Abide in Christ

As John continues his encouragement to those believers who have remained faithful and proven their faith in the Lord, he encourages them to remain in the things that they have always been taught. It is not very popular for one to stay consistent. Most people look to see which way the wind is blowing and…

Beware of Anti-Christs

There is much talk today concerning the anti-Christ and who that person might be. There are many opinions concerning this one who is to rise to world power and usher in a period of time in which the world experiences great tribulation by their own making and by the heavy hand of God’s wrath. John…

What if I am wrong?

As we get older, we look back on our lives and realize that in most cases we were wrong more times than we were right. There are past decisions we now regret and there are words we have said that we can’t take back. The truth is: there is only one who is never wrong…

Love Not The World

Which disturbs you more: A soul lost in Hell or a scratch on your new car? Missing the worship service or missing a day’s work? A sermon 10 minutes too long or lunch half hour late? Your Bible unopened or not knowing the latest news? The church work being neglected or housework neglected? Missing a…

Spiritual Milestones

As believers in Christ, we’ve had certain spiritual experiences. There are moments in our lives when the light bulb comes on and we finally get it. There are certain milestones that we reach in our spiritual growth. This is what John is referring to when he addresses his readers as children, fathers, and young men.…

The Baptist Man

At the church where I pastor, First Baptist Church of Decherd Tennessee, we have a special day called Baptist Men’s Day. On this day we have special activities for men and an emphasis on godly manhood and leadership along with a celebration of Baptist men. You may ask, “What is a Baptist man?” To answer…

Recapturing Love

Throughout history we have seen words and expressions that have evolved in their meaning. What one word meant a hundred years ago may not mean the same thing today. Because of our sin nature, words have a tendency to lose their value and meaning. Such has been the case with the word: Love. Warren Wiersbe…

Keeping His Commandments

We live in a culture that places a high value on proof. If we are going to believe something, we must be convinced that it is true. Previously, John dealt with the issue of our continual battle with personal sin and our need to be in the habit of regular confession of sin. This correlates…