heart.” They had seen him in action, under stress and duress, and his character and integrity had reflected the heart of God. The people greatly admired him. David was the one they looked to as an example of everything that was good and upright.

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1 John 5:16-17”

That You May Know…
1 John 5:13-20

There is nothing worse than not knowing. It doesn’t matter what the lack of certainty pertains to…there is nothing worse than not knowing. There is always a tension filled question mark hanging over the head of the husband or wife who does not have the certainty that their spouse loves them and is committed to them. That question mark weighs upon their shoulders and causes a heaviness to follow them every moment of every day. There is always anxiety awaiting the employee who walks through the door and is reminded that he or she could be told to pack their things at any moment. There is nothing more detrimental to the development of a child than for the child not to have the assurance of his or her parent’s love. There is nothing more devastating to a church, more destructive to the health of a church, than for the congregation to wonder if God is true to His promises. There is nothing worse for the man, woman, or child who seeks after the Lord than to wonder if they have truly been saved or if there is something more that they must do. I can’t tell you the number of times I have spoken to someone who has said, “I hope that when I die I have lived a good enough life to go to Heaven.” The lack of certainty will wake you in the night, it will cause clouds of confusion and depression to follow you through the day, and it will ultimately result in the person losing hope since there is no person who has ever lived who has been able to be “good enough” to earn God’s gift of salvation.

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1 John 5:13-20”

We Have Overcome!
1 John 5:2-5

Walter Gowans knew that God was calling him from his homeland to share the gospel in the Sudan. He traveled there to work among the people of the region because he knew that was God’s plan for his life. God had so impacted his life that it was evident to those around him that Walter was part of something much bigger than his own dreams and aspirations. Walter’s mother, who lived in Canada, was so captivated by her son’s passion for the mission that she felt as if she were with him every day. Rowland Bingham, one of the founders of the worldwide missionary organization called, S.I.M. writes of the impact that Walter’s mother had upon his life. Bingham wrote,

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1 John 5:2-5”

His Love Sets Us Free
1 John 4:13-5:2

It was Tuesday, June 6th, 1944: What is known as “D-day” when the initial assault wave hit the shore at Omaha Beach. The men stormed the beach at 6:30 am and immediately lives began to be lost for the sake of their country. It was a bloody battle and the Americans hit the beach like ducks sitting on a pond as the bullets flew in all directions. In the movie, Saving Private Ryan, Captain John Miller survived the initial, brutal conflict at Omaha Beach. He set out to accomplish the mission given to him by his country, but as he marched forward the mission changed.

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1 John 4:13-5:2”

The Prerequisite Of Love
1 John 4:7-12

I first heard the report on the radio as I was driving to work this week – Jane Fonda had given her life to Christ. The woman who has recently gone through a divorce to Ted Turner, sold more exercise videos than Bill Gates has sold Windows, and who has been known as “Hanoi Jane” had accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. I have to confess and repent of my sins before you this morning. When I first heard the report I was so skeptical. I thought it was merely another Hollywood type out for publicity. Then I read a report from Cal Thomas in the Miami Herald on Thursday and I felt like such a hypocrite. Cal Thomas writes,

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1 John 4:7-12”

Can You Pass The Test?
1 John 4:1-6

Reverend Bible was a fourth generation preacher. He was his father’s son. He was a chip off the old block. While he was growing up he watched his father mount the pulpit week after week at First Church and offer his thoughts to the people. The son of a preacher now thought he would make his move to the pulpit. He had attended the finest of colleges to gain his undergraduate degree. Upon completing his studies he enrolled in a fine, prestigious Seminary known for its textual criticism, unparalleled adherence to the finest in liberal scholarship, and social consciousness. At the seminary young Reverend Bible followed in the footsteps of his father and read the best works of Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Sigmund Freud, Albert Camus, and James Cone.

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1 John 4:1-6”

The Imitation of Love
1 John 3:11-24

“Pray that my love will be without limits.” –Saint Maximilian Kolbe in his last letter to his mother.

Father Maximilian Kolbe was forty-five years old in the early autumn of 1939 when the Nazis invaded his homeland. He was a Polish monk who founded the Knights of the Immaculate, a Franciscan order whose headquarters was in Niepokalanow, a village near Warsaw. There 762 priests and lay brothers lived in the largest friary in the world. Father Kolbe presided over Niepokalanow with a combination of industry, joy, love, and humor that made him beloved by the plain-spoken brethren there.

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1 John 3:11-24”

Who’s Your Daddy?
1 John 3:4-10

The last rain soaked, numbed-out fan sloshed out of Max Yasgur’s muddy pasture more than 30 years ago. That was the day the Woodstock Music and Art Festival came to a close. What was billed as “three days of peace and music” turned into something altogether different for the 500,000 young people who made the trip to the serene pasture in Sullivan County. True believers who still reminisce about the beauty of Woodstock say that it was an era devoted to human advancement. Cynics and skeptics adamantly claim that it was a demonstration of the lawlessness and naivete of the day.

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1 John 3:4-10”

Who’s Your Daddy?
1 John 3:4-10

The last rain soaked, numbed-out fan sloshed out of Max Yasgur’s muddy pasture more than 30 years ago. That was the day the Woodstock Music and Art Festival came to a close. What was billed as “three days of peace and music” turned into something altogether different for the 500,000 young people who made the trip to the serene pasture in Sullivan County. True believers who still reminisce about the beauty of Woodstock say that it was an era devoted to human advancement. Cynics and skeptics adamantly claim that it was a demonstration of the lawlessness and naivete of the day.

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1 John 3:4-10”