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Revelation – “they overcame”

December 26, 2014

The book of Revelation could be summarized with two words: God wins.  For a few more details continue reading. The theme of the first three chapters of Revelation is “the seven churches that are in Asia.”  The first chapter focuses on the One who delivered the message for them to John: “Jesus Christ, the faithful […]

1-3 John – “this is love”

December 20, 2014

John mentioned “love” in his Gospel account more than all other Gospels combined.  He continued to focus on love in his three letters.  “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).  “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8).  We demonstrate the love of […]

Jude – “contend for the faith”

December 5, 2014

Jude began his postcard letter by writing, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” (Jude 3).  They needed to content for the […]

Hebrews – “Jesus is better”

November 28, 2014

The book of Hebrews could be summarized with three words: “Jesus is better.”  It begins by telling us He is better than the prophets, because “in these last days (God) has spoken to us through” Him instead of them (Hebrew 1:1-2).  He is also “better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent […]

2 Timothy – “be strong”

November 21, 2014

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he mentioned his personal service with a clear conscience  and Timothy’s sincere faith and reminded him that “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, […]

2 Peter – “false teachers among you”

November 14, 2014

While Peter wrote his first epistle to encourage Christians in the face of persecutions and trials coming from without the church, he wrote 2 Peter to combat the work of false teachers within the church.  He began by giving the qualities we need to diligently seek to be fruitful for the Lord and receive the […]

Titus – “I left you in Crete”

November 9, 2014

Paul considered Titus, like Timothy, to be a spiritual son (Titus 1:1-4).  After being released from prison in Rome, he “left (Titus) in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,” (1:5-9).  Elders were especially needed to deal with the rebellious men “who must […]

1 Peter – “the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow”

October 31, 2014

Peter wrote to brethren throughout the provinces of Asia Minor who were “distressed by various trials” and were patiently working toward “obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:1-9).  Throughout the book he encouraged them to be strong in the face of those trials (1:6-9; 2:12, 19-25; 3:8-17; […]

1 Timothy – “my true child in the faith”

October 17, 2014

When Paul was released from his first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28), he and Timothy went to Ephesus, where Paul left Timothy while he went to Macedonia (1 Timothy 1:3).  From there he wrote to “Timothy, my true child in the faith,” to “instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention […]

Philemon – “my son Onesimus”

October 10, 2014

Paul wrote to Philemon, “I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,” (Philemon 10).  Onesimus was a slave of Philemon who ran away and ended up finding Paul in Rome.  He was apparently converted by Paul while with him (:15-16); and Paul wanted Philemon to allow him […]