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Meditation on 3 John Part 5

Meditation on 3 John Part 5

August 3, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

3 John Diotrephes is one of the more wicked people in the Bible, but we seldom remember him. He is mentioned only here, but read it again and see how deep his depravity goes. Diotrephes desires to be first. This desire to be the leader, to be the head honcho, means he is opposing everyone […]

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Meditation on 3 John Part 4

Meditation on 3 John Part 4

July 20, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

3 John If we are fellow workers with these missionaries as John states in verse 8 then we need to take our support seriously. Now John is referring to the support Gaius gave in giving hospitality, and probably some of the financial provisions that he in all likelihood gave to them. I would say this […]

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Meditation on 3 John Part 3

Meditation on 3 John Part 3

July 17, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

3 John This meditation may be a bit practical, but 3 John is nothing if not direct and practical. John wants us to be encouraged to support missions. Missionaries ought to be able to go out and accept nothing from the Gentiles. By Gentiles here, John means unbelievers. A missionary should not be dependent on […]

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Mediation on 3 John Part 2

Mediation on 3 John Part 2

July 14, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

3 John John says the hospitality shown by Gaius to strangers, who are brothers in Christ, is a faithful thing. Hospitality and receiving the brothers and sisters in Christ is a major theme of 3 John. But notice here the emphasis is that these brothers in Christ were strangers. This is not showing Christian hospitality […]

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Meditation on 3 John

Meditation on 3 John

July 11, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

3 John The first four verses of 3 John seem kind of plain. It is the regular sort of opening you would expect from a letter. What really is there to meditate upon in these verses? Sure we can see that we ought to be praying for others in verse 2. But I want to […]

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Meditation on Psalm 121  Part 4

Meditation on Psalm 121 Part 4

July 6, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Psalm 121 I hope you can see the repetition in verses 7 and 8. In fact, keep or keeper is repeated 6 times in this Psalm with 3 of them coming in these last two verses. Clearly the ‘Lord is your keeper’ is the theme of the psalm. And the Psalm is ending now by emphasizing to us […]

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Meditation on Psalm 121 Part 3

Meditation on Psalm 121 Part 3

July 3, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Psalm 121 Verses 5 and 6 gives us a couple of pictures of the LORD as our keeper. The first compares God and our shadow. Some translations say shade at our right hand, but what is meant here is our shadow. Our shadow is always right there with us. You can’t shake your shadow, it […]

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Meditation Psalm 121 Part 2

Meditation Psalm 121 Part 2

June 30, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Psalm 121 Verse 3 and 4 remind us of a very important truth. God is not like us. He never sleeps. He doesn’t need it. Do you see the contrast between the help of God and the help of everything else? Name one other type of help that is there always with no breaks, no […]

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Meditation on Psalm 121 Part 1

Meditation on Psalm 121 Part 1

June 26, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Psalm 121 Verses 1 and 2 are simple and straight forward. “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth.” And while you can see how this Psalm might be tailor made for a call and response reading, we often […]

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Meditations on the Thieves on the Cross Part 5

Meditations on the Thieves on the Cross Part 5

June 22, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Luke 23:18-25 There is a third thief, but this one avoided the cross. Barabbas was his name, and he was a thief and insurrectionist. A literal rebel. He was probably slated to be the third person crucified that day along with the other thieves on the cross. Yet, Jesus takes his place and Barabbas is […]

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