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Book Review: The Epistles of John: Walking in the Light of God's Love




For such a short book in the Bible, First John can seem quite complex. The book was written so we may know how to have fellowship with God. However, if you have read any commentaries on it, many authors wrongly interpret it as a means to know whether or not you're really a Christian. Even just reading the book itself can give you that impression.

All the talk in it about whether you are walking in the darkness or the light and whether you love or hate your brother, can even be unsettling if you are already in doubts about your salvation. An improper understanding of the epistle can even demoralize you. Why? Because many people think that walking in darkness refers only to unbelievers. But even Christians can walk in darkness, although that does not mean they are not saved.

1 John was actually written to tell us how we can have fellowship with God.

In his book, The Epistles of John: Walking in the Light of God's Love, Zane Hodges gives the best analysis of 1 John I have ever read. It gives a good grasp of what 1 John is all about. Hodges compares the letters of John to the Gospel of John to show that our assurance is based on God's infallible promises, not our failings in trying to live the Christian life. The epistle of 1 John is all about learning to get to know God after we are saved and having fellowship with Him.

If you only read one or two books this year, this is one I recommend. If you have read other commentaries or listened to sermons on 1 John you may have come away from it wondering if you're even saved. If that is the case, by all means, read this book. It will clear up a lot of foggy notions and leave you with an energized ambition to have a greater fellowship with God.

The Epistles of John: Walking in the Light of God's Love


Are You a Runner or a Plodder?

Hebrews 12: 1,2 says,

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Here the writer compares living the Christian life to a race.  Personally, I am not much of a runner.  I am more of a plodder.  I plod along in life.  Plod...plod...plod.  Sometimes that is what it feels like we are doing in the race. Don't worry though, plodders reach the finish line as well.  The key word in verse one is the word "endurance".

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Pick Your Battles


At my age, I have found that a person has to pick the battles they are willing to fight. This applies both to those battles we face each day in living our Christian life and also our interaction among other believers.  In this day, there are a lot of battles raging within the different Christian groups on matters of theology and practice. Don't get me wrong here. I believe in having convictions based on the Word of God and standing for those convictions. I don't believe in trying to convince someone of my way of thinking when they hold other views which are different from mine. Sure, I will tell them what I believe and why I believe it.  But most of the time I don't believe in trying to convince someone of my theological position when they have studied it just as much as I have, yet come to different conclusions.

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Beware of Other Drivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter how good a driver you are, deadly accidents can happen to your because of what other drivers do. This is just one of the dangers truckers face every day. Watch the video of this accident. For those of you who are considering truck driving for a career, just remember you will face this type of hazard every day.

Every day, you are just a few feet from danger and even death. This is especially true when driving on a two lane road. It only takes a second for an oncoming truck or car to cross the center line. Two vehicles traveling 60 mph in opposite directions will have an impact of 120 mph. And don't think that just because you are in a big truck, you have plenty of protection. That type of velocity will disintegrate just about anything- including a truck cab.

I have seen this happen a number of times over the years, on both icy and dry, clear roads. There have been times that other drivers have passed me on an Interstate and wandered onto the left shoulder. Every time it has happened, I immediately slowed down because I knew what was about to happen. They inevitably start to fishtail and try to correct it. They have gone in front of me sideways and off the road to the right side. One car even rolled over. Fortunately, none were hurt, just shaken up a bit. God's protection was on us all at those times.

Anytime you see a vehicle in front of you start to fishtail, slow down. Many times, they will end up going right in front of you.

I read some statistics once, which said truck driving is the second most dangerous occupation in terms of accidents per man hour. The distinction for first place was given to mine and quarry workers. By the way, do you still want to become a truck driver?

Can't Forgive Yourself? You Must Be Holier Than God !

Sometimes Christians say they can't forgive themselves for something they have done. If you ask them if God has forgiven them, they will say, "Yes, but I have a hard time forgiving myself."  What they don't realize is that they are basically saying they have a higher standard of holiness than God Himself !

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To All the Overworked People

It doesn't matter how your day has gone.  Always go home with your head held high.



Plucked, pounded, mistreated, overworked but still with dignity.
Attitude is everything.
NO MATTER HOW BAD LIFE IS TREATING YOU, REMEMBER TO STAND TALL AND HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH

(Source: From an Email)
 

Dark Night of the Soul


In life, all Christians encounter dry periods when it seems they pray and pray, but God seems far away and unreachable. It seems God has gone on vacation or even abandoned us. This experience is more common than many people realize. I  have been there myself more than a few times in life. What does it mean?

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Approaching Other Drivers With The Gospel


Someone asked me a while back how to approach other drivers with the Gospel. Of course, you will want some type of presentation prepared for presenting the plan of salvation. However, the individual approach will be different depending on a lot of factors. Here are some pointers including what I call the "Shock Approach".

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Trucking and Christian Priorities


I get a lot of visitors to this site who are searching for Christian trucking firms to haul for. There is nothing wrong with that of course. However, I sometimes wonder about the real reasons people have for wanting to run for a Christian based trucking outfit. I'm sure many would just like to have the Christian fellowship and comaraderie which comes from that. There are some things I would like to point out to Christian truckers though.

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How To Advertise Your Ministry


print.jpg One of the questions my readers sometimes ask me is how do they go about advertising (getting the word out) about a ministry they are starting up for truckers. The answer to that question depends on the type of ministry they have and who they are trying to reach. There are, however, some general answers.

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Should You Go Into Trucking?

Some of you have written me over the past few months wondering if you should get into trucking. Many of you have been layed off and unemployed for a number of months and are feeling in a kind of limbo and even desperate. I know the feeling. Although I can't tell you whether or not you should be a truck driver, I can offer some general principles about how God sometimes directs us into a direction He wants us to go. Please read the following prayerfully and may God lead you into an understanding of what He wants you to do. 

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How to Become a Truck Driver

For those of you who are wondering how to become a trucker, I've written this short article as a primer on the topic. Being a truck driver offers experiences you won't find in other occupations. Truck driving can offer excitement, new experiences and allow you to see new places and explore the country. It can also be a grueling lifestyle at times and can create hardships if you are married.

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Of General Interest

Human Trafficking in the Trucking Industry

Human Trafficking Article You've probably seen it around the truck stops, yet never realized what it was. That prostitute knocking on your truck door could very well be a human slave forced into prostitution by others. If so, then she is shuttled around from truck stop to truck stop and forced into degrading acts just to put money in the pocket of her "owners". At night she cries and dreams of home and freedom. She prays to God, yet there is no answer.

Learn what you can do to stop human trafficking.

 

 

Truckers Against Trafficking (28:11) from iEmpathize on Vimeo.

Learn to Defend Your Faith

mcdowell.jpg Josh McDowell is a well-known author and speaker who has done extensive study in the area of Apologetics. Apologetics is the theological study of the rational proofs for the truth of the Christian faith. Josh has an abundance of material to help you answer your own questions and those to whom you are trying to witness about the truthfulness of Christianity. Visit his website.


 

12 Reasons to Start a Blog


boy_am_i_good.jpg Writing and updating a blog or website is an excellent hobby for many people, including truck drivers. With the programs now available, you don’t have to be a web designer or programmer to get started in it. And blogging or creating a website can not only provide an opportunity to help people, it can be an excellent way to unwind after a long day of driving. Read the 12 reasons to start blogging and how you can get into it easily without being a programmer or web designer.

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If You Weren't Saved, You Wouldn't Care

Hal Lindsey answers the question: How do you know if you are saved?

 


Witnessing Tool

Evidence BibleRay Comfort provides helps and answers to help you deal with specific situations in your witnessing in his Evidence Bible. Indexed for quick look up of different subjects and questions. View online notes .
 


 
 
 

Food For Thought

J. Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China, used to say we should not mind pressure, but only where it lies. Is it a wedge that drives us further away from God, or a wedge which drives us closer to Him?
 
 

When the Devil tries to remind you of your past, just remind him of his future. 

Get Involved? Who...Me?

Become a Bible Distributor.

bibledistributor.jpg Want to get involved in some type of ministry on the road, but don't know exactly how to go about it? There is plenty of need for Bible distributors to pass out Bibles to the chapels at the truckstops. You can purchase Bibles through ministries such as HMI Ministries . Buy a case of paperback Bibles for around $65 plus shipping and handling and just ask them for a distributor's list when you order. The list will tell you all the stops throughout the country where you can distribute them. There are a lot of people on the road who have been saved through these Bibles and it is well worth the effort. Sixty five bucks, yeah, that's less than the cost of a motel room for one night these days.

 

Distribute Tracts

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There is also a need for truckers to distribute Gospel tracts to truckers and chapels on the road. You can order them at Fellowship Tract League . The tracts are free, but I would suggest sending them a donation to help support their work. The last time I checked, it costs them about $7.50 to print 1000 tracts and at least $3.75 for shipping and handling. You might also want to send a few extra dollars to help them cover the cost of printing for missionaries and others.

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Quotes

Simplify, simplify.
-Henry David Thoreau

Comment from Wayne Dyer:
One "simplify" would have probably sufficed.


Unbelief sees God through circumstances, as we sometimes see the sun shorn of its rays through the smokey air; but faith puts God between itself and circumstances, and looks at them through Him.

-F.B. Meyer, Elijah and the Secret of His Power

There is no limit to what God can do through us if we are HIS yielded and purified people, worshipping and showing forth His glory and His faithfulness. 

-A.W. Tozer


"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God."

-President John F. Kennedy


"If we will not prepare to give all that we have and all that we are to preserve Christian civilization in our land, we shall go to destruction."

-President Franklin D. Roosevelt


"The fundamental basis of this Nation's law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul."

-President Harry S. Truman


“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”

-Winston Churchill

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