Don’t Be Rattled; Be Channels of Agape Love
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1w ago
A Study of 1 John 4:7-21 Introduction: Three years before he died C. S. Lewis wrote a book called The Four Loves, based on a series of talks he had given over the radio. He pointed out something that has since been repeated many times but it still bears remembering. There are four primary Greek words for love. This is important to us because the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language.  The first word is Storge (pronounced store’-gay). This is the kind of natural affection people in a family normally feel for each other. It’s being very fond of someone because you are ..read more
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When Darkness Is Your Only Friend
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2w ago
What We Can Learn About Depression from the Saddest Psalm in the Bible A STUDY OF PSALM 88  Introduction: More than 300 million people worldwide battle medically-recognized depression, and according to the WHO it’s the leading cause of disability in the world. It affects women twice the rate of men; but depressed men are 4 times more likely to commit suicide. Depression-related diagnoses in America have soared the recent years, especially among young people. The American Journal of Psychiatry reports that children as young as 3 are battling clinical depression. In a br ..read more
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Don’t Be Rattled, Just Be Loving
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3w ago
A Study of 1 John 3:11-24 Introduction:  Somewhere along the way in your school experience when you studied Victorian Literature you probably read Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poems. In recent years, she’s been rediscovered by feminists and by political philosophers who have praised her. But we ought to remember she was first and foremost a follower of Jesus and an eager student of the Bible. She read the Bible both in Hebrew and Greek, and she made extensive notes in her personal Bibles. For example, in one of her notes in the margin of the book of Psalms, she noted how this particular ..read more
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Don’t Be Rattled; Just Be Abiding
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by robertjmorgan
3w ago
Now, let’s plunge into one of the most difficult passages in the writings of the apostle John. Read with me 1 John 3, from verse 3 to verse 10: Scripture: 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray ..read more
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The Donelson Fellowship’s First Pastor
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by robertjmorgan
2M ago
Before it’s lost, I want to honor the story of The Donelson Fellowship’s first pastor, because I owe him a lot! He paved the way for those of us who followed him. His name was Robert Owen, and his son Dennis helped me remember and record his story. Rev. Owen was born early in the 20th century to a farmer and his wife in Florida. Robert was the oldest of four boys. Their mother died when Robert was nine, and Robert’s father had to sell the farm to pay her medical bills. Mr. Owen was so distraught about loss of his wife and farm that he went out to the barn, fell on his face, and asked the Lord ..read more
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The Zechariah Zone
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by robertjmorgan
2M ago
Luke 1:5-7 Who begins reading a book with Chapter Two?  When you pick up a book—fiction or not—do you typically skip the first chapter and begin with the second? On a few occasions, I’ve read the first chapter and thrown the book away. But I don’t recall ever having started reading a book in chapter two. The first chapter typically gives us the setting and framework allowing us to follow the plot and the progress of the whole work. Why, then, do we begin the Christmas story in Luke chapter 2, that famous passage that says: Now it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caes ..read more
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“And That Is What We Are!”
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by robertjmorgan
2M ago
A Study of 1 John 2:28 – 3:3 Introduction Whenever you handle a set of papers, you’re probably going to come across one of the world’s greatest and most lowly inventions—a paper clip. It was invented by a Norwegian man who just twisted some wire together so it would secure papers. He never imagined that other people would come up with hundreds and hundreds of ways to use his paper clip. How many criminals have we seen on television or the movies who escaped because they picked their handcuffs with a paper clip? How many of us have hung Christmas ornaments on the tree with a paper clip? Or use ..read more
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Spotting Deception Before It Traps You
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by robertjmorgan
2M ago
A Study of 1 John 2.24-29 Introduction  Jennifer De-Stefano is a woman in Arizona who got a terrifying phone call not long ago. She recognized the voice at once. It was her daughter’s voice. The 15-year-old girl was named Briana, and she was sobbing. Through her tears, she said, “Mom, I messed up.” That would be a nightmare call for any parent, but it got worse when Jennifer heard men in the background telling Briana to shut up. “Mom, help me!” was the last thing Jennifer heard. And then a man came on the phone and threatened to pump her stomach full of drugs and drop her on the other si ..read more
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The Antichrists Among Us
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by robertjmorgan
2M ago
Introduction Who is the antichrist and when will he show up? He is already alive right now, rising to power in some palace or executive residence or capital in this world? Is he right now a brilliant university student who has no idea the diabolical role he will play in the terminal days of history? Or is he a character who will appear in the future, in a hundred years or a thousand years from now? I don’t have the answer to those questions. But I do know one thing. There are many antichrists among us right now—and we should be aware of them. Think of the word anti-Christ. What does that mean ..read more
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Falling Out of Love
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by robertjmorgan
2M ago
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. Introduction Earlier this summer a series of very disturbing newspaper articles appeared in the New York Times and other outlets about the way the People’s Republic of China penetrated and brutally disrupted American espionage operations within their country ..read more
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