Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
June 24 It’s Simple Nehemiah 7:66–8:18; 1 John 5:6–12; Psalm 110:1–7
I tend to complicate matters. Determined to understand the nuances of a problem, I spend more time constructing a solution than I need to. Often, delaying a simple solution is my way of avoiding action that requires me to be courageous, intentional, or perhaps admit I’m wrong.
John’s first letter addresses a complication of the gospel message. False teachers were causing division in the community by spreading incorrect doctrines about Christ’s humanity and divinity. Without understanding that Christ is both man and God, some people in the community were in danger of diminishing Christ’s saving work and confusing the gospel. John spends the greater portion of the letter guiding his readers through the murky doctrines the false teachers had introduced.
However, John’s climactic point at the close of his letter is far from complex. First John 5:11–12 contains a statement about belief that is both simple and decisive: “And…
TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014 | HOLY DAY NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST YEARS ABC Psalm Psalm 85 or Psalm 85:7–13 First Reading Isaiah 40:1–11 Second Reading Acts 13:14b–26 Gospel Luke 1:57–80 The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.
TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014 | FEAST THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST YEARS ABC Old Testament Isaiah 40:1–5 Psalm (Psalm 85:1–6) 7–13 Epistle Acts 13:13–26 Gospel Luke 1:57–80 Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.