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III John

by: Judy Ledene

10/19/2021

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“Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God” (5-6). The earliest evangelists and missionaries depended on the hospitality of God’s people, who supported them and thus became “fellow workers for the truth” (v8). In contrast, there were also leaders like Diotrephes, who rejected participation in miss

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II John

by: Judy Ledene

10/18/2021

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“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist” (7). John urged the young churches to resist false teachers who denied Jesus had come “in the flesh.” These “deceivers” apparently preached the spectacular power of Christ without acknowledging the suffering He endured on the cross, as a human. They wanted the victory without the pain of walking in the way of lov

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Psalm 131

by: Judy Ledene

10/17/2021

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“O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me” (1). Nothing opposes the spirit of the world more than the spirit of humility. Without the Lord, the normal concerns of human life lead to frantic, loud, aggressive striving. But leaning on Him, we can say: “I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me” (2).

“O Israel,

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Daniel 10-12

by: Judy Ledene

10/16/2021

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“But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth …” (10:21). Overwhelmed by visions of the future, Daniel was touched and strengthened by a heavenly being, who called Daniel “O man greatly loved” (10:19). “The book of truth” warned God’s people that empires and leaders would arise who would “magnify” themselves above all else and defy God (11:37). But those who trust God will “shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness,

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Daniel 8-9

by: Judy Ledene

10/15/2021

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“O my God … Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy” (9:18). As Daniel began to have visions about the conflicts of the future, he realized that Israel’s own rebellion had made them vulnerable (9:9-10). Israel’s real enemies were not Babylon or Persia but their own sinful rejection of the Lord who had rescued them from Egypt (9:

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Daniel 6-7

by: Judy Ledene

10/14/2021

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“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him …” (6:3). Daniel’s enemies could find no grounds to accuse him, because he was law-abiding and good at his job (6:4). Still, motivated by jealously, they manipulated events so that Daniel’s steadfast prayer life became seen as disloyal to King Darius. Daniel was thrown to the lions, despite the king’s distress: “May your God, whom you serve continua

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I John 5

by: Judy Ledene

10/13/2021

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 “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (v12). John warned believers against “antichrists” and false teachers (ch2): people who claimed to be Christians but did not know Jesus, those who unrepentantly practiced sin, and those who did not love others. True life, now and for eternity, can only be found in Jesus Christ, who came by “water and blood” (v6). God was in Christ at the water of His baptism and in the blood of the cro

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I John 4

by: Judy Ledene

10/12/2021

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“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (v12). John taught that our love for God is expressed in how we love one another. In fact, “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar” (v20); love for God and hatred of others cannot co-exist. Bitterness, envy, and anger often arise from fear, and “there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (v18).

In love, “God sent his only Son into t

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I John 3

by: Judy Ledene

10/11/2021

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“And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us” (v23). The apostle John assured believers that there was no mystery about what God wanted: His command was to trust completely in Jesus and to love others. John urged believers to love “in deed and truth,” not just talk (v18). In fact, no matter what people say, those who make a practice of sinning and do not love others are not God’s childre

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Psalm 129-130

by: Judy Ledene

10/10/2021

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“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning” (130:5-6). The psalmist knew that even in times of failure, with the Lord there is “plentiful redemption” (v7), from our sins and from our troubles. Instead of rebellion and pride (Ps 129), God’s people cast themselves on Him and ask for mercy. “But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared” (v4). Whatever our situation, “out of the depths

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Proverbs 28

by: Judy Ledene

10/09/2021

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“If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination” (v9). The proverbs teach us the importance of following God’s revealed will (the ‘law’), because the way we conduct our relationships and work matters to Him. As His image-bearers, we prosper when we obey Him, and the people around us are also blessed (v2). Rather than ritual or ceremonial law, the proverbs refer to following God in areas like honesty (v13), how we handle money (v22,25), ca

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Daniel 3-5

by: Judy Ledene

10/08/2021

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“Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?” (3:14). The three faithful Jews refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s “golden image,” despite the threat of being thrown into a fiery furnace. They refused to bow to the king’s power, choosing instead to serve the God of heaven. They believed God was able to deliver them (3:7), but even if He did not, they remained faithful.

“We will not serve your go

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Daniel 1-2

by: Judy Ledene

10/07/2021

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“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it” (1:1). Daniel’s story begins with the failure of Israel to obey God, which made them vulnerable to the Babylonian empire. Showing his power, Nebuchadnezzar stole the treasures of Jerusalem’s temple and put them in his own pagan temple (1:2) and he also stole Jerusalem’s best young men (1:4). But in Babylon, “Daniel resolved that he would not defile

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Ezekiel 44-47

by: Judy Ledene

10/06/2021

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“Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold … water was flowing down” (47:1). Jerusalem’s temple had been destroyed, but God gave Ezekiel a vision of a new city with a temple right in its center, filled with His presence (ch 43). A deep river flowed out from the sanctuary to water special trees: “their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing” (47:12). This city would have room for all the tribes (47:13), and even foreigners would receive an

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I John 2

by: Judy Ledene

10/05/2021

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“By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked” (v5-6). John explained that being “in Christ”, having fellowship with God by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, means that we begin a new way of living (or ‘walking’) with Him. As we get to know our Savior, we begin to imitate his ways, especially the ‘new commandment’ of love (v3). In fact, there is no righteousness without love (v9). Our faith is evident by wh

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