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Monday, December 9, 2013

(Belated) Bible Verse Sunday #53 & Christmas Tree Hunting

Yesterday's verse was 2 John 1:9:

"Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son."

The ESV Study Bible has this to say about the verse:

"Goes on ahead probably refers to "new" teaching that amounted to rejection of the apostolic faith. Does not have God, i.e., does not have eternal life in fellowship with God. Threats to church purity come not only from the outside but often from within. Paul wrote that some at Corinth had "no knowledge of God" (1 Cor 15:34)."

In church yesterday, the pastor in the main service spoke about how Christ helps to bring clarity to spiritual confusion and chaos. In the High School service, the youth pastor talked about how we might live as though we were ashamed of the gospel, and how we should seek to do the right thing by faith. 

Yesterday was also the day we went Christmas tree hunting. We and some friends of ours from the Rajao family piled into our Sequoia and drove out to this tree farm. After carefully examining the trees, we selected a couple of marvelous specimens (one for us, one for the Rajaos), which can be viewed on my mother's Facebook page. We set it up and decorated later than night. I think we can safely say that it's Christmastime.