Life in 1 John

Introduction:We have considered the enticements of worldliness—the snare that tripped up our first parents. Those enticements are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. When we are drawn to such things, and they make us unrighteous, and we also want to cling to our deep need to still be in the right, this results ...

Liars in 1 John

Introduction:We should all know that it is a sin to lie. Perjury is, after all, prohibited by the ninth commandment (Ex. 20:16). The Colossians were told not to lie to one another, now that they had put off the old man with his deeds (Col. 3:9). And we are told that the lake of fire is reserved for liars, among a number of others (Rev. 21:8). ...

Lust in 1 John

Introduction:We are beginning a short series of sermons in 1 John, but the messages are of a topical nature. Although these messages will revolve around particular topics, I believe that when we are done, we will have apprehended the larger message of the book via a somewhat different route—different, that is, from a verse-by-verse ...

An Open Letter to an Angry Husband

This post original ran June 6, 2015. NB: This letter is fictional with regard to the particulars, but with regard to the nature of the sins described, it is unfortunately not at all fictional. Consider it a composite portrait, with no particular man in mind. At the same time, if any individual husband recognizes himself …

Psalm 110/The Priest/King at God’s Right Hand

Introduction:This psalm is the most frequently quoted passage of the Old Testament found in the New Testament. The verses quoted have various applications which we will consider as we work through the psalm.The Text:“The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall ...