What Can We Be Sure Of?

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 5-13-21 How do you feel about things right now? Are you happy? Are you content? Are you nervous about the future, perhaps even frightened? There are some things we can be sure of beyond a doubt and the apostle John tells us what they are. I was walking through a store somewhere and noticed a song playing in the background. I never heard it before and wasn’t really paying close attention, but suddenly the words of …

Faith Is the Victory

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 5:1-12 David Bast’s series “Living in Love” is a series of studies of the three New Testament letters of John the apostle. Some of us are more used to singing than reading (1 John 5:4). “Faith is the victory, O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.” But what does this mean and how is it so? “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). …

God Is Love

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 4:7-21 Today David Bast continues our series “Living in Love,” studies of the three New Testament letters of John the apostle. In what is perhaps the best-known passage from his first epistle, John defines God as love. Today many people would turn that around and say, in effect, “Love is God.” They’re wrong, and here’s why. In what is perhaps the best-known passage from his First Epistle, John defines God as love: “God is love” (v.16). …

What It's All About

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 3:1-18 Love is what the gospel is all about, the Christian life, God’s grace, our response, they all revolve around this one theme: because God loves us, he saves us. Love is the ground and motive for our salvation. Love is also the purpose of our salvation. The Lord saves us so that we will be turned into lovers ourselves, lovers first of him and then of our fellow creatures. When my children were small, they …

Old Is Gold

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 2:7-14 2 John David Bast’s series “Living in Love,” is a series of studies of the three New Testament letters of John the apostle. Christ’s coming gives us a new power to actually do what we know we ought to do, to fulfill the law of love.   One of our most faithful and dear Words of Hope missionaries is Stephen Paul, the Words of Hope director for South Asia and longtime Hindi language broadcaster. Once …

God Is Light

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : 1 John 1:5-10 1 John 2:1-6 God is light but we prefer darkness, and that’s a problem. To have genuine fellowship with God, we must realize our self-deception and confess our sins every day. Most people today, if they think about God at all, make easy assumptions about what he’s like. But they often stress just one part of his character – usually the part that’s most agreeable to them. God, however, is more complex than we often …