As when God spoke, worlds appeared, He speaks, behold, new creatures!
The Apostle John received something from the Lord Jesus that he shares with Christians in his first epistle. We are little children. John may be, in a sense, a sort of spiritual father to the church. This tenderness for the flock in his care is what he learned from God, and John shares it with the children of God.
Normalness in the Christian life is often bitter, often sweet. Failure and success often hinge on motivation.
"He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." — Ephesians 1:5-6
Ten years ago I looked like Rambo, or Briggs from Lethal Weapon (no that's not a wig!). I was the masked hypocrite guilty of pornea, filled with curses, bitterness, and prayer, seeking my glory as the chief end of all things, a creature at the center of concentric rings, none with room for the King of
— 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 "Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
Have you ever felt fake? Have you consistently felt like your profession of faith was not genuine? Have you ever examined yourself to see if you're in the faith? Should you maybe consider doing that?
The Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday has a connection to the Flood in Noah's days.
Do you support the oppression of a minority group? If you're not a Christian, the Truth may surprise you.