Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God


1 John 5

1 John 5:1

Dost thou believe in Jesus? Dost thou love thy Lord? Then thou art born again.

1 John 5:2, 3

Obedience proves the truth of. faith, especially obedience to the command which bids us love. It is idle to talk of being saved if we are not living unto God.

1 John 5:4, 5

Faith, then, is the sure evidence of the new birth, and if we believe in the Lord Jesus we are born again, and shall overcome the world.

1 John 5:6

Cleansing from the power of sin, and delivering from its guilt.

1 John 5:7, 8

Instead of all other heavenly signs, the church has for her standing miracles the energetic work of the Holy Ghost, the purifying influence of the gospel, and the peace-giving energy of the atonement. If there be no power of the Holy Ghost, no sanctification, and no…

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Words of Our Mouth


James 3:1-12

Have you ever considered what a wonderful gift speech is? When God created us, He gave us a voice and a language so we could communicate. With our tongues we can praise and glorify God, teach His Word, pray, and express encouragement and loving devotion to one another.

However, our voices also have the power to hurt. It often starts with something small, like a thoughtless comment that can snowball, causing unforeseen damage. At times we may express our opinion in a critical way, which tears the other person down. Or out of curiosity, we might ask a question or make a suggestion that sows seeds of doubt and distrust, thereby damaging another person’s reputation.

Scripture calls this gossip, and God has strong words to say about those who engage in it. They separate close friends, betray confidences, and stir dissension. Most alarming of all is the fact…

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Heaven’s Love Song


We love him because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

In 1936, songwriter Billy Hill released a popular hit song titled “The Glory of Love.” Before long a nation was singing about the joy of doing even little things out of love for one another. Fifty years later, lyricist Peter Cetera wrote a more romantic song with a similar title. He imagined two people living forever, knowing together they did it all—for the glory of love.

Revelation, the last book in the Bible, describes a new love song that will someday lift the voices of everyone in heaven and earth (Revelation 5:9, 13). The music begins, however, in a minor key of mourning. John, our narrator, cries, seeing no answer to all that has gone wrong with the world (vv. 3–4). But his mood brightens and the music builds to a crescendo (vv. 12–13) as John learns the real…

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VIDEO The Gift of Song – Serve the Lord with Gladness


The Gift of Song

Serve [worship] the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:2

Look in most modern church hymnals, at the bottom of every page, and you’ll see two notations: “Lyrics by . . . “ and “Music by . . . .” Said another way, most hymns begin as poems (lyrics), which are then set to music later, often by a different person. The Bible is filled with poetry of many different kinds—praise, prophecy, lament, confession. The largest collection is the book we know officially as Psalms and unofficially as “Israel’s Hymnal.”

But there are other songs as well, some specifically associated with the birth of Jesus. Mary recited a song of praise for the blessing of being Jesus’ mother (Luke 1:46-55). Zacharias sang a song at the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:67-79). The angels announced the birth of Jesus in song…

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VIDEO What the Magi Mean to Christmas – Joy to the World


Joy to the World

The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. Psalm 98:2

Hymn lyrics and tunes stay with us when almost everything else fades. How many of us know of elderly friends, parents, or spouses with memory loss? Some of these senior saints no longer recognize anything except for the words or music of some great hymn, one they absorbed over the course of a lifetime, one that settled into the deepest spheres of their souls. Historian Ernest Edwin Ryden said, “The memory of a single hymn learned in childhood has often proved decisive in the spiritual crises of later years.”

That’s especially true for our Christmas carols, because they’re deeply intertwined with our annual celebration of the greatest gift humanity has ever received. Music brings the celebration in our hearts into fruition in our very being. It…

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Much More Than Just a Name


Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:19)

There have always been professing Christians who argue and insist: “I am all right—I worship in the name of Jesus.” They seem to believe that worship of God is based on a formula. They seem to think there is a kind of magic in saying the name of Jesus!

Study the Bible carefully with the help of the Holy Spirit and you will find that the name and the nature of Jesus are one. It is not enough to know how to spell Jesus’ name!

If we have come to be like Him in nature, if we have come to the place of being able to ask in accordance with His will, He will give us the good things we desire and need.

We worship God as the result of a new birth from above…

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The Abiding Life


John 15:1-6

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet of flowers? They are a delight to the eyes and fill the room with fragrance. But truthfully, they’re dead because they’ve been disconnected from the plant. Although they may look alive for a while, in time they wither away.

This was the point Jesus was making when He used a grapevine and its branches as an illustration of a believer’s life in Christ. Once we’re saved, we become branches of Christ—then fruit is produced as His life flows through us, in fulfillment of what Jesus prayed for us in John 17:21.

This abiding relationship is what the Bible elsewhere describes as the Spirit-filled life (Eph. 5:18). The word “abiding” emphasizes our position as branches remaining in the vine of Christ. And the apostle Paul underscores the Holy Spirit’s role and authority in our life: As we live in submission and obedience to God’s…

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