May 20th, 2007
The other day I read an interesting piece of advice on that source of all wisdom, the Internet. The advice was, “Never borrow to invest in a depreciating asset.” The idea was that it’s OK to borrow money to buy a house, which increases in value, but it’s not a good idea to borrow to buy something like a car, which decreases in value. The increase in value of the house helps to offset the money which you have to pay in interest on the loan, but the decrease in value of the car only adds to the losses which you suffer through having to pay interest on the loan. It’s just not a good idea to invest all of your efforts in something which is about to disappear…
John’s First Letter — Chapter 2
2:1 My children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. If anyone does sin, we have someone who speaks to the Father on our behalf, Jesus Christ, the righteous one. 2:2 He is the sacrifice that takes away our sins, and not just ours, but also the sins of the whole world. 2:3 We can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 2:4 Someone who claims, “I know him,” but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, not speaking the truth. 2:5 People who obey his word truly have God’s love made complete in them. By this we know that we belong to him. 2:6 Whoever claims to belong to him must live like he lived.
2:7 Friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; it is an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the message which you heard. 2:8 Yet, I am writing a new commandment for you, which is true in him and is true in you, because the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 2:9 Someone who claims to be in the light but hates a fellow believer, is still in the darkness. 2:10 Someone who loves a fellow believer remains in the light, and does not make anyone stumble. 2:11 But someone who hates a fellow believer is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, not knowing where to, because the darkness has caused blindness.
2:12 I write to you, children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you know the one who has been there from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have defeated the evil one. I wrote to you, children, because you know the Father. 2:14 I wrote to you, fathers, because you know the one who has been there from the beginning. I wrote to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have defeated the evil one.
2:15 Do not love the world, or things in the world. The Father’s love is not in anyone who loves the world. 2:16 Everything that is in the world, sinful cravings, the desires of the eyes, and pride over life’s achievements, belongs not to the Father, but to the world. 2:17 The world is disappearing with its desires, but someone who obeys God’s will remains forever.
2:18 Children, these are the end times. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and many antichrists have now come. This is how we know that it is the final hour. 2:19 They left our churches, but they did not belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have stayed with us. But they left, revealing that none of them belong to us. 2:20 The Holy One has anointed you, and you all have knowledge. 2:21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is true. 2:22 Who is the liar? It is the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. This is the Antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son. 2:23 Whoever denies the Son does not belong to the Father. Whoever confesses the Son belongs to the Father also.
2:24 Make sure that what you heard from the beginning stays with you. If what you heard from the beginning stays with you, you also will stay with the Son, and with the Father. 2:25 This is the promise which he gave us, eternal life. 2:26 I have written these things to you about people who want to lead you astray. 2:27 But the anointing which you received from Christ remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you, because his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, not a lie. Just as it has taught you, remain in him. 2:28 Now, children, remain in him, so that when he appears, we can be confident rather than embarrassed in his presence. 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who lives righteously is one of his children.
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