Letters of John: Faithfulness

We have all likely heard the adage “lead by example”. That is what Gaius is doing in the third letter of John. John commends his actions and calls them faithful and walking in the truth. Being faithful is really about setting a consistently good example for others. That example is our testimony to them.

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Letters of John Walking

Just as we have the same identify in Christ the church also has the same mission: To walk in love. It isn’t enough for the body of Christ to believe but we must exercise our belief through love. Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34 Love…

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Letters of John Overcomers

The Bible tells us that we are overcomers, victors. Our place is on victory ground because of the work of Jesus. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33)” When we are in Christ – child of God – we stand with Him on the ground He won. We defeat the world’s schemes by standing in victory not fighting for it.

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Letters of John From God

There are so many voices in the world telling us what to do, what to believe, how to act, what to like and what to hate. We live in a very intense time with information overload. But we who are from God – that is we are His because of our acceptance of Jesus – have a tremendous advantage in sorting through the world’s noise because the One who is in you is greater than the…

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The Letters of John: Love and Hate

Love is a condition of the heart, to be loving is a character quality in today’s portion of John’s letter we will hear some strong words from John about love and hate. If we love God, we need to obey him and his commandments Jesus even said in John 14:15 If you love me, obey my commandments. What does God command?

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The Letters of John: In Fellowship

What if you could sit and talk with someone who had actually met Jesus?Would you cling to every word, would you want them to stay and keep talking? Would you say “Tell me more”? The letters of John are like that. John is writing to home churches sharing Jesus with them and encouraging them. He walked with Jesus – their hero, their savior, their messiah. He KNOWS who Jesus is he KNOWS who God is…

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The Empowerment of the Holy Spirit

The scripture we read this morning is about Pentecost when the disciples were baptized in the Holy Spirit. In the United church we don’t talk about the baptism of the Holy Spirit – it freaks us out a little – we envision crazy people shouting and twitching and all manner of weirdness – but it isn’t really like that. And because of our apprehension toward the baptism of the Holy Spirit we have sold ourselves…

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The Spirit Comes bearing Gifts and Seeds

Sound Track apologies. The sound quality is “tinnie” we tried our best to fix it. Hopefully you can still enjoy the message. Have you ever said, “Lord give me patience!”  or  “God, if I could just have peace” or maybe “I don’t have any self control – if there are cookies in the cupboard I am going to eat them!” Well have I got great news for you!! You see the Holy Spirit who lives…

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