Real Love Casts Out Fear

"Struggling through disagreements"

3 John

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…ultimately readers of this personal letter are left with a simple take away that is this: John had tremendous resolve and was willing to take the necessary risks to struggle through what he deemed an important disagreement until a breakthrough could be achieved. Resolve and risk in the face of uncertain outcomes was key to his approach.
— Dan Collison

"All in"

1 John 5:6-12

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Jesus embodies the text, to communicate to the world what the Word looks like when it finds you, embraces you, looks you in the eye, loves you to death, rescues you, and calls out to you that there is more life for you if you will simply follow in his footsteps.
— Judy Peterson

"Becoming the Beloved"

1 John 4:7-21

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“…because God shows us and gives us complete and inexhaustible love and especially through all who Jesus is—all who follow Christ are to without reservation claim their belovedness, reflect their belovedness back to God with whole-hearted devotion, and outwardly show and give love to others completely and inexhaustibly as well.”
— Dan Collison

"Truing up the false self"

1 John 2:28 - 3:10

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Hands down, the most unhelpful false construct given to us either by our family systems or our religious systems is anything or anyone that says we don’t belong. That we are not good enough. That we “don’t make the cut.” John declared the truth in today’s text when he said that each of us are the children of God. We are loved. And, we belong. Do we believe this?
— Dan Collison

"Self-deception versus self-authenticity"

1 John 2:7-27

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The essence of John’s theology, which comes through his gospel and all three of his letters, is that love isn’t just from God, it is God. And if God lives in you, then love lives in you too, and vice versa.
— Andrea Hollingsworth

"Living the beliefs"

1 John 1:1 - 2:6

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…what I am noticing in John’s letters and what I am pleading for today is humility in the way we approach our systems of theology and boldness in the way we live our lives by following the obvious ways Jesus lived his life.
— Dan Collison